Friday, September 23, 2011

What Is Your Favorite Catfish?

Some of you may already be familiar with the fact that: blue, channel and flathead catfish are the most popular ones in North America. The advantage which this content took comparing to other ones isn't actually the number of catfish species available, but rather the size of the big 3. If you are already familiar with catfishing, then you must know that it is all about the challenge. Catching a monster catfish is definitely ones of those experiences that every angler wants to go through. Here is a quick glance at the big 3:
1- Blue catfish:
Many people mistakenly confuse between the blue and channel catfish. While these two fishes are similar in many aspects, blue catfish doesn't have the dark spots in their bodies. This fish is found in many places, including the Mississippi River. The world record for this fish was 130 pounds. However, recently in June 18, 2011, Nick Anderson has managed to catch a bigger one (143 pounds). When the International Game Fish Association approves this, it will become the world's largest blue catfish species caught ever.
2- Channel catfish:
This fish is one of the most popular catfish species in North America. It's the main target for many anglers who do fishing for commercial reasons. If you happen to find dark spots on the back and sides of your catfish, then there is a good chance that you have a Channel cat.
3- Flathead catfish:
These large species found in North America have obviously flattened heads. It's considered as one of the best game fish in North America. While anglers enjoy fishing for all the 3 species, flatheads are usually a bigger target. Many people enjoy catching flatheads because they find them easy to catch especially during night times.
Many people pursue exclusively one of these 3 species while others may opt for all of them. The reason behind these being the most popular is the challenge an angler faces in order to catch them. If you are a monster cat's fan like me, then you definitely have to go for one of those.
While availability is a crucial factor when it comes to catfishing, you may go for any catfish that your local lake or river has. The first thing you need to do though is to ask local authorities as some states put restrictions to their anglers. Bringing a company when going for catfishing is always advisable, as you don't know when you catch a monster catfish that needs wrestling in order to reel it in.
Chris is a catfishing fan. He likes catching monster catfish as well as teaching others how to do the same. If you want to get the maximum results out of your catfishing, then you need to have the best catfish bait in hand. The right equipment also crucial to your catfishing, check out: catfishing gear.

5 Reasons Why Catfishing Is So Special

Many people would argue with me on the fact that catfishing is considered the best game that someone could play. I'm not suggesting that other game fishing types are of no value or something, but I really think that catfishing is the most challenging, enjoyable and rewarding among all of them. If you've been following catfish news for a while, then you already know that most expert anglers prefer it over other types. If you haven't started with catfishing already, then you're missing a lot of fun. Here are some reasons why catfishing is one of the most popular games people like to practice:
1- It is challenging
If you're already into catfishing, then you probably know that this fish is a sneaky one. Many people have the misconception of catfish being so stupid and sluggish. The truth is, this fish is a very accurate and fast swimmer. The other fact is that it can avoid your traps and baits easily if you don't know what you're doing. The other challenge most anglers face, is catching a monster catfish. There are some big catfish that can wrestle like a 300 pound fighter. So be careful if you happen to catch a huge one.
2- Rewarding:
Despite the fact that many expert anglers always emphasize that catfishing is hard and requires a lot of practice and patience, a small fraction of this reality is true, but catfishing isn't hard as many anglers try to prove. You can catch catfish in your very first experience if you use the right catfishing gear as well as techniques. The good thing about this, is that no matter what your situation is, you'll never go home empty-handed. As most common catfish species are big ones, it will be very rewarding for you to see you fish in the bucket even if it's just 4 or 6 pounds.
3- Enjoyable and funny:
Catfishes actually don't all live in freshwater. There are some species that are considered as saltwater catfish. Although catfish that live in saltwater aren't considered very challenging to catch, they are actually pretty good for a beginner. If you want more fun, then you might consider going to a lake, river or even a pond and look for bigger prizes (you might get lucky and catch a monster one).
If you still have doubts about this amazing hobby, then I challenge you to try it and see for yourself.
Chris is a catfishing fan. He likes to catch monster catfish as well as teaching others to do the same thing. If you want to learn about the most important factor when it comes to catfishing, check out: best catfish bait. To learn more about monster catfish, check out: 130 pound catfish

Saturday, September 17, 2011

How To Make Homemade Carp Baits Defeat Any Readymade Boilies In Winter Or Summer!

