Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sculling Experience

Nothing is better than a calm sunny day on the bay sculling. Knowing that it's sunny and calm on the water is a great feeling. These white collars and mallards tuck their head under their wings and sleep on the calm water. Sculling in on these birds and getting 25 yards on a thousand sleeping birds is a thrill. But pulling up and watching these birds fall is even more of a thrill. My favorite bird to scull is the Black Brant. When sculling these birds they are a challenge to scull. There are many techniques to scull on these birds. First it starts out with the sun to your back, tide in your favor, and find small groups of bids so they are not as many eyes. With these tips, this can help you kill Black Brant out of a scull boat. The most challenging thing about sculling Brant is when they know you are close to them so they swim on you and trust me, they are a chore to catch.

I learned how to scull when I was about fourteen with my Dad out on South Bay. Sculling was a chore to me back then. Over the years I have made many mistakes while sculling birds. But over the years I have learned from those mistakes, and worked my way out of those mistakes to be a better sculler. A lot of people hear about other scullers killing birds, so it drove them to get a scull boat. But what they don't see is how much work it is to scull, not only sculling but rowing around the bay back and forth to get the birds. At the end of the day a handful of people end up selling their boats because of the hard work that is put into it.    


Friday, December 2, 2016

Scott Sederberg
Trout fishing is a very diverse and amazing activity that you can enjoy here on the north coast. There are many ways to catch a trout including fly fishing, bait fishing, or using artificial lures. They all are very effective although some work better during different types of the year. No matter which way you use though you will need to purchase your fishing gear.Fly fishing is when you use a super light hook that is wrapped with yarn or feathers to make it look like a bug or a small fish, this is called “the fly”. “The fly” is extremely light and sits on top of the water where the fish can eat it like a bug. The tackle used for this is extremely light and you use weighted line to make your cast since the fly is so light, once you hook a fish the fight is most of the challenge. The rod is very light and flimsy so it's very hard to control it and land the fish once hooked. The fishing is very visual and depends on clear water so you can present your fly close to fish.

Bait fishing is another way to catch fish but is very different from fly fishing. When bait fishing you use a spinning rod and reel which is a lot heavier tackle than in fly fishing. You use a heavy hook and weight on light transparent line, with scented bait. You cast your bait out and wait for the fish to find it and bite the hook. This type of fishing takes lot of patience because you sit and wait instead of making casts. This way is easier to land the fish though because the tackle you use is so much heavier so you can control the fish very well. This also depends on what the fish are eating which can be hard to target.

Fishing with an artificial lure is another way to catch trout. This way uses a heavy rod with light transparent line and a weight with a lure on the end. Most the time the lure will mimic an injured fish swimming or something flashy. The lures can be soft and gummy, metal, or a hard plastic. Using this technique you need to spot the fish and place your lure in front of the fish so that it can see it and bite it. This form of fishing also requires you to reel the lure in before every cast because the pole and reel need the lure close to make a cast.