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She Loves to Fish: Ladies Walleye Weekend 2017

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– I’ve been fortunate to spend time targeting the magnificent walleye on the Bay of Quinte over the years with friends in their boats, and in my own boat.
These large migratory walleye start to make their way into the Bay of Quinte from Lake Ontario during late summer.
This migration creates a unique opportunity to catch huge Lake-grown walleye for those willing to bare the elements as the fish reach the Bay in the fall.
This is one of my favourite fishing experiences and I wanted more women to get out there have an opportunity at catching these world class fish.
Our Guides – Of course this event wouldn’t have been possible at all without a couple of fantastic charter captains who were on board to get this group of ladies out on the water.
The Fishing – What can I say about the fishing?
Embarking on this adventure, all the ladies knew that fishing is fishing.
Thankfully all participants had an opportunity not only to catch walleye (some for the first time ever) but many were trophy-class fish too!
there’s a lot of screaming and cheering in this video, mostly from me!).
Continue reading featured blogger Ashley Rae’s, “Ladies Walleye Weekend 2017” here and visit her blog, “She Loves to Fish.” The Women’s Outdoor News, aka The WON, features news, reviews and stories about women who are shooting, hunting, fishing and actively engaging in outdoor adventure.

Hottest New Compound Bows and Crossbows From the 2018 ATA Show

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The bow show is back.
Both models are also available in 65-pound draw models (a much welcomed option) as well as standard 10-pound increments ranging from 40 to 70 pounds.
Selling for $499, this 32.375-inch bow weighs in at 3.8 pounds and delivers speeds up to 308 fps.
The draw length is easily adjustable from 18-26.5 inches and a weight range of 15-60 pounds.
The new ZT Hyper cam allows for three inches of draw length adjustment and has plenty of zip with speeds up to 340 fps.
The bow sells for $1,099.
The R20 platform features a total length of 34.5 inches with the same narrow profile as previous models (six inches when cocked).
A riser level comes standard with the package as well.
It throws arrows at 410 fps and is available in a package that includes TenPoint’s new EVO-X line of premium accessories (the package includes the EVO-X Marksman scope and EVO-X CenterPunch arrows).
This creates a crossbow system unlike others including controlled acceleration that Mission claims is a key to accuracy.

The Last Cooler You Will Ever Buy

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Our ice chests are built to withstand years of rugged, outdoor exposure and are unaffected by sun or salt spray.
Many companies have sought to imitate the original Frigid Rigid cooler, however Frigid Rigid remains solidly at the top of our industry in performance, reliability, durability, quality of materials and workmanship.
Our reputation as “The last cooler you will ever buy!” is all substance, no hype.
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Our ice chests are built with superior insulation, airtight lids, weatherproof materials, and are tough enough for heavy commercial use.
Frigid Rigid is the only fiberglass cooler made in the USA.
Our ice chests are built to withstand years of rugged, outdoor exposure and are unaffected by sun or salt spray.

Eastward Boats Adds A Big Cat To Their Line

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Port St. Lucie, FL- Eastward Boats is proud to have acquired the molds for a 30’ power catamaran that has a proven hull design with a long history of providing a smooth dry ride, able to withstand the punishment of extreme conditions.
Next > The original design comes from Australia where catamaran style hulls dominate the saltwater boat market due to the rough conditions.
Available in four configurations, center console or cuddy cabins, they have a model that will fit your lifestyle.
The hull design incorporates a high bow that can cruise at displacement speed into a steep head sea, something that other cats don’t do very well.
The tunnel is also rounded for superior strength and softer landings, when compared to catamarans that have squared off tunnels.
This also eliminates stress cracks in the tunnel.
The hull measures 30 feet, 3 inches in length and with a 9 foot, 3 inch beam, it’s easy to trailer.
Each model is constructed with exceptional attention to every detail, something that you can only get from a boat manufacturer that builds each boat one at a time, custom rigged, to the owner’s specifications.
All composite construction, tined wiring, heat-shrunk terminals and S.S. hardware are just a few of the features that allow these boats to stand up to a harsh saltwater environment.
Dave East, Eastwards owner and president, has over 25 years’ experience in boat manufacturing and was one of the founders of Twin Vee Catamarans.