Do you use bait dips, glugs and soaks with your readymade boilies? If you do add these to any bait then they are not optimised to become super concentrated solution which is the primary format that carp most strongly respond to! If you need to add liquid to your bait then your bait is not genuinely optimised for performance and is in fact pitifully under optimised! Heated baits which are bound and sealed with egg are a great method to actively reduce your potential catches! Read on to discover the truth and catch more fish!
Use of liquid egg in readymade baits is the most common potential danger signal available to carp to be wary of! Also egg inhibits bait digestion in multiple ways. Liquid egg and egg powder and egg albumin also make baits massively less optimised for success as they literally make them insoluble thus defeating the most powerful characteristic of any bait!
On waters where boilies are used first time, the fish often do not realise they are food because they give off such pitiful concentrations of stimulatory solution due to being heated and sealed by egg! On waters new to boilies, my friends and I have well confirmed that the massively superior method to achieve instant results is to use paste and other unheated baits and not to use heated sealed baits. This just shows how bad heated baits are as a bait format! Time and again I have found the most instant way to establish new recipes of baits to a water is by using unheated baits; and not by using heated boilies!
The success of this has been so striking to me that when added to every other factor and reason I have discovered in what makes baits truly optimised for success I no longer consider successful bait as a solid at all. I now think of bait purely as a liquid not solid paradigm! When I think of bait I do not think of a solid ball or barrel or anything like these concepts because these are irrelevant. What matters is what reacts with the water, the potency of solution in active reaction. This is what matters; fish swim in solution and are surrounded by solution at all times.
They detect everything in their environment via solution. Water supporting fish is a complex solution of dissolved minerals, micro organisms, suspended algae and zooplankton, suspended decaying vegetative and animal debris, silt in solution and soil and chemical running off the land, acid rain etc; you name it!
Water fish exist in is solution of many things and is never just pure water, yet so many bait tests are carried out in tanks with pure water tainted perhaps with the toxins chlorine and fluorine, and heavy metals and other tap water contaminants. Fish are evolved to detect opportunities and threats in solution and through solution. When fish get feeding hard they are very often either surrounded by clouds of silt or suspended particulate matter stirred up by the movements of fish. How many times do anglers realise that their colourful little hook bait is often covered by silt etc as fish root around the area and stir up bottom silt?
The tone and colour of baits is most often totally irrelevant to success. By contrast it is exactly how a bait actively becomes a concentrated feed triggering solution which is of staggering importance! Solution is what matters most and this is just one reason why concentrated flavours work, because one thing they do is enable many bait substances to become solution easier! (Anyone who says flavours do not work has not figured this out yet!)
On far too many occasions I have observed a fish swim right past a bright colourful readymade bait which has been heated (sealed) in some way, without it even inspecting it. But such fish have responded incredibly well to alternative extra soluble homemade baits which are dark and drab in colour and tone and are notably unheated and made very specifically to produce an especially potent intensely stimulating soluble solution!
For me sight feeding is a very definitely far down the scale of importance when compared to stimulating carp feeding via olfaction, chemoreception and other hormonal and biochemical electrical methods of stimulating fish by leveraging optimally concentrated solution!
One massive advantage making homemade carp fishing baits has over the vast number of readymade baits is they can be optimised for potency and maximised for their capacity to turn into super concentrated feed-triggering solution. Wherever an advert states that such and such a boilie is optimised for performance never believe it. I a bait is heated it cannot easily become solution therefore it is not optimised to become the most highly potent and concentrated solution to trigger fish. For a bait to be truly optimised for performance it has to easily become solution and by this I mean the materials of the bait become solution and do not just leak off a bit of smell or taste, but constant clouds of concentrated solution.
It is easily possible for a person to make totally uncooked hard highly soluble feed-triggering baits which are optimised to become the most potent concentrated solution. Such baits easily out-fish all heated baits. The number of my ebooks readers around the world consistently beating leading readymade boilies by making such baits is proof enough. If I know I am fishing against people fishing whole readymade boilies then the last thing I would consider using is heated readymade boilie baits. I will make unique optimised for potent solution baits and avoid heating them in any way.
Think about it. It is far easier for bait companies to catch your eye with colourful balls and claims of all kinds of features such as the kinds of nutritional ingredients and additives used in their bait. Yet if these baits are heated they are not optimised to become exactly what they need to be in order to work to maximum efficiency as concentrated solution! Simply soaking baits in liquids is not an adequate answer to what is basically a reduced potency bait format. Adding a coating of paste around a boilie is such a joke too as you might as well be using paste all along.
Having to add paste as a covering to heated bait simply proves how much heated baits are not in truth optimised for performance!
All those readymade baits sold with liquid dips to improve their impacts merely demonstrate that heated baits are a drastically under optimised bait format that actually reduce your catches. When you have been using totally unheated baits tested against heated boilies for long enough as I have, then the truth is so crystal clear you will have no wish whatsoever to fish boilies ever again. I view using readymade boilies as a massive waste of time compared to using uniquely potent unheated baits. But when I refer to potency I do mean in regards to unusually high levels of biological activity and other aspects of substances working internally inside fish once consumed or even better still, when solution from them initially makes contact with fish receptors and instantly triggers feeding responses.
