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How to take a good fishing photo

What makes a fishing photo good? There are several reasons why your shots might come out looking less impressive than you’d have thought initially. For one, you have to own a decent camera. Unfortunately, most of the DSLRs and other options I’ve come across are anything but affordable, but they might pay off in the end, particularly as you may typically invest a lot of time in catching the dream fish you’ve always wanted.

Another detail you ought to consider is that the camera needs to be kept clean, which is a feat that’s close to impossible because fishing isn’t the neatest sport in the world. Even so, it may be a good idea to check on the lens from time to time just to see whether you’ve been splashing around and getting some of the mucus of the fish on its surface. Do yourself a favor and get a pack of tissues intended for cleaning your lens and be sure to do it rather often when you’re on the boat or on the shore.

The lighting has to be right in order for your subjects to come out looking as they should. Never take a picture when the sun is looking straight at you because there’s a high chance that the person holding the fish comes out looking totally dark. With the sun behind the subject, your pictures can look sharp, well-composed, and well-lighted.

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Furthermore, it might be worth noting that most of the fishermen who like to experiment with taking fishing photos make the mistake of using the same angle all of the time. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but professional photographers actually publish bestselling books about photo composition and about how you can make your pictures look a lot more appealing. Every picture is different, and I do appreciate that, but you have to make up your mind about what you’re trying to focus on. Sometimes, a trout or a salmon may look more compelling when its head is in the left corner of the image, and the rest of its body completes the space toward the right corner of the picture.

If you have the right camera, there are no limits as to what you can try. Most of the digital cams that are available for sale nowadays are packed with a plethora of shooting modes and automatic filters which can take your shots to a whole new level. I’m not saying you should enroll in a course tackling Adobe Photoshop. I’m merely pointing out that you can make the most of your equipment even if you do not own an expensive camera.

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Last but not least, you should try to take advantage of all the natural perks offered by the environment you will do your fishing in. For example, the intricate design of a rainbow trout will be extremely eye-catching when reflected on the water surface. Play with your focus, fish with a photogenic friend and be sure to have as much fun as possible.

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Trying out my new bass fishing gear

If there’s one fish that every fisherman wants to hook, that is bass. In the last period, this species has gained celebrity status in the fishing world. That is due to its ability to put up a fight, which makes it extremely popular in recreational fishing. Therefore, fishing for bass is more of a fun sport, for both professionals and beginners.

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The attractive aspect of bass fishing is that you don’t necessarily have to catch anything, as the most enjoyable part lies in the attempt. Participating in competitions alongside other anglers is a fun way to rad4spend your weekend, will allow you to enjoy a day outside and will provide you with good stories to tell your children and your grandchildren. At least, these are my strongest motives to take my friends out for a bass fishing trip now and then. These and the fact that I recently acquired a new bass fishing rod and reel combo to secure the best chance at reeling in a trophy size bass. Picking the perfect gear, particularly the one intended for fishing bass is always a tough job. The Rhino Fishing ZR33 Spincast Combo I chose after a long deliberation and debate over the top models available in the bass fishing sector. What I appreciated above all at this piece of equipment is that it seemed to have attained the optimal balance between sturdiness, flexibility and control.

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The rod and reel package offered by Rhino is composed from a 6 ft rod, made with strong fiberglass and the  Zebco 33 spincast reel that offers you a 3:6:1 retrieval ratio and four specially designed ball bearings  that rad5will ensure a steady and smooth retrieval, but also an optimal speed so that you don’t startle the catch when you attempt to reel it in. The optimal length and the main material make the shaft extremely strong, with a touch of flexibility due to its medium power. As it is not very long, the shaft makes it easy for the fisherman to reel in even the most aggressive specimens of bass, offering perfect control over it. Adding to the already impressive qualities of this package is the grip, that was designed to enhance your control over the rod, but also to allow your hand to hold it firmly and effortless. All the features that make this package ideal for bass fishing can only be observed when you hold the rod. 

Surf fishing trips: the beginning of a beautiful friendship

It’s time I told you about one of the best surf casting trips I’ve had recently. My friends and I decided to try surf fishing, after running out of ideas as to where we can go to escape the monotony of the city. We’ve inquired into some good places for fishing not extremely far from where we live and we went there together with our heavy-duty tackle equipment. We do have some experience with fishing, but our entire training on this fishing technique was based on some articles we read on the internet and some gear we bought in a hurry.

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Needless to say, when we got there it was already evening (which is, according to the internet, a good moment to fish in the ocean) and we’ve spent some time making sure we got the gear correctly assembled.  We were feeling like scoundrels, about to do something really bad and that could have negative consequences for all of us.  There we were, in an unknown place, on which we had no knowledge whatsoever, not to mention we had no idea about the fishing conditions there. We weren’t alone on the spot, at a certain distance from us, some other fishermen were occupying a portion of the beach that we immediately supposed was the good fishing spot, filled with fish, while we were surely (we supposed) casting our lures in a fish deserted water. This curved our enthusiasm a bit, but wasn’t able to take it all away and we were soon full of hope that we will catch some fish as well. The night was young, we were young, the fish weren’t there, but they were going to arrive sooner or later. We’ve started understanding that this may not happen when we heard loud cheering from the other group – someone caught something big. However, half hour later, I felt that my Okuma Tundra Surf Spinning setup was under siege by an equally (if not bigger) fish. We were all tense, waiting for the catch and I almost had it, but dropped it back into the water at the last moment. It was the greatest shot we had all night at landing a fish and the only one. One by one, we gave up and lied down on the sand. Only one of us was still standing patiently in the shallow after I handed over my rod to him, as it was the sole rod that seemed to be able to fish something out of the water, even if it was just some seaweed.

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However, this was not all in vain, in the early morning, we witnessed the most incredible sunrise I have ever seen in my entire existence. The folks from the other group were gone and, in the distance, an old man was walking his dog. After such a wonder, we all agreed beach casting was not our thing, but that we’ll be back there with fresh forces one of these days just to see that sunrise again.

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