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  1. NCangler
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      My Observations on Snakes

    Submitted by member animaljosh

    I have had loads of free time as of late and have been checking out past threads here in the hope of making the days pass faster. I’ve had lots of giggles and gained a lot of insight. There is one subject here that I feel needs some clarification. That subject is reptiles…..specifically snakes (alligators are a close second…) I am going to take this opportunity to try and shed some light on an obviously misunderstood subject. I know it’s hard to “teach old... [Read More]
    Author:: NCangler member animaljosh
  2. NCangler
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      Post VHF Marine Radios

    by Alan Sorum - Feature Writer for Boating & Sailing at suite101.com
    [email protected]

    A VHF (Very High Frequency) marine radio is essential safety gear that needs to be aboard all vessels. There are appropriate VHF's built for every type of watercraft. Manufacturers now produce small capable handheld radios that are suitable for a coat pocket or even the smallest boat. A cellular phone is an adjunct, not a replacement for a

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    Author:: Alan J. Sorum
  3. luremaker
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      Post Making custom freshwater baits

    As my handle (Luremaker) goes, I make custom freshwater spinner baits, buzz baits, bass jigs, and have my own store line of soft plastics and crankbaits.

    The make up of a spinner bait consists of basically three parts:
    1. the body or head
    2. the blade or blades
    3. skirt

    Now here is where the fun comes (as I call it) or the confusion, the matching of blades to the heads. There is the Colorado, Willow, Indiana, Tomahawk and the Deep Cup Colorado. The Colorado... [Read More]
    Author:: "Lew" Lew's Rod & Reel
  4. NCangler
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      Post Cleopatra Subject Of First Fish Story - History of Fishing

    Cleopatra Subject Of First Fish Story

    This is going to be a short piece this week because I'm going fishing. I've been too long away from the wily trout, and my equipment needs looking after.

    I always wonder, at times like these, why I don't spend more time with the hook and line. A minister once told me that fishing time is free time. Though the Good Book tells us our days are numbered as are the hairs on our head, my pastor gave it as his considered opinion that the Lord did not coun... [Read More]
    Author:: Lindsey Williams
  5. NCangler
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      Post Bass Fishing Facts You Need to Know

    Some people may not be aware of what bass fishing is. Bass fishing has an interesting story. It begun in the late 18th century and it still continues to develop until today. More and more people have been hooked up with bass fishing. It is in fact one of the most popular hobbies of many people and in most countries. More and more countries have been adopting bass fishing.

    It had probably in the beginning practiced in search for food from among the people in the south of the United States. Fro... [Read More]
    Author:: Dave Kessler
  6. NCangler
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      Post Catch and Release Fishing

    Many of us can remember going fishing as youths and coming home with the “big” catch of the day. Frying up one’s catch and enjoying a good meal was a great end to a perfect day of fishing. While it is perfectly acceptable to enjoy one’s catch for dinner, fishing itself has changed in the last two decades. Catch and release is now a widely used method and it is not any more difficult than catch and keep. If you are wondering just how to go about switching to catch and release fishing, here are... [Read More]
    Author:: Dean Carl
  7. NCangler
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      Post Tides - Influence on Fish Feeding

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    Tides - Influence on Fish Feeding
    by Michael Russell

    The feeding cycle of some fish is directly influenced by tidal movements. In most parts of the world fish that cling to coastal areas feed mainly on the flood tide when smaller organisms are washed in with warmer water in winter and with colder water in summer. There are times when fish feed on the tail end of the ebb tide and the start of the flood tide. This would account for the variation in a fish species' diet from one
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    Author:: Michael Russell
  8. NCangler
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      Thumbs up Proper Fish Handling

    In the past when your local lake would hold a weekend tournament, Monday and Tuesday would find more dead fish than normal floating along the shoreline. Through conservationist efforts and anglers who are conscious about the ecosystem, there have been a lot less dead fish at the end of a tournament these days.

    That is due to the updated catch and release methods implemented by anglers and tournament holders whom make it part of the rules to have live fish for weigh-in. I remember my Uncle u... [Read More]
    Author:: Chris Curley
  9. NCangler
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      Post Reading the Beach: A Necessary Skill

    The ability to Read the Beach is a skill that takes a lifetime to perfect. It is however a necessary skill to acquire as it effectively informs us where to place our bait and increases our chances of catching a fish. The ability to read the beach allows us to identify sloughs, highways, gutters and currents just by viewing the wave action.

    Tidal action, currents and the wind cause forces that push bodies of water towards the shore forming waves along the way. The waves push upwards as it pass... [Read More]
    Author:: Muhammad Ismail
  10. NCangler
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      Post Flesh Rotting Bacteria in Saltwater - Is it a Threat to You?

    Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium found in salt water, and infections from it can lead to amputations and even death. No doubt this organism receives a lot of attention in the press when a someone becomes infected by it, making some ask whether it’s even safe to touch salt water. The good news is that millions of people are exposed to this bacteria annually and do not become infected. The average number of confirmed cases on the Gulf coast each year, according to the Centers for Disease... [Read More]
    Author:: Gary Ralston
  11. NCangler
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      Post The Real Scoop On Moon Phases

    Full Moon or Dark Moon? Major and minor solunar periods? Which is best? Does any of this moon mumbo jumbo make any real sense nor does it actually work? These are legitimate questions asked by thousands of anglers each year, and they deserve concrete answers backed up by some bonafide data. Yet as much as pro anglers endorse the effectiveness of moon charts and outdoor publications of every niche' continue to print them, rarely does either source validate these solunar claims with data.
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    Author:: Joe Bucher
  12. NCangler
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      Post The Pressure Myth

    FISHERMEN SOMETIMES HAVE ideas or opinions about the marine environment that do not stand up to scientific scrutiny. For example, many anglers believe that changes in barometric pressure strongly influence fish behavior—most notably their willingness to cooperate with anglers. Some have even written that fish can detect a change in barometric pressure before it occurs. An interesting notion, perhaps, though in almost all instances it is incorrect.

    A rise or fall in barometric pressure, such a... [Read More]
    Author:: Dr. David Ross
  13. NCangler
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      Post Catch and Release Fishing - Ensuring Fish For Our Future

    Know the proper technique for catch and release fishing. Keep those big ones healthy and strong. Your kids and grandkids will thank you!

    There is nothing more enjoyable in this world than a great day on the water. If conditions are perfect and the fish are active things don’t get much better. Well, maybe catching big fish can add a level of excitement that is hard to match.

    Fish populations across North America are, in general, suffering. Stocking efforts and recovery programs are happenin... [Read More]
    Author:: Craig Fiske
  14. NCangler
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      Post The Thermal Optimum

    Read any fishing article about a given species, and you will almost always find some commentary about the best water temperature to find or catch the fish. Anglers, especially fly fishermen — as well as marine biologists and oceanographers — generally concur that water temperature is one of the most important components in determining where fish will be and how they behave. Most fish are cold-blooded, which means they do not control their internal body warmth and thus are strongly influenced by... [Read More]
    Author:: Dr. David Ross
  15. NCangler
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      Post Solar Lunar Tables....What is the Theory?

    In 1926 John Alden Knight* postulated some folk lore he picked up in Florida and proceeded to attempt a refinement, giving it the name Solunar (Sol for sun and Lunar for moon). Knight compiled a list of 33 factors which influence or control day-to-day behavior of fresh and salt-water fish. Everything was taken into account that could possibly have any bearing on the matter.

    One by one the factors were examined and rejected. Three of them, however, merited further examination. They were sun, m... [Read More]
    Author:: Jack Payne
  16. NCangler
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      Post English attack on the Longitude Problem


    The early history of the longitude problem is discussed in our article Longitude and the Académie Royale. The present article discusses the attack on the longitude problem in England which began around the middle of the 17th century.


    Groups of scientists began meeting in London and Oxford from 1645 and certainly the longitude problem was one of the main problems which they discussed. A poem written in 1661 described the work going on at Gresham College (see [6]):-

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    Author:: J J O'Connor and E F Robertson
  17. NCangler
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      Post Longitude and the Académie Royale


    Eratosthenes calculated the Earth's circumference and he was the first to attempt to produce a map of the World based on a system of lines of latitude and longitude. Hipparchus was the first to specify the positions of places on the Earth using latitude and longitude as coordinates. His work on spherical trigonometry led him to this system. He suggested measuring latitude, the distance north or south of the equator, by determining the ratio of the longest to the shortest day at tha

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  18. NCangler
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      Creating Better Fishing Photos

    A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not capture the fishing trip of a lifetime or that trophy catch on film?* Here’s how to assure that your “fish tales” are fully documented and fishing memories always close at hand.

    • Be prepared. Have camera, film, flash and batteries with you at all times.
    • Make sure that your fishing buddy knows how to use the camera, too. Practice on shore before you land the big one!
    • Always use a flash to eliminate shadows and intensify colour and
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  19. NCangler
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      Post Under the Solar/Lunar Influence

    Articles such as this by Rick Taylor have appeared in Outdoor Life, BassMaster Magazine, Fishing Facts, and others.

    The fact is the moon does have an influence on the earth and its life forms. Its overhead and underfoot positions generate the tides each day and can lift the earth's crust a foot or so. A human baby's time from conception to birth is exactly nine lunar months, and more of us are born during the new or full moon than any other phase. Studies have shown that when shut off fro... [Read More]
    Author:: Rick Taylor
  20. NCangler
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      Post Tidal Prediction

    If tides in the ocean were in equilibrium with the tidal potential, tidal prediction would be much easier. Unfortunately, tides are far from equilibrium. The shallow-water wave which is the tide cannot move fast enough to keep up with sun and moon. On the equator, the tide would need to propagate around the world in one day. This requires a wave speed of around 460m/s, which is only possible in an ocean 22km deep. In addition, the continents interrupt the propagation of the wave. How to proceed?... [Read More]
    Author:: Robert H. Stewart
  21. NCangler
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      Post Theory of Ocean Tides

    Coastal Processes and Tides
    Theory of Ocean Tides


    Tides have been so important for commerce and science for so many thousands of years that tides have entered our everyday language: time and tide wait for no one, the ebb and flow of events, a high-water mark, and turn the tide of battle.
    1. Tides produce strong currents in many parts of the ocean. Tidal currents can have speeds of up to 5m/s in coastal waters, impeding navigation and mixing coastal waters.
    2. Tidal currents generate i
    ... [Read More]
    Author:: Robert H. Stewart

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