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How to Measure and Release Fish Correctly

Many people approach measuring fish with a relaxed approach and risk hefty fines, particularly if the fish is borderline size. There is no grey area when it comes to legal size of catch. Even the difference of 1cm can have you in trouble, and is just not worth the risk of a fine.

Sustainability needs to be taken very seriously, hence Fisheries have very clear guidelines. Sustainable fishing means that fish are harvested at a sustainable rate, so the fish population does not decline over time due to poor fishing practices. Imagine a world that is over-harvested and the corresponding devastation to the eco-system and to our future generations. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to do our bit to protect the planet.

Size limits are typically based on biological research into the reproductive cycle of each species. Minimum size limits generally allow fish to spawn at least once and contribute to the population before they are taken.

The biggest mistake when measuring the length of your catch is where people don’t use a flat surface to measure the fish on. Ensure that if you use a mat, that it is not crumpled causing you to potentially overestimate the size of the fish. Adhesive or stick-on devices, when exposed to the weather, can shrink and become unreliable. Using a solid measuring implement is the best way.

As fish tend to contract if placed on ice, err on the side of caution and allow an extra inch at the initial measure.

Close the jaw of the fish to ensure an accurate reading. The overall measurement of a fish, whether it is fork tailed or round tailed, is taken from the outside of the snout on the upper jaw, to the extreme tip of the tail.

Your State Fisheries website will likely have an outline on how to measure an array of sea life e.g. crabs and squid as well as fish, so it might be worthwhile printing out a copy and keeping it in your tackle box for reference.

To assist in survival of your catch, avoid holding the belly area as you will almost certainly damage internal organs, which reduces chances of survival dramatically.

Never touch the fish’s gills as they are easily damaged.

Use a pair of long-nosed pliers, or a purpose made hook-release to quickly and efficiently remove the hook. If the fish has hooked deeply, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and leave the hook in the fish as it will probably do more damage trying to remove a deep hook than to leave it where it is.

Ways to Tell You Are Serving Correctly in Volleyball

Consistent, accurate serving is the objective of every volleyball player – from youth to Olympic team member. To reach that point, however, it’s important to know if you are serving correctly. Here are some ways to do that.

The first way to tell whether you are serving correctly is whether the ball is going where you want it to go. I know that sounds very simplistic, but the reality of things is that proper mechanics tends to result in high levels of accuracy. If you are consistently hitting your target then chances are pretty good you’ve got things right. That said, chances are you’re reading this article because you aren’t as accurate or powerful a server as you’d like, so let me provide you with some checkpoints you can use to get yourself on track.

Are you finishing your serve balanced? If not, there’s something wrong. Usually, it comes down to your toss. If you toss the ball too far to the left or right you’ll end up leaning in that direction to try to make proper ball contact. Either that or you’ll be serving the ball in that direction when you didn’t intend to do so. If you find your weight well onto your front toes, then you’ve tossed the ball too far forward, while having to arch your back and lean backwards means a toss behind your ideal contact point. All of this can be fixed by improving your toss.

Is the ball spinning when you want it to float, or floating when you want it to spin? That is a function of your ball contact. You need to make sure you’re stricking the right part of the ball in the correct way to get the desired effect.

Is the ball coming landing short or going too far? Distance in serving is all about the speed of your hand at contact. Swing your arm faster to hit the ball farther (notice I didn’t say swing harder). Swing your arm slower to hit the ball shorter. Make sure to keep your ball contact firm, though. No floppy wrist or mushy hand!

Does your shoulder hurt when you serve? If so, it probably means your arm swing is off in some fashion – assuming you don’t simply have an injury from something else, of course. This again could be related to ball toss, but it could also be a function of your mechanics. This might be hard to judge by yourself, though. You’ll likely want the help of a coach in evaluating your arm swing – or at least the use of video.

Which brings up perhaps the best way to gauge whether you are serving properly. Video yourself serving and compare it to video of someone who serves properly. There are many tools out there these days that allow for side-by-side analysis. This will let you see how your technique stacks up against the good server in the areas of body posture, arm preparation, toss, footwork, and follow-through.

Hopefully you have a coach who is keeping an eye on your serving technique and helping you correct things as needed. If not, though, the tips here should help you identify problems and put you on a path toward more effective serving.

Top 5 Panama Saltwater Game Fish Sought After by Experienced Anglers

Blue Marlin

For nearly a century, blue marlin have served as an emblem that represents the skill and finesse of an angler. Due to their size, strength and speed, successfully catching a blue marlin is an amazing feat that does not go unnoticed in the fishing community. We release all Blue Marlin, but in many other countries they are fished for their culinary value, as their meat is used to prepare sashimi.

