Trout Fishing Using Inline Spin Lures

Article By Jon Barzacchini on behalf of Ultimate Fishing (


Inline spinners have been in the fishing game for decades and have been a popular lure choice for most anglers who are targeting aggressive game fish species. Even beginners who are looking to switch from live bait to artificial lures tend to lean towards inline spin lures because they just flat out catch fish. Not only are inline spinners a great beginner tool for novice anglers but they are extremely versatile lures for even the experienced anglers.

There is something about the vibration and the flash of inline spinner that send fish into a feeding frenzy. While most game fish species favour the look and action of an inline spinner rainbow trout seem to fancy the lure the most. Although the inline spinner can be considered a beginner lure there is some skill and finesse required to use this lure so that it can be fished at its full potential.

Choosing the right size, weight, colour, and brand is the most important decision to make before an angler can even think about throwing an inline spinner into a trout infested pool. These four factors play a huge role when attempting to land a rainbow. An example of inexpensive brand of inline spinners that flat out catch fish are the Blue Fox Super Vibrax. The durability and blade thumping action of a Vibrax is superb for a lure at such a great price point.

The Vibrax and similar style trout spin lures can be found at most fishing stores, including local tackle shops, and come in a plethora of weights, colours and sizes.

It’s important to choose the right spin lure for the appropriate conditions. If the trout are feeding deeper in water ranging from 5ft.-9ft. choose a 1/4oz / 7g spin lure. The heavier the lure the faster it will sink near bottom and stay in the strike zone of the trout. If an angler chooses to fish a shallow creek or stream where the water is a mere 1ft-4ft deep a 1/8oz / 3.5g spin lure is the ideal weight to throw because it is significantly lighter and can be worked at a reasonable pace without getting snagged.

The Blue Fox Vibrax is a fairly simple and straight forward lure to use, especially for beginner anglers. The best way to work this style of spinner is to reel the lure in with a steady pace. The water depth will dictate how fast or slow the lure should be retrieved. The deeper the water the slower the retrieve, but the shallower the water the faster the angler must retrieve to keep the lure from hitting the bottom. Retrieve is also strongly based on how active the fish are; if it is a hot summer day and the trout are lethargic a slow retrieve is necessary to coax a bite. If the water temperature is cold a faster retrieve should be used because the trout will most likely be feeding heavily.

The least significant, but still important, factor to fishing a spin lure is choosing a colour the works best. A simple way to make sure a colour works is to see if the colour of the spin blade matches the pattern of the minnows that the trout are eating. Most spin lures are designed to imitate a bait fish or minnows, so picking a lure that matches the same colour pattern of the trout forage can be a deciding factor as to whether or not an angler will catch a fish.

Whether a trout angler is a beginner or experienced they should always take these tips into consideration when choosing to throw the right inline spinner. Overcome factors such as weather, water depth, and fish activity by throwing the correct style of inline spinner, while using these lure specific tactics to bring more fish on shore or into the boat.

Australian Castaways. Bait fishing for introduced European Species in Victoria.

Popular European fish have been introduced to the south eastern states of Australia for over 100 years, and their numbers are now very large within New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) and Victoria.

European Carp


Loved by many fishermen in the UK, although mostly disliked in Australia.

The European Carp was introduced illegally into Australian rivers, while their presence was known for a long time, large scale migrations of european carp only occurred in the mid to late 1960s. They now populate at least 60% of all south eastern waterways. Although most grow to around 40cm and 4kg, the odd 8 to 12kg monster lurks in a few waterbodies around New South Wales and Victoria.

A starting point for anyone visiting Melbourne’s CBD is Albert Park Lake. This lake was originally swampland in settlement days and was later bricked up and turned into a partially man made lake.This location is well known with europeans as the place of the Australian Grand Prix.

Big carp (by Australian standards) around 60cm in length can be found throughout the lake, with a few larger specimens lurking if you can track them down.The main open sections of the lake provide a leisurely fishing experience for Carp, along with trout and yellowbelly (Australian Native Perch).

If you happen to catch a Yellowbelly / Golden Perch, the legal size in Victoria is currently 30cm, anything below this size must be returned to the water unharmed. You are also only allowed to keep up to 10 fish above 30cm.

