Lure fishing

For me, nothing is more dynamic and no sport with more evolving learning curve than the art of Fishing. In fishing, you will never seem to stop learning something new with every single fishing trip.
Fishing covers many changing variables and needs utmost skills to adapt and make use of the constantly changing conditions.
With every experience and techniques gained we have to be on the learning curve and change our tactics and strategies. That’s where the fun begins, the uncertainties faced and the strategizing starts.

Here we have talked a lot about general fishing but in particular Lure fishing and the actual action of lure casting is more an act of active hunting rather than passive fishing.
Many believe that baiting tend to have a higher change of landing a catch but I firmly believe now that a right lure in the hands of a good angler will definitely land a sizeable catch relative to baiting.
Ardent baiters will tend to disregard luring as they believe that luring is too tiring and “fishes don’t eat plastics”
I have thought about this seriously and have studied the advantage of luring.

First of all a lure being retrieved right displays an aggressive motion where the fish is at its comfort zone will tend to strike the lure as a defensive measure.
All animals especially predators tend to have their own territories. In luring we call them strike zones. And when we cast our lure into that area we are mimicking another fish invading the fish’s “zone” enticing an attack.
A lure imitates a baitfish and a hungry fish will strike
Even though at an area where there are sufficient bait fishes available .. certain lures imitate an injured or wounded baitfish which is relatively an easier meal for the fish.
Amidst the schools of bait fishes a lure will be singled out as a different animal/fish and anything that stands out from the crowd usually will be singled out and attacked first.

I read somewhere in a magazine that it’s a generally accepted statement that 10% of anglers catches 90% of the fish.
There are published research that indicates the professional lurers have certain abilities or traits.
They have the instinct or knowledge that allows them to locate the target fish through years of practice.
The ability to impart action to their lure when retrieved or trolled very slowly so as to stay within the fishes strike-zone for as long as they could. Instead of just whizzing by the fish.
To vary and change the lure retrieval speed and depth as often as required.

My color is better than yours!
Remember my statement that we need to keep an open mind with fishing? When it comes to choosing a lure ..many of us will decide on color but are often unsure of which to choose and will go with the one that looks “good”.
We need to keep learning and stay on the learning curve.

There is however a rule of the thumb.
Dark Day = Dark Color
Bright Day = Bright Color

I have also discovered that purple/black lures and spinners work well in all conditions.
Orange color tinted lure is also very effective all rounder.

What about dirty water – casually known as Teh Tarik (Milk Tea) here locally.
Obviously the fish needs to be very close to the lure to see it. Hence color doesn’t matter. We need to make use of two things- Noise and vibration.
Use lure with strong action – Chug bug works well.

Also like the Kranji reservoir, when the water is thick with sediment or algae, the oxygen concentration is far greater near the surface of the water so we need to start popping the poppers.
Many anglers tend to choose lures to match the bait fishes …but if there are plenty of bait fishes around why would the fish choose your lure then? I believe anything that stands out will have a higher chance of being attacked.
Have you ever seen people landing huge snakeheads using poppers that look like your son’s toy or a marker pen?

Many anglers I speak to go for lures with red under the gills and near the tail – bleeding and injured fish. Also as I mentioned before – orangy tint at the belly is good.
But with all these theories and suggestions … think like a fish and choose the lure you like. Don’t bother with one that irks you because most likely you are going to keep using the one you like.

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fleas control

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Fishing Quotes

There are two types of fisherman - those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish. ~Author Unknown

Fishing is the sport of drowning worms. ~Author Unknown

This planet is covered with sordid men who demand that he who spends time fishing shall show returns in fish. ~Leonidas Hubbard, Jr.

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. ~Author Unknown

May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it. ~Irish Blessing

I fish better with a lit cigar; some people fish better with talent. ~Nick Lyons, Bright Rivers, 1977

All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish. ~Harold F. Blaisdell, The Philosophical Fisherman, 1969

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. ~Washington Irving

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl. ~Ernest Hemingway


Key Ingredient!

How many times have you been caught in a situation where you are not sure what to cook when that all important guest is arriving tomorrow? Or when you wanted to prepare something special for that special someone on a special day?
I know how it feels like when you are caught off-guard and frantically flip the pages of that tattered recipe book searching for that one recipe that would make your special day even more special…
Then keyingredient is a site for you. This website has tons of recipes from Turkish Lamb Burgers to Italian Omelets… This website is a repository for recipe. Users can use this site to store, share and browse for recipes. The other wonderful thing is that keyingredient allows you to publish your selected recipes as printed cookbooks which is easily accomplished!
Now what if you have that secret recipe which you do not wish to share it with others? Keyingredient allows you to store recipe as private recipe and you can be sure that nobody else will know about your secret recipe.
With keyingredient I have found more ways to find my day’s catch. What I loved most was the "Firecracker fish!!" it's perfect! To know more about other recipes please log on to Key Ingredients This post was sponsored by

Why Fishing

Do you love fishing? What do you go after? Any interesting trips lately? Tell me about it. If so, you can also post information about it for others on the comments page.
For me fishing allows me to be close to nature and also discover the inner self that I am.. I believe we all have many things to learn about the art of angling...