Sailfish

Sailfish are notorious for being one of the fastest fish, making them extremely difficult to catch. These fish can swim up to 68 mph, allowing them to jump incredibly high. This makes reeling one in a challenge, and the angler must be wary of the fish’s actions so it does not escape from the line. Of all the Panama saltwater gamefish, sailfish can be infuriating to deal with and may discourage less-experienced anglers.

Yellowfin Tuna

Like sailfish, yellowfin tuna area also notoriously difficult to catch; in addition to swimming at a high rate of speed, yellowfin are among the strongest fish. Hooking one is like hooking a torpedo with how explosive and powerful they are. Yellowfin are also sought after by commercial fisherman due to their culinary value, frequently being used to create delicious meals packed with protein.

Roosterfish

Panama saltwater fishing is a great way to encounter roosterfish. Their name originated from the seven long, curved spines on the top of its head, which resemble a rooster’s comb. Interestingly, roosterfish have zero use in cooking or eating and are fished solely for sport. As a result, these fish are rarely ever kept, commonly being released back into the wild after the angler has reeled them in. Their incredible size makes catching one a huge accomplishment, as they can grow to be over 110 pounds.

Dorado

Dorado is the fish that is marketed as the popular “mahi-mahi.” Mahi-mahi means “very strong” in Hawaiian, which is a testament to how difficult this fish can be to catch. They put up a significant fight when hooked, often jumping out of the water to extreme heights. Dorado are revered for their taste, and their savory meat is brimming with flavor. As a result, mahi-mahi is extremely popular commercially and frequently served at high-class establishments.

Panama saltwater fishing is a unique and challenging experience, and each of the top five Panama saltwater gamefish are sure to give anglers a run for their money. Fishing enthusiasts from across the world come to Panama to take advantage of its extraordinary opportunities. With such a great locations for fishing readily available, it should be capitalized upon in order to reap the benefits of its fantastic sport fishing.

Want To Catch Big Bass? You Have To Fish For Them!

Yes, we all want to catch big bass and catch that once in a lifetime bass but most anglers just don’t fish for them. They fish where the average size bass are located but not the monster bass. Then the angler wonders why he doesn’t catch the fish he wants to catch.

A big bass isn’t going to be out in the open. for sure. Matter of fact, most anglers will never ever get near a monster when fishing. They are too worried about catching bass and just fish where the average size bass feeds and lives. Yes, they fish structure, weeds, stumps and etc. but that is not where the pigs are feeding. The anglers have read so much about bass fishing they think that is where to fish for big bass.
It’s NOT!

Confused? You’re not alone, so are hundreds of thousands other bass anglers. Do you really think the lunkers got big by being out in the open where other small bass are feeding? Yeah, you’ll catch a nice bass every so often but you’re not catching big bass on a regular basis. Big bass are going to be in deep cover, some bass have never seen a lure even because anglers don’t go where they are located.

Big bass are going to be located in the thickest, heaviest cover you can find or even imagine. They are going to stay close to that cover most of their lives. Some will never see a lure because anglers won’t go where they are or don’t know where they are in the lake they are fishing. You can fish a whole lake and never come close to a monster bass.

I know an angler and have fished with him that catches nice size bass regularly. Other anglers just can’t believe how he catches monster bass all the time. So, why does he catch the pigs while other anglers are catching nothing? Because he fishes for them! He fishes where they are, he goes in places where most anglers don’t even think of going and fishing. He fishes lures that resemble the prey the bass are eating. He imitates the prey with his retrieve and does everything he can to make that lure look real.

If the bass are eating craws, why throw a lure that is 10 inches long? How does that imitate what the bass are eating? If the bass are feeding on shad then why throw a craw? Listen, bass have lived where they are most of their lives, they know what is natural in their environment. If something is out of place then the bass is going to know that and be cautious about being around it. Bass didn’t get their size because they just fed on anything that came along. If their environment changes then they are not going to feed… period.

Another thing is big bass aren’t going to chase your lure like you think they will go after it. The guy who catches the big bass on a regular basis fishes his lure so slow that you think he fell asleep. It might take him 10 minutes to get his lure back to the boat. He wants to keep his lure in front of the big bass’ face for as long as he can keep it there. Why does he do that? To temp the bass into striking longer.