There is no restrictions on trout catch limits or sizes, however European Carp is declared a noxious species in Australia, they are not allowed to be returned to the water alive, so any carp caught in Australia will need to be killed and disposed of. You can keep the carp to eat if you wish.

If you are after quick carp action when visiting Albert Park, head to the shallow divided sections off lakeside drive, these areas have been partially closed off and reeds grow out of the water here, however there is a few decent open spaces in which to place some bait. Large carp in these areas have spawned and due to their size, have difficulty finding their way back into the main lake, making them sitting ducks for bait fishermen.

They normally sit on the bottom without moving most of the time, or slowly cruising around for food. Some have got so large they even readily take fishing lures, however a large worm or a boilie (boilies are rarely used in Australia, so you will need to make your own) will bring in the carp one after another.

Keep in mind when fishing in Australia, you will require a fishing permit (licence), available from most fishing tackle shops at a very low cost.

Another well known area for large carp in Melbourne’s suburban area is Coburg Lake, with a recent catch of 12.3kg sighted and verified during a carp culling event.

European “Redfin” Perch

europeanredfinperchA well loved pest species, native to and very common in Europe, easy to find in Australia.

Redfin was introduced to the Murray Darling system in the late 1800’s, imported from England, most redfin stock in mainland Australia came from 7 original parent fish from Ballarat, Victoria.

The redfin perch is infamous in Ballarat, where their central lake known as Lake Wendouree produced the first breeding stock. Large redfin can still be found in this lake today, even though the lake has run completely dry for a substantial period of time. It has since recovered miraculously and is back to it’s original condition before the drought. Redfin of all sizes can be taken using large scrub worms, available from most tackle shops, along with large brown trout being a common catch also.

Trout is mainly caught by locals using what is known as “mud-eyes”, these are the developing larvae of dragonflies, when small they look like a little 1cm tear shaped organism but can develop almost fully with 6 legs at the front, 2 large circular eyes and a very large slightly slim body.

As the lake is thickly covered entirely with weeds, the trout and redfin tend to float along near the top looking for a quick meal, they however rarely come within 5 meters of the shoreline, so casting some distance helps.

Mudeye fishing requires a very high quality spin rod, with a very fine lightweight line. The insect larvae is not very heavy, so it takes a bit of skill to fish with them.

Using a kayak if you can get hold of one will solve many problems, as you won’t need to cast as far, and will cover more ground. At Lake Wendouree you will definitely catch more fishing using a yak than fishing lakeside.

If you can’t get hold of a kayak and are going to be lakeside fishing, you can’t go past very large scrub worms, all fish in the lake will quickly eat them up and you will likely get very good results.

Casting a fair distance is critical, and if the lake is rough mudeyes will be of little use to you, so with large worms on a sinker being a quick lure for redfin and a known meal for trout you can’t go wrong.

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The Camping Snowshoe Grill Review

snowshoe grill

My wife and I have been talking about getting an open fire grill over the winter. We usually do most of our cooking in the camper or on skillets out on the picnic table. I have always thought it was pretty cool to see others cooking a pot of chili on the open fire or just be able to grill some steaks or burgers for dinner. Some people brought full size grills. Though I have thought about doing that, it just seems to be a big pain in the a……, well you know. So my search began for a open fire grill…

My Quest: Find a open fire grill that will last

Well, I have only seen two types of open flame grills at camp grounds being used. The first were the tripods type grills. These caught my eye and thought they would fit the bill. But once I started looking at them, I found that most were very cheaply made and certainly not made in the USA. The tripod grills from Walmart were all made in China and flimsy. I did however find some that were made right here in the great USA but they were a little pricey. Not that I mind paying a little more for a well made USA made product, but I started asking myself questions which I always do when buying a product. The first question was on storage, is a tripod grill easy to store without getting all nasty. Probably not, sitting over an open fire, I’m sure the legs and all get dirty. Then you have that most well made tripod grills, do not have legs that telescope down. It would have to go in the back of my truck. Next is how easy are they to use? I thought about putting my hands over an open fire to get heavy pots. I think it would be okay but I’m known to do a couple 12oz curls while camping.

My verdict was I believe this is the type we will be getting (better USA made one). The Chinese made ones were just cheap.

