I bought a new trail camera

 

 

I have just bought a new trail camera and I am excited to take it for a spin. No, it doesn’t have too many megapixels because I read somewhere that assessing cameras using megapixel count is not sensible. While I have noticed that camera makers tend to highlight megapixel count in their packaging, it is not an element that ensures dependable performance in the field. Even if the trail camera is loaded with megapixels, the quality of the images will ultimately depend on the quality of the lens.

Day photos should be judged based on color, clarity, resolution and contrast. The range of flash types can influence how pictures turn out. You can select from white flash, red glow infrared and no glow infrared. A trail camera with infrared technology produces black and white photos. On the other hand, a white flash camera delivers color night pictures. Since I am more interested in studying animal behavior, I decided to go for a camera with infrared technology.

I was specific about the type of batteries my trail camera should be powered by. Mine runs on nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries, which can save me tons of money years down the road because they last really long. The batteries also have increased life in the cold winter months because they bounce back really quickly after exposure to cold. Thanks to the batteries’ long life, I do not contribute constantly to the landfills, which means a cleaner environment for you and me.

Because trail cameras tend to be incredibly complex devices, I chose the most uniquely simple model that I could find. I just have to strap the camera to a tree or post, and it will record every action for many weeks at a time 24/7.

 

I had wanted a rugged, self-powered, waterproof and self-operated camera that can record photos or video onto its internal memory. My camera can do that night and day, thank goodness. Boasting low-priced yet high-quality technology, my trail camera comprises a small, waterproof and camouflage box with a lens. It can’t get any simpler than that, right? It comes with timed recording, night vision, motion detection via infrared, with all the controls hidden inside the waterproof housing that securely closes with hefty, large clips.

What really motivated me to get a trail camera is the fact that I can place mine in a remote location and then just set it to record when there is movement. Then, I can just come back and review later what the camera has recorded. I can leave the camera and just pop back when I want to. The controls with the buttons inside are easy to set.

My trail camera offers subsettings for image quality and size, enabling me to configure the device to get the best results. Because movies typically utilize a lot more memory compared to still photos, I made sure my camera comes with a memory card slot.

Infrared technology drives the motion detection sensor of my camera. I can adjust the sensitivity according to what I want to film, and according to where I will be setting the camera up. When the bushes sway in the wind or when there’s any other busy movement around, I can simply set the sensitivity to ensure that the camera ignores incidental or casual movement and will only record when a large object such as an animal gets within range.

3 books that have helped me learn more about angling

 

As an avid bass fisherman I am always looking for ways to improve my skills. There is only so much you can learn from trial and error, and a pro is not always around to provide helpful advice. This is why I decided to take another angler’s advice and start reading up on fishing. I quickly learned that there are thousands of books on fishing and not all are helpful, but there were 3 that I read that made me a better angler. If you really want to improve your skills and have more success out on the water here are 3 books every angler should considering reading.

 

The Bass Fisherman’s Bible by Erwin A. Bauer

Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced bass fisherman, every angler should read this book. It can often be found in tackle boxes and backpacks to serve as a handy guide anytime an angler has a question. It covers every aspect of bass fishing from the tackle and lures to proper technique. It is also filled with informative photos and drawings so even first time anglers will find it easy to read.

 

 

What Fish Don’t Want You to Know by Frank P. Baron

Informative and fun to read, this book can give you the tips and pointers you need to make any fishing trip a success. In it you will learn how to “read” the water, which can help you find the best place to drop in a line. The book also includes chapters on selecting the right bait and lure presentation. All of this is necessary if you really want to improve as an angler.

 

In Pursuit of Giant Bass by Bill Murphy

Every bass fisherman should read this book. This is the one that helped me the most when I was working on improving my skill and technique. Since it covers using live bait it helped me work on jig fishing, and even the best way to position a boat. The book also discusses some of the common behavioral patterns associated with bass, and this alone can easily help you become a better fisherman.

These are only a few of the books associated with angling that I found particularly helpful. Even if you don’t agree with my choices there are still thousands of books and fishing, and one of them may be able to provide you with the information you need.

