What lines are best suited when fishing for bass?

Choosing the optimal type of line is a subtlety not many anglers are accustomed with. Normally, you know what size you can use depending on your rod, but that is not enough to know what the best line for bass and conditions is. As with many other pieces of fishing equipment, you have multiple choices and it all goes down to the one you feel most at ease with. Personally, I don’t use a type in particular, but I adapt the line to the fishing conditions in which I find myself.

As you know, the most commonly used lines are braid, monofilament and, the newest entry, fluorocarbon. All of them behave admirably if you know where and how to use them.

Let’s start with fluorocarbon. This line has the great advantage of being highly-reflective which renders it quasi-invisible in water. Its main composing element is Polyvinylidene fluoride, a material that makes this particular type abrasion resistant and water repellant: two incredibly valuable characteristics in a fishing line, especially if you want to use it for a longer period of time.

Monofilament is older than the first type described here, and it is made from a single nylon fiber. Though it looks almost like fluorocarbon, this one is denser, thus not as reflective as the first one, which makes it more visible in water. However, if you’re fishing in unclear, murky waters, it won’t make much of a difference. In addition, manufacturers have lately combined this with other polymers, to render it more transparent.

Braided lines are the oldest fishing lines in the industry. Despite its old age, braid is still one of the top choices for many anglers. It is a highly durable material and it has no stretch at all, which helps you cast great distances with accuracy. As the name implies it, the line is made with braided strands of fabric.The latest engineering technologies maintained the popularity of this line and have endowed it with amazing resistance to abrasion, while conferring it a small diameter. However, braid comes with the disadvantages of being the most opaque of the three types and it is also prone to tangling, especially the lighter types.

It is obvious that each one of them has its advantages and drawbacks and their use is influenced by several factors. A determinant one is the type of bait you use with the line. Heavier baits, such as frogs make good team with braided lines, but there are those that can be teamed up with all line varieties. If you enjoy using spinner baits when fishing for bass, you must definitely go for monofilament or fluorocarbon, because they are less visible in water. However, there are many types of bait that you can match with different sorts of line.

A major factor that you must take into consideration when fishing for bass is its behavior. Because this fish tends to put up a good fight, you might want a more rigid line, like braid, that gives you more control over the fish, but, as I said, there’s no ideal line and choosing the most suitable one depends entirely on you.

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Disappointed with the Napier Sportz III

 

 

With online reviews stating that the Napier Sportz III is one of the best tents for a pickup truck you wouldn’t think this would be a negative review, but after its disappointing performance there are very few positives to write about.

It is true that the Sportz III from Napier is affordably priced, as you can see on Truck tent center, and there are a few convenient features associated with it. The main problem with the truck tent was its advertised size, and the fact that its actual length was not even close. According to the product description and other review sites this truck tent should be able to fit easily in the bed of a Chevy Silverado. This is one of the most common trucks on the road, and it only makes sense that this tent would promote its ability to fit this make and model.

Unfortunately the advertised measurements are slightly off, and this proved to be problematic on this camping trip. The floor on the tent may come with a patented design, but since it was too short for the truck bed this really didn’t matter. Leaves and other debris were able to get inside the tent, and all over our gear which caused additional problems. We  were able to set the tent up and the color coded sleeve and pole system did make this relatively easy, but size was a problem again when it was time to inflate the air mattress.

Since the actual length of the tent floor is only around 6 feet, the air mattress stuck outside the door. The mattress fit perfectly in the truck bed, but was too long for the tent. This gave us the option of sleeping on the hard metal surface or choosing between letting our feet or heads hang outside. Thankfully it wasn’t raining or this could’ve have been a serious problem, though our feet and ankles did get covered with mosquito bites. While this review is not saying you should not buy this tent you do want to be careful and measure everything to ensure the fit is not a problem, especially if you plan on using it with an air mattress. We should also mention that the width of the Sportz III was not an issue, at least for two people so that is a benefit that can be associated with this Napier truck tent.

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My review of the ER-Radio KA600

 

The KA600 is a complete product. It offers not only the basic alert functions, but it combines features that you would only be able to enjoy if acquiring two or three products. As such, this is not the most affordable emergency radio you can find on the market but, if you live in an area with increased natural hazards risk, I strongly advise you to ignore its price and buy it without a second thought.

So what makes this model so reliable? To start with the superficial details, this device is built with shock resistant materials, which will ensure that it will not break in case of accidents that are not something you shouldn’t expect during a tornado or earthquake. In addition, it comes with reduced dimensions and it is ultra-lightweight, which makes it easy to transport.

As an emergency weather alert radio, this small device is able to emit clear alerts, and also inform you of the severity of the received alert, through the three lights placed on the left side of the product. It uses a high-quality speaker that emits clear sounds, so that you can hear the forecast even when you find yourself in a noisy place. The item is capable of receiving all 7 NOAA channels and it has an automatic alert feature, which means that when a NOAA alert is transmitted, your radio will right away emit it, even if you’re not listening to the weather channel.

For emergency situations, when electric power is off, the radio comes with four charging alternatives (besides the AC/DC adaptor): the hand-crank generator, a 180-degree adjustable solar panel, micro USB port and 3 AA batteries. Additionally, you can keep spare batteries around, just to make sure, but, as you can see, this radio offers you plenty of options to rely on, when your batteries run low.