When you have had the practice and refinements to make unheated homemade baits that last any chosen timeframe, be it 3 or 6 hours or over 20 hours, you always have the advantage over steamed or boiled baits. I have used unheated hard potently soluble homemade baits on waters packed with crayfish, and had instant results far and away exceeding the catches achieved using boiled and steamed readymade baits.
I do not even like the word boilie now because of the degree that I have found this word by definition to mean an under optimised, time wasting, and catch reducing bait format!
If you are thinking that bait is only about nutrition and consider that nutrition is the big key to bait success think again. What matters ultimately about bait is this; it must achieve as many bites as possible as fast as possible! The point is that bait is not about feeding fish! If you want to feed fish then go and run a fish farm, put maximum weight on them then sell them for food! Personally I never make baits to put weight on fish; any nutritional content is there purely to provide nutrient based soluble stimuli.
If your goal is to put weight on fish you are in the wrong game because fishing is about catching fish not making fish as heavy as possible! Greedy fishery owners and ignorant egomaniac anglers blinded by weight as their only measure of ego success will obviously disagree but so what! The weight of fish caught as a measure of perceived success is an illusion and any truly experienced carp angler will accept that. I have hooked carp to 84 pounds but my most savoured fish was just over 37 pounds and was a UK fish that had been observed but never caught previously.
The fact is that the heaviest fish are not necessarily the hardest to catch, and often many lighter fish are caught far less frequently! If you have had the experience of catching a fish that no other angler has ever caught before, (on a highly pressured water,) then you will understand the truth of this!
On many levels, the more bait you give your fish to eat, the less chances you provide yourself of hooking a fish before some become satiated and stop feeding. Think about it; you want your fish to be as stimulated and hungry as possible to overcome their natural cautions! Factors such as digestibility are not as important as the fact that bait must be easily soluble, and produce a constant stream of dissolved highly potent substances which powerfully excite fish even from a great distance from your swim!
Bait needs to be fish friendly sure, but unless you own those fish why should you pay for the feeding of fish when you are only paying to catch them? It is your responsibility to ensure the safety and care of fish but fishery owners should be aware if fish need feeding they should be doing it with optimum quality feeds that they supply to the lake as feed (and certainly not necessarily as bait!)
Heated boilies are certainly not the optimum fish feeds; any aquaculture feed designer will tell you that! Many greedy fishery owners will want to insist differently of course. However there is a massive difference between baits that convert into body tissues and put weight on fish, and truly energy efficient aquaculture food that translates into healthy fish with optimised immune systems and inner balancing of all vital processes and systems and maximum natural vital energy for maximum longevity of fish!
Heated baits have damaged proteins for a start, but many other factors come into play such as the digestive inhibitive action of egg and the energy expenditure fish pay in digesting heated baits which are not easily water soluble.
Readymade boilies are made to make profits and by definition are very much a significant compromise of many factors that mean they are under optimised. Readymade baits have to be made to turn on anglers as much as fish and this is a massive drawback! Some of the best baits to ever hit the shelves failed as a commercial bait precisely because they dissolved into solution within an hours or less but carp anglers are generally lazy so dislike using such ideal baits. So many carp anglers prefer baits you just stick on a rig and then forget about all night long, knowing they will still be on the rigs in the morning; yet such baits are the least optimised for performance possible!
The truth of this is simple; the longer a bait is intact the less it becomes solution and the less it is actually performing as concentrated solution which is the form carp best respond to! Therefore if your bait lasts only an hour it is performing to maximum potential in terms of becoming concentrated solution. If a bait takes 12 or 24 hours to become solution, the level of concentrated solution of dissolved bait substances such bait produces are pitiful and certainly such baits are far from optimally performing as a stimulatory soluble force in the water!
As a comparison heated baits that last 12 or 24 or 48 or more hours intact in water act like a smoker standing waiting in a line of people giving out a little trail of smoke that maybe the guy standing at the end of the line might notice, only if the wind direction happens to blow the smoke his direction, but he may not even notice the smoke if the wind or air current is not flowing in his direction. Bait solutions really are at the mercy of water currents and flows to a great degree and this is why you need to maximise concentrated solution and unheated baits.
By comparison to heated readymade boilies, imagine using actively water soluble optimised for concentration unheated baits instead. These act in water like the coals in a sauna where any time they contact water they react pumping out gigantic plumes of steam or in this case concentrated stimulatory solution if they were optimised unheated baits. Compare this to the pitiful trail that the vast majority of heated readymade baits give off! Even the oily pellets containing soluble fish proteins etc which are heated and extruded are not necessarily going to perform in water to optimum levels. This is particularly when water temperatures are lower than maybe 15 degrees Celsius!
