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By The Outdoors Man, May 31 2015 05:06PM

Whether you fish in the UK, the US or somewhere else around the globe; you'll no doubt have a firm grasp of the types of fish species that exist. At The Outdoors Man, every single member of our team loves fishing - so much so that many of us travel the globe to enjoy exotic catches. Rory loves the Canadian fishing scene, Phil prefers the quieter waters within Northern England, and Michael loves a bit of sea fishing in the Mediterranean. Over the past few months, we realized just how varied the fish species are between locations, and we've found that the the reason for this is the climate.


Colder Climates


It's a dog eat dog, or fish eat fish world out there. It's no secret that colder climates demand much more of the native species than many other climates, and so it's not uncommon to see huge game fish in these locations. Canada and Alaska are proof of this, and their coasts and lakes often play host to some of the largest bass, carp and catfish on the planet. You'll also probably have noticed that there aren't many sharks, or other large predatory fish, and the reason for this is the temperature. These large predators need warm water to hunt and survive, and so it stands to good reason that the smaller types of fish can grow to much large sizes in colder regions without the threat from top-tier predators.


Moderate Climates


Moderate climates like the United Kingdom have their fair share of cold and warm weather. It's in these locations where the types of fish vary most, in fact there are no less than 1100 unique species of fish within the UK alone. One of the main reasons why moderate climates are so suitable for fish-life is that the different species can come and go as they please. Warmer months will see thousands of carp and salmon, whereas colder months will see a climb in bass and catfish numbers. During excessively hot periods, there have even been reports of great white sharks around the Cornwall area!


Hotter Climates


Warm and hot climates are where the big boys really play - particularly on the line of the equator and around the Mediterranean. Sharks, marlin, whales and dolphins frequent these locations to hunt and reproduce, and some of the biggest catches on record have been found in these regions. The heat from the sun provides plenty of vitamin D for all organisms, so it's no surprise that this type of heat breeds some of the biggest underwater predators on the planet. As the world increases in temperature with global warming, these species are intermingling, and the next few decades look promising for fishermen indeed.


By The Outdoors Man, May 18 2015 08:36AM

We've all seen those shows where famous fishermen are followed around by a film crew (like River Monsters and Extreme Fishing). They're typically off in a stunningly remote part of the world, getting to know the locals and casting their line using some of the most expensive looking fishing gear on the planet. You're not alone in your rod-envy (for want of a better term!), and unless you have several thousands sitting spare, then the chances are that you're like us and have to settle for sub-par or standard fishing gear.


The truth is that just because they use expensive fishing equipment; they're not any more likely to catch fish than we are. All that it takes is a bit of intuitiveness, a keen eye and some hands-on experience, and you could easily craft a fishing kit capable of reeling bass after bass. So what can you do if you're on a budget and love fishing more than you can handle? Well that's where nature comes in very handy. We'll assume that you have access to string, and instead we'll discuss the different types of materials that can create a very reliable fishing rod.


Bamboo


It's one of nature's most durable woods, and when allowed to grow for a couple of years, the knuckles of bamboo form in much the same way as factory-made resin rods are created. The bottom of the bamboo will possess the thickest knuckles, and these knuckles will get thinner as they climb. When cutting bamboo, try not to split the pole, and aim to cut where the knuckles are present using a saw. Check out our 'How to Make a Bamboo Fishing Rod' page for more info.


Branches


Branches are often considered way too weak to provide an opportunity for fishing, but there's no limit on how many branches can be used. By twining together three or four inch-thick branches, you've suddenly got an object that can support the weight of most adult men. The rod may now be a little heavier than other rods, but it's a little known fact that the weight of the rod has no effect on its potential to catch fish whatsoever. In fact a fishing rod could be made of solid concrete - if you were strong enough to hold it. As long as the line can be fitted to the branches (preferably using eyelets or similar screw-in pins), you'll find that each branch will contribute to the overall strength of the rod, and this strength can keep it going for years without damage.


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