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Onshore fishing has been a little off for you lately.
Not that you are struggling to find and catch fish onshore, but it has just become too monotonous and predictable for you.
You want to experience the unpredictability of the offshore fishing game. Right from the middle of the deep waters.
Unfazed, you really want to embrace the thrill and excitement of saltwater sports fishing that you have only seen on popular TV shows like Shark Men or Deadliest Catch, until now.
But the problem is, you are yet to find someone who can teach you how to go about it.
If so, then you have come to the right place.
Today, we will share with you some advice and tips to help you to get your first plunge in the ultimate fishing experience that which we master anglers call saltwater sports fishing!
So, let’s start with the very basic: the gears.
Saltwater fishing gears are many. However, since you are just starting off, you don’t need them all; you only need the essential gears.
Essential saltwater sports fishing gear include saltwater rod and reel, line, hooks exclusively designed for saltwater fishing, bait/lure, downrigger (depending if your targeting fish at the bottom) and life jacket.
The next thing you need to decide on is the fishing spot and when you want to go saltwater fishing. This decision would encompass many considerations such as your budget when it would be most convenient for you to go fishing and the type of fish you want to catch.
For instance, here in Cabo San Lucas, saltwater fishing is quite economical. The place is best known for marlin fishing and you can expect to catch a marlin at any time of the year except in the months of April and May. Besides marlin, you can also find other varieties of fish in Cabo.
You can ask for help from the gear shop from which you bought the gears, or you can even ask experienced anglers in your circle to guide you better. Local fishermen might also be willing to help.
Of course, don’t forget to carry supply essentials for your deep-sea fishing trip. Sunblock, sunglasses, food and water, these are the typical items that you’ll be needing for your trip. If you have rented a fishing charter, you might not need to carry these items at all.
Good companies provide on deck fresh food services and also the fishing equipment that you need for saltwater fishing. You can also avail their fishing crew services who will accompany you on your fishing trip and will provide you with all the necessary guidelines and information on how to make a solid catch.
Closing off, learning about saltwater sports fishing is a never-ending process. Even the experienced anglers can’t say they know everything about it. You are just getting started and now that you are finally into it, we hope it becomes your favorite hobby.
The author is an active member of blogging community at Tag Cabo Sportfishing and loves to talk and share his expertise on everything related to fishing. His company, Tag Cabo Sportfishing, organizes and expedites sport fishing trips and adventures in Cabo San Lucas and La Paz. The company provides yacht charter services, fishing fleet rental solutions and also sells fishing gear for saltwater fishing and surf fishing. Visit the company’s website for more information.
Let’s be honest; there’s a huge difference between being cynical and being a realist.
Cynicism is an attitude that characterizes a general mistrust of the people around you. Being a realist means that you see things without a filter i.e. you consider positive things and negative things to be just that.
Ergo, you cannot be a cynic and a realist at the same time. After all, cynicism teaches you a general mistrust. Realism shows you that unlike a cynic, you still can see the potential for goodness.
And that is what you must teach your mind.
Rewiring Your Cynical Mind – What You Must Do
1. Confront Your Negativity
Even you know deep down that this isn’t the way to live life. Rather than dismissing an entire group of people because you just know they’ll betray you, be cautious.
Confront this wave of negativity you have taking over you, and accept that there are all types of people in the world. There are untrustworthy people, but there are also nicer people who will try their best to boost you.
Don’t miss out on the chance to meet them just because you don’t want to try.
2. Pay Attention to Your Thought Patterns
What are you thinking about? Is it that nasty coworker who wants to make your life miserable? Or are you thinking about how much fun you had with your friends a few days ago?
For a cynical mind, going to a negative thought is much easier than a positive one. But the key to having a balanced and peaceful mind is to bend those thought patterns and retain positive ideas.
Focus on the little victories and happier days. Think about those times when you’re feeling frazzled. You’ll feel your body relaxing.
3. Remove Negative People from Your Life
If you can’t do so, perfect your poker face and switch to it when they start ranting about their life then daydream. All of us have something or the other happening in our lives. You don’t want someone else’s burdens on top of your own.
Whether you want to admit it or not, other people’s negativity does have a great impact on you, since you’re the one they’re unburdening their troubles on. Don’t take on their problems.
However, if it’s someone who means something to you that’s doing the ranting, listen and be kind. But don’t fret over their problems. They’re grown-ups. They’ll handle it.
4. Create an Atmosphere of Joy
If it seems like some things just aren’t working right, stop. Lean back, close your eyes and take a deep breath, maybe two. Be compassionate towards yourself.
Furthermore, be compassionate towards other people as well.
Remember; you’re not the only one who goes through a rough time. If you see someone else fretting or going through a rough patch, have a conversation. Do little favors, like buy them a cup of coffee or send a funny picture. Do your part in creating a positive space.
5. Bring Positivity at the Forefront
It’s not an easy job for a cynic to be positive, but it’s not impossible either. Do what you can to sway your mind from the negative thoughts.
Use a mode of inspiration, every time you feel your mind going back on the same negative track. Buy beautiful abstract angel paintings from Dove’s Angels and use them as your guide for positivity. Use art to provide you with that mental peace you need in tumultuous moments.
The Bottom Line…
Break through those walls you’ve built around yourself and focus on living a positive life. Not today, not tomorrow but some day, you will start to feel that mindfulness, that happiness and that peace of mind that you so desperately need to live a happier life.
