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Make Fishing Fun With The Right Mindset & Tools

February 14th, 2014 by ironcooker

Make Fishing Fun With The Right Mindset & Tools
Many people love fishing. Often, it’s not just catching fish that makes them happy, although that does give you a lot of satisfaction!  Avid fishers love the peace of being out in nature, casting the line, and watching the ripples in the water. After hooking a fish, they love the excitement and tension of struggling with their prey.  Fishing is really a very simple sport, but success is a matter of the right mindset and the right tools.

Equipment Choice

Fishing EquipmentThe type of equipment you’re using makes a huge difference.  First of all, think about how far you’ll have to cast your line from the spot you’ll be fishing from.  Once you have this information, you can determine what rod length is appropriate.  Remember that rods aren’t “one size fits all.” When you’re choosing a rod, keep in mind factors like weight, flexibility, and how the fish you’re looking for reacts when it’s on line.

When you’ve got a rod that you’re comfortable with, you’ll need a reel.  Just like with rods, you have your choice from many types and styles. Lots of fishers prefer a closed-face reel.

Think about the size of the fish you want to catch when you choose fishing line. You should also keep the distance you are covering in mind.  A large, fast fish can quickly peel your entire line.

Bait and Lures

Fishing Bait & LuresOnce you have chosen the correct rod, reel, and line, you’ve got to pick the right bait and lure.  The bait should always be fresh– never fish with old, stale bait or bait that is falling apart.  If the bait is disintegrating, it’s really hard to cast your line because the bait will come off.  If you need a chum line, that’s where you want to put all the old bait.

You also have the option to use a lure instead of live bait. Lures work well for fly fishing.

You can get live bait from a variety of places.  Fishing stores or bait shops sell live bait. You can also get it for free by digging up worms or catching small bait fish with a net.  Just remember that certain types of bait or lures match with different fish.  Think about what you want to catch, and then choose your bait.

Time and Location

Time & LocationNow that you’ve got your equipment, think about when you want to go fishing.  Most fishers like to go in the early morning or in the evening.  Fish are more active and hungry at these times.  In full daylight, fish are probably hiding from predators.  Night fishing under a full moon might work best for other types of fish.  Ask a local expert, especially since the seasons can affect how active your fish of choice are.

Next, consider your location.  Steer clear of areas that are polluted, dangerous in any way, or extremely hard to access.  Try to look for key habitat areas like overhangs from the river bank or gutters running parallel to the beach.  These areas generally have a large fish population, and you’ll be more likely to succeed in catching something.

The Best Advice?

The best fishing advice is actually very simple.  Find a nice location and get comfortable.  Wet your line.  Let yourself relax, and just enjoy the experience.

These simple steps have helped many to be a more successful when fishing, and they can help you too. Have you had success with certain types of fishing equipment? Do you have any helpful tips, tricks, or advice for other readers? Let us know in the comments below!

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Whole Wheat Bread

February 1st, 2014 by ironcooker

Baking whole wheat bread

With the colder weather outside it is easier having the oven on inside the house and what

whole wheat bread

whole wheat bread

is better than fresh home made bread on a cold winter night ?

Basic Whole Wheat Bread

Makes two 9×5 loaves
1 cup (8 oz) warm (not hot) water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup (8 oz) milk – whole, 2%, or skim
1/4 cup (3 oz) honey
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 3/4 cups (13 3/4 oz) all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
2 3/4 cups (13 3/4 oz) whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon salt

Pour the water into the bowl of a standing mixer and sprinkle the yeast over top. Let this stand for a few minutes until the yeast has dissolved. Stir in the milk, honey, and oil.

Add two cups of all-purpose flour and the salt, and stir to combine the ingredients. Add the rest of the all-purpose and whole wheat flours. Stir to form a shaggy dough. Let this stand for 20 minutes to give the flour time to absorb the liquid.

Using the dough hook attachment on a standing mixer, knead the dough for 8-9 minutes. Alternatively, knead the dough by hand against the counter. If the dough is bubble-gum sticky against the sides of the bowl or the counter, add extra flour a tablespoon at a time until it is no longer sticky. The dough is kneaded when it is smooth, feels slightly tacky, forms a ball without sagging, and springs back when poked.

Clean out the mixing bowl and film it with a little oil. Form the dough into a ball and turn it in the bowl to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm spot until nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. This dough won’t double quite as dramatically as other recipes, but the dough should look visibly puffed.

Sprinkle a little flour on the counter and turn the dough out on top. Divide the dough in two and shape each half into a loose ball. Let the balls rest for 10 minutes.

Grease two loaf pans or film them with non-stick cooking spray. Shape each ball of dough into a loaf and transfer to the loaf pans. It’s important that the surface of the loaves be stretched taut; this helps them rise and prevents an overly-dense interior. Let the loaves rise a second time until they start to dome over the edge of the pan, 30-40 minutes.

Heat the oven to 425°F about halfway through the second rise.

Slash the tops of the loaves with a serrated knife and put them in the oven. Immediately turn down the heat to 375°F and bake for 30-35 minutes. Finished loaves will be dark golden-brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove the loaves from the pans and let them cool completely before slicing.

Loaves will keep at room temperature for several days. Loaves can also be wrapped in foil and plastic, and frozen for up to three months.wheat bread
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