Fishing is to Kill Time in the Country

I was amazed how some people who live in the country are so laid-back and just finding ways to kill their time. The day we arrived in Avery for a short weekend getaway, one of our friend’s neighbors gone fishing to his bigger pond. I asked the friend why he bothers fishing and releasing the fish when he caught one, he said that he does not allow for the fish to be eaten. There are not too many of them in the pond yet, that’s why.

So, back to this neighbor of his, he just go fishing in his property to kill time. You know, when in the country the hours seem longer and you just have to find something to do to entertain yourself.

Fishing is just one of the many entertainments my children can do when in Avery. It is therapeutic at the same time fulfilling when we catch a fish. It also allows them to appreciate nature, breathe that fresh air and feel the cool temperature on our skin.

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Hidden Sugars – Where They Hide and Why They Are Bad for You

Added sugars are terrible for you and that’s a fact that a lot of people already know but what most people do not know is that they hide in plain side. So you may be thinking, “not my business, I don’t eat cake”, “I stick to one teaspoon of sugar a day so I should be alright”, “I have stopped eating ice cream so this post does not apply to me”, you couldn’t be more wrong.

You need not stuff yourself full of cakes or ice cream to consume excess added sugars. Look around you, they are everywhere; in your BBQ sauce, your yogurts, energy bars …those demons are out to ruin you.  According to the American Heart Association, men are supposed to keep their added sugar intake to under 37.5 grams while women keep theirs’ under 25 grams. However, when we take a closer look at all the foods we consume daily, you would be shocked to realize how much sugar we consume on a daily basis.

The AHA are worried about our sugar consumption rate and they should be rightly so because those demons overload your liver thereby causing severe damage to the liver. When you eat too much sugar, it causes what the doctors or nutritionists like to call “classic metabolic dysfunction”. This is a scenario where the individual starts to gain weight, while experiencing high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar. These can see you booking a room at the hospital pretty fast.

The good news is, we know where those slick little fellas are hiding, thanks to this awesome infographic we ran into. Check it out here!

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Outdoor Fun in the Country

I can see the big difference between living in the country and the city. In the city, we mainly stay indoor when there is no school. Children refuse to play outside. While in the country, in our friend’s place, he’s got this 56 acres land in Avery, my children has got all the wide open space where they can walk, hunt for little bugs, go fishing in his ponds and or have fun swinging on a tree branch like the one pictured below.

There was almost no time for electronics, I tell you. Maybe when we move out to the country, our lifestyle will drastically change but it is for the better I believe. Children will be happier, communicating with nature and most of all getting a lot of fun just by exploring their surrounding. Looking forward to that, if not soon but later.

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Equipment Necessities When Fishing in Texas

Fishing in Texas is a lot of fun, but you’re only going to get the most out of it if you have the right equipment. The fishing environment in Texas requires you to use specific types of gear, so you need to pack the right stuff before your next fishing adventure. Here are some tips.

How to Choose a Fishing Rod

The best fishing rods state the lure weight rating, length, line recommendation and action listing, giving you an idea of how to use it. Those for saltwater fishing rods are classified as medium heavy, medium or medium light. For most Texas fishing, any of the three medium types will help you catch trout, redfish and other fish.

Baitcast Gear

Baitcast reels are very effective for Texas fishing, in particular, catching bass. These are also suitable for aggressive fish and notable for their accuracy. One drawback with these reels is the backlash, so practice first before tackling any large fish.

Spinning Reels and Rods

These are also widely used by freshwater and saltwater anglers in Texas. These are ideal for beginners because they can handle different lure weights. There is no backlash with spinning rods, and the learning curve is short. Some anglers prefer baitcast over spinning cast while others like it the other way, it’s up to you.

Lures and Baits

If you want to go with live baits, worms are your best option. They’re easy to get and attract a lot of different fish. You can also try shrimp, crabs and other crustaceans to lure the bigger fish. If you’re going after large fish, any small fish will also serve as good bait. This is probably the easiest option and one that’s tried and tested by anglers everywhere.

As for artificial lures, these are the best options:

  • Plastics: they come in various shapes, sizes, and colors and simulate stuff fish consume.
  • Plugs: they’re known to attract fish along the Texas coast.
  • Top waters: you should bring a few of these to catch flounder, reds, and trout.

Other artificial lures that you may want to try are tied jigs, buck tail jigs, swimbaits, corky lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crankbaits are particularly effective when it comes to luring bass.

Extra Lines

Sooner or later your fishing line is going to break, so bring along a few extra lines. When it comes to fishing lines, get the most durable you can afford.

Hooks

Stack up on hooks of different sizes and shapes. The J-hook is the most common, but there are others available. Hook sizes range from 32 (the smallest) to 19/0. Make sure you use the right hook size for the fish you’re going after. You’ll also want to have a few bobbers, sinkers and needle nose pliers to remove the hooks.

Conclusion

Last but not the least, don’t forget to bring a first aid kit. It’s unlikely you’re going to suffer any serious injury, but it’s better to be safe. And if you’re having trouble finding a good spot, don’t hesitate to ask the locals as they’ll be happy to help.