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Fishing Tip – WD-40 as a Bait Additive

That’s right, the title says “bait additive.” And I am talking about the versatile lubricant known as WD-40.

WD-40 or ‘Water Displacement #40’ was developed in 1953 by the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. They were searching for a solvent that would prevent rust and act as a degreaser to protect missile parts. It took several tries to perfect this ‘water displacement’ compound and when they succeeded with the fortieth formulation, they called it “WD-40”.

What many people don’t know about the product is that it’s basic ingredient is Fish Oil and hence, it attracts fish. It’s simple to use, just spray a little on live bait or lures just like you would some of the other, much more expensive, chemical compounds that are made for attracting fish. Be aware, though, that some state game laws prohibit the use of chemical laced baits or lures. However, most game wardens probably wouldn’t think twice if the saw a can of WD-40 in your boat. After all, it shouldn’t seem out of place since there’s so many practical uses for the product (i.e. It takes the sting away from fire ant bites and immediately stops the itch.)

So, now I think I’ll head down to the dock with my WD-40 and try to get those squeaks out of the boat rack. Maybe I’ll take my inflatable pontoon and fishing pole along, too (wink, 😉 wink).

Float Tubes: Form, Function, and Comfort

By Guest Author, Victoria Adams

A float tube or Belly boat is an inflatable flotation device used in fly fishing. They are basically a seat for a fisherman to sit in while he fishes a lake that is inaccessible by boat, and they generally allow a fisherman to fish more area on a lake than he would from a boat. Float tubes are also better for the environment because they are man powered by using a pair of fins or flippers, rather than gas powered. They are economical and come in a range of prices as low as $60.00. They have a compact portability fitting into a space no bigger than your average back pack. They can go from packed to lake worthy in less than 15 minutes depending on the type of air pump used. Many different styles offer different storage options, so where ever you go, your gear can go with you too.

One of the basic styles of float tubes is The Round Boat Float Tube made by the Creek Company. It looks like a doughnut with a back rest and a seat in the center. It is made of a 14 gauge PVC main bladder and has a separate backrest bladder; the outer cover is heavy duty 420 denier nylon, with a 20” interior diameter and 3 pockets for gear storage. It’s like having your own personal foot powered yacht. With its 225 lb capacity and fishing rod holder straps you don’t have to worry about losing anything to the water.  Its 6 pound weight makes it very portable and enjoyable to use on any lake fishing trip.

A different option would be to go with a U style boat like the Original U-boat Float tube, also made by the Creek Company. U style boats have an easier accessibility due to the open front style so there is no stepping into it. The tension straps keep the boat from collapsing on the water. The 14 gauge PVC main bladder and separate backrest bladder seat you higher above the water and give you a better maneuverability when you are on the water. The side pockets and one large rear top pocket give you plenty of storage space for everything you will need so you don’t have to get out of the water, multiple rod-holder straps for hands free use. It has a weight capacity of 275lbs, and weighs about 7 pounds so it is very packable. It is also designed to be carried on your back fully inflated so you can switch lakes without having to deflate it.

A pontoon style float tube is another option you could take when looking for stability, visibility, and safety as comfort and portability. The Kennebec Pontoon Float Tube has some very nice features like a Hydrodynamic hull shape for maximum stability, buoyancy, and tracking. It has a unique sculpted design, and a high back stadium seat with adjustable backrest for support and comfort. The horizontal rod holder assures that you’re not going to drop your rod as you get in or out of the lake, and the roomy armrest storage with additional pockets are a bonus for keeping other things as well as your gear in, plus the additional rear storage pocket and exterior mesh storage pocket make it easy to pull a day trip out on a lake. The Kennebec has a weight capacity of 300 lbs it has a 48” width and a 54” length. It is heavier than the Round boat at 12.75 lbs, but still reasonably easy to maneuver to those remote area lakes.

Shopping for a float tube can be difficult in some areas of the country. Float tubes for fishing are often easier to find in online stores than even the big outdoor sports retail outlets. All of the fishing float tubes I’ve mentioned in this article are available online at PortableKayaks.com.

