Tips and Tricks
Make sure to check out the other items in the "General Tips" below (Courtesy of TakeMeFishing.org)
Giesbrecht has extensively studied the effects of cold-water immersion on the human body, so much so that he's earned the nickname "Dr. Popsicle."
His research led him to develop the Rule of 1-10-1:
1 Minute: The Cold Shock Response When you hit freezing-cold water, the first thing you experience is known as the "cold shock response." You involuntarily gasp for breath and begin to hyperventilate. This increased rate of breathing puts you at greater risk for drowning, especially if you panic. The key is to remain as calm as possible and focus first on getting your breathing under control before attempting to rescue yourself. The cold shock response lasts for about one minute.
10 Minutes: Cold Incapacitation Once you have your breathing under control, you now have approximately 10 minutes before you lose effective use of your hands, arms, and legs. This is your window of opportunity to get out of the water under your own power. Once you become incapacitated, you lose the ability to swim and will drown if you are not wearing a life jacket. (Yet another reason why paddlers should always wear a life jacket.)
1 Hour: Hypothermia If you are unable to extricate yourself in the first 10 minutes, your only hope is for others to come to your aid. Fortunately, you have more time than you might think. Contrary to popular belief, it takes at least 30 minutes for hypothermia to set in, even if you're submerged in ice-cold water, and generally at least an hour before you lose consciousness. (Lean and thin individuals succumb quickest; overweight individuals with a high percentage of body fat can last several hours.) Focus on keeping your airway clear and alerting others to your dire situation. For more, check out Dr. Giesbriecht's Cold Water Boot Camp, which features some great videos of cold-water immersion and more in-depth information about what happens to the human body in the minutes (and hours) following an icy plunge.
Stewardship Tips of the week - (Courtesy of RecycledFish.org)
Stewardship Tips: Buy Firewood Locally
Here we are in the summer camping season, and there’s nothing like relaxing around a campfire at the end of a day on the water.
One thing to remember about building that fire: Burn it where you buy it.
Small insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Long Horned beetle can devastate a forest. Both species have been, and can be, transported in firewood.
Never take firewood with you – always buy it near where you will burn it.
The Emerald Ash Borer has killed over 50 million ash trees in sixteen States and Provinces. The Asian Longhorned Beetle is less selective but equally as destructive; it will attack birch, chestnut, green ash, willow, mulberry, and maple as well as other varieties. After being accidently introduced in the 1990’s, Asian Longhorned Beetles are now found throughout the US and Canada. In New York City alone, over 4,000 trees have been removed due to infestation. Officials are keeping their eyes on 66,000 more.
Many states now restrict the import of certain, but not all, types of firewood. Many states recommend buying firewood locally. Heed the recommendation. Plan ahead; find a source for firewood at your destination.
Forests are important for our fish. Trees keep sediment and pollution out of rivers. Trees help to maintain cooler water temperatures. Trees stabilize banks. Trees’ roots often become habitat for fish. Their leaves, when they drop, become food for invertebrates. Invertebrates, when they grow, become food for fish.
Emerald Ash Borers and Asian Longhorn beetles have taken more than their share of trees out of the environment. Get your firewood locally. You’ll be helping to prevent the spread of Emerald Ash Borers and Asian Longhorned Beetles. You’ll save a few trees and will be doing fisheries a favor as well.
LK New links!!!
Check out these new links ** from TAKEMEFISHING.org
- How to turn your phone into a Boating Safety kit Click here
- Do you know how to tie a fisherman's knot? Click here to find out
- Here's a good article on Catch and Release Click here
- And here's a quick article on using plastics for Bass Click here
- Always carry a pair of snips in case you hook a fish too deep and you can't pull the hook out from the eye end. Simply cut the line, and pull the hook out from the barbed end first, which will lessen injury to the fish.
- Tip to keep moisture and the subsequent rust off your lures: Take those little packets of Desiccant/Silica that we all find in new shoe boxes and other packing, and place them in your lure trays and other areas in your tackle box. They'll absorb the moisture!
Great tip for storing your hooks - courtesy of Field and Stream - September 16, 2009 "Organize and Separate Fishing Hooks With Safety Pins" Use safety pins to keep the fishing hooks in your tackle box organized. I got tired of hooks getting mixed up, so now I use safety pins to keep them separated. Simply feed the point through the eye of the hooks. A lot of hooks fit on one pin, and it’s an easy way to keep the different kinds sorted. —Stephen Elliott, Visalia, Calif.