How to practice fishing at home

Why practice? We know that a practice makes perfect. Getting prepared properly and practice your fishing skills at your backyard will improve your confidence and fishing skills before the real game.

Keep It Real1

Even when it’s practice, make it as real as possible. Use real equipment so that you got the authentic feeling and can, therefore enhance your skills most comfortably.

So what do real gears include?

  • Hooks: the go-to thing that keeps the fish stay with you. Attention alert: the hooking part is called barb, which is very sharp and can cause injury. Pay attention to it when you practice. If you get hooked, do not take it out by yourself as you can be further infected. Call the hospital to get a correct treatment.
  • Fishing rod/ pole: if it comes with a spool, then it’s called a fishing rod. There are two types of reel that you need to research and consider before purchase: spinning reel and bait casting. Spinning reels automatically roll out and retrieve the line while bait casting perform these tasks manually. For more information on spinning reels, a nice place to visit is They offer a wide variety of gears from basic stuff for starters to the best spinning reel for professionals.
  • Fishing line: It has a numeric indicator suggesting how much can the line hold. Therefore, the bigger type of fish you are planning to catch, the bigger number you need. The golden rule is 10 pound for the average fish.2
  • Knife: a knife is useful to cut the fishing line.
  • Bait: there is a world of baits to choose from, depending on the type of fish you catch, how you want toretrieve the rod, the specific features of your fishing environment, etc. For practical purposes, you can use gummy worms.3
  • Bobber: those are floating stuff that makes your rod more noticeable and notifies you when the fish clicks. Notice that it must still float with the sinker and the rod.4
  • Sinkers: This is when you read fish’s mind. They like objects at the same depth as themselves. Therefore, your bait must reach a certain water depth. That is when you need sinkers. Use pliers to attach sinkers along your fishing line from 4 inches above the lure.

Time to Practice

Here are some fundamental fishing assets and the way you can practice them right in your backyard!

  • Casting a line: Tie the heaviest bobber onto the line. Place a hola-hoop on your grass. Then practice casting so that the bobber is in the hoop (You’ll see why the bobber has to be bright!)
  • Hooking the bait: Plug the gummy worms into the barb. Be careful not to be injured.
  • Handling a fish: There are glorious moments when you catch a fish or a time when you want to return a fish to water. In both situations, you must know how to handle the fish to not hurt the fish and your hands. The recommended way is to gently hold the fish on its stomach (not on its sharp back) and put a finger into its mouth. Make sure your hands are wet. Then tenderly put the fish into water as if you are teaching it how to swim. After 1 minute you can let it go.

Fishing Lures: Basic Categories for New Fishers

Soft Baits

These include lizards, worms and other stuffs that mimic living lures. In the fishing world, soft baits are unquestionably the best.

Plastic worms are the most common type in this category, obviously because fishes like them. These fishing lures will move when triggered with the slightest movement of water. They will be even more effective combined with Texas or Carolina rigs.1

Notice that among plastic worms, there are different sub-types depending on their shapes. Each type may work with different rigs. You just have to try it for yourself.

Another favorite appetite of the fish is small crayfishes. With these lures, you might catch mostly small fish yet also big fish sometimes. You may have heard about it before with names like craw, beaver, hogs, etc.

If you head for only big catches, then you should about minnow. It imitates the small creature that fits perfectly in the habitat of big fish.

Tubes and grubs are also household names for big fishes. Some have found out that a grub together with a 1/8 oz. jig head is terrific for the game.


They are fishing lures made from wood with the lip made of plastic. The fish-shaped bait can dive to a certain extent because of its plastic lip. The larger the lip, the deeper the dive.

Surface Lures3

Exactly opposite to crank baits, surface baits are alive-looking items that float on water. They mimic small fish, mice and lizards. Since they are too light and tend to be floating around, you might well end up waiting for hours without knowing if they worked or not. A helpful tip is to pull it lightly two to three times once it has settled, let it stay and then repeat. In other words, you should constantly stay alert and not let it rest for too long.


A must-know name if you are into fishing, the spinner bait allows you for maximal customization. The fishing lure basically consists of an upright hook and a line bent between 45 and 90 degrees. On the line, we have a fake head (the “jig” head) covered with a “skirt”. Most importantly, the blades hanging on the line offer different speeds that suit your different fishing contexts.4

The Willow blade shaping like a rugby ball gives you less vibration, which means that you retrieve your reel quickly without messing up the water.

The Colorado blade shaping like a water drop brings you much vibration, so make it slowly when you pull the reel off. You can lift the fish highest with this blade.

Similar to the Colorado, the Indiana blade is like a thinner water drop. As a result, it makes the water vibrate but to a lesser extent than Colorado.


Jigs can be a part of spinner baits or a lure itself. The jig head, which looks like that of a small fish, is made of lead. The skirt covers the jig head and roots from plastic.