I fish the same way, I fish the heaviest, thickest cover I can find. I put my lure right where the cover is the thickest and then wait. After awhile I will move the lure and move it slow. I learned this a long time ago and noticed when I fish like this I catch more nice bass and you will too. I fish from shore a lot and have had dozen of boating anglers come over and ask what I was using as a lure. I would tell them and even show them my lure. What they didn’t realize was it didn’t matter if I showed them the lure or not if they didn’t have the technique to go along with it. Next time you’re out on your favorite lake, look around, look under trees, look for the thickest cover in the lake and try fishing it. Fish where others don’t fish or even think about going to find cover. Try it! You’ll be surprised!

Women – How to Start Fishing As a Hobby

Once you have decided that it is a hobby you would like to pursue there are several ways that you can find access apart from free fishing off of jetties and piers.

Google meetup groups and see if there are any fishing meetups in your area. If you let people know you are a beginner they are generally more than happy to offer advice on how to get started. Attend meetups, read up on basics (Google knows everything!), and watch YouTube videos for great advice from other beginners, to professionals.

Research the best rod and reel for you and off you go. Fishing tackle shops will be able to offer advice on equipment and you will pick up more tips along the way. Your equipment does not have to be expensive, particularly for hobby fishing. Research reviews on the various size fishing rods, the type of fish you will likely be after locally, and just ensure that you have a decent quality reel. Prefilled tackle boxes are a great way to start. A basic tackle box generally includes various sized hooks, sinkers, long-nosed pliers or other implement to handle fish safely, and a standard fishing line. There is an array of these available depending on the environment that you will be fishing in. Again, ask for advice.

Local fishing charters are a great way to get started before you invest time and money, as they generally provide all equipment and assist with baiting hooks etc., and lots of general advice. The charters are a great outing either alone, or with family and friends and make for a very social atmosphere and a great learning environment.

Join a local fishing/angling club and get involved in everything that they offer. Apart from the social aspect, the fisherfolk will likely offer to take you out on their boats and there will also be club competitions, general fishing including ladies days and boating events in which you can participate.

Before you start, you will need a mandatory fishing licence which are readily and cheaply available online. Search for your state’s website and purchase online with options for different length of time options – licences are generally then emailed directly to you.

Let your friends know about your new hobby and let them now that you are keen to drop a line in at any opportunity that they hear of. They may even catch the bug!

Fishing Is Much Crueler Than Hunting

It is now spring and time to go fishing. I always wonder where all the protesters are. Every year in the fall we have people protesting the cruelty of hunting. Some will write letters to the editor of their local paper while others will actually harass, and even physically accost, a person holding a gun. These protesters are lucky that most hunters show a great level of restraint. But why do people protest hunting and not fishing? Fishing is much crueler than hunting.

Consider the typical deer hunter. What if they used bait instead of a gun – just like a fisherman. They would take a hook with a rope attached and put it inside an apple. The hunter would then place the apple on the ground and wait for some unsuspecting deer to come along. As soon as the deer chomps onto the apple the hunter would jerk hard on the rope and set the hook. The deer would then be dragged, kicking and fighting, back to the hunter. Now the hunter has the same three scenarios available to every fisherman:

Scenario #1 – Catch and Release.

This is the choice of most “conservationists”. The hunter removes the hook as carefully as possible. They then take a ‘selfie’ with the deer to show everybody what a successful hunter they are. Then the deer is released so that it can be caught, dragged and then released again.

Scenario #2 – The Stringer.

The deer has a large metal apparatus threaded through its mouth. It is then tied to a tree so that it can be kept alive, kicking and fighting, while other deer might be caught. Once the hunting is done then this deer will be placed alive into a cooler for the ride home so that it can slowly suffocate.

Scenario #3 – Death.

The hunter hits the deer on the head and kills it immediately. The deer is then dressed and prepared for processing. The deer feels no pain and does not fear for its’ life.

Most hunters prefer scenario #3. Good hunters try to kill their target with one clean shot. Hunters do not look for animals that will “put up a good fight” like fishermen do. But for most fishermen “catch and release” is considered to be the sign of a “true conservationist”.

And, fishermen do not use apples. They often use live bait. Imagine a hunter taking a live animal, like a rabbit, and putting a hook through its back and then tossing it out as bait. Most people would be appalled. But this is exactly what fisherman do on a daily basis.

And then there is snagging. The hunter puts a large grappling hook on a rope and then tosses it into the woods. He then pulls the rope in hoping that the hook will jab into the side of some unsuspecting animal. Sounds pretty cruel but fisherman do it all the time.

So why do people protest hunting but not fishing? Is it because we believe a mammal to be more important than a fish? Maybe we believe this because we ourselves are mammals. I think that if fish were granted the same rights as mammals there would be protesters at boat landings rather than in the woods.