The next grill I researched was the grate type that you see at some campgrounds. These are made to sit on the fire ring. To be truthful, I didn’t spend too much time looking at this type. Being a grate, it is going to be sitting right over the fire. You can not adjust the height and it was going to get anything it touched dirty. Once I seen the price on these, I just stopped looking. They are heavy and going to last but just not what I was looking for.

Then I ran into a little gem called the Snowshoe Grill. I forget how I found it but was just surfing around looking for ideas for our open fire grill and this thing popped up. Doing my research, I found out that they are made not to far from us in Owensboro Kentucky. That got my attention. Come to find out, these are made by a couple iron workers that specialize in blacksmith type work. So far, so good. Made in the USA with a USA supply chain? Yes. made by people that know what they are doing? Yes. Made for campers and not just a sale? Yes. I told the wife that I found our fire grill and ordered.

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Snowshoe Grill

The Snowshoe grill I assume gets its name from the look of it. It resembles a snowshoe or tennis racquet. I got the grill in about 2 days, probably because I’m close to them. It came in a regular box surrounded by rolled paper. Everything looked in good condition so I got it out. The grill itself comes three pieces and is all placed in a storage bag. This is nice for a couple reasons. It breaks down easily and has a bag to protect your camper so it can be stored.

How it works

The grill has some pretty unique features that we are going to go over. Firstly, my favorite feature is the swinging of the grill. Once in place, you can swing the grill section off the fire heat to add, flip or do what ever to your food. Then you just swing it right back over the heat. This is a feature you can’t get with a tripod.

The next feature is the height adjustment. It works off of friction of the stabilizer bar. So you can adjust the height by just tilting the handle a little.

Okay, so it looks cool and has some great features, but how did it preform? Well, we have only been camping once this year and it was at our membership campground. I ended up using it all weekend. The first night we were there, I grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. I was going to make steaks but didn’t want to take a chance my first time out. It didn’t take long before I got the hang of things. By the time I was done with first nights dinner, I consider myself a pro with the Snowshoe grill, enough to get on my wife’s nerves about it lol…

The next night, I made a big pot of chili using the grill. Turned out great. Even got that smokey flavor in the chili that I love so much. I can’t wait to try some fat steaks over an open fire on our next camping trip.

While cooking throughout last weekend, we were asked at least 4 times on if I made the grill and where we got it.

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There is also a choice for an extra if you are not wanting to use this grill over a fire. It is a firepan that connects under the grill. This would come in handy if you would like to use charcoal on days there is a fire ban in effect. It also has legs that can be used if you do not have grass to put it in (tailgating). I did not get this option, it is not needed for us. Looks cool though, I might be second thinking myself when Jimmy Buffet comes to town. The only place we tailgate…

Here is a video on how the Snowshoe grill works

So, my overall thought

You have probably guessed it, I love it! Made in the USA by some hard working people that just happen to be half way local to me. It is easy to store in our camper, will not get the compartment all dirty, made out of all iron, wife can operate it and it is just plain cool. I would recommend this grill for any type of camping (easy to put in a pack).

Notes and resources: I totally forgot to take pictures! photos and video on this review are used from I will get some photos on our next camping trip because I’m sure we will be using it.

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Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways: Guidebook Your Ticket to the Australian Outback

outback pathwaysOne of the most satisfying things to do is to take a drive through the Australian Outback. Whether you are a tourist or a native Aussie, the Gascoyne Muchison Outback is a source of natural wonder and great activities. The rocks in the Gascoyne Murchison region are over 2.7 billion years old.  Yes, BILLION. It is a truly an unbelievable experience that will force you to contemplate your individual role in a huge universe. Past travelers mention the sense of awe and timelessness felt in places along the drives listed in the Guidebook.

As you drive the Outback Pathways you will feel astonished by rock formations, rich red ranges and impressive granite boulders. Granite is the most common rock in this area and you will see it most obviously in Greenstone. The Guidebook provides copious details about lodging, trails, wildlife, plant life and more. Here is a summary of the main travel destinations of the Guidebook.

