Snorkeling with the Fish

It is certain that many people have included in their bucket list the experience of swimming among the most exotic fish.  It is no surprise since this is one unforgettable experience to take with for a lifetime.   There are so many things to see over the continental platform that will completely blow you away.

Get your gear down

So make a check on snorkeling with the fish on your list and get your gear ready to come swim.  The first thing that you probably need is to get yourself geared up. Snorkelsandfins.com has a great selection of products for snorkeling at favorable prices.  You might want to give them a try.  Once you are all geared up, it is time to maybe take some lessons, unless you are already good at it.

Just in case you might want to include some extra gear like a flashlight and some small utility tool.  You can never be too prepared.

Decide on what you want to see

That is right.  You can decide on what you actually want to see.  Say clownfish, turtles, or dolphins, this will depend on where you go.  Find a thorough list of the best reefs around your location to get to snorkel with the species of your dreams.  There are places where you will find the most amazing variety in fish, especially in the Caribbean.  You will be in awe at all the exotic species of sea animals you might encounter.  Coral reefs are especially great to snorkel at as due to their rich environment, they provide food and shelter for a vast amount of species, making these ecosystems one of the richest in the ocean.  It is also a very delicate one that requires certain strict conditions of temperature and depth.

Seasons

With seasons, we are not only referring to a beautiful summer with the sun hitting the crystal clear waters.  Of course, there are times of the year that are best to come.  Usually, though, you will be fine as long as there is no terrible storm.   Also, make sure you visit on a time when there are not many people snorkeling around.  Some species of fish are very sensitive to motion and will be disturbed if they sense a crowd.  Plus, it is more pleasant when it is just the fish and you.  This does not mean of course that you should just throw yourself into the ocean with no companion.  Make sure that you have someone coming with you, if not under water, at least on the boat.

One last thing:  If you want to increase your chances of seeing beautiful species of fish floating around?  Go early in the morning, very early.  It has been found that some exotic species simply take it easy after around 10:00 am.

Tides

Tides are a very important consideration to have when planning your snorkeling adventure.  Try to have a tide guide before falling inside the water.  According to those who know, the best time to go snorkeling is during spring low tides.  Remember that tides take impurities and sediments with them.  This will affect your visibility.

 

Reducing Elbow Pain Caused by Casting

For those who only go fishing every now and then, this article may not be as applicable for you as those who are constantly trying to land a trophy unless you play other sports that require lots of repetitive arm motion. Nevertheless, anyone who experiences elbow pain from repetitive activities may find some useful information here.

As the title suggests, we would like to offer a few of our own tips for reducing elbow that is caused by casting or other activities. If you haven’t experienced this type of pain before, you may be wondering why it’s such a big deal. When I first started to show signs of this, I was a little baffled, but assumed it was nothing. Over time, the pain became worse and worse, to the point where casting was actually difficult for me, yet when simply holding the rod I felt almost no pain. After talking with some other experienced anglers, some of which had the same problems in the past, they told me this was actually quite common for those who fish everyday, and it stems from an issue that is common in a lot of other sports and occupations as well.

The fancy term for the condition that leads to this pain is “lateral epicondylitis” or “medial epicondylitis” depending on where in the elbow you feel the pain. This may sound serious and complicated, but it’s actually quite easy to understand. When you perform repetitive movements over long periods of time, such as casting, the tendons that cross over your elbow constantly rub over the bone. Normally this is ok and there is enough lubrication that you don’t even feel it, but with enough repetition, things can start to wear down, and as a result damage and swelling accumulates at the same time, ultimately creating a snowball effect. So what can you do to get back to casting pain-free?

  1. A temporary solution is to take an anti-inflammatory (e.g. Advil) and acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) before and after fishing. This might not reduce your pain completely, and it certainly isn’t a long term solution, but it offers a quick fix in the mean time. Just don’t do this all the time. Advil is really tough on the stomach lining and Tylenol is very hard on the liver. Keep this in mind if you are also consuming alcohol!
  2. While this condition is called lateral/medial epicondylitis, a more commonly known name is tennis elbow (lateral) and golfer’s elbow (medial), as these are the sports that most commonly produce this condition. Just like casting in fishing, those sports also involve repetitive movement at the elbow joint. These conditions have been extensively studied, and as such, there are lots of simple little braces you can wear to help reduce pain during activity. A tennis elbow brace and golfers elbow brace act in the exact same fashion. They are small straps with a little bit of padded that loop around your upper forearm. They compress the tendons, which alters the line of pull, and subsequently alleviates the pressure on the damaged or swollen area. The actually work really well, but like Advil and Tylenol, offer a temporary solution. The advantage here is that braces will be more affordable in the long term (just need to buy once, not very expensive) and you aren’t harming any of your internal organs.
  3. Physiotherapy, or very worst case, surgery, represent the best long term solutions for actually treating your condition. Lots of people avoid physiotherapists especially when they don’t have insurance coverage, which is totally understandable. However, even going in for the initial assessment will provide you with a lot of information and direction for how to treat your elbow pain from casting. They will be able to assess how serious the condition is, the best and most practical methods to treat it, as well as more general info for how you can maintain a healthy elbow joint in the future.

Those are the big three tips. Not everyone will experience epicondylitis from casting, but those who do may benefit from this knowledge and taking it seriously before it progresses too far. If you have any doubts, or simply want to learn more, we suggest doing some reading online, as well as visiting your doctor or physiotherapist for an individual assessment.

Good luck out there!

How Different Lures Will Catch You Different Fish

Just like when come to a restaurant, fishes too have a smorgasbord of choices when it comes to food. That’s why, when it comes to fishing lures, you have to tailor it for the fish that you want to catch. You can’t just fix any lure and expect the fist that you want to catch to fall for it. Any recreational fishermen like the Flannel Fishermen will attest to this. If you follow this tip, you can be sure to catch what you set out to catch and when you do, be sure to use the best fishing plier to remove the hook to avoid injuries to your hands.

So how do you choose the best fish lures? There are ways to determine what the fishes are eating for the season and you have to base your lures on this. If your lure is not the same as what the fishes are eating, don’t expect to catch anything.

  1. Match the lure to the type of fish
    To ensure greater success, you must make sure that your lure matches the fish. If you are after for largemouth bass, you can use plastic worms. This comes in various lengths of 4-10 inches. A more versatile lure would be the crankbaits. This is made of hard plastic and is used for various situations.
  2. Look at the lure construction
    Its important that you lure is tough enough to withstand the stress especially if you are going after bigger fishes. Try to look at the constructions and check for weak spots. Try also to find reviews of those who have tried using a lure design.
  3. Consider the fish fooling features
    Fishes can’t resist the movement of the lure when it mimics the movement of real bait. Check that the like tie is located in the right places so that the movement of your lure looks like that of real fish making it irresistible to what you’re trying to catch.

A lot of fishermen prefer lures over baits because its not messy. The only challenge for choosing the lure is that it might not fool the fish into taking it. Make sure that the lure looks convincing enough before you buy it. Another thing that yu need to consider is whether its durable enough to stand the fish’s bite and the force of your pull. If not, then you are likely to loss the fist.