Posts Tagged ‘beginner camping’

Fishing For Catfish In The Summer!

July 8, 2009

Catfish often are thought of as opportunistic bottom feeders primarily because they are. But they can be more predatory than some anglers realize. If you plan to fish moving water streams and rivers, regardless of size, your approach should be to look for areas where deeper holes meet flats, bars or shallower riffles, because at this time of year, cats will move from one area of water to another. That idea is most valid from dusk to dawn. It’s a reason that night-fishing at this time of year is among the most popular approaches to catching cats. Take your camping tent along with you and spend sometime fishing and I’m sure you will connect with some nice whoppers.images
If you choose to fish during the day and endure the August heat, you can still catch fish in the heat of the day as well. The biggest drawback to this daytime fishing is it is much less comfortable for the angler. To locate the catfish during the heat of the day, rely on shadows, and just a bit deeper water. I will be looking for water that is 10-15 feet deep and has good cover. Looking for boat docks, standing timber and other such cover during the day will help you find the catfish lurking in the shadows. Stand out in the sun for 10 minutes in the August heat, and you will have a pretty good idea why these cats are up in the shadows.
During this heat, the catfish will be best caught at night after dark in the shallow water. They will bite just about anything that moves or smells and if you do some chumming, you will help draw the catfish in a more concentrated area. Don’t be afraid to move up in the shallow waters and fish right up towards the banks in just a few feet of water. The last several months have been producing nice catches of big fish for me in less then five feet of water.


Choosing The Best Sleeping Bag

April 10, 2009

The last thing you want to happen when you’re twenty miles into the woods is to find your sleeping bag is not warm enough. You will be facing a very long and restless night which can ruin your spirits and drain your strength for the next day. So how do you make sure you’ve selected the best sleeping bag for your needs? Everyone knows what a sleeping bag is, but not everyone knows the many different styles of sleeping bags that are available, nor the importance of picking the right one. Different camping situations call for different sleeping bags. Choosing the right sleeping bag is easy once you understand what’s involved. With recent innovations in fill material and fabrics, there has never been a wider range of sleeping bags to choose from. In my camping gear store we primarily supply sleeping bags for warm season family camping.

There are two considerations when choosing a sleeping bag. However, there are several additional features that can help you narrow in on the perfect bag for you and your family. This post will help you decide what you need in a camping sleeping bag and so you can make the proper selection among each type for your needs. Sleeping bags keep you warm by trapping your body heat in tiny air pockets in the bag’s fill or insulating material. Your body is the furnace and needs fuel or you’ll get cold regardless of your sleeping bag. Consume enough food and water before going to bed or while in the sack. Dress comfortably, wearing enough layers for warmth without taking all of your space up which will come in handy if you cool down during the night and want to put on more clothing.

Bag temperature ratings are not the final word on warmth. They’re set by the sleeping bag maker, so a twenty degree bag from one manufacturer might be warmer than sleeping bags from another. But ratings do provide a general guideline. Summer bags are usually rated higher than thirty degrees, three-season bags between ten and twenty five, and winter bags under five, but there’s great variation within those ranges. Rectangular shaped sleeping bags are suitable for camping in tempered climates. Mummy-shaped sleeping bags offer more protection in colder climates because they are shaped to the body and do not allow as much cold air to enter the sleeping bag. Synthetic fiber insulation is more appropriate for wetter climates. Down fiber is a good choice when weight of the sleeping bag is an issue. Cotton is a good choice for casual campers who want comfort and do not have to worry about weight or weather issues.

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10 Camping Tips For Beginners

January 7, 2009

If you are new to camping these tips for beginners can be a tremendous help.Camping gets easier and more enjoyable the more you do it.These camping tips will help you get from a beginner to a skilled camper.

Camping tip one:

Figure out where you’ll be going to camp and who will be camping with you.Figure out everyones needs like do we need electricity showers toilets running water or can we survive without these things.Then you can find a campsite to fit your needs.

Camping tip two:

If you are going to be camping in a tent put it together at home.This will help you when you arrive at the campsite.Some tents are a bit tricky to put together.The more practice at putting it together the better and faster you will become at this task.

Camping tip three:

Plan for your camping trip before you head out to the campsite.Make a check list of everything you’ll need and want to use during your camping trip.This is important because how would you feel after having to blow up all the air mattresses by mouth because someone forgot to pack the air pump.

Camping tip four:

Pack the correct clothing for the season you’ll be camping.Check the weather offton before you go you’ll want to know what the weather conditions will be on your camping trip.A storm front may blow in on your camping trip and you’ll want to be prepared with your rain gear.I always take my rain gear because sometimes they do get the weather wrong.

Camping tip five:

Think about what kind of food you’ll be taking with you and how you will preserve it.You can get food poisoning on a camping trip if you do not preserve your food right.We like to use a cooler packed with ice for the drinks and a different ice packed cooler for our meats and food items.Remember to leave the drain plug open in the cooler that contains your meat and food items.If you left the plug closed the ice would melt leaving all your food soaked with water.

Camping tip six:

Figure out how you’ll be cooking charcoal propane or firewood will i need matches and lighter fluid etc.Can firewood be gathered at the campsite or do i need to bring it.

Camping tip seven:

Take a first aid kit or a survival kit with you because accidents do happen and they will.You’ll need to be prepared for one even if one doesn’t happen don’t take a chance.

Camping tip eight:

Let others that are not camping with you know where you’ll be.Never go off in the woods or on a hike without letting someone know.It doesn’t take much to get lost if it’s a place you never been before.

Camping tip nine:

Have fun and leave all your worries and stress behind.Enjoy your time in nature it is a wonderful beautiful place.

Camping tip ten:

Leave the campsite clean for the next campers and remember to only leave  footprints.

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