Just a quick tip here; I have found in reality that cracking conventional hard pellets under pressure before use makes them many times more effective because this opens them up so they are far more able to become solution! This point is absolutely crucial in winter. In fact hard pellets are just as under optimised as whole boilies in many ways. The best way to use hard pellets is when they are at their most biologically active, and at their most water soluble. (But I am not about to give out how to achieve all this here for free!)
Anyone who appreciates the truth about the operation of bait in solution knows that the best baits become fully solution in under an hour. When baits are fully in solution as fast as possible the maximum concentration of stimulatory substances surround fish and produce the most potent concentration gradient for fish to follow. This way maximum numbers of bites can be achieved as fish are so primed and excited yet very little bait is available as whole bait to be consumed.
Any champion match man will tell you the way to keep fish most intensely consistently excited is to keep feeding very soluble bait so that maximum dissolved bait substances are present at all times in the water layers; this is why the fine water soluble ground baits and amino acid rich joker and blood worm upon which fish best particulate and filter feed upon are most successful. Maggots are limited by the fact that fish home on the ammonia they release when first introduced into water and their movements create vibrations fish easily detect, but once movements and ammonia release have reduced maggots are very much an under optimised bait and personally I much prefer unheated soluble baits with features and characteristics suited to acting like malleable, liquid rich and neutral density natural food items!
Optimised bait is really not about food and feeding fish, but keeping the most incredibly potent levels of concentrated solution at a maximum in the water most consistently to keep fish coming back for more, while not providing many kilograms of food which may satiate fish before they get hooked.
Personally I find it much more sane to fish using a low volume of optimised homemade baits than sit for hours using a bed of readymade baits waiting for them to become solution. Years ago many of us older anglers would use a pint of bait for a weekend and yet catch as many fish as anglers using 10 or 20 kilograms of boilies today. When your bait is optimised you really can expect to get bites within minutes of casting out. The very first time I used a totally new unique potency optimised for concentrated solubility unheated bait, I had literally just let go of the rod casting and placing it in the rest before it produced a run.
Going back years I noticed that the most instant over flavoured readymade and homemade baits of this kind would only work for optimum times of up to about 3 hours maximum. Then the liquids have mostly leached out. It was only when I began specifically designing and making homemade baits producing optimised potent concentrated solution over time that my results kept on being significantly consistently successful when compared to results obtained using instant over flavoured readymade baits.
Just on a side note, fish are picking up hook baits all the time and not getting hooked because they have refined the art of not pulling hooks deep into tissue within their mouths. Observe wary fish enough times and you will be shocked at how easily they drop chemically sharpened hooked by various means. By no mean do they actually move away with enough force for a hook to penetrate enough to hook fish without fish being able to twist, up end or shake a hook out in a flash.
Apart from the bait the most important part of your entire fishing is the first 4 millimeters of your hook point. If you make this thin enough to penetrate flesh with as minimal pressure as possible you will always catch more fish. I spend far more time sharpening chemically sharpened hooks manually using diamond hook sharpeners than I do on any other part of my fishing. In fact this includes actually making homemade baits but then I stopped using bait guns and rolling tables years ago as using these is a complete waste of time and far quicker methods are available if you think about it! I actively avoid using rounded or barrel or cylinder shaped baits anyway; carp know all about dealing with these!
Any bait pictures I have with round baits are to demonstrate many things but I always prefer irregular shaped baits by far and never waste time trimming baits because I have no need. Name me one natural food item that is perfectly round with a smooth surface, or is barrel or cylinder shaped!
The best manifestation of bait in solution is when you achieve multiple attempts by fish to take your hook baits. This scenario provides the maximum multiple chances of hooking fish no matter how rig shy or experienced fish may be. To achieve this scenario heated baits pale into insignificance compared to the most refined and most potently optimised unheated baits.
It is like the actual additives, extracts and ingredients etc that you use in your baits. Hemp oil sold and used in fishing gives you a predominantly oily experience. By contrast the most stimulating, most biologically potent hemp oil will actually crackle on your tongue. But this is not a form sold for fishing bait use; it is highly expensive and I had to make extra efforts to specially source this and many other substances that bait companies do not sell. When substances such as this especially powerful hemp oil are so incredibly potent, it only requires a small amount to make fish feed where other hemp oils fail! Potency of each and every part of your bait is so incredibly important!
You can design homemade baits exactly tailored to be optimised to deliver the most highly concentrated biologically active potency solution possible. This is exactly where my focus on making my homemade baits to beat all readymade heated baits is and it really needs to be your focus too if you want to stop wasting many hours every time you go fishing.
Remember, if you need to dip or soak a bait to make it work better then your bait is by definition under optimised and under maximised for success so get into making your own truly optimised for performance homemade baits instead and find out more about how to out fish any heated readymade boilie available! Revealed in my unique readymade bait and homemade bait carp and catfish bait secrets ebooks is far more powerful information look up my unique website (Baitbigfish) and see my biography below for details of my ebooks deals right now!
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Top Five Daiwa Baitcasting Reels