Wool Wagon Pathway: If you are looking to experience the cliché outback adventure, this is the location for you.  Truly, this self-guided drive is the paragon of outback experiences. You will be able to see gorgeous vistas and horizons and the awesome night skies are jaw dropping. Truly, there is nowhere like this anywhere in the world. During this drive, you will pass through some of Australia’s famous sheep and wool territory that is world renowned. Wool Wagon Pathway is located 1160 km, from either Geraldton or Yalgoo, via Murchison Settlement and Gascoyne Junction to Exmouth. To complete this self-drive tour you should allow about 4 days travel time.  The Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways Guidebook provides specific details about landmarks, places to eat and stay, gas stations, shopping, museums and more. Wildlife and plant enthusiasts will appreciate the detailed explanations about what you are driving through.

Kingsford Smith Mail Run: This drive follows the path of one of the earliest motorized transport ways in Australia. This path is that of Charles Kingsford Smith and his buddy Keith Anderson who in 1924 started the Gascoyne Transport Company with one truck and a prayer. Smith had been a commercial pilot and used this business idea to finance his dream of flying across the Pacific. One of his first clients was the mail-run from Carnarvon to the Bangemall goldfields. Today, you can follow along his original route while you enjoy seeing beautiful gorges, sea shell fossils, photo museums and more.

outbackMiners Pathway:  This drive follows the innovations of Robert Austin who saw early on that this entire area of the Australian Outback contained valuable minerals. Once his vision caught hold, this area became one of the most active during the gold rush of the early 1900s. American travelers will enjoy comparing this with facts and events from the American Gold Rush in California.  It is possible to drive the Miners Pathway in either direction but past travelers recommend you start in Payne’s Find and travel north up the Great Northern Highway, through Mt Magnet and Cue to Meekatharra. Once you are here, the Miners Pathway goes south-east to Sandstone, then west back through Mt Magnet to Yalgoo and finally south-east again to complete the journey back at Payne’s Find.

These drives are one of the best ways to experience Australia. Great for families, they are a source of natural contact that soothes the soul. The locations and towns have many attractions. Between hiking, bird watching, photography and astronomy, the Guidebook will provide you with everything you need to maximize your Australian Outback getaway. Order one today for 30% off the regular price at

Simmons Master Series riflescope delivers high-end performance at a low-end price

Since the first rifle scopes appeared, shooters have enjoyed better and better sight pictures. Lens quality is uniformly higher than could have been imagined when young Bill Weaver brought out his 330 during the Depression.

By the time illuminated reticles and turret-mounted objective dials came along, the prices of all scopes had risen sharply. Oddly enough, even those with four-figure stickers sold. Well, it seems odd to me because by then techniques for making high-quality scopes were widely known. Machinery controlled by computers kept such tight tolerances that even inexpensive scopes delivered the ruggedness, reliability and high-quality images once associated only with venerable European brands.

Among optics companies noted for value are Simmons and Weaver. Both, along with the languishing Redfield brand, were acquired by ATK, which acquired a suite of shooting-industry brands then held by Blount. A huge enterprise with commitments in aerospace and military munitions, ATK. soon spun off the optics firms to Meade Optical Company of Irvine, California. Meade was relatively young but a hard-charger. It had done a stellar job of designing, building and marketing telescopes.

So when Meade promised a facelift of the Simmons line, I expected more than cosmetic surgery. And the new Masters Series doesn’t disappoint. In a fit of common sense, engineers made scopes simpler, not more complex. Instead of adding fluff, they improved essential components. The scopes are lighter and stronger than their predecessors (at 10.5 ounces, the 3-9×40 is substantially lighter than most competitive models). There’s up to 17 percent greater windage and elevation range, longer eye relief and a bigger “eye box,” so you-see that bounding whitetail as soon as the rifle butt hits your shoulder.

My 3-9×40 sample arrived for a shakedown just after Thanksgiving. When I should have been jogging off the turkey, I was cinching the ring screws around a 3-9×40 prototype of a Simmons Masters scope on a Remington Model Seven in 6.8mm SPC. After bore-sighting, I walked the bullets to point of aim with the adjustments, noting that windage clicks didn’t quite measure quarter-minute on paper. The elevation dial was spot-on. But when I “shot around the square,” dialing in 20-click segments to test repeatability, the holes were so scattered as to be meaningless. Fearing a faulty scope, I gave Simmons another chance on a Hill Country Winchester Model 70 in .270 WSM that I knew to be a tight shooter.

