How to Avoid Being A Fool on April Fool’s Day- Lessons Through Photos

As a tribute to all of the foolish times I’ve had on the water (and as a warning to the rest of you), I have posted some of my best insights into what to avoid in all your Woman, Water, Wild escapades…

Don't hold sharks

Don’t hold the sharks without gloves for protection… Their sandpaper skin will give you rub burn!

The Burren

Never stand this close to a ledge on a day when the water is rough… the oysters will cut you, the waves will rough you up and, if all else fails, the rocks won’t be fun.

bloody fish

Always bring a rag with you in case the hook leaves a fish bloody…

bad boat picture 1 bad boat picture 2 bad boat picture 3

Be sure you’ve got stable footing on the deck before snapping a picture… You might miss an opportunity to capture a quick moment (like a fish before it jumps off the hook!).

boat blanket

Dress appropriately for the type of weather you’re most likely to experience… Rain, cold or sunshine.

wakeboarder

Wear a helmet when wake-boarding or water skiing.  Water may seem like a gentle, soft place to land but surface tension  begs to differ.

fishing in the keys

Be sure to pull and then reel, pull and then reel… This technique takes the tension off your line which decreases its chances of snapping!

spear fishing

Keep one person on the boat at all times.  Not only does this insure that it stays in the same place (even if there’s an anchor dropped).  Not to mention, someone can take pictures of all the action!

wading

Always be safe and aware or you might find yourself stuck in the mud!

Happy April Fools’ Day!

5 Steps to Rigging a Line

As I anticipate warmer weather and long, sunny days on the boat, I thought it would be helpful for all my wild women out there to have a crash course on rigging a saltwater fishing line.

Fishing Pole

Fishing Pole

Read on and get excited about catching those fantastic finned friends with a line you didn’t have to have assistance to cast out into the big blue.

Before we begin, here’s what you’ll need:

-braided fishing line

-leader line

-saltwater sinker

-saltwater hook

Step 1– Loop a braided mainline through the guides on a fishing pole.  Be sure the line is guided UNDER  the bail before through the pole’s guides!  Using braided line is important because it doesn’t stretch when a fish is on the line.  Be sure that there is about 12 inches of line to tie the leader to.

Step 2– Cut about 2 feet of leader.  The next step is to tie the line and leader together.  Not only does this technique of using two different types of line strengthen your rig, but it also insures the fish doesn’t damage the line being reeled in as well as giving the fisherman or woman the ability to reuse the rig set-up again with another pole.  I recommend using is a uni-to-uni knot.  The steps to tying this knot are shown step-by-step in the photos below. Continue reading

The Stone Crab Grab

 Angry Stone CrabIn the cooler months in Florida, stone crabs seek the warmth of the brackish inter-coastal waters. For me, I’ll always think of these months as the ones my friends drop their Maryland-style crab traps (also called “crab pots”) to the floor of the Indian River Lagoon and check them every few evenings for any crustaceans.

Stone crabs range from the North Atlantic all the way down to Mexico and, although their bodies don’t have much meat, their claws are considered a delicacy served up with butter.  A Floridian from birth, I particularly enjoy eating all shellfish from crawdads to crabs.

This past Thursday night, I was lucky enough to be invited along to check my friend Eric’s crab trap.  Being an early March evening in Florida, the temperatures that were fairly warm in the day plummeted down to a fairly cold (especially for Florida) 53 degrees. Continue reading