Baitcasting reels, once exclusively reserved for the professional fisherman, are becoming increasingly popular among everyday anglers. Unlike their spincasting counterparts, baitcasting reels offer their users longer casts and ultimate precision. Bass fishermen generally prefer baitcasters above all other reel options.
Since the manufacture of its first reel in 1955, Diawa has become one of the most popular and trusted brands in the fishing industry. Subsequently, it is no surprise that Diawa produces some of the best baitcasting reels on the market.
The top 5 (five) Diawa baitcasting reels are listed below:
1. The Daiwa Steez 7.1 Ultra-Light Speed
Priced at around $500, the Steez 7.1 Ultra-Light Speed leads the way. This cutting edge device is equipped with the top reel technology available. Feather light, at only 5.6 ounces, it won't weigh down your rod or your arm. It is the lightest reel in its class. Fatigue is lessened, and reel speed is increased.
Inside the Steez 7.1 Ultra-High Speed, Diawa integrated the quality of the TD-Z reel rotor with a newly mechanized spool at the core. The result is a more balanced and consistent line tension with an ultra fast gear ratio.
Additional features include:
• Magnesium body and side construction
• Improved handle for greater stability and strong coiling leverage
• Rugged aluminum drive gear
• Quick-starting spool with greater duration spins
• High-speed spool shifts
• Magnetized spool constraint
• Automatic spool adjustments
• Unlimited Anti-Reverse
2. Team Daiwa Luna
The Team Daiwa Luna is Daiwa's best conventionally designed baitcaster. Weighty, with simple upkeep, this model is a great choice for snagging heavy trophy fish. With its automated cast system, corrosion resistant housing, and traditional feel, this one is sure to be a favorite.
The Luna sells for approximately $250, and boasts the follow specs:
• Aluminum body and sideplates
• Floating Spool for the best casting
• Mechanized magnetic anti-recoil control
• Ultra-fluid drag
• Unlimited Anti-Backlash
• Titanium line guide
3. Team Daiwa Zillion Baitcasting Reel
Retailing for just under $270, this quality workhorse is speedy and powerful. Effective and no-nonsense, the Zillion can retract over 31 inches of line with each rotation.
This model offers speed, simplicity, and impressive performance in one compact, effective package.
The Zillion's features are highlighted below:
• High-yield gear ratio
• Corrosion-free bearings
• Brushed crank for greater stability
• Automated anti-recoil system
• Aluminum housing and sideframe
• Supple grips
4. Diawa T3 Baitcasting Reel
Displaying Daiwa's latest technological advancements, the $430 T3 is made to shine. The Daiwa T3 contains an innovative coiling mechanism, newly developed by Daiwa. This T-Wing System makes the 6.5 ounce T3 quite unlike any other Daiwa reel. With improved casting and handling, this one is a keeper.
The T3 Baitcasting reel features:
1. Magforce 3D cast control system
2. Succinct body
3. Improved drag performance
4. Two gear ratio options
5. 8 (eight) bearings
6. Brushed aluminum handles with soft grips
7. Low-weight spool
8. Efficient free-floating spool
5. Diawa Megaforce® THS With Twitchin' Bar®
The Megaforce contains a groundbreaking Twitchin' Bar™ that allows the fisherman to retract of retract up to seven inches of line or twitch a jig with the touch of a thumb. At under $100, the megaforce will fit even the tightest budget.
The Megaforce® with Twitchin' Bar™ Features:
• Twichin' Bar
• Light, drilled aluminum spool
• Six bearings
• Super quick gear ratio
• durable drive train
• Magforce® magnetized anti-recoil
• Soft grips
Any of these five Daiwa baitcasters would make a welcome addition to your tacklebox.
Terry Newton has a website of fishing reels of many brands and types such as the baitcasting reel. We maintain a blog and website where you can get answers to the rest of your questions and even ask questions to be discussed. Come and shop.