Three things you didn’t know you needed in your fishing or hunting backpack

 

 

Every hunter or angler has their own collection of items that they carry in their backpack during every outdoor trip. It’s always a different set of items for every other person. It would be great to be able to carry the same items every time, but if we are to be practical, every hunting and fishing trip is different. This means we tend to carry a different set of items one day, then a different set of items the next day. These are, in my opinion, items that your backpack should always carry regardless of your intended activity.

 

 

To facilitate neatness and convenience

 

A zipper lock or zipper seal bag is quite useful for keeping used items including scent and lure items such as scent wicks and drag rags, or leftover bait and discarded fishing gear. After every trip, there will always be items to dispose of and this can’t be done in the wilderness or on the beach or lake. If you are to handle the smelly items that you need to throw in the garbage after the trip, you’ll need to put them in zip-tight bags that work to keep the rest of the things in your backpack from smelling bad.

Zip ties are also sensible to bring along, as they are useful for tagging the carcass or the fish. They also come handy for tying branches out of the way, or assuring that the fishing hook remains exposed and not embedded in the bait at the end of the fishing line. With the hook exposed, you won’t have to worry about the fish’s mouth getting injured when it bites the lure.

Wet wipes can be used to clean up after you’ve field dressed the deer. They also enable you to do your business in the woods when nature calls. Wet wipes are a lot better than toilet paper especially when you have to wipe fish oil or slime from your hands. A plastic garbage bag or two can be used to protect electronic devices when it rains in the wild or out on the water.

 

 

Helpful tools

Brush or fishing nippers are extremely helpful. A pair of brush nippers can be used to snip a branch or two that can ruin your shot. It can also be used to trim around your shooting space while sitting in your tree stand so there won’t be a wayward twig poking at the back of your head.

Fishing nippers work better for line cutting than a pair of scissors. Or better yet, just bring along a Swiss Army knife, which is a multi-tool that can do so much on the hunting and fishing trail. A lighter or fire starter lets you burn the ends of rope, seal plastic and start a fire in the middle of nowhere or on the river or lake.

 

For fastening and emergencies
Rope can be used for hauling things up into the treestand, thus ensuring greater safety. Rope can be used for temporarily attaching things to your backpack or treestand, fixing things that get broken or attaching lure dispensers to something. You also want to bring along a properly equipped first aid kit, with allergy and pain medication, bandages, skin antibiotic, diarrhea medicine and your personal medications, if any.

 

 

How to take up bass fishing

Bass fishing is a relaxing way of spending your time outdoors and even connecting with your family or friends. There are many sources online that you can utilize to get as informed as possible, but I thought about putting together a short list of things you might need in order to take up this sport.

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Bass can usually be caught during the spring and summer, and most anglers seem to avoid going out fishing during the winter. The fact of the matter is that this species is well-known for its laziness during chilly weather, so you might not have as much luck as catching it as you would when the weather is warm. Therefore, if you intend to catch bass during the summer, the first thing you will need is good clothing equipment as things might tend to be too hot at some point or the other. Depending on the time of day, you’ll find that bass can be caught next to the shore or in deeper waters.

Choose the line you want to use depending on the water conditions. A 2 oz line works best when employed in deep waters whereas a ⅛ one will offer the best results in shallow waters. Most anglers seem to prefer medium-action rods that are lightweight and can be held easily for many hours on end. Selecting the perfect rod and reel is a matter of trial and error if you have no idea just what type of bass you’ll be encountering during your future fishing expedition. You probably are aware of the fact that there’re a plethora of subspecies that are spread all across the territory of the United States and Canada, as well. Some have been introduced artificially in order to get rid of invasive species, as is the case with the peacock bass that you’d find in the area around Miami and other locations in Florida.

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The lures you’ll be utilizing also depend on the species you’ll be trying to catch, but also on the water conditions. Of all the options, crankbaits are the ones that go the deepest, so you’ll have to use them when you’re trying to cover a wider area. Due to their weight, they make reliable options for when a lot of vegetation might bother you and potentially prevent you from getting the best performance. Spinnerbaits are the top choice of anglers who do their fishing in shallow waters, and they also do a great job at covering a wider area. Use topwater lures only when fishing in very shallow water, as this way, you’ll be able to get the attention of fish swimming in the area where you’ve landed the lure. While I’ve found that worms and lizards are great choices because they can offer great results all throughout the year, I believe they should be used when the water temperature has gone over 55 degrees.

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I hope this post was useful and you’ve learned some new things.