Posts Tagged ‘poisonous snakes’

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.

Camping with poisonous snakes

March 27, 2009

Poisonous snakes are one of the most dangerous things you may encounter on a camping trip.Poisonous snakes of one variety or another are found in many locations, around the United States while camping and hiking.If you plan to spend time in the woods, and areas they live you need to take sometime to think about the dangers.

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Most all poisonous snakes are quite shy and will hide to avoid people if all possible.In most cases if you go out looking for them, you may have a hard time finding any.Most poisonous snakes in my state of Missouri, hide under rocks or in old hollowed out stumps and logs.Sometimes you can find them laying around in the sun on warm days.Most of the poisonous snakes i have seen while camping are during the day.

Each year a few people are bitten by poisonous snakes.Most bites happen because the snake was stepped on or approached to closely before the person even saw them.Some bites happen because untrained people try to catch them and showoff in front of friends.

Poisonous snakes are warm blooded and can be very active during hot and sunny days.Be carefull on these days for snakes on the move.If you are a camper, be carefull when you gather firewood.I have many times picked a log, and found a copperhead under it or laying around a wood pile.

If you are camping in the woods you should take precautions around your campsite.Don’t set camping tents up in areas of tall weeds, or dense undergrowth if possible.Keep all your tents doors zipped up while away from your campsite.Snakes can and will crawl inside your camping tents, and even in your sleeping bags.Don’t let poisonous snakes keep you from camping and the outdoors.Learn to deal with them when you have to.

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