How a Fish Finder Works

Fish finders are popular among the fishing community across the country. Many people are reverting to using a fish finder to help them locate the fish that they seek. In larger bodies of water, an expensive deep-sea fishing trip is no longer a waste of a day when the occupants of the boat are using a fish finder to help them make the trip a success.
This device sends out a sound wave then penetrates through the water until it hits an object or group of objects then it rivets back to the surface and records the distance and shape onto a screen for the person to view. In areas where it does not bounce off any objects the sound wave is absorbed into the soft bottom. Hard bottoms will send the sonar back up and show up roughly, along with anything in between.
There are different circumstances that can make the fish finder work perfectly and circumstances where the fish finder will not have clarity or perception. Sometimes weather issues can hinder a good signal in the water. Waves or murky water can push the signal around into bubbles or particles that are in the water and you will not get a clear and precise picture. The transducer is what takes the electric signal and turns it into sonar. If the transducer is to close to objects such as motors or pumps you will not have the sonar signal at the degree you need. Depth is another issue in using your fish finder; you want to make sure the device you choose to use will reach the depth you need to find the fish you are looking for. Some research and you will be able to determine exactly at what depth your fish finder should be able to reach and at what depth you need it to reach for the type of area you are searching in. Some fish finders have a very fast sonar reader and older models have slower ones. This will determine how quickly and up to date the information you receive is given to you. The display on the screen is made up of pixels and at each sonar signals the pixels up date and follow the movement below the water. Pixels are little blocks on the screen, a stronger pixel signal give deeper shades and a faint pixel signal from sonar gives a lighter shade on the screen. More pixels will give much more clarity.
It is an excellent tool to use if you are an avid fisher person and you want to know where it is best to find the groups of fish you are searching. It is also a good tool to use if you desire to track the habits of certain types of fish. There are many types of finders, decide what you need in your fish finder and look for those specific qualifications in mind when buying one.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Safety Tips To Follow When Working With Lead Molds