Whatever style you choose; wherever you go fishing a float tube is a fun, affordable, comfortable way to enjoy and relax in the water. Always remember to fish responsibly, legally, and safely. Follow the proper channels find out if float tube fishing is allowed on the venue you choose to take, clean up after yourself and leave the environment as undisturbed as possible. There are some videos on YouTube that show some examples of fishing from a float tube, if you want to check them out.

Thank you, and happy fishing.

How to Know When You’re Hooked on Fishing

by Vivian Miller (Guest Author)

When you go swimming with your children and you catch yourself packing a fishing pole and bait that is a sure sign that you are hooked on fishing. The good news is that there are no 12 step programs for this addiction only one step program, acceptance. After you reach this step there are many helpful tools out there to make your outings more worthy of bragging to your support group (Fellow fishing addicts). Many of these tools are free. It is a rather cheap addiction.

The first thing you will need to do is get your fishing license. You are not required to obtain this if you are under the age of 16 or if you are legally blind or disabled. I would still stop at my local dept of wild life and game to find out what papers I should carry with me to prove this. This way I can be sure to avoid the dreaded ticket for fishing without a license. They will be able to answer any questions you have about your local laws seeing as they are the ones we rely on to enforce them.

Next is your standard paraphernalia, also known as tackle. Luckily not all addicts are after the same fish so your tackle will vary slightly from one angler to the next. If you are already admitted addicts (anglers) then you probably already know the fish that gets your heart pumping when it is at the end of your line. This will help you in picking out your paraphernalia.

Let’s start first by discussing the ever important pole that you will need to pick out. An ultra light rod is great for trout or the ever abundant brim. However I would not hit the rivers in search of catfish with this rod. If you do you will find yourself going home with broken dreams and a broken rod. For this kind of the river I would go with a medium heavy duty to a heavy duty rod. They are more substantial and able to withstand the pull of the current and the fight of a heavy and well muscled fish on the end of it. If small mouths are what gets your motor running then you will want a medium pole. They give a good fight and this pole will make it lots of fun to reel them in without missing the bite all together like you would on a larger pole. You also want to think about the type of water you will be in. The stronger the current the longer the rod is a good rule of thumb.

Live bait is great however you should check with your local conservation dept. Some live bait can harm your favorite fishing spot if it is not native to the water source you are fishing. Also live bait does not do well in your tackle box in the trunk for weeks. So I would find an alternative to keep in your tackle box long term. Lures and rubber worms do well so does stink bait. Do not give up on the live bait though. It is a great thing to have in your arsenal for a well planned fishing trip; however, your more durable baits that stay in your tackle box are great for the unexpected fishing fixes on the fly.

On a side note … you may be content to fish from shore during these “addiction attacks”, but for those who really need to get out on the water, there’s always the handy dandy inflatable fishing boat that can be easily stored in your car trunk and inflates via foot pump in less than ten minutes.

I hope this has helped all my fellow addicts to take that all important and last step in our program: Acceptance.

"Brother Blue" Bass Tournament

One of our fishing friends in Texas asked if we could mention this fishing tournament that helps raise funds for “Santa Cop”, a charitable Christmas gift and food program. “Santa Cop” has provided gifts for up to 1,800 children in recent years.

The Grand Prairie Police Association and the Texas Chisholm Trail Crime Prevention Association will be hosting the 6th Annual “Brother Blue” Bass Tournament to be held at Joe Pool Lake near Mansfield, Texas (76063) on April 24, 2010. Entry fee is $100 per 2 person team. There will be an option of a monetary payout or prizes offered to the top anglers.

For more information or entry forms, contact Dennis Porter at 214-682-0579 or e-mail him at dporter@gptx.org .

The Traveling Man (Chapter 2 – Old Ed's Pontoon (Part 2))

(Candace Clayton is an author who’s written novels, poetry and other short stories. She was kind enough to write this fictional adventure series specifically for the Inflatable Kayak Blog about ‘The Traveling Man’, a kayaker who tells us tales about his youthful adventures with his buddies on the rivers where he grew up. We hope you enjoy it!)