For the beginning, that’s all you need to know. I do hope that you can choose working fishing lures for yourself. If afterwards you are wondering which the best spinning reel is, then my recommendation is They offer quite good stuff. I’ll have a review article on this issue later.

Important fishingskills with spinning reels

Congratulations! You have just purchased the perfect best spinning reel for yourself. However, you are far from catching your perfect bait if you do not master several crucial fishing skills. In this article, I will kindly guide you through the steps. Choose a good place to practice your skills smoothly to win big in the fishing game!

How to Drag your Spinning Reel

Drag is a fundamental concept to understand in fishing. Basically, it is how tight you want the fish to feel when it grabs the lure. Adjusting the drag requires a lot of precision. You want to exhaust the fish with the force yet you must know the limit of your line or you will break it.

Drag is measured in pounds. So more pounds mean that more pressure for the fish. You can use a scale, either a spring scale or a digital scale to measure the drag.

Notice that in order to keep your fishing line from breaking, you must remain the drag as a quarter of the test strength indicator on the line package or the spool. For instance, if you are using 10 lbs. Test line, then you drag must be set at 2.5 lbs. Your fishing skill is mathematical here as a line with more pressure will instantly break before you retrieve your fish.

You can drag your spinning reel in 5 simple steps:2

  • Assemble your rod and attach the reel. Insert the line thoroughly, from tip to toe
  • Cling the line onto the hook of the scale
  • Hold the rod at a 45 degree angle
  • Begin to read the indicator on the scale as the drag starts to slip. On spinning reels, the drag mechanism is often located on top of the spool
  • Fix the drag pound once the scale indicates the correct number

How to Load Line on a Spinning Reel

Knowing how to load line is an extremely important fishing skill. Failing to do this will lead to traffic jams within your spool, especially when you need to cast quickly to catch that big fish. Taking out the twists and turns is possible, yet it takes a lot of time. Save your precious time by following these steps:

  • Open the bail, which is the curling arm on the spool with the upper part open and the lower part closed
  • With two parallel lines, tie an arbor knot on the bail. Close it.

lace your spool on the floor, label facing up. Check if the lines can be loaded off the same way they are rolled in, which is typical of spinning reels.1

  • Roll in the lines. Put 2 fingers on the lines to create a mild pressure. Doing so avoids loose lines and therefore twists for your reel.
  • Check for twists by letting slacks in the line. If it twists, place the spool label down and retry. When you fill up to 1/8 inch off the rim, stop.

Now your fishing skills are all set! Good luck and happy fishing!


You want to lose weight so that you can fit into all those clothes that you cannot fit a long time ago? You want to keep fit because you want to show off your body to all your friends? Tired of being called fat? It is okay to have those thoughts because it is completely normal for a human being. There is no need to worry about having to exercise your ass off to lose weight because there is a way for you to get fit without putting too much muscle pressure on your body. The magical answer is swimming! It does not requires any specialized gears or experiences, it is suitable for any strength levels and you can both have fun and exercise at the same time with swimming. Therefore, swimming can be your exciting first step toward a healthier and fitter body.

  • Swimming burns a huge amount of calories

The equation for losing weight is simple: The amount of calories you take in has to be smaller than the amount your body can burn. And that is where swimming comes in. Swimming can burn a huge amount of calories. However, it is difficult to calculate exactly the amount of calories you have burned because it is all depended on your stroke. Therefore, it is advisable to purchase a heart rate monitor to learn how much calories you have burned in the pool. In addition, you should buy a water-proof one so that it is not damaged when you swim and it should have chest strap to increase the result accuracy.

  • Swimming can be done even if you have physical limitations or you are fatigued.

Although running or biking can burn fat at a quicker rate than swimming, those activities are not suitable for you if you are too overweight, not physical active for a long time or your joints are in bad shape. Swimming is different. It is the perfect exercise for you! The water help you reduce 90% pressure put on your joints so that you can easily swim without worrying about pain. Moreover, the rate of injury occurring is greatly reduced by water as well. How cool is that?

  • It is a good training for your muscle

Compared to running in which only your leg muscle is practiced, in swimming, you have to use your whole body. In other word, your whole body gets to exercise, balance the stress put on different muscle and all the muscles on your body are equally trained and used. This overall exercise will help you ensure that there are absolutely no parts that are overdeveloped or underdeveloped. In addition, the resistance in the pool can act as natural weights which will help you save time practicing at the gym (lifting different weight one by one for each body part you want to practice).

With the reasons mentioned above, you can easily see that swimming is the suitable exercise for all ages and gender. So what are you waiting for? Go to your nearest pool and start swimming!


