Archive for September, 2016
Take Advantage of Fall Bass Fishing While You Can
The fall can be one of the best times of the year for fishing as bass start to fatten themselves up before winter sets in. However, it’s important to know how they react to temperature changes in the water. Temperature transitions impact everything from their level of activity to where they feed and what they eat. Let’s take a quick look at some things to consider as you try and take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy some late-season fishing.
Temperature and Daylight Changes
Bass will start to move in from deeper waters as temperatures drop to find food. They know that the fall is prime spawning season for many baitfish, and bass will eat almost anything that they can get into their mouths. The most common type of baitfish that bass go after is shad, but they will feast on anything from perch to crayfish and frogs as they all become active in the shallows. This is because warmer water supports a wide-range of species that are also feeding. Consequently, focus more on the shallow waters near shore as bass will undoubtedly be drawn into these areas.
While bass are very active in the fall, the best time to catch them is during the middle of the day when temperatures are at their warmest. Again, there is strong connection between temperature and baitfish activity, because this is also the time when their sources of food are most active as well.
While bass will come closer to shore, they will still seek out cover for a couple of reasons. First, they want to hide themselves from both prey and attracting the attention of fish they are stalking. Second, cover is where most eggs hatch and growing fish prefer to congregate. Not only does it give them protection, but these areas are also loaded with a steady supply of food to support their growth. Consequently, bass will be attracted and lurk near these areas.
However, bass will also be much more aggressive, active and mobile during the fall. There are a lot of theories as to why they are so jumpy, but the fact is they spend a lot of time chasing fish and moving from spot to spot until they find easy prey. Consequently, you also have to be prepared to be mobile and try and stay one step ahead of the bass.
One good rule of thumb is to look for areas where the baitfish are congregating. Chances are that there are bass nearby. If the area is a dead zone, simply move to another. You don’t want to be in one spot for the entire day unless you know that it will be active. Keep moving around until you find the bass chasing the baitfish whenever possible.
Lures and Techniques
You also want to modify the types of lures that you’re using. The fall is the time to use lures that mimic the baitfish the bass are after. Crankbaits and spinners tend to be the preferred option. You can also trap and use some of the fish the bass are feeding on, and use them for bait as well.
Since baitfish are active, your fishing technique should also reflect this behavior. Forget about casting a line and waiting, but start to use spinners that you can cast and reel in time and time again. Bass are on the hunt during the fall, and they tend to give chase more frequently. Remember that the goal of the bass is to fatten up for the winter, so they are less-discriminatory and less-cautious than during other times of the year.
The more you’re able to think like a bass, the more you will be able to catch. Follow these suggestions, do a little more research, and take advantage of this opportunity to join in on the fall feeding frenzy that occurs in lakes across the country.
Ancient Survival Techniques that Were Part of Everyday Life
It’s easy to forget that many of the survival skills and concepts we develop were part of the daily fabric of life for our ancestors throughout most of human history. Consequently, we’re not really learning anything new. Rather, we’re simply getting re-connected with our roots. The good news is that we have more options at our disposal than ever to make our preparedness efforts as effective and productive as possible. However, it’s important that we keep things simple and get some fundamentals down before we become distracted by a lot of the bells-and-whistles that are out there in preparedness land.
Making our Own Clothes
Imagine a worst-case scenario where you lose your backpack or survival kit and have no clothes other than the ones on your back. Consider what you would do if they get destroyed. How would you make replacements? Can you tan a hide? Can you make leather to convert into shoes? Can you make something from fresh wool or feathers as a way to stay warm?
This is one skill that our ancestors had simply because there weren’t any other options, and it’s one that has been all but forgotten. However, it was something that our ancestors needed to do every day, and it was part of normal, everyday life. We hardly ever think about being in such a position these days, but it’s always a possibility. Consequently, it may be worthwhile to get a basic sense of how to make your own clothes, just in case.
We all know that ancient civilizations had a strong grasp of navigation by using the sun, moon, stars or landmarks. They could tell time, orient themselves, and even create transportation or migration routes. This was happening at a time long before maps, globes or navigational instruments were invented. While things did take a giant leap forward once we started creating tools to navigate and tell time, it still required a skill set that was considered to be second-nature to many people.
However, our modern way of life has virtually-eliminated the need for us to know how to use many of those tools, let alone rudimentary skills to find our way around. Learning basic navigational skills, even celestial navigation, is not that difficult, but it takes some time and practice. It’s also a skill worth developing and perfecting, because there are a limitless number of circumstances that can arise that would require you to use them.
Tracking and Hunting
We were hunters before we were farmers, and one of the first things that are ancestors learned was how to forage for food and hunt. They knew their environment. They knew what animals and plants were edible. They knew how to watch their behavior, monitor their movements and hunt them with great efficiency. This was another skill that was second-nature and passed on at a very early age. It was also a skill that took time to perfect.
It is a skill that we definitely lack, particularly when we’ve adapted to hunting with guns, but what would you do if you didn’t have a gun? Could you throw a spear, fire a dart through a blow gun or use an improvised bow and arrow? Do you know how to set a good trap? These skills have been part of our survival until the relatively-recent past, and we need to get re-acquainted with them in order to have a fighting chance at survival during a situation that sends us back into the dark ages.
While it is true that modern medicine has been able to keep more people alive, many game-changing drugs came from natural sources. For example, penicillin comes from a fungus where aspirin comes from a plant. There are thousands of medicinal plants, animals and compounds that are found in nature that can cure sickness and diseases. Our ancient ancestors had an acute awareness of many herbal and natural remedies that could be used for first aid, to fight infections or to kill viruses.
I’m not saying that we should reject modern medicine, not by any means. However, it’s important that we know about tried-and-true remedies from nature in order to take advantage of them whenever possible. The more you know about natural remedies will put you in a distinct advantage during a SHTF scenario, and this is something that was also second-nature to many of our ancestors.
We’ve become so isolated from our natural environment that it’s easy to forget how to use it to our advantage. Take time to develop these and other skills, and never stop learning as well as passing them on to others. You never know when we’ll face a time when we need to put them to use, and the more prepared we are will increase our chances of getting through it alive.