(When left our hero, he and his buddy John we’re falling asleep with dreams of being the one to catch the biggest fish in the lake. Old Ed had promised them a fishin’ trip after their hard work on the farm. It was to be another eventful day … )

Sure enough, Ed woke us up bright and early the next morning. After a big breakfast, we made some sandwiches and grabbed a thermos of coffee for Ed, he couldn’t go more than a hour without his coffee, and headed for Ed’s rusty ol pickup. It was a gorgeous summer morning. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the fish were sure to be biting.

When we stepped out the door, we saw a sight that stopped us in our tracks. Hitched to Ed’s truck, Bessie, he liked to call her, was the strangest looking boat we had ever seen. Ed chuckled at us and told us to close our mouths before we swallowed a fly. “Hadn’t you boys ever seen a pontoon boat before?” he says, “Thought you two grew up on the river?”

Old Pontoon BoatA boat he called it. No boat I ever saw two long, round things under it. Did that thing actually float? I wasn’t so sure, but Ed seemed to think it would, so we headed for the lake. Sure enough, when we got it off the trailer and into the water, it floated. I was amazed, to say the least. John was fascinated by the way the water churned up around them there pontoons and kept leaning over the side to watch. I told him to be careful; he always had been accident-prone. Captain Klutz we called him.

I was just throwing my line in, getting ready to catch a big one, when I heard a holler and a huge splash. Yep, John had gone in headfirst. I wasn’t worried, he could swim better than he could walk. I turned back around and watched my fishing bobber as it moved around on top of the lake. I figured John would climb back up on that pontoon boat in a few minutes.

After about five minutes had passed and no John, I began to get a little bit nervous. Where was he? He was gonna ruin my fishing time with his shenanigans. I was reluctantly pulling my shirt off to jump in after him, when his head popped up way down the lake. He was hollering something and waving his arms around his head. I couldn’t hear him, he was to far away. I yelled out, “Can’t hear ya!” He had swum closer to the boat by this time and I heard, “She’s here!” Well, I forgot all about fishing at that point. I whipped my shirt off and jumped right in that lake. Swimming out to where John was at, I started diving down as far as I could. We searched for hours, but didn’t see her again. Disappointed, we climbed back on the boat with Ed. Ed didn’t say a word.  He pulled his line in and set off to the bank.

That night after dinner had been eaten and the kitchen cleaned up, we went out to the front porch and Ed lit his pipe. After he got it lit and had taken a puff, he pulled it out of his mouth and looked at us. “You boys hunting the mermaid?” he asked. “You know about the mermaid?” I said, we hadn’t talked to anyone about her but each other. We figured people would think we were nuts. “Well, sure I do, most fishermen in these parts have seen her at one time or another. She wasn’t always a mermaid ya know.  No sir, she used to be just as human as you two boys. “ Feeling a good story-telling coming on, I had to ask, “What happened to her?”

“Well, it was a long time ago. There was a young Indian maiden, by the name of Talula. Her name meant, “Leaping Water.”  Talula was the most beautiful maiden in her tribe. She was to marry one of the best hunters in the tribe. Her half-sister, whose name has been forgotten with over time, was in love with the young brave and madly jealous of Talula. She went to the river, the night before Talula’s wedding night, and cast a spell on her sister. “ “The spell caused Talula to sleep walk into the river and she drowned. Legend says that after her death, the sprits turned her into a beautiful creature with the upper body of a young maiden and the lower body of a sea creature. She spends her days and nights making sure no other innocent suffer the same fate she suffered.”

We sat in silence on the porch, each lost in our thoughts. I could see in my mind, Talula, as she walked to her death, asleep and unaware. I looked at John and saw he was thinking the same thing I was. The lovely creature we had seen must have died in a similar manner as Talula. We knew we hadn’t seen Talula. The mermaid we had seen had blonde hair and blue eyes. There had to be more than one. We knew we would never give up in our quest to find her and see if we could discover how she became a mermaid.

(New Chapters of “The Traveling Man” series are published on a regular basis here in the Inflatable Kayak Blog. Check back soon for another chapter or set your computer to receive our RSS feed and you’ll be informed automatically when more stories are posted.)

The author, Candace Clayton, lives in Granbury, Texas with her Husband and family, spending as much time in the outdoors as she can.