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Berkley Havoc Pit Boss

Skeet Reese discusses the entire pit boss family. There are 3 sizes of pit boss lures and Skeet explains when or why he chooses which one to fish when. Check out the Berkley website for the entire line of Berkley Havoc Baits.

 

 

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Protect Yourself From the Sun

I can’t tell you how many times guys tell me that they don’t use or don’t want sunscreen. Their argument is often that the scent will be on your hands and get on your lures. With everything we know about skin cancer, this is unacceptable to me. First, we have conventional sunscreen. If you put it on before you start fishing and wash your hands the scent will be gone before you start fishing. This will not get you through an entire day. Second, we have spray on sunscreen. The spray never touches your hands and can be applied several times a day without much effort. Finally, there is UV protective clothing including light weight long sleeved shirts, head and neck covers, and even gloves. In this day and age there is no reason to come over the water sun burnt and in discomfort. Remember to do this in cold weather as well. It is the most common time to get burnt because you can’t tell until it is too late.

UV Shirt Mask Hood

UV Shirt Mask Hood

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Cheap Bobber

wine bottle corkBeing an avid outdoorsman I am constantly trying to find ways to reuse as many everyday items. Something I have found to work quite well is using wine bottle corks as bobbers. Typically, I take the wine bottle cork and cut it in half. my next move is to spray paint the cork whatever color I desire. Sometimes I don’t even bother to paint them, but the kids always like bright colors. Next I take my cordless drill with a 3/32 drill bit and drill the hole centered in the cork from top to bottom. At this point you have a slip bobber and can be used as such. However, I typically take a toothpick and use it as a bobber stop. This system helps the environment and saves money at the same time.

 

 

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Trailer Bearings

Bearing Buddy Cap

Bearing Buddy Cap

When was the last time you check the trailer bearings? Most guys make sure they keep up with the maintenance on the boat, motor and equipment, but most of the time they overlook their boat trailer. It can be as simple as jacking the trailer up rocking the tires and letting the jack down if all seems good. If your trailer has bearing buddies it is a good idea to pump some grease into the bearings a few times a year depending on how often the trailer in being towed. This simple maintenance can save you from being stuck on the side of the road.

 

 

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Clean Your Rod Guides?

In the following video Aaron Martens explains how cleaning your rod tips and eyes and help make your line last longer and reduce the risk of break offs. Most guys think to clean their reels, but never clean their rod eyes.

 

 

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Fishing Line in Outboard Prop

Watch this video about how to properly remove fishing line from your outboard motor prop. In the past when fishing on friends boats or my own we have had this same situation and immediately removed the line when we got back to the house. A few minutes or your time can save some major issues in the future.

 

 

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Cleaning Your Livewell

Here is a video explaining how to clean your livewell and aeration system of a Bass Cat bass boat. Even if you do not own a Bass Cat there is some good information about how to clean your livewell, pumps, and aeration bars. Enjoy as Kevin Short explains.

 

 

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Donkey Rig

The donkey rig has been around for quite a while now. Check out this video by Mark Menendez explaining how he rigs it, when he uses it, and the best times to try the rig. My experience is that it is at it’s best during the prespawn in clear water.

 

 

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Uni Knot

There are different techniques that work better with different knots. This video explains one version of the uni knot.

 

 

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Berkley Havoc Beat Shad

Berkley Havoc lures are best known for their ability to catch bass and the Beat Shad is no different. Typically I rig them on a 1/4 oz jig and slow roll them. It has also became my favorite lure to add to an umbrella rig. A few more applications where it excels are as trailers for spinnerbaits and bladed jigs, shaky head, and swim jig trailers. The video below tells us that these lures should not be over looked for walleye.

 

 

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