My first shot landed close to point of aim. I adjusted and fired two more-.7 of an inch apart. Then I clicked 20 left and fired twice more. The bullets landed half an inch apart, as did a pair of shots 20 clicks up and a pair 20 clicks right. The last two, after 20 down, struck an inch to 4 o’clock of the first two. Not bad. Indeed, for hunting scopes, this result is par. Net lateral movement was a little less than five inches, and there was an inch of right-hand movement in the first elevated group. Bringing the shots right also moved them down a short inch. If you’re chasing wind at a prone match with a 24X sight, a minute of unwanted displacement is cause for alarm. Not so in a hunting scope.

Checking run-out (point-of-impact shift with changes in magnification). I found that groups fired at 9X struck about three-quarters of an inch below those shot at 3X. Again, that’s more than acceptable for a hunting sight (in a test of 27 scopes years ago, I found shifts averaged half an inch). You can’t predict run-out based on price. A costly scope might show higher than average run-out while a cheap model may nip one hole.

In fairness, this scope was a prototype. To get it in my hands to meet deadline for this issue, the engineers released it before final tuning.

“Windage and elevation dials have already been refined to ensure against any unwanted vertical or horizontal shift,” says Simmons product manager Everett Jones.

He told me the lens coatings would be tweaked, too, though I was very pleased with the optical performance. “We’ll also install a slightly different plex reticle, with a finer middle wire and a cleaner step. And adjustment knobs with more surface for easier grip.”

The most noteworthy development is internal-a slotted beryllium-and-copper ring fitted to the rear of the erector assembly that holds the scope’s lenses. Windage and elevation adjustments typically bear against the forward end of the erector tube, which is traditionally pressed tight to the dial pegs by a biasing spring. The new rear coil preloads the erector tube so it bears hard against the pegs, eliminating the need for a biasing spring and solving several technical problems-while increasing range of adjustment. Result: smoother, more predictable point-of-impact shift as you turn the dials and no drag from a forward spring. The new gimbal joint (a fitting that allows the erector tube 360-degree movement up front) is simple and sturdy.

The scope’s finish is a pleasing black satin. No garish hieroglyphics-just Simmons’ logo on the windage cap, gold letters on the turret, subdued graphics on the eyepiece. Turret caps are easy to spin, even with gloved hands, though you’ll want to remove the gloves to feel the delicate clicks and listen hard to hear them. The ocular housing looks European; reticle focus is at the rear on fast-acting helical threads. Incidentally, images at shooting distances appeared in sharp focus, so getting a clean picture of reticle and target was easily done with a twist of the ocular ring.

Though the company lists eye relief at 3.75 inches, I found the actual “sweet spot” about four inches from the lens. The claim of a bigger eye box is well founded. You can move your eye forward and back and even slightly off-axis without instant blackout. You will aim faster, follow moving animals easier, recover from recoil sooner and cycle your action without losing the target. Eye relief is often sacrificed on the altar of high magnification; gangly stock crawlers like me have paid in blood when condemned to shoot hard-kicking rifles scoped by short-armed people. Long, noncritical eye relief lets you shoulder a rifle as you would a shotgun and aim as if you’re looking through iron sights. And eye relief with the new Simmons scope stays the same as you change power.

Typically, when you extend eye relief, you trim field of view. It’s a trade-off mandated by physics. Optical designers explain it as the optical triangle. Increase magnification, eye relief or field, and you get less of one or both of the other components.

But field of view is overrated. If you use reasonable magnification-4X to 6X is plenty for most big game-you have more than enough field, even with four inches of eye relief. As this new Simmons Master Series scope demonstrates, you can have generous, noncritical eye relief and a big field. At 3X, this scope delivers a panoramic 33 feet at 100 yards.

Sherry Kerr, whose public relations firm represents Simmons, says that improvements on the 3-9X Master Series ProHunter will be implemented on other Simmons sights, including the Aetec. “We’re overhauling the entire line except for our entry-level 8-Point scopes, to be renamed Blazer” says Kerr. “And even those will have some Master refinements.”

Steve Murdock emphasizes that Meade is already working on more improvements. “Our engineers talk about reinventing the best rifle scope. The new erector-tube design is just a first step … Our engineers are shooters, too, so you can expect useful changes, like color-corrected lenses and super-compact electronics.”

Value? The 3-9×40 ProHunter retails for a penny less than $150. Lightweight, stout, optically excellent, this is one fine hunting scope. With truly useful improvements.