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Don’t we all just hate those last minute packing frenzies? Do I really need all this make-up or would the basics do? Why don’t I throw in all the five tops, I’ll see which one to wear once I get there!
Let’s admit it, when packing for trips, often times practicality loses the battle against aesthetics and access to options.
If you’ve ever been on a hiking trip and quickly realized that packing that would have been better than this, you know the frustration!
Following is a list to help you pack lightly when traveling with a backpack.
Basic Toilet Bag
You want to look pretty even when hiking or backpacking in the country, which is understandable. Additionally, some toiletry items are absolutely necessary for the entire trip!
A basic toiletry packing list includes:
- Refillable travel bottles of shampoo, face-wash, and conditioner
- Venus razor refills
- Extra contacts
- One deodorant
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Nail clippers
- Small makeup bag with necessary items
Think on your feet when packing shoes for the backpacking adventure. Also think about practical aesthetics especially when you are going to visit small towns and villages during the trip.
Gladiators are absolutely vital. These sandals can increase the glam factor out of any outfit, even boring jeans and t-shirt!
Besides a pair of neutral colored gladiator sandals, pack sneakers and flip-flops. Avoid footwear with too many buckles or heels.
Quick-Drying Travel Towel
It doesn’t seem practical to pack a small bag of wipes or napkins especially if traveling where you can rest and stay in small towns. Pack a quick-drying towel, a must-have travel accessory for such a trip!
These towels can easily absorb about 2x their weight in water and still air-dry thoroughly overnight.
Why not pack a normal cotton towel? In addition to being big in size and bulky, cotton towels take a long time to dry properly. Left-over moisture in the towel can also make your bag and clothes smell like mold.
Flexible Water Bottle
Isn’t it better to drink water from local water sources rather than dragging a big plastic bottle (and buying a new one at each stop)? You should also look for a plastic bottle that doesn’t take up much space in your backpack.
Flexible water bottles are incredibly lightweight and hardly take any room in the daypack.
Mixed and Matched Clothing
Pack clothes that have multi-purposes and can be mixed and matched to make completely new outfits! As a rule, pack three pairs of socks, three pairs of underwear, and three shirts. You can wear one even if the other two are being washed and dried.
Legwear takes a lot of miles during any backpacking adventure. Pack two pairs of pants and one culturally appropriate pair of shorts or skit. You can also pack a Capri pant and a sarong to act as a multi-purpose clothing option.
Always choose light, flowing, and quick drying blends that don’t get wrinkled easily.
What is the most important thing to remember when backpacking or hiking? Choosing a bag that fits everything and is still lightweight and easy to carry, which can be found at Aarn USA – an online store that offers hiking gear, backpacks and daypacks! Make your selection today!
Standing on the shoreline, surrounded by an expansive blend of fishing opportunities, the inquisitive angler in you ponders – should you steer your boat to the left or to right?
How about you park it on the bayside, and head straight for the drylands?
Yes, the beach.
And don’t undermine the offerings of the shallow saltwater; there, awaits a contrasting catch in the brine, ready to reward every surf-caster for their share of efforts.
Ah, so the previous ‘disappointing’ surf fishing experiencing is still fresh in your memory?
Give it another shot and this time, based on our recommendations; make your next surf fishing adventure a worthwhile addition to your already rich fishing Rolodex.
Tip #1: Know the territory
Surf fishing conditions vary from one shore to another. Before you set foot in the reduced waves, it’s vital you know in advance what you can expect from the tossed cast. A brief survey of the site should serve you well, and if you can get some insight from the locals, that would great.
Tip #2: Keep a keen eye on the surf
Read the tide and current pattern. It will provide you with a wealth of information about which spots to target when placing your bait. Look in particular for areas where smoother, flatter seas dominate.
Tip #3: While you are at it, don’t ignore the weather
Wind speed and atmospheric pressure dictate where fish are likelier to venture and at what times. A calm sea implies that you are more likely to find them in deep waters during daylight and can expect their return to the shore once the sun starts setting into the dusk. On the other hand, strong winds at the shore is most likely a good sign.
Tip #4: Use real bait
Artificial lures are best if you are surf-casting for the first time, but since you are not — you are here to improve on your previous experiences and target a valuable catch — we would suggest using real baits. Fresh shrimp, as such, would be an ideal choice.
Tip #5: Go for the accuracy rather than the distance
Look, I can break all national records of casting – I can cast at great distances…
All too often, surf casters adopt this attitude, looking to prove a point to their accompanying buds. Yes, casting long has its benefits but for that:
- You need to have a super technique
- You need to be physically strong
- You need to be using a high-quality casting gear
Since not everyone is resourced or capable enough in all these three departments, it’s better to go for accuracy. How can you achieve accuracy? By following surf fishing tips 1, 2 and 3.
And well, that’s pretty much it. Next time you go surf fishing, follow these tips and we assure you that by the end of the day, you will have plenty of fresh seafood to grill.
The author is an active member of blogging community at Tag Cabo Sportfishing and loves to talk about and share his expertise on everything related to deep sea fishing and surf fishing. His company, Tag Cabo Sportfishing, provides fishing fleet rental solutions and yacht charter services in Cabo, San Lucas Mexico. Visit the company’s website for more information.
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