Vancouver Island has been blessed by nature with breath-taking beauty, a benign climate and a wide variety of terrains and wonderful geologic formations. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to know that this very island makes tourism as the main engine to drive its economy. And rock climbing has stood out as one of the most popular recreational outdoor sport for local and tourists alike. With one-of-a-kind terrains and its established facilities, Vancouver Island is without question the best place for caving and rock climbing enthusiast. Created by ocean uplift, Vancouver Island is born for people to climb and discover, with its porous volcanic and sedimentary rock.

  • With the number of climbing sites adding up to 50 sites in total, all comes from Vancouver Island and its neighboring island Gulf, the challenges offered here are definitely endless. In addition, since there are many offers available, you can easily choose what course is suitable for you at your current level of health and experience. North Island’s Strathconq Provincipal Park is the home to some of the highest recommended sites. Being covered over 245,000 hectares by mountainous terrain, Strathcona is still visited by rock climber and caving enthusiast in spite of the fact that it is the oldest Provincial Park here on this island. The most notable climbing course is Golden Hinde because the challenge it offers. Towering over 2200 meters high, its summit is the highest in Vancouver Island and has made many veteran climber struggles.
  • Finding caving and climbing here in Vancouver Island is not difficult as many people may think. From Mount Wells to Galloping Goose Corridor, the opportunities are endless. Moreover, with a developed road and traffic system connected many spots of the island, you can easily accessed most of the sites. However, keep in mind that you need to make sure that you have all the required legal documents (in case of being asked) because there are a few sites being private property. If you are first timer, try climbing at popular sites because usually there are ready-made handholds and bolt routes installed there by previous climbers or climbing club.

It is advisable for beginners to research online first for advices and maps available. In addition, if you are able to, join a club because sharing your experience with someone having the same hobby can make your course more interesting and enjoyable. Now, pack your bags and discover the time of your life here in Vancouver Island


Do you find that instead of being physically active, doing outdoor activities; your family spends more time on laying on the sofa and watching TV? The result of a study conducted by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one third of US adults have obesity, and 17% of all kids and teenagers are affected by obesity nationwide. With summer being around the corner, it is the absolutely perfect time to bring your loved one outdoors, get fit (in preparation for winter clothes) and start an active, healthy life.

In addition, according to Rick Applewhite, a fitness trainer from Chicago, doing outdoor activities strengthen the bond among family members

“With everyday obligations demanding so much of individuals’ time, working out as a family increases quality time that the family can have together. As you provide your family with a foundation of healthy living, you will see positive changes throughout the entire family, from productivity to increases strength and happiness”, said Rick himself.

That is why we have listed these five exciting and fun outdoor activities that you can start doing today with your family.

  • How about having a splash?

When the topic of summer comes up, the topic of swimming pool will definitely follow. There is absolutely nothing that can be compared with some quality time in the pool amidst the heat of summer. This aerobic exercise is totally not demanding in term of health and fitness level, but it brings a lot of advantageous benefits. Swimming is definitely your exercise if you are looking for an exciting way to keep the health of your family in check, while exercising with your own pace and chasing the heat of summer away.

  • Why don’t we go roller skating?

The pool has way too many people and you cannot move in it without bumping into people? How about putting on your safety gears, your skating shoes and kick off your roller skating game. According to a study conducted by Roller Skating Association International, the result shows that roller skating provides us skater with a complete aerobic workout. That is the reason why it is considered and recommended by American Heart Association as an aerobic fitness sport. Roller skating is another way to have fun with your family while make yourself healthier day by day.

  • Running in group

Group running, as challenging as it may sound, is interesting and exciting as well. It is recommended by Applewhite to encourage your family to engage in the “last man sprint” activity. Here is how the exercise goes: Kick off with slowly running in a single line in your own speed. Then, the person in the back starts running to the front of the line to replace the leader. Keep repeating this course of action until you reach your destination. To make this exercise more interesting, you can hold a small race for everyone.

  • Biking is another option

You can enjoy your weekend with a family bike ride. Biking is many people’s favorite activities not only because it protects the environment (it does not burn fossil fuel, duh?), but also because it makes you healthier if you do it regularly. To make the trip of your family more enjoyable, choose a destination with a lot of sun and beautiful scenery for sightseeing while exercising.

  • Let’s try walking

Instead of driving a car, try to take a walk if the location of your family is not too far from your home. Or you and your family can participate in a charity walking course. By doing that, not only you have create a great purpose for your exercise, but also make your walk more interesting with your interaction with other people. In addition, you can create a music playlist for your walk, which will make your walk feel much shorter than it actually is.

  • Here comes the pirate!!!

