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How to Choose a Hunting Knife

March 15th, 2015 by ironcooker

The type of knife that you select for your hunt really depends on what you’re hunting.

In general smaller knives are used when hunting small game and larger knives are used when hunting larger game.  It’s important that your knife be equipped to handle the game that you are hunting.  Your knife should be sharp enough to skin it  and heavy enough to cut through bone.

There are different types of knives such as folding knives and fixed blade knives to choose from.

KabarStag1986GrizzlyFoldingHunterFolding Knives – Folding knives have a blade that is connected to the handle by a pivot point.  This allows the blade to fold in and out of the knife handle making it extremely convenient to access and carry.  The folding knife has a hollow center that is used to house the knife blade.  The hollow center and pivot point make the knife less sturdy than a fixed blade knife.  Folding knives are a convenient and useful, but not as sturdy and reliable as a fixed blade knife.

Fixed Blade Knives – Fixed blade knives are one piece of metal surrounded by a handle.  The handle is not hollow and there are no pivot points making this an extremely durable knife.  Any serious hunter had at least one genuine fixed blade knife.101_4774

Knives also have different blades to choose from. Some of the most common knife blades are listed below:

The Straight or Plain Edge Blade – The straight edge it one piece if sharp metal without interruption.  The blade looks the same all the way through and the angle of the blade is the same throughout.  These blades give you a longer cut and more consistent cut because the blade is uniform throughout.

Serrated Edge Blade.   The serrated edge is rigid at the bottom and acts like a saw.  It is useful for cutting through materials that do not cut well with a straight edge blade.  The rigidness of the blade allows you to cut through tough materials that might give the straight edge blade some difficulty.

Clip Point Knife Blade – The clip point knife comes to a point at the end of the knife where the blade curves in.  The clip point knife is very useful and handy to do all your hunting activities.  It is extremely versatile and a standard among many outdoorsmen.

Drop Point Knife Blade – The drop point knife is thick and curved on both sides and does not come to a point.  It is especially useful for skinning the animal.  The blade makes it easy to skin because the knife is the same on both sides.

Once you have figured out what type of game you want to pursue you can focus in on the size of your knife.  Depending on what you need to accomplish on your hunt you have several types of blades to choose from.  The most important thing is that you have a reliable knife that provides you with the most utility.  You always want to be prepared for any task when hunting.  The knife you bring with you should never hold back your hunt.

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Guide to buying a boat

February 28th, 2015 by ironcooker

Guide to buying a boat

By: Patrick Altoft

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABuying a second-hand boat has its pitfalls. To help you protect your legal rights and be aware of some of the common issues Noble Marine have produced this guide to buying a boat.
Please note that we have only addressed the legal aspects of the subject and advise that you should also satisfy yourself that the boat is seaworthy before you consider buying.

Looking for a boat?
The Noble Marine boats for sale database has over 3000 boats for sale. Each boat has a desciption and photos of the boat so you can look around before you contact the seller.

Wondering what boat to buy?
In addition to this boat and dinghy buyers guide you may wish to make use of our dinghy database or interactive boat finder where you can compare statistics of over 300 classes and view suggestions on similar classes to the type you are interested in.

Unlike a car there isn’t a legal registration document tracking the ownership, in fact unless you want to take your boat abroad, you are not required to register your boat at all and many people don’t, so checking that the person selling the boat actually owns the boat and that there are no outstanding loans secured on the boat can be difficult.

Before you consider buying a boat you should visit www.stolenboats.org.uk to see if the boat for sale, or a similar one, has been reported stolen. If a boat is not listed on the site it doesn’t mean that it is not stolen.

If you buy privately, you won’t be protected legally if the craft has a hidden history or faults. It’s up to you to ask the right questions and to satisfy yourself that the boat is in good condition before you buy.

Buying a used boat is essentially a case of ‘Buyer Beware’. The onus is on you to make sure the craft is sound, it’s a good idea to get an qualified marine surveyor or boat builder to give the craft a thorough inspection.

When viewing a boat you should satisfy yourself that the vendor is knowledgeable about the boat and has a legitimate reason for the sale. Ask yourself whether the price is similar to other boats on the market – if a deal looks too good to be true it probably is. You should always arrange to view the boat at the seller’s home address and never in a car park or other public location.

It is important to check whether the boat has been involved in any accidents or has any large repairs carried out. Most repairs will be guaranteed for 12 months so it is worth finding out the date of the repair and the repairers details in case of any future problems.

Once you are satisfied that the seller is genuine and have agreed an acceptable price you will need to arrange to make payment for the boat. This is usually carried out by bankers draft or a cash payment can be made. Occasionally the seller may be happy to accept another method of payment but you should be willing to use whichever method they suggest.

