Saturday, December 9th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, December 9th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Steve Sarley

‘Fun in the sun’ requires some common sense

There is an incredible amount of sun-resistant clothing on the market. If you didn’t read the label, you’d never know it was sun-resistant. The clothing is very stylish.
It doesn’t have to be scorching hot to get a sunburn or even be exposed to extremely bright sun. You can get a bad sunburn on a day when it is gray or hazy outside. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays penetrate the overcast skies.

Anglers can get a boost from proper eyewear

Two summer tips I’d like to offer are that you should definitely be using polarized sunglasses when outdoors, and always be armed with a good-quality sunscreen.
I always wear polarized sunglasses and preach that practice constantly to fishermen who do not wear sunglasses. Polarized glasses are the best protection you can use to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. In addition to eye protection, polarized lenses also improve your fishing.

We are fishermen – not the same as fish experts

I am sure that everyone is aware that legally you can only use fish for bait that are caught in the same body of water where you are fishing. That goes for panfish and game fish – and for seined minnows, too. The intent of the rule is to prevent the spread of invasive species.
For example, flathead catfish love to dine on bluegills. Although you can use bluegills for flathead bait, the bluegills have to be caught from the same body of water that you will be”flatheading.”

Changing fishing line is a matter of time and money

You might be wondering if it is absolutely necessary to change your fishing line at the beginning of a new season. That depends on a lot of factors. If you ask a professional fisherman, you probably know the answer that will be given. The pro would tell you that you need to strip your reels of line and replace it a number of times each year.
That’s easy for a pro to say.

Pull out the gear: open-water fishing is (maybe) here in Illinois

It’s really never too early to get out on the water or go down to the shoreline for a few early-season casts.
If you haven’t had your reels serviced by a competent professional, you are about at the time limit for getting them in so you can have them back by the time you are really going to give them a workout. It’s the same time schedule for rod repairs – and that time is now.

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