If you are tired of all those boring exercises and want to find some create ways for your family to keep fit, I have just the thing for you. How about playing pirates and going on a treasure hunt? The parents can start by hiding some small presents in a vacant land (while keeping track of them with a map). The presents can be anything: from packs of candy, crackers, teddy bears, etc… Anything can be the treasures. After that, give the map to your kids and ask them to dig up all those treasures you have hidden. You may give your children a hint about what is awaiting for them underground in order to stimulate their interest in the activity. The most important thing is to give them something to focus on so that they will exercise without getting bored or tired. And when the treasures are found, the smile appearing on your kids’ faces will bright up your day. You will be surprised how much fun you and your family will help with this simple yet creative activity.

With the activities listed above, I hope you will get some general ideas of what exercise or activity you can do with your family. In However, you should not limit yourself with just these six activities mentioned above. You should think outside of the box, and find the most suitable course of exercises for your family and spend some quality time with them.






Running is a good sport for you to take up in order to make yourself healthy and to keep fit. However, there are still risks involved with running, most of which many people are totally unaware of.

There are two common mistakes people tend to make when they decide to make running as their sport. Both of them have disastrous consequences if they are not dealt with immediately.

  • First and foremost, they never have a consultation with doctors. Most of the time, the doctor will be so happy that you decide to take up a sport, but they will also make you aware of your past medical record. As healthy as running may be, it is not for everyone, especially who have heart or lung diseases. If you do have past medical record, the doctor will try to give you instructions and directions to make the running suitable for your state of health. In addition, if the doctor learns that you have taken up running, he may ask you to meet him weekly or monthly to do medical check-up as well. The reason is that he wants to see if this sport has positive or negative effects on you, or how your body reacts to the new activity, or whether you exercise right or wrong in order to give you further instructions and advices.
  • The other common mistake first-time runners tend to make is that they often get over excited about taking up running. The danger is lurking in the way people “bite off more than they can chew”. Your body needs to adjust to the new muscle pressure you put on your body, in particular your heart and your lung (this is basically why people have previous medical record with their heart and lung is advised not to running or exercise too much). By exercising too hard for the first time, you can put your body under an insane amount of stress, even more so if you have not been physically active for a long time. Moreover, because you put way too much pressure on your muscle, your legs or hands may give up on you leading to injury.
  • Having injury in the early stage is not a good idea because it may cause emotional damage. Many people have decided to give up after being injured, as quick as their starting, thinking that running is too difficult, challenging and too much for them.

Another point you have to consider when taking up running is the weather. It is not good to run in extremely hot weather. If you do not have careful preparation beforehand, the consequence can be disastrous. Your body can suffer dehydration. It is essential to keep yourself hydrated, cover your head from the intense sun light or better yet, do not run in the heat of the day if it is possible.

On the other hand, running in sub zero temperature during winter months is dangerous as well. If you run with your flesh exposed to the weather, you may have frostbite. Make sure you keep your body warm by wearing layers of clothes, gloves, socks, beanies and scarf. You probably not want to have hypothermia because of not dressing well enough.

In general, for first time runner, it is advisable to take up the “easy does it” attitude. In addition, you should make careful preparation, from choosing your clothes, shoes to choosing what time of the day and what weather you should exercise. By doing that, you will have much more enjoyable experience with running, so that your health will improve gradually every day.




Nowadays, with it increasing popularity, fishing has become not only a hobby, but a sport which attract hundreds of people all over the world. As a first timer, have you ever wondered about the reel, one of the central parts of a fishing rod? Reel has appeared a long time ago, ever since the ancient time under many forms. What if you do not using reel? Will there be any consequences? In this very article, we will go through the basic of a reel, what its advantages and disadvantages are and the impact it has on fishing practice.

As mentioned above, reel is one of the most important parts of a fishing rod. It functions as a tool to release enough line for the bait to travel to a distant location, far from the fishing vessel (boats for example) or river bank. The main advantage of using reels is that they make controlling the amount of line released much easier for fishermen, while limiting the distance the bait is allowed to travel.

Advantages and disadvantages of using reel

  • Needless to say, this trait benefits the users in many ways, especially when they manage to catch a fish because most of the time the fish will try to swim away from where they take the bait. With locking mechanism installed in most modern fishing rods, you can flick the lock to limit the line being taken from the rod. As a result, the amount of distance the fish can travel is controlled by the fisherman, make catching the fish much easier: you just need to slowly wind the mechanism to reel the fish to your direction and get your prey.
  • However, along with the advantage mentioned above, there are drawbacks as well. First of all, because you lock the distance of the fishing line, it adds a huge amount of pressure on the fishing string. As a result, the string may snap, the fish gets away and you lost hours after hours you spend fishing for absolutely nothing. This can be solved by increasing the thickness of the string. Another problem may occur is that the line can become tangled for the line is so long. When this happens, it is difficult to keep your prey under control while trying to unravel the fishing string.

In general, using reel when fishing has its own pros and cons. It can be a great help if used correctly, but a disaster if you miscalculated.