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Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Blog for Stories, Tips and Reviews

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Best Odds of Catching A Muskie

Troy Thomas

Muskie fishing windows of opportunity open and shut all the time. Major windows relate to seasonal patterns. Each Calendar Period and water temperature range corresponds to general locational and behavioral patterns. Phases of each lunar cycle affect muskie behavior. Each day, moonrise, moon overhead, moonset, and moon-under-foot times can spur a bite.

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When Fly Fishing in Saltwater, if Your Fly Isn’t Moving, You’re not Fishing

Troy Thomas

For a fish to see your fly as food, it must have the right action, but there are factors at work that the angler may not perceive. Have you ever wondered why many saltwater fly lines are so brightly colored? It’s not a fashion statement, it’s a tool and often the key to catching fish.

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Shake, Rattle, and Roll for Summer Smallmouth Bass

Troy Thomas

I’m a life-long smallmouth addict! I’ve had opportunities to sample some of the best fisheries across the U.S. Yet the thrill of chasing these special fish isn’t diminished when I can’t cast a line on world-class water. If I must work a little harder to catch fish, it makes the reward that much sweeter.

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Going Shallow When Everyone is Fishing Deep

Troy Thomas

I can be found bass fishing in shallow when everyone is fishing deep. I’d almost rather stay home than go out knowing I’ll probably be fishing deeper than 10′ all day long. It’s just how I feel and frankly, have always felt. Now, I have had my rear handed to me over the years because I refused to go deep when I should have. However, even during those tournaments, I can think back and find the mistakes which cost me.

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Summer Family Vacation Blast 2017 is upon us!

Misty Smith

Floatie + Fishing Summer Vacation Bliss

 

 I have become a huge fan of the website AirBNB.com. My family and I have turned to it time and again, and we are ALWAYS so impressed with the places we find. It’s great for last minute trips, or when you don’t have much to spend on a hotel. We have rented tiny little shacks on the Red River, and fished to our hearts content. We have stayed in huge sprawling cabins in the “Bluegrass Capital” of the south. The photo above was from a cabin we found on Sylamore Creek last year. We had the whole place to ourselves. The cabin was right on the water, and we spent the majority of each day doing just what you see. (BTW, we call call that "floatie fishing" and the little ones have perfected the art.) We’ve stayed in hip urban bungalows that were just a short walk to the BOK center in Tulsa, OK. I’ve never had a bad experience! Recently, I decided to place my own cabin near Lake Ouachita (in Arkansas) up for rent on their website. I reached out to all the other hosts that I had rented from in the past and offered them an opportunity to swap houses for a week during the summer. We have decided to travel the U.S. and feel this would be the best way to do it on a dime! I’m so excited about the two trips we already have planned!

Why didn’t I ever think of this before? I guess my first thought was something along the lines of, “Why would anyone want to take a vacation to Royal, Arkansas?” I think I sometimes forget how amazing my home state is. Do you do this with your hometown, too? When I drove to work the next day I decided to open my eyes to everything on my drive as if I were a new visitor. Those beautiful green mountains in the distance, I forgot were there. The many bridges that take me across two different lakes on the way into town, I had grown too accustomed to seeing. I had become blind to the beauty of my daily surroundings. Although I am still very excited to chronicle our trip across the U.S. this summer, I have found a renewed love for the vacation spot I call home!

We are nearing the last big push to get through this school year, and will soon begin the countdown to our next big adventure! To be continued…. (yay!)

 Have you ever used AirBNB? What was your experience like? What's your favorite AirBNB spot?