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 the sharks without gloves for protection… Their sandpaper skin will give you rub burn!
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.
Always bring a rag with you in case the hook leaves a fish bloody…
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!).
Dress appropriately for the type of weather you’re most likely to experience… Rain, cold or sunshine.
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.
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!
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!
Always be safe and aware or you might find yourself stuck in the mud!
While looking through photos in preparation for my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, I was lucky enough to find this gem… My great uncle, John, with a charter captain and a huge Goliath grouper, circa de 1949. (aka Jewfish). Enjoy.
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.
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
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 →
One of the advantages of living in a state that sticks out from the main land mass that is the United States is the number of ships that run their courses into it. And I mean literally!
Because of the limestone under-layer that Florida sits upon, many ships have met an untimely end. This is most unfortunate for them but, years later, I find myself thinking how bored I would be as a water adventurer had they not met such misfortune.
Exploring shipwrecks is an activity that every sunshine-loving Florida girl should get to experience at one point for another. Continue reading →