Finding Your Snowboarding Stance

How to properly find your stance

Opening day, cold temps, and a parking lot. You’re setting up your new board in the parking lot and realize that if you keep doing this you won’t feel your hands after awhile…

Don’t be that guy. Be ready when opening day comes. Set up your in a heated shelter. All you need is a screwdriver and a little bit of knowledge. A tape measure can also help too.

TIP 1: Angles

This is the direction your toes will point when strapped into the board. First, lay your board on an even surface, then stand on top of it. See what feels comfortable, having your angles the opposite or the same. The basic stance angles are between -18 to 18 degrees. If you’re planning on riding switch, make sure you have a little “Duck” to your stance. This means that your back foot is the opposite angle of your front foot. So say your front foot is a 15, your back foot would then be a negative 15. If your goal is to do some harsh carves, put both bindings at a positive angle. Try a variety of stances to see what you’re most comfortable with.

TIP 2: Width

The width of the stance is the distance between the center of each binding. To measure what your stance width would be, measure from heel to knee cap. This is what the normal distance is for most people. Make sure of one thing, that it is not uncomfortably wide or narrow. The typical stance width is a tad wider than your shoulders. The most important thing is to not feel awkward while strapped into your board.

TIP 3: Throwing it all together

For this step you are going to need a #3 Phillips head screwdriver. First, place the bindings on the board where you found what was most comfortable. Now you are going to want to place the center plates or as we like to call them cookies in the bindings. Make sure that the holes in the cookies match up with the screw holes on the board. Place the bolts in the correct spot, use the #3 Philips head screwdriver to tighten the bolts. An easy way to test the stance is to make the bolts loose and stand in the bindings. This way it will be easier to re-adjust them if it doesn’t feel right.

Once you have the bindings on and tightened, it’s time to strap in. When you strap in, make sure the binding strap is centered around the boot. If it is not centered you might have uneven pressure points, which suck by the way. If the straps aren’t centered, there should be something on the strap that lets you tighten and or loosen it.

TIP 4: Finishing touches

Before hitting the slopes you are going to want to dull or sharpen your edges. If you hit rails you are going to want to dull the edges just enough so it reduces the chances of you catching an edge. To dull or sharpen them you are going to need a file. Watch this short video on how to dull your edges. After you finished the technical part, it’s time to make your board look good. As everyone calls it, a “sticker job”, is an inexpensive way to make your board look slick. Die cut stickers or regular stickers can turn any board into a masterpiece. You just have to find stickers that you like!

Tips and Hints to Improve Your Skills on the Volleyball Court

If you enjoy playing volleyball, either on the beach or indoors, you will know that in addition to having fun, it’s great to improve your skills and pick up tips whenever you can.

This article contains some tips which will help you improve your skills and team-work on the court. One of the best things about volleyball is how many different numbers of players can form teams and enjoy playing this exciting sport.

One tip that all professionals share is to give clear communication on the court. The best players always show strength in their plays. They communicate well, and then they follow this up with strong action. Hesitation on the court can confuse your team members, and open up opportunities for the opposing team. Keeping your game play tight, forceful, and determined, will score points every time.

Court etiquette is also very important. Volleyball is a fun sport, requiring very little equipment, and it can be enjoyed by anyone, but that does not mean the rules should be ignored. By being respectful of your team members and opponents, and by playing properly and following the rules, everyone will be able to enjoy the game. If you are a courteous player, your popularity as a player will increase, you’ll be invited to play more, and therefore your skills will improve. No-one likes to play with a sore loser, or with someone who ignores the rules. If you are new to volleyball, take some time to find out about the rules. Make friends with a player who has some experience and learn from them.
Volleyball is a fast sport, and the faster it gets, the more exciting it is to play and watch. Practise your moves as often as you can. Again, strength and focus come in to play. You need lightning speed reactions to win at volleyball. Practise as often as you can so you develop the ability to make a decision, call out your play, and play with accuracy – all within seconds!

Millions of people all over the world enjoy playing volleyball. People play it for fun on beaches, indoors, as part of clubs, and in team tournaments. It is a sport that is even enjoyed by families when they are outdoors simply having fun. Whatever level you are playing at, you will benefit from perfecting your skills. It will improve your game play and it will increase the enjoyment for you, your team, and your opponents.

If you want to learn more about volleyball, the best way is to join a local club. Searching online will reveal where there are clubs in your local area. Most clubs cater for all age ranges so you’ll be able to play with people of your own age and ability. While it is regarded as a young sport, players of all ages enjoy it all around the world.

