Barbs and Backlashes


Odds and Ends 10/16/09 by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
October 16, 2009, 12:12 pm
Filed under: Fishing | Tags: ,

Just a quick blog post here before the weekend.  With the cold weather we have had for the past week+, fishing has been tough for me.  I am not giving up yet; hoping we get some warmer weather before fall is over.  I will bet there are some nice fish to be dried off yet before I get the ice-fishing gear ready to go!

I was looking back through some of my pictures and noticed I or my fishing partners are wearing sunglasses in many of them.  For taking pictures, it does look a lot better to take the glasses off, but sometimes we forget.  Putting some straps on the sunglasses makes it easy to drop them off while you pose for the hero shot.  It also keeps you from dropping your sunglasses into the water.

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I religiously wear polarized sunglasses while fishing, even when it is cloudy or rainy.  Polarized sunglasses cut the glare from the surface of the water, so by wearing them you can see into the water at least a little bit depending on water clarity.  Being able to see into the water can really help in watching your line for bites, spotting depth changes, cover and structure objects, and sometimes you can even see fish.  In addition the sunglasses are a good piece of safety equipment to wear while fishing–sometimes things like hooks and weights can come flying back at your face.  I would even consider wearing clear glasses while fishing after dark purely for the safety.

One last thing, there have been some notices floating around this week about invasive, exotic zebra mussels being discovered in another Kansas reservoir.  To this point we have mostly dodged the zebra and quagga mussel bullets; both Kansas and Colorado have infestations in some of their reservoirs.  I would highly recommend that you check out this website, http://snr.unl.edu/invasives/boater.htm to find out what we can do as anglers to prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other exotic species.  While you are on that website, take some time to look around–there is a ton of useful information there.

GO FISH!

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