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When a Personal GPS Locator Beacon Can Save Your Life

Time is of the essence during any emergency situation.  The quicker search and rescue teams can locate you and get you the help you need, the better your chance for survival. Once thought only applicable to those on the ocean and extreme backcountry athletes, the truth is, a personal GPS locator beacon is ideal for anyone concerned about their safety.  They are ideal for personal and family use, as well as for employer use to help ensure the safety of team members.  Anytime your safety depends on quick search and rescue, a personal GPS locator can save your life… urban environments, in the backcountry, or wherever you might need immediate assistance. 

Road Trips Or Daily Commutes                                                

A personal GPS locator beacon is more than just for individuals taking part in extreme sports or sailing the world.  In fact, they can be particularly helpful in the event of a car accident.  The news often speaks of accidents that happen in remote areas, where a vehicle leaves the road and ends up in a culvert, or along side a body of water.  It can be difficult for search and rescue teams to quickly locate and rescue these individuals; however, if one of the people’s in the vehicle as a personal locator beacon, teams can respond much more quickly.  These are idea for anyone that takes daily commutes through mountains, across plains, or through the desert.  Many cross-country trucking companies are requiring their drivers to carry these safety devices so that in the event of an accident they can be quickly rescued. 

Backcountry Skiing, Camping, Fishing or Hiking

Accidents can happen winter, spring, summer or fall. While hiking, fishing or skiing in the backcountry, an accident or bad weather can leave you stranded for days.  In those days, you could lose your life.  Search and rescue teams need as specific location information as possible to help get you to safety.  In many areas of the backcountry mobile phone service is non-existent, and mountains can block service for some satellite phones.  In these situations, a GPS enabled locator beacon accurately relays your position to a worldwide network of search and rescue satellites, notifying the nearest teams to dispatch to your location.  Look for a model with a built-in strobe light to allow rescuers to see you easily.

Boating and Sailing

 Search and rescue teams can have a particularly difficult time locating an individual or group in the water.  Visibility can be difficult in sunny weather, and in all forms of inclement weather.  Sun glare can prohibit your rescuers from quickly finding you, and high seas can present just as great of a challenge.  A waterproof personal beacon allows teams to quickly find you, regardless of weather conditions.  These small hand held units are light weight and compact enough to clip onto your belt or backpack, ensuring that it is ready and easily reached whenever you may need it.  

What To Look For In A Personal GPS Beacon

When considering the best beacon for your personal or professional use, it is important that it have some basic, and advanced features.  The unit must be easily activated, preferably with the touch of a single button.  The location range sent to search and rescue should be within 100 meters or less of your position.  An LED strobe light allows for rescue teams to quickly locate you within a short period, even from 100 meters.  The unit should be buoyant and waterproof, even if you are not planning on using it in maritime situations.  If you were to fall into a river, be caught up in a flood, or something similar, the unit needs to be able to stand up to the situation. 

Types of Trolling Motors

If you have already have a fishing boat of any kind, you probably already have a trolling motor. But if you just purchased a boat, you might be trying to decide what type of motor to get. There are many different types and depending on what type of boat you have will depend on what type and size trolling motor you want.

Almost any type of boat can accept trolling motors but the most common are bass boats, pontoons, john boats and even kayaks. We are going to go over the two main types of motors used for fresh water.

Transom Mount

Transom mount trolling motors themselves come in a couple different options. These include motors with steering handle,foot controls and even remote control you can wear like a watch. The option you choose is a up to you and how much money you want to spend. The transom mount attaches to the  back (stern) of your boat. They are easy to install and will fit most any boat but you will need to look at a couple things.

First, you need to make sure the thrust pounds is the right selection for your boat. Below is a chart to help you choose the correct thrust motor for your boat.

trolling motor size

Next you want to make sure that the shaft length is long enough. You want the propeller at least 9 inches under the water but not too deep where you might ground out in shallower water.


transom mount trolling motorAs mentioned above, there are three main styles when getting transom mount trolling motors. The first is the basic style that has a handle for steering. The handle usually rotates to select power. Some extend out for better reach. The next style is foot controlled. The motor mounts the same way as the basic style but comes with a foot control to steer with. You can sit in your seat and control the boat with your foot as you are fishing. These usually cost more but you get convenience out of it. The last is the remote control. I seen this for the first time while on a stripe bass fishing trip in Kentucky. The remote was worn like a watch and you can program it to kick on, time based or engage through the controls. This option is usually on the higher end models.