The only legal terms that cover a private sale contract are:

  • the seller must have the right to sell the craft
  • the craft should not be misrepresented
  • it should match its description

When the sale is complete you should always draw up a buyers contract so that each party can sign and keep a copy. This will act as your purchase receipt and will prove that you are the new owner of the boat. img_4438f-port-hadlock-wa-nwswbb-tlc-fsb-sea-trials-off-port-hadlock

Noble Marine have prepared a sample buyers contract for use in private boat sales. It is always important to keep the purchase receipt and the previous owners details – you may need to prove ownership or contact the previous seller in the future.

If the vessel was home built or if you are considering buying outside the EEA, you will also need to be aware of the Recreational Craft Directive requirements.

The VAT status of a second hand yacht is also important, as your vessel needs to have VAT paid status to be allowed free transit throughout the EU.

Useful Links:
www.stolenboats.org.uk
www.noblemarine.co.uk/boatsforsale.php3
www.noblemarine.co.uk/dinghydatabase.php3
www.noblemarine.co.uk/boatfinder.php3
www.noblemarine.co.uk/buyingaboat.php3?section=contract

Author Bio
Patrick Altoft is an insurance expert with Noble Marine – a specialist insurance broker providing boat insurance for most types of pleasure craft. Policies and claims are dealt with in-house, by knowledgeable staff, giving unequalled levels of service.

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Fly Fishing

February 1st, 2015 by ironcooker

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Fishing is a popular sport for nature lovers who want to spend time outdoors.  Fly fishing is a very popular type of fishing, but the technique might be a little intimidating for newcomers.  It’s not the easiest way to fish, but it’s rewarding and gives you a sense of accomplishment.  What should you know when you’re ready to try out fly fishing?

Be Aware and Blend In

snakerollThe hardest part of fishing might be staying aware of your surroundings.  You might feel that fish are a lot easier to catch than larger game like birds or deer.  Don’t be fooled!  Fish can see you, and they’re excellent at detecting vibrations.  That includes your boots splashing around as you enter the water.  Fish swim away from noise, so be careful what you step on!  Making a rock tumble through the water could make all the fish go swimming away from you.

Although it’s fun to spend time with friends, it might be better to go fishing by yourself, or with someone who is very quiet.  Keep your conversation to a minimum–remember, the fish can even sense the vibrations of your chatting!

When you see a fish swimming near you, try to stay behind it.  Just like staying downwind of animals that you are hunting, hiding from the fish will improve your chances of catching it.

The Art of Casting

When casting, you want to make it really easy for the fish to find your lure.  When you’re casting, stay as still as possible.  Casting is one of the most important skills for fly fishing, so get lots of practice– you don’t even have to be on the water!  Set up a target on a wall or flat surface in your backyard, and try to hit the target with your lure as much as you can.

Find And Use Fly Fishing Resources

Even though the best way to learn something is to do it, you can get helpful tips and tricks from many different resources.  Check out websites, blogs, and magazines on fly fishing.  If you find a magazine that’s really helpful, set up a subscription.  Joining a fishing club is another great way to get experience.  You’ll be able to talk with others who have similar interests, and you might get some unique tips from expert fishermen.

Choosing the Right Lure

It’s important to choose the right lure, and to use a quality lure that looks real.  If the fish thinks it’s real, it’ll go for it!  Remember, when you’re fly fishing, you won’t always use the same lure.  You need to change your lure depending on the type of fish you’re trying to catch, the time of year, and where you’re fishing.fishing-30

Fly fishing might take some time to get good at, but when you gain experience, you’ll have a great time being out in nature.  If you’re just starting, don’t get discouraged.  Ask other fishermen for their tips, and use all of the fishing resources you can find.  If you’re just starting out with fly fishing, are you having the same problems every time you go out?  If you’ve fished before, what are some tips or tricks that made fishing easier for you?  Leave a comment in the section below!

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Three Things You Need To Know About Salmon Fishing

April 23rd, 2014 by ironcooker

Three Things You Need To Know About Salmon Fishing
Salmon are one of the most delicious and widely used fish.  It makes appearances in a lot of cuisines– from Japanese to Nordic, and even Polynesian.  You can pickle them, smoke them, bake them, and even make salmon jerky!  And while it’s a tasty and healthful ingredient to have in your kitchen, it’s also great sport to venture off and fish for your own salmon.  And whether you’re making a special fishing trip to Alaska or make it part of a camping trip, here’s what you need to know to go fly fishing for salmon.