Expert Author Halfdan Timm
Many people work with lead molds. These might be created so that you are able to make things like bullets, fishing equipment, toys, parts, and other projects that you might be working on. If you are working with lead molds, you know that you need to be safe else you could have some serious injuries. There are a few safety tips that you should be following so that you won't be harmed.
If you aren't experienced, you should work with someone who is until you learn. This is so that when you are about to make a mistake that could result in injury, the experienced individual could alert you to the problem so that you can avoid it. Don't do this all on your own without experience else you could get hurt.
Keep water and other moisture away from the work area. Small bits of moisture at these high temperatures required to use and make lead molds, can result in a burn. Keep all moisture away from additional safety.
You need to protect your body. Eye protection is the most important as a bit of splatter could ruin your eyesight. Also wear gloves, long sleeves, pants, and work shoes. Some people even put vaseline on the skin that is exposed to help protect from the high heat and potential burns.
Always follow the safety instruction properly. This would include the instructions provided with all your equipment and lead mold products that you are working with.
Make sure you use quality and dependable tools for the job. You can't be in the middle of a project to have a tool malfunction. If everything is working properly, you will be a bit safer. Check everything before you get started.
Have fun with your lead mold projects but don't overlook safety. Keep someone experienced around until you know more, don't have water nearby, protect your body, follow instruction properly, and make sure your tools are in good working order so that everything will go much more smoothly.
Also, make sure to help other fishermen out with lead molds once you've learnt how to deal with them properly. There are very few people, who know how to properly deal with lead molds, why these who do really do need to help the other guys out. Be a gentleman when you're fishing and help out your fellow fishermen, when they try to figure out the secrets of lead molds!
Halfdan Timm is a young entrepreneur from Denmark, who has made a site on lead molds. Information regarding this very subject can be found here - for example, reading about cast lead is possible - take a look for yourself!

Sport Fishing for Flatheads

Sometimes called yellow or mud cats, the Flathead catfish is easily distinguishable from the Channel and Blue catfish. They are native to the Mississippi River but can be found in waters across the country. Their characteristics include a protruding lower jaw, very broad flat heads, and tiny oval shaped eyes. They have thick bodies with colors ranging from yellow to brown, dark colored mottling on their sides, and light, whitish underbellies. Their tails are squared and only slightly indented, not deeply forked like the others.
Catfishing has become so popular that tournaments are now held in many states across the country. Flatheads are favored for sport because they can put up a ferocious fight. However, your quest may take a considerable amount of patience. Adults range in size from fifteen to nineteen inches long and can live for more than twenty-five years. It's not unusual to catch a 20 pounder and they've been known to weigh in at over 100 pounds, jockeying for the top weigh spot with Blues. You'll want to choose heavier gear than you'd use for the smaller, and usually more plentiful, Channels.
Flatheads are considered somewhat different from other catfish species in that they have a preference for live bait, even though they have been known to eat whatever is dangled in front of them. Live bait should increase your chances for a great catch. It is thought that Flats make great mouth-watering meals for the dinner table especially because of their preference for live bait such as small fish, crayfish and insects. They have a huge appetite and have been known to decimate the native fish in areas where they have been introduced. They prefer slow moving water and like to hide under wood cover and undergrowth, and they are partial to deep holes. It's thought that Flatheads bite better at night when they will come closer to the water's surface. However, you may fare well during the day where you will find them closer to the bottom of the water. Look for them in the deeper parts of the water.
Fishing regulations vary state to state, so it is advisable to check the area you plan to fish in and become familiar with their specific rules. Some baits cannot be used legally in various states so check the local fish and game regulations to ensure compliance. There are some states that have restrictions and/or consumption advisories regarding how often the fish should be eaten, based on whatever contaminants may be found in their waters.
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