Volleyball is a great way to make friends, improve your health and fitness levels, and perfect your game playing skills. Playing takes skills and tactics, quick thinking, stamina and fitness. So, you’re not just playing around with a ball on the beach, when you play volleyball you are actually improving your body and your mind!

Beach Fishing: Your Fun As Beginners

To help you have a great beach fishing experience, we are going to explain how you should read a beach, what kind of fishing tackle to use and some basic fishing techniques to follow!

Find your beach spot

Beach fishing does require an ability to read water action, colour and current. It’s always a good idea to pick a high vantage point to help you assess the beach before you start.

You can often see the movement of the currents and particularly look out for dark areas which may indicate a gutter or hole that could be the perfect spot to cast your line into.

The right weather conditions

It’s always more enjoyable to try beach fishing on a bright, clear day. Foggy or windy conditions may mean you come across obstacles, so it’s probably best to avoid this type of weather, particularly if you’re just starting out.

Choosing your tackle

When it comes to a novice angler, a light rod with soft tip is always good when targeting small fish. This allows excellent action, enabling the bait to smoothly swim and act.

For example, a light, 10ft long beach rod on a spin outfit with leader around 3ft or 4ft would be a good choice. Using a running sinker rig means it will move around more freely and cover more area but keep your bait at the bottom, which is what you want.

Baiting up

The bait you use is very important and while it will depend on the fish you are targeting, fresh beach worms are often a good choice, particularly if you are hoping to hook a whiting, trevally or bream.

You’ll also need to think about the hook you use for your bait. Using a long shank hook will make it easier to thread the worms on. Try threading the worm on the hook by going in and out of the worm so it sits along the shank but ensure the hook end is exposed. You want to make sure you get a good hold on your fish when it bites!

Time to get fishing

After picking the spot where you’re going to fish and getting your tackle ready, it’s time to get started. You don’t need to necessarily cast a long way out, again have a look at the water and try and target the holes and gutters where the fish may be feeding.

When you are on a fish, try to avoid walking backwards as most beaches slope up and you risk falling over and may lose your fish and tension on the line. You might also notice a strong resistance with the wave movement. Once your fish is hooked, do not pull it too hard. Let the waves wash the fish in for you. Wait, hold it and let the waves do their job.

Important tips

The waves will often push your rig towards the beach as they roll in and may mean that you lose contact periodically, just work with the waves and don’t try to grip your rod. This shouldn’t affect you being able to feel the fish once you hook one. It is also advisable to wear a pair of polarised sunglasses. You can see different colours in water, shallow bank or deeper green edge. You can also see how the waves are breaking, and on a clear day you may even see the fish in the water. It’s pretty cool.

Why Use Volleyball Shoes

There are specific reasons that you should use the right kind of shoes for the right sport. Today I’m going to talk about volleyball shoes in particular. Why are they important? What makes them different? Can you use a different type of shoe such as a basketball or running shoe for volleyball? These are questions that get asked a lot about different training shoes. I hope this article helps you understand a little about the difference in shoes.

I did some research on volleyball shoes and asked a few people some questions about their thoughts and feelings on the subject. They gave me their feedback, some really good information and also answered the questions that I had.

The first question I asked was simple. Why are shoes so important? Shoes are some of the most important equipment that you will use. You need to have shoes that have good arch support and keep the foot stable. I know from personal experience that poor support can cause pain in the feet, knees or even the lower back. You also need to make sure that the shoe fits properly so that your foot does not move or shift around inside of the shoe. Not choosing wisely can result in injury.

Next I asked what makes them different. The sport of volleyball puts stresses and wear and tear on certain points of the shoe. For example, the toe area is reinforced which is the first area to wear out on these shoes because of the way your foot drags after serving the ball. The ventilation is also important. Each shoe has been designed with a ventilation system to help keep your feet dry and cool during the game. This helps prevent chafing and reduces the chance of fungus growth like athletes foot. They also have specially designed cushioning in the sole of the shoe. It helps to reduce impact on the athlete’s body after running or jumping. The shoes also have a specially designed rubberized out-sole that helps with traction on the court. This helps the athlete to change directions faster and more easily. Finally the support and stability of the shoe is designed around the rigors of the sport.

The final question was can you use a different type of shoe such as a basketball or running shoe? The simple answer is yes. Those types of shoes will work, but they probably won’t last as long. Also they will not perform quite as well on the court. You have to remember that basketball shoes were developed for basketball and running shoes were developed for running. Although sometimes people feel more comfortable playing in shoes they are more familiar with, that is OK even if it was designed for other sports.