The radio includes a 5 LED lamp and a 3 LED flashlight, in case you need light to find your way at night. The main LED display is big enough for you to see the type of alert displayed clearly, but it also shows the temperature and humidity levels that the radio is capable of measuring. The screen also shows battery levels and time. If you’re charging the device using the solar panel, the display will monitor energy levels, for you to see what the percentage available for use is. The product is endowed with alarm and snooze functions too.

If there’s something you can see as a minus of this product is that the great number of functions is operated through a fairly complicated menu. It is understandable, given its numerous options, but, if you want to be able to maximize its efficacy in an emergency situation, I advise you to learn how to operate its system well when you receive it.

As for tuning options, the device automatically searches radio channels, but you can also manually insert frequencies in its memory. As a last feature, the product is rigged out with a leather strap for you to be able to carry it with no effort.

 

This product can be found on this well-written article as well.

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Why I don’t like the Garmin Echo 151 fish finder

Gone are the days when the fishermen have to depend upon their intuition to catch a big load of fish. The new age fishermen are adopting the latest gadgets specially designed to cater to the difficulty of navigation and locating promising fishing spots.  Among countless gadgets devoted to fishing, a fish finder is created to help fishermen in this dilemma.

As a professional angler, I too believe in adopting new technology to grow my family business of fishing. Recently, I bought a new fish finder marketed under the brand Garmin Echo 151. I have heard a lot of positive reviews and benefits of this product from my buddies who are also in the fishing business. But, when I used it, I was not very impressed with its performance or in other words I was actually disappointed with my decision thereafter. It is a modest looking fish finder that seems to be efficient by its looks, but it has some kind of technical flaws in its operation and in the packing as well.

First of all, its user manual does not explain anything clearly and it takes a good amount of time before you could understand the data displayed about the depth and bottom, after turning it on. According to me that is too slow as compared to other products of the same genre, since by that time the fish might swim away happily. As for the most anglers, time is the major criteria to continue using a gadget. So it is important that a fish finder provides the results as quickly as possible, which is not the case with this product.

 

If you ever try to get the information below say 1.7-1.9 foot depth, it would be impossible with this product, since it will fail to show the readings with accuracy. The plastic cover that is supposed to protect the complete fish finder unit is not sufficient enough to cover it completely. Moreover, you need to buy it separately. This seems to be a major flaw in the product.

 

When you are riding in a boat on open waters, you want a fish finder to do its work reliably. Garmin Echo 151 is a bit unreliable here as it has some issues with its cable connections.  You have to be very careful and alert so that its connections remain intact for an interruption free fishing session.

Not all fishermen are professionals. Some of them are amateurs who just love to sail on water, to challenge themselves and get a catch in return like a trophy for their adventurous nature. Among such challenges kayak fishing is considered to be most enjoyable. Garmin Echo 151 is not designed for a kayak. So if you are a kayak angler, look for another brand that promises what you need.

 

Over all Garmin Echo 151 is an economical fish finder that may not rate very well in case you have some high end expectations in a fish finder.

 

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Are Flotec sump pumps reliable

I’ve started to write this article after reading multiple Q & A articles on sump pumps but which were not useful for me.

Reliability is always a factor to consider when it comes to getting a new sump pump. That’s why we’ve taken the time to go through the products manufactured by some of the most well-known brands in the world. We’ve analyzed units constructed by Wayne, Zoeller, Superior Pump, and Flotec. Some people tend to think that Flotec doesn’t raise up to par if it were to be compared with some of the previously mentioned companies. However, we’ve found that the brand is just as trustworthy as reputable manufacturers. While the company has not been on the market for more than fifty years, it does have over thirty years of experience behind and as such, it has acquired a lot of know-how in the industry.

Based on the information that we’ve come across, it seems that some of the most critically acclaimed products from Flotec are pedestal sump pumps. For some reason or the other, some people choose pedestal alternatives over submersible ones and that’s only understandable, considering that they’re more durable and cost-efficient. One of the most popular models designed by Flotec is the FPPM3600D-01/09, which is a reasonably priced machine that does the trick for most users. The core advantage of choosing this pump is the fact that it costs less than one hundred dollars but it’s just as capable as many of its submersible counterparts.

Over the years, Flotec has invested a lot of time and effort in designing top-notch water-related units. As such, the brand these days produces a broad variety of residential models that never fail to raise up to par. Depending on what you have in mind, you may choose a home water pump system or go for lawn and pool pump. Flotec also builds high-quality sewage and effluent pumps, as well as utility pumps. What’s more, some of the most popular accessories from this brand include anything from jet pump extras to check valves, float switches, and hose kits. In other words, the array of items designed by this company is downright baffling. Nevertheless, it might be worth pointing out that, as the slogan of the company claims it to be, water is Flotec’s business. Therefore, you won’t find any items in other categories that have been manufactured under this name.

It might be difficult to say whether or not Flotec sump pumps are reliable in all cases, and that’s mostly due to the fact that not all machines are created the same, just like not all users have the same expectations. Whether you’re looking for a pedestal or a submersible alternative, the fact of the matter is that Flotec is a trusted manufacturer as it also offers excellent customer support. If you were to buy a product from this brand, you’d have no problem regarding the warranty or various return policies. Besides, the brand’s website allows owners to register their products and take advantage of all the benefits offered by their purchase.

After all, this company is among the few worldwide manufacturers that are able to provide a multitude of professional pumps. Contractors seem to be great fans of these sewage and sump pumps, and for good reason, too.

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