Category: Hobbies

Bowfishing Is an Underrated Sport

Not many people would think that going after fish with a bow is the right way to do it. However, bowfishing is a thing, and, in my opinion, a good thing. Just let me get one thing straight from the get-go. You don’t go bowfishing so you can take fish home to fry or give to your missus so she can make fish soup. Needless to say, this is not the kind of fishing that would bring you some important trophies.

But bowfishing does have its advantages. It is great for the environment, and it also gives you a good workout. Plus, if you have ever dreamed of fishing with a bow, it is possible. Let me give you my two cents on why I think many people should practice bowfishing more.

 

Bowfishing is gaining popularity as we speak

You may be surprised to learn that bowfishing is quite a popular sport in the US. The thing is that going for the fish with a bow requires more than what an angler usually needs. You need to have good eyes, fast reflexes, and to not mind the burn in your muscles as you draw your bow.

I have to say that I find bowfishing pretty addictive. You are practically both a fisherman and a hunter at the same time. You don’t just have to sit inside your boat and wait for fish to bite. You are going after it with a weapon that requires skill and accuracy. My friends are all in love with bowfishing, and they are quite addicted, as well.

You can go bowfishing in a boat or a canoe, but there are no strict particularities when it comes to this sport. You can even practice it from the shore, and you will be thankful for the workout. You may even think of canceling your gym subscription.

It is good for the environment

Now, in regards to what kind of fish you want to hunt with your bow, there are strict regulations. The good news is that you can go after carp, which is an invasive species and destroys the delicate balance in our rivers. In the US, the carp is known as a ‘rough’ species, and its destructive action against the ecosystem earned it a place among the worst invasive fish species in the world.

Carp is a bottom feeder, which means that it feeds on vegetation, practically destroying food resources for other fish. When it spawns, carp stirs up the silt from the bottom, creating that muddy water that is so unsightly. That is not the only thing that happens. The silt ends up suffocating the growing vegetation and even other fish eggs.

 

 

 

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Tips on cleaning your drill press

You needn’t go to extreme lengths to clean your drill press, but there’s a set of rules everyone has to follow once in a while if they’re all for prolonging the life of their machine. Both accuracy and drilling performance can be affected if the components are dirty and worn out. That’s why it’s important to take the drill press apart from time to time and examine the condition of the drive belt, spindle and chuck, pulleys, column, and even the table.

Some machines can be affected by rust, and that’s no friend of ours as it can have an adverse impact on the functionalities and the overall way that the drill press is capable of serving you. It’s important to get a rust remover and clean heavier deposits, at least on occasion.

 

Lighter grime can be dealt with with a solvent or degreaser that’s available at most stores near you. Many of the cheap ones that you’ll find in any shop are just as good as their higher priced counterparts, so if you’re not looking to spend a fortune on such substances, my advice would be to invest in a couple of budget-friendly ones.

 

The main issue is that most drill press users fail to understand that preventing a problem such as corrosion can be done efficiently and with as little effort as possible as long as you’re willing to preserve your machine in top shape for future tasks. For example, if you’re not a great friend of rust, I recommend a protective spray like the Bullfrog Rust Blocker. It’s not particularly expensive, so I’d like to point out once again that you needn’t break your piggy bank for this purpose. The protective spray should be used on any metal surfaces that are bare, including the chuck, the column, or the table.

 

Something that has helped me in the past was to keep the machine clean right after wrapping up a task. I know that sometimes, it can be rather hard to clean right after yourself once you’ve decided that you’re done with using your drill press. However, I have to emphasize that a clean environment can help you focus a lot better and will also assist you in prolonging the life of the machines you might have in your workshop.

In order to make sure that the bit is centered properly, you should use a bit of drying lubricant and spray the inside of the chuck with it. All you have to do is use the lubricant, then loosen and tighten the screws a couple of times, leave the solution to drip out and then wipe everything nice and clean with just a rag. I don’t think it can get simpler than this, so these are my pieces of advice. If you have any extra ones, be sure to let me know about them. Also, if you’re tired of your old model and you want to buy a new drill press, I recommend gathering some info from this site: bestdrillpresscompared.com

 

 

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How I bought a fishing knife

 

As a professor who is passionate about fishing and tools, I have accumulated a variety of gear to support my passion. One of the most significant investments I have made, in my opinion, is my fishing knives. It took me quite a bit of research to find the perfect knives for my needs, let me tell you. The good thing is, I was able to ensure I was indeed getting the best.

My advice to those who are now searching for their own fishing knives: look into the following components when purchasing your tool:

Take note of the size of fish you are targeting.

If you prefer to do fishing in local rivers stocked with crappie or rainbow trout, an excessively long knife ten inches or greater will be quite the overkill. An extremely large blade could just ruin the meat in smaller fish during the cleaning process. Indeed, although I had already owned a large fishing knife with a ten-inch blade, I felt I still needed to get something smaller that I have been using on my catch of rainbow trout or crappie every time I visit our newly stocked local river.

The large knife I have is used on grouper or medium-to-large catfish that I catch when I go fishing out of town with my fellow professors who are also avid anglers. I never attempt to use my large blade when working on smaller fish because it tends to be rough on the fish and I am not the most careful fish handler either. However, the larger knife enables me to save time gutting and cleaning larger fish.

 

Pay attention to the quality of the blade.

Stainless steel blades have always had a reputation for keeping their sharp edge for a long time. That’s the kind of blade I prefer. Stainless steel promises dependable resilience against corrosion, which is vital considering the nature of the task the knife is used for. A hunting knife and a fishing knife should be equally strong and durable, and I cannot stress that point enough

The difference lies in the blade of a fishing knife being tempered sufficiently to facilitate smooth and thin cutting when needed. I searched for the most flexible knife I could get for the money to support that objective. To ensure that my fishing knives are able to slice through bones and other tough sections of the fish, I made sure there was a serrated portion toward the handle end. This meant I no longer had to buy a separate knife with a fully serrated blade.

Take into consideration your personal style as well.

I believe the knife has to suit the fisherman. A folded knife is great for those who need to have their tool constantly on hand as it can be pocketed conveniently in a fishing vest. I bought knives with their own sturdy knife sleeves or sheaths to prevent injury to myself when reaching for the tools. The cases also protect the blades of the knives from damage.

It is also advisable for anglers who have carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis to find a knife with an ergonomic handle. Do try out various handle shapes to ascertain you get one that is comfortable for you.

Fishing should be fun and exciting. Therefore, your tools should be made to ensure that. The fishing knife you choose is not an exception, so choose wisely and choose the best for you.

 

Photos take from:

https://www.bulletsandhooks.ca/fishing-knives.html and http://www.budk.com/survival-knives/best-fillet-knife/

 

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