Fire ant infestations

Sometimes referred to as "Red-Ants" they belong to a class of stinging ants with more than 280 species worldwide.

In Japan they are known as aka-kami-ari or Feuerameise in Germany. In the United states there are many species as well but the most serious pests include the 4 primary species within the Solenopsis genus. They are the Red Imported Fire Ant, the Black Imported Fire Ant, the Southern Fire Ant and those that are native to the US.

It is not easy to distinguish between the native and the imported fire ants and usually requires about 50 randomly collected worker ants to conduct a detailed study.

Why the worry? well, fire ants are well known for ther aggressive behaviour they swarm over any object or living thing that disturbs them often seen attacking wild animals, pets or even humans. Their stings can kill and they affect about 40 percent of people in areas infested with fire ants. This post was sponsored by Fire Ants Guide.

fire ant baits

Toaster Convection Oven for baking fish!

Recently I decided to get a toaster oven and purchased the GE Halogen toaster oven. This neat little oven allows you to broil, bake, toast and even defrost. I have a choice of using it as a regular oven or a conventional mode. It's kind of spacious at about 12x11 oven cavity and the back actually bows out so it will hold a large 12 inch pizza pan. The wife like to use it to cook potatoes, bake cakes in a 8x8 baking pan and the good news is that it doesn't heat up the entire kitchen like the conventional oven. This model is extremely inexpensive for under US$100. Now i can bake my catch with the oven!

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Convection oven uses a high speed fan to circulate hot air within the cavity around the surface of the food item. The purpose of this method is that it will reduce the required cooking temperature by 25% over the conventional ovens. By incorporating the convection system into toaster ovens we have a wide selection of products that work much more efficiently than older technologies. This post was sponsored by Toaster Ovens Guide.

Reel Fishing - Practice your Luring!!

Guys, here's a really neat online game that realistically allow you to cast your lure and bag that big one that got away! ...

Turning: Use the left and right arrow keys to turn.    
Casting: Tap the up arrow key to begin your cast. When the distance meter has reached the desired distance, tap the up arrow key again. Be careful not to cast into the rocks!    
Reeling: Use the down arrow to reel in your lure.    
Hooking and Fighting Fish: Cast your lure near a fish to hook it. When the fish takes the lure, use the down arrow to bring it on to the boat. Keep the pressure on the fish to tire it out, but be careful not to put too much pressure on, or the line may snap (keep your eye on the drag pressure meter). Keep the fish out of the rocks and out from under the boat, or you will lose the lure and the fish! 

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I first discovered that running ads on my fishing site helped pay for coffee a year ago when I experimented with affiliates programs and that's pretty much I got for about 3 months.

When traffic to my sites increased I started to wonder if affiliate sales could be a great way to earn an income and hence started my attempt to monitize my blogs.

Within 3 months, the income from blogs grew and not only can I afford coffee but I could actually get a good fishing rods with the revenue generated from my blogs. Since then I have started evaluating different programs out there and my most recent one made me into a postie..

Those who are familiar enough with blog monetization would know that payperpost refer to bloggers as Posties.

PayPerPost(PPP) is a website which helps bloggers and other content publishers find advertisers willing to sponsor specific content. It's really a very simple concept.

What I like so far is the overall user interface. It's intuitive and easy to navigate around. The PPP site loads fast between pages and projects itself as clean and neat.

There are three major sections when you log in:

The blogger Dashboard which is the primary main page with summarized information

The Open Opportunities tab which lists oppotunities available if you when you meet the qualification criteria.

And finally the Account settings tab which shows you settings for tools, submitted blogs and posts.

To be honest, it all looks good. From other sites I get a mixed feel of PPP actually generating good income and thus offer myself to try this out. I am somewhat skeptical with many get rich quick schemes; PPP is not hence I am more than willing to give it a shot.

Please check back to see if this works for me in Gonefishing Journal and hopefully if this grows well it will create a win- win situation for advertisers and also help me get that prized Marlin Reel!


When you are in DEEP DEEP TROUBLE...

....say nothing and try to look like you know what you are doing...

Archerfish (Toxotes jaculatrix)

Catch Report:

Location: Admiralty Road West

Rig: Tamban hook aka Sabiki - size 4

Outfit: Light tackle on 4lb line

Bait: Prawn meat

Fight: Fun


Archer fish is one of the most interesting fish to catch. It has an elongated mouth which forms a barrel through which water can be forcefully pumped with it's powerful jaw muscles.

The water jet is used to "shoot" at insects and strong enough to knock them into the water.

The archerfish's eye if you noticed is designed and angle in a way that spots and aim accurately at insects it even compensates for the refraction when light passes through water and air.