These type of trolling motors can be used on any type of boat but recommended for john boats, kayaks or other small type boats.

Bow Mount

bow mount trolling motorBow mount trolling motors are a little different set up. This type of motor mounts to the front on your boat (bow). Though Transom motors can be easier installed, experienced sportsmen seem to like the bow mount as most are sitting in the front of the boat while fishing. You can get remote controlled bow mount motors but you will be paying a premium price.

Like the transom mount above, you want to make sure on the length of the shaft and make sure the one you select has enough thrust for your boat.

Bow mount motors are lowered into the water when used and pulled up when finished. They do not install as easy as transom motors and are usually a fixed part of your boat.


There are other types of trolling motors available like ones that mount under your boat and larger ones made for trolling. The above two are the most common types that people buy to use. No matter which one you select, it is important to pick the one that fits your boat type. For small boats, I would recommend transom mounts, for bass boats and larger, I would suggest a bow mount. Picking the correct one will give you years of enjoyment out on the waters.

Here is a good video that will help you decide what type of trolling motor will work for you

Now lets talk about some of the brands that can be found on the market. There are two brands that stick out the most.

Minn Kota is one of the most known brands on the market. This is because you can find a trolling motor in about any price range. You can find this brand at you local stores like WalMart, BassPro and online like places like Amazon. They are well known and a good choice.

MotorGuide is another brand carried at places like Cabelas and other outdoor stores. They are also well made and work just fine.

Both brands are great and I have used both at some point of my life. I would recommend either.

What type do you have and what do you think about it? Share it in the comments below.

Bettencourt Baits Rodents, an Excellent Bass Fishing Lure

No matter if you are an amateur fisherman or a professional who makes a living out of this, you certainly know that your fishing session is just as good as the quality of your lure – that being said, the Bettencourt Baits Rodent fishing lures have been around for more than a decade now, and they have already become very popular because they are always manufactured with great attention to detail. The purpose of this high-quality fishing lure is to perfectly mimic the natural look and feel of the rodent baits, so that they will attract fish for real – this is why the lures are made with real fur thats simply allows it to glide through the water. On the other hand, the lively colored red Daichii hooks are designed to draw the attention of the fish and to make it bite the bait. Why Invest In Bettencourt Baits Rodent? The most notable benefit of these baits is the fact that they truly look like live rodents – they are soft, small and impossible to ignore by the hungry fish who think they just hit the motherload. Given the fact that the bait is made with natural fur only, the fur will act accordingly – it will get wet and stick to the body of the rodent bait as soon as you put it into the water. Another advantage of this bait is that in spite of being very lightweight and easy to maneuver, the Bettencourt Baits Rodent actually comes with a hinged middle section, giving the rodent a very authentic movement when being dragged through the water. The entire bait is constructed on the principle that the more natural-looking the bait, the more likely you are to attract Bass, and the fur along with the red hooks are certainly great additions to it. Not only does the rodent bait look natural but it acts natural as well, as it subtly goes into the water and you will attract fish before you even know it – it will attract them, yet it will be virtually impossible for the fish to swallow the bait given its generous dimensions.

Check out this video of the Bettencourt Baits Lure in Action.:

Last, but surely not least, this is a cost-effective investment as well given the fact that the rodent bait can be bought online for about $25 dollars. Every good fisherman should know that high-quality fishing rods and other equipment come with a price – in this case, it is a very affordable one, keeping in mind that the little rodent is handmade too. The only disadvantage is that given the natural fur, the bait will take more time to fully dry so you will need to let it outside to dry out before you put it back in the box, otherwise it can develop mold or mildew in the long run and fish are certainly not fond of it. The bottom line is that the bait is perfect for those who like to fish in clear waters given its state of the art, subtle applications that get all the fish hooked – literally, in this case! Purchase the Bettencourt Baits Rodent Here!

Rambo Knife, Where to Find One

Rambo knifeSay what you want about Sylvester Stallone’s acting and movies – but his ability to create lasting characters and in the case of his Rambo Movies, an entire market around a type of outdoor knife is nothing less than genius. You would be hard pressed to find a man that couldn’t tell you what a Rambo Knife was and what it looked like.