In Defense of Winter Camping

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It’s a process of reasoning that takes valid premises to reach a logically-certain conclusion.
Basically, if you agree with the premises I lay out, then, logically, you must also agree with the conclusion.
Premise 2: Winter camping is camping.
Winter camping, while different, is still camping.
You craft a customized campsite—complete with a perfectly flat tent spot and dining area.
A boiling hot water bottle will keep your toes toasty warm all night long.
And lastly, camping in the winter is more about camping itself.
Conclusion: You love winter camping.
As I mentioned, if you agree that, one, you love camping, and two, winter camping is in fact camping, then you must agree that you will love winter camping.
We’ve been waiting.

Good Hunting Buddies and Makeshift Gear

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I’d bought a brand-new camo belly boat for duck hunting—one of the first models that involved more than a Cordura-covered truck-tire inner tube—and my buddy Lee Davis and I had scouted the perfect duck swamp to give belly-boat hunting a whirl.
He’d lashed a sky-blue boat cushion into the donut hole of a used inner tube from an 18-wheeler.
“I got up at three o’clock in the morning for this hunt, and you show up with a yard-sale boat?” He just grinned and easily bore it.
“Just tough it out.” Just tough it out.
That was his refrain, year after year.
His decoys were anchored with a mishmash of U-bolts and railroad spikes.
Like many of us, I’ve wound up with a ridiculous amount of gear over the years, and I can’t wrap my head around why I keep every worn-out and outdated doodad.
Wet, the jacket must have weighed 15 pounds, and I’m convinced that he wore it long after he probably wanted to.
Same thing with the cotton long johns and the Levi’s jeans under his waders.
I’d do the same, grunting, as he’d stop to turn around and shine that big Rayovac in my eyes and call out, “You coming, tough guy?” Lee Davis would never spring for fancy bird pants, but he would love Banded’s Tall Grass Oil Cotton Chaps ($150; banded.com).

Top New Bow Sights

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Your sight should also be as bright as you need it so that you can easily see your pins in high light, low light, ground blinds during a foggy morning, and any other challenging conditions.
This four-pin mover can be set as a standard, fixed sight or utilized as a mover where the bottom .010-inch pin can cover long-range shots.
To account for varying light conditions, the RheoTech is built to allow you to simply twist the sight’s Rheostat Cover to adjust the FirePin’s brightness.
A new diamond-shaped mounting bar promises extra strength and durability, while each RheoTech provides true third-axis adjustments in addition to offering micro-adjustable elevation and windage.
This five-pin sight, which is also available in a three-pin option, is built with a new feature – Micro 1st Axis adjustment.
Naturally, it also allows for second- and third-axis adjustment as well.
Hoyt PRO XCEED Single-pin sliders find their way onto my bows a lot because they simplify the aiming process and allow me to dial into exact distances, which is something I prefer over gapping or holding pins high or low.
Anyone interested in that style of shooting should consider Hoyt’s latest offering, the PRO XCEED.
This sight comes standard with pre-printed sight tapes, is designed with machined-aluminum to be both lightweight and nearly bulletproof, and if you’re into a little bling on your bow – interchangeable colored sight rings.
This system also allows you to check the exact distance of both pins no matter where the dial is set, and sounds like the ideal option for anyone who likes to call in bull elk or who might have a whitetail chase a doe at 20 yards and then suddenly trot back through at 40.

ZinkerZ and Finesse TRD: New Colors

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The 2 1/2-inch ZinkerZ is the byproduct of using a pair of Fiskar-style scissors to cut the five-inch ZinkerZ in half, which allows a Midwest finesse angler get two ZinkerZs for the price of one.
It is manufactured in array of colors, which is one of the many alluring aspects of the ZinkerZ in the eyes of Midwest finesse anglers, and Z-Man recently created two new colors, which are called Drew’s Craw and White Lightning.
Drew, who is one of the pioneers of Midwest finesse fishing that stems back into the 1960s, has spent many years observing crayfish and pondering how black bass related to them.
Besides the ZinkerZ, Z-Man manufactures the Finesse TRD, Big TRD, Hula StickZ, TRD HogZ, and TRD TubeZ in the Drew’s Craw hue.
The White Lightning ZinkerZ exhibits a blue-pearl hue that is highlighted with hundreds of silver flakes.
Moreover, the Midwest finesse anglers in north-central Texas have found it to be a very effective color in their hill-land reservoirs when the water is stained and the black bass are exhibiting a hankering to forage upon small threadfin shad.
Anglers can also purchase a White Lightning Finesse TRD and Big TRD.
A package of six Drew’s Craw or White Lightning ZinkerZ costs $4.49.
A package of six TRD HogZ costs $4.49.
(2) In our monthly guides to Midwest finesse fishing, there are hundreds of logs and words written about how, when, or where to use the 2 1/2-inch ZinkerZ, Finesse TRD, and Hula StickZ.

Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina’s Wahoo Smackdown Scheduled for February 8-11, 2018

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Next > Spots are still available for the new dates.
Registration fee is $1,500 per boat and includes four anglers, tournament shirts and entry to social events.
Total payout is $25,000 based on 25 registered boats.
Registration fee is 100% refundable if the tournament is canceled due to weather.
About the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina, in Alice Town, Bimini, The Bahamas, is a popular, internationally-regarded boutique Out Island resort less than 50 miles from South Florida.
Registration fee is $1,500 per boat and includes four anglers, tournament shirts and entry to social events.
Total payout is $25,000 based on 25 registered boats.
Registration fee is 100% refundable if the tournament is canceled due to weather.
About the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina, in Alice Town, Bimini, The Bahamas, is a popular, internationally-regarded boutique Out Island resort less than 50 miles from South Florida.
For more information on the Big Game Club Resort & Marina go to www.biggameclubbimini.com

The Beginner’s Guide to Casting Your Own Bullets

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Should you cast your own bullets?
Handloaders of an experimental mind who shoot a variety of rifle and handgun cartridges should definitely cast their own bullets, and casting may be the only source of bullets for obsolete cartridges.
I started casting bullets for my .41 Magnum revolver by melting wheel weights in a lead pot on a Coleman camp stove and pouring the lead alloy from a dipper into an RCBS .41-210-SWC mold.
Over the years, I started buying more molds to cast bullets for rifle cartridges and specific bullets for handgun cartridges, as well as equipment that made casting easier and faster.
Consistent Weight Don’t worry if cast bullets vary somewhat from the manufacturer’s stated weight.
Heating the Mold Wrinkles or rounded bands and bases on a bullet are usually an indication that the mold is not hot enough.
Lead and Tin: Pure lead is required for casting muzzleloader bullets.
C. Bullet Molds: Molds for large bullets, like those for the .45/70, usually have only one cavity, to leave enough surrounding metal to dissipate heat.
Four- or six-cavity molds speed up the casting for handgun bullets.
D. Sizer/Lubricator: Pushing a bullet in and out of a sizer/lubricator press sizes the bullet to the correct diameter, fills the grooves with lubricant, and, if needed, crimps a gas check onto the bullet’s base.

Intro to Map & Compass Class with REI

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Group: REI When: Sunday, January 14, 9 am to 3 pm Where: Discovery Park, Seattle, WA Cost: $60 members/$80 non-members (registration required) Details: During this field outing, we’ll help you see three dimensions of the land in the two dimensions of a topographic map by teaching you how to read contour lines, landmarks and other map features.
We’ll also talk about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination), and help you make sense of it all.
From there, you’ll learn how to take a bearing from the terrain and your map so that you can triangulate your position and plan a route.
Maps and compasses will be provided.
Learn how to read topographic lines and other basic features on a map Learn how to orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass Learn basic compass features and how to utilize the map with a compass Learn how to plot your current position on your map Use a map & compass to navigate to new locations Build confidence in your navigation skills.

Australia’s Historical First Grander Blue Marlin

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Through the decades of Australia’s rich sport-fishing history, there has been one notable omission from its tales of giant fish.
The anglers fishing this continent’s marlin-rich waters have never weighed a blue marlin of at least 1,000 pounds.
That changed on the first day of 2018.
The crew aboard Black Marlin, part of the Peak Sport Fishing fleet and captained by Eddy Lawler, caught a 1,089-pound blue marlin off Exmouth, Western Australia.
It’s the first grander marlin weighed in 2018 anywhere in the world, the new All-Tackle Blue Marlin record for Australia and ends Australia’s quest for a 1,000-pound blue.
The angler credited with the catch is Clay Hibert, of Exmouth.
The fish was teased up to the boat on a Bonze Violator lure and hooked on a striped tuna pitch bait.
Australia is known for its monster black marlin, with an annual tournament in Cairns celebrating the first grander marlin caught more than 50 years ago.
There are also renowned sailfish and swordfish fisheries bringing anglers from all over the world to Australia for its sport fishing.