September 30, 2013

Removing a Barbed Fish Hook

Just in case you didn't read my last post about fishing with Barbless Hooks, or you're a dedicated "barbed hook fisher," here's a great video teaching you how to remove a barbed fish hook. This guy has it down.

And remember...DON'T COUNT TO THREE!

September 24, 2013

Barbless Hooks

There are lots of reasons to use barbless hooks. Here are some of my reasons why:
  1. Barbless hooks cause much less damage to the fish. So if you're fishing catch and release, you can get that fish back in the water faster with less damage. Remember, any time you've filled your limit for the day, you're fishing catch and release. 
  2. Setting the hook and keeping the tension is important when fishing with barbless hooks. So ultimately, this will help you learn to fish like the pros.
  3. And what if you are fishing alone and you hook yourself? Removing that barbless hook is going to be much easier. Save the stiff drink for your successful stories around the campfire, not for getting up your never to remove that hook. Yes, I know there are some great methods for removing a barbed hook. But you need two hands. 
  4. And what about your fishing buddy? Even if you're not alone, he's not going to appreciate your barbs if you hook him instead of the fish.
  5. Loose a lure? At least you know the barbs will not be threatening other wildlife. Have you ever seen a bird with barbed hooks caught in it's feet or bill? It's not pretty.
  6. If you absolutely have to cut your line, you're causing less damage to the fish on the other end. It is much more likely to be able to shake the lure.
So how do you create barbless hooks? It's not difficult. First, pinch the barbs on your hooks several times. Then simply use a small flat file to remove any edges you have after pinching the barbs. Then you can fine-tune your work with a round file and sharpen your hook with whatever hook sharpener you prefer to use.

The Barbless Hook: The Inner Sanctum of Angling Revealed

"Only by reflecting on good and bad behavior can we hope to become better anglers, better fishing buddies and better people." Dennis D. Dauble

September 18, 2013


I love my RailRiders shirt. I love my RailRiders pants. Check out the "Toughest Clothes on the Planet."

These wonderful clothes have pockets you didn't know you'd need. They stay clean... well at least not smelly.... for days and days. And they wash and dry in a moment. 

Blood on your pants from a difficult hook removal and a long day of fishing? Not a problem for RailRiders. You'll be impressed!

September 12, 2013

I Love My Plano Storage Box

Plano Molding 1819 XXL Storage Box

I can't say enough good things about this box. This is my rough and tough, can-take-anything-you-dish-out box when I'm heading to camp the wild north. In fact, I take three, one for food, one for fishing equipment and one for clothing, bedding, and personals.

I've dropped this box off of railroad cars, trucks and docks. It has sat outside in snow and rain. It has gone down muddy bush roads on the back of a truck and sloshed around in the bottom of a boat full of water.

Everything always gets to camp clean, dry and without damage.

Stack-able, on wheels, easy to lift handles. It's a gem! And perfect for your next rough and tumble adventure.

September 06, 2013

Electronic Fishfinders--Keep It Simple

Electronic Fishfinders can improve your fishing success.

But only if you don't become overly dependent.

Take your eyes off the screen once in awhile, folks.

And keep it simple.

Here are my opinions and suggestions on using Electronic Fishfinders