Designed after a knife created in WW2 for British Pilots, the hollow handled knife contained basic necessities including matches, fish hooks, a needle and threat and in some cases basic first aid supplies and water purification tablets. The knife design became famous with the release and massive popularity of the motion picture First Blood, a the story of John Rambo ( Sylvester Stallone ) and his battle with local police in Hope, Washington ( actually filmed in the town of Hope in British Columbia, Canada ). The knife became almost as famous as the movie, and has spawned an entire market of both survival knives and officially licensed, exact versions of the knife used in the movies.
In the First Blood Movie series, several different versions of knives were used in the 4 movies. In the debut movie, First Blood, the Knife featured a 9 inch blade with serrated top edge of the blade. The handle was wrapped in a green twine and featured the now famous hollow handle to store survival necessities.

Rambo’s knife becomes significantly larger in the second installment of the series which features Rambo traveling back to Vietnam to rescue POW’s. The blade has grown a full inch and now tops out at 10 inches and is black instead of green.

In the third movie, set in Afghanistan, the knife no longer is a survival knife, and now is a large hunting style bowie knife.

The History of the Rambo Knife
When Stallone set out to make First Blood, he approached well known knife maker Jimmy Lile to design a custom knife for the main character to carry. They wanted an actual knife – not a prop – and the knife was designed from scratch based on Stallone’s specs. To give the knife a more aggressive look, serrated teeth were added to the top of the blade and was constructed of high carbon steel. Lile also designed the knife for the second movie but not the third installment where the Bowie knife was used.

Buying a Rambo Knife
The actual Rambo Knife is officially licensed by Master Cutlery and comes in 4 official variations depicting each knife used in the four separate movies and are available from ( ) The knives are available on a variety of websites including Amazon and other online retailers. Prices range $90 and up for an official model with free shipping.

Ice Fishing Jig Manufacturer Donates Jigs to Non-Profit Organization with “4 D One” Program


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South St. Paul, Minnesota – February 10, 2014 – Ice fishing is a sport that has been around for thousands of years.  Although now, technology has helped improve ice fishing techniques, the main task remains the same.  Now one Minnesota-based jig company, Jig Mania, has started a program called 4 D One, fishingjigfeature10which allows Jig Mania to donate one jig for every four purchased.

The 4 D One program works with a non-profit based in Saint Croix Valley, Wisconsin called Fishing Has No Boundaries.  This non-profit organization brings people with various disabilities out on a fishing expedition for a couple days to allow them to fish and experience this one-of-a-kind sport.  For every four jigs purchased from Jig Mania, the fifth will be donated to Fishing Has No Boundaries.

Jig Mania jigs are designed, created, smelted, cast and hand painted in Minnesota.  For nearly 20 years, these jigs have been manufactured in America.  These one-of-a-kind jigs are perfect for both ice fishing and open water fishing.

Jig Mania sells both individual jigs and pre-sorted kits for easy ordering.  Jig kits that are pre-sorted are specially created for fish types including Walleye, Steelhead, Crappies, Panfish, Perch and more.  Shoppers can even create custom kits.

4DONE__1The 4 D One program is a great way for anglers to both purchase necessary fishing supplies and support a great cause.  A single purchase of the Walleye Jig Kit adds six jigs to the donation box.  When shoppers purchase the All Purpose Jig Kit, 15 jigs are added to the donation box. 

Fishing Has No Boundaries allows those with disabilities experience the thrill of fishing.  This simple task of purchasing jigs from Jig Mania is incredibly impactful.  One of the best things about Jig Mania is that the owner, Paul Gustafson, makes a pledge to each and every customer.  That pledge is simple, “Love’em or Return’em.”  Paul says, if you don’t love’em – return’em and he will refund the purchase price and shipping BOTH ways. Since most of the jigs are purchased on the company’s website,, he wants your purchase to be risk free.

Gustafson and Jig Mania want to support their community, which is why they have started this 4 D One program.  Supporting this non-profit not only allows customers to support a great program by buying jigs they would have bought anyway, but also from a company with a risk-free purchase guarantee.  Purchasing from Jig Mania is truly a win-win experience.

For more information on the 4 D One program or to start purchasing jigs today from Jig Mania, visit