Friday, November 19, 2010

Innovative Bait caster

Shakespeare E-Z Cast: by Field &Stream
This was by far one of the most innovative reels I saw on the show floor, and that innovation won’t put a dent in your wallet. The E-Z Cast low-profile baitcaster sells for $40, and I promise whether you’re 10- or 90-years-old, it will make you a master caster. A unique anti-backlash system above the spool (the blue panel) automatically pops up and brakes the spool when the line goes slack. At the booth, I launched a rubber sinker as hard as I could into a wall 5 feet away and ABS popped and locked the spool instantly. Zero backlashes. With the ABS on, there is no reason to even thumb the spool. But as the angler gets more comfortable and is ready to graduate to thumb braking, simply flip the ABS off and you’ve got a regular baitcaster. Aside from the braking features, the E-Z cast was actually a very smooth reel.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Deer hunter's listen up

Florida deer hunters will see benefit as zones, dates change By:

News Release
September 23, 2010
Contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676

Although hunting season dates for wildlife management areas are slightly out of sync with the zonal hunt dates on private lands, the situation is only temporary. By next year, hunting season dates will be more closely aligned with the rut - the period when deer are breeding.
In February 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to realign the state's deer hunting zones, including creation of a fourth zone.  The zones have been renamed A-D.
Most of the former Northwest Hunting Zone is now Zone D.  The Central Zone was renamed Zone C.
The line dividing zones C and D begins at U.S. 27 at the Gadsden County-Georgia state line and runs south on U.S. 27 until it meets State Road 61 in Tallahassee.  From there it follows S.R. 61, running south until it hits U.S. 319.  It follows U.S. 319 south to U.S. 98; then east along U.S. 98 before turning south on Spring Creek Highway and continuing to the Gulf of Mexico.
"The changes to the state's hunting zones align the deer hunting seasons more closely with the rut," said Cory Morea, deer management coordinator for the FWC's Division of Hunting and Game Management.
The new deer hunting zones and season dates for private lands are in the 2010-2011 Florida Hunting Regulations handbook, as well as online at  However, some hunters are asking the FWC why wildlife management area hunt dates are slightly out of sync with the zonal hunt dates.
"Adjusting hunting season dates was designed to be a two-phase project," Morea said.  "In 2009, FWC staff worked with stakeholders, held several public meetings and incorporated public comments to adjust zones and zonal seasons.  We have since been working with stakeholders, cooperators and the public on adjusting seasons on WMAs.
"You can call this a 'transitional year.' The 2011-2012 deer hunting seasons on WMAs will more closely match the dates for the new statewide zones," Morea added.  "However, there still will be some differences between WMAs and zonal seasons, since hunter preferences are being used to set season dates."
In 2008, the FWC approved a new deer management plan that outlines a 10-year strategic direction.  The adoption of new deer hunting zones and seasons is the latest of a number of projects related to the plan. The entire plan, including proposed season dates for 2011-12, can be viewed at

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fish Food

Fabulous Fillets
Pro's Tips
Written by Captain Mike Genoun   
Florida Sport Fishing

Fabulous fillets start long before you begin preparing your favorite seafood dish. Any fresh fish you are not planning on eating within a few days MUST be properly frozen in order to maintain the fish’s freshness and delicate flavor.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Markham Park Bass

Over the weekend me and a friend were checking out some of the lakes in our local parks.  Trying to see what was biting and biting what.  We stopped at several parks mostly out west but found Markham Park in the city of sunrise to be the most fruitful.  The park has several small ponds as well as a boat launch into the channel.  However not having a boat we targeted the lakes.  Using live bait is probably your best option however we had the most success and the most fun using top water weedless frogs.  Its just something about watching the strike that makes it that much better.  We didn't have any other top water baits to try at the time, but most any thing that causes a disturbance on the surface will probably work.  If you want more information on Markham Park and all its amenities check out this site.  Broward county Parks