Posts Tagged ‘cookouts’

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.

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How to build a campfire

April 4, 2009

If you plan to take your family on a camping trip this summer and you expect to have that wonderful memory of sitting around the campfire, you’ll need to know how to create and maintain your campfire safely for your family and loved ones as well as the wooded areas you’ll be camping in. Building and enjoying a campfire safely is not difficult, but you’ll want to follow all the steps appropriately. Start with a clear, open spot away from your family camping tent and make sure no trees or vegetation is overhanging above.

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If you don’t have an existing fire ring, you can dig your own fire pit that is roughly 2 feet in diameter and 12″ deep. The area around the fire pit should also be cleared by at least 8 feet. Use the soil that you’ve dug up to form a wall around the perimeter of the pit and act as a windbreak. You can also use rocks to build this wall, but take care to never use any rocks that have been near water, as the moisture trapped inside can boil and cause the rock to explode.

Kindling is the base foundation of a fire. It is made of lightweight materials that are capable of burning quickly and igniting heavier materials. Kindling is best made of a mixture of dry sticks, chips or shaved wood, dried leaves or newspaper can also be used You can also use the bark off trees like hickory or oak. Using small sticks to form a tepee then light your fire and get it started. Sticks will be used to hold your fire structure together and light even larger pieces of wood. Properly aligning sticks will allow oxygen into the fire. Sticks used should be 1-2 inches in diameter, and broken to fit inside the fire pit. It’s important that sticks are dry. Now it’s time to start placing your logs onto the fire.

The type of logs you use is important in the next step. Evergreen woods like pine, spruce and cedar should be your last choice for wood. These trees have a lot of sap and crackle and smoke more than hardwoods like oak. So go for the hardwoods when planning your campfire. Naturally, you need dry wood. You will not be able to build a fire that can dry logs well enough to burn. Hopefully you will have a source of dry wood. If your campfire goes out start over with the same process and remember to practice patience. Throwing loads of trash and paper plates in a campfire that was not planned well from the start will do little for your efforts. Also remember to not throw plastics in your campfire. This material is not biodegradable, it is toxic and it leaves a horrible mess for the next family to use the fire pit.

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Dutch Oven Cooking

March 23, 2009

The dutch oven is a versatile piece of cooking equipment that dates back to the early frontier days.This handy cooking device looks like a big deep frying pan with a lid.The good dutch ovens are made of cast iron and are very heavy.It’s great for cooking on an outdoor camping trip or in the backyard.I think there is nothing quite like a dutch oven dinner when camping and having fun with others.The food smells great and it’s easy to prepare and really good when it’s done.

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Dutch oven outdoor cooking provides the opportunity to cook a wide variety of foods.Dutch ovens are extremely versatile, and can be used for just about every cooking need.Dutch ovens can be used to boil, steam, fry, and bake, among other things.They can be used to cook meats, soups, breads, and deserts.

You can cook anything in a dutch oven that you can cook at home in the oven or on the stove top.You really don’t need special recipes for a dutch oven but their are many good ones.You need to learn some basic procedures and how to control the heat.If done properly, you can place the food in a dutch oven and go fishing while your meal cooks.

Dutch oven outdoor cooking requires hot coals.These can come from a wood or charcoal fire.Charcoal is a bit more easier to use, since they burn and heat more evenly.I like the smoke from a real campfire like oak, or hickory.To me it adds more flavoring to the cooking.There is nothing like food cooked over a real smoking campfire.

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