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold: The Importance of Temperature

The Importance of TemperatureThe right water temperature is the key to success if you want to bag your own salmon. Invest in a quality thermometer, and keep an eye on how the water temperature changes throughout the day. If you can remember to take a reading at the same time each day, your readings will be consistent.  If you get a little sloppy about it, you’ll find some crazy jumps as the water temperature spikes or drops while it’s warmed by the sun or cooling off after noon.

Put the thermometer at least six inches below the surface of the lake or river, but don’t go much deeper than three feet.  If you can, try to take a reading at the same level each time, since temperature changes with depth as well as with the time of day.  Record your findings in a notebook, and get updates often.

Cool Waters Mean Better Salmon Fishing

Cool Waters Mean Better Salmon FishingExperienced fly fishermen know that salmon prefer cloudy weather. Less sunlight means that the water is cooler, and there’s more oxygen in cool water. And with more oxygen, salmon can be a lot more active.  But abundance doesn’t mean an easy catch: the energized salmon are sure to put up a fight to get away from the lure!

If you can find a midway point where the salmon will be present without wanting to put up much of a fight, you’ll be more likely to bring home a fish!

Taking Stock Of Your Fishing Equipment

Taking Stock Of Your Fishing EquipmentThe temperature of the water comes into play again, dictating what kind of rod, reel, and line you can use.  And of course, that also plays into which types of lures or baits will work.  Having access to those temperature readings really helps!  With that said, many fishermen have success with a lure or dry fly, in either a classic or contemporary pattern.  Check out what other fishers are using in your area when you’re looking into local regulations and licensing.

There’s definitely a lot of science and strategy involved in fly fishing for salmon. Knowing what types of rod, reels, lines, baits, and lures to use is a good start, but knowing about the regions climate, water temperatures, and oxygen levels can go a long way.

Do you have any tips on rods, reels, lures, or flies?  Have you made any catches because you were savvy to the water’s attributes?  And what are your favorite fly fishing spots (we’re all friends here, you can tell us!)?  Give us your feedback and tips in the comments section below!

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Fishing Tackle

March 29th, 2014 by ironcooker

Fishing Tackle – How to Know What the Best Fishing Tackle For Your Location

Fishing Tackle – How to Know What the Best Fishing Tackle For Your Location

An Article by Jimmy Harris

When it comes to being an effective fisherman, few components matter as much as your fishing tackle selection. You could be the best fisherman in the world, but without the right tackle for the fish you are fishing, you aren’t fishing-luresgoing to catch many fish-period. On the other hand, you could be the worst fisherman in the world, but if you have the correct tackle for your area, you still have a shot at catching your fish. As with fishing knots, fishing tackle is one of the fundamentals you need to master. So many people are so focused on technique that they completely forget about the fundamentals such as having correct fishing knots and tackle; this is just like trying to master the golf swing without knowing the right grip and setup. It just won’t work. The number one thing you need to understand is that the lures are the most crucial aspect of your tackle, and the one you should pay the most attention to. This is what’s going to make or break your success. What’s the best kind of lure to get? As with anything in fishing, it depends on what kind of fish you are going after, and where you plan on fishing. You need to know this information before you get fishing tackle. Consider not only the variety of fish you are targeting, but what they will be eating in the area you will be. Try to get lures that mimic what they eat as much has possible, as this is much more likely to attract them. If you don’t know what the fish in the area you will be fishing will be eating, call up the local fishing guides in the area, and ask what kind of lures they’d recommend. A pretty foolproof method, and one that’s virtually guaranteed to give you the correct fishing lures for your trip. If you plan on fishing in the same area many times, then the best method to learn the right tackle to use is to go fishing with an experienced fisherman for your first several trips, and see what equipment they use. There’s nothing like copying people who already have the skill you want to learn, as this is much quicker than attempting to learn it al yourself, which can take years of trial and 13-fishing tackle jigserror. So many people do this when they could cut a huge chunk of time out of their learning curve by simply modeling other top fisherman. Now that we’ve gotten the most important aspect of your tackle out of the way, there are still some important things you need to consider, such as gear. Always purchase clothing appropriate to wear you will be fishing, and the season as well. Where should you get your fishing tackle? Obviously, you can do so at your local fishing shops, but here is a much better method-buy them online. You can generally save a lot of money using this method, as the selection will be wider and if you search enough, you will probably save about 50% or more off the typical retail price for comparable offline fishing tackle.

 

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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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How to Choose a Hunting Knife

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Guide to buying a boat

Saturday February 28th, 2015 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 1 Comment »

The Do’s & Don’ts of Fly Fishing

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Three Things You Need To Know About Salmon Fishing

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Fishing Tackle

Saturday March 29th, 2014 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 7 Comments »

Make Fishing Fun With The Right Mindset & Tools

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