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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, Oct 27 2014 04:37PM

Whether you're brand new to fishing or if you're an experienced veteran; you'll know just how important your lure system is to your catch ratio. Fishing lures come in a great range of sizes, styles and textures and being sure to find a suitable one for the type of fish that you're hoping to catch can be the difference between success and failure. With so many lures to choose from, how can you be sure that you're using the right one for your requirements? Let's get to know a few different types and how they vary.


Soft Bait Lures


This type of lure applies to any that are soft, rubberized and bendable. The main purpose of these types of lures is to attract fish with realistic movement and a convincing fish-like appearance. Most soft bait lures will come with built-in hooks ready to be loaded with your winning bait recipe, but they are soft enough to be pierced by hooks just in case they are hook-free. Soft lures are considered the most effective type of lure as they mimic movement, as well as being suitable for bait which can attract even the most wary of fish.


Hard Lures


These types of lures are typically used to hunt specific predatory fish. They'll include all sorts of patterns and designs to entice a predatory fish and capture its attention, but because they're hard it can often be difficult to mimic a realistic movement pattern. One of the main benefits of hard bait lures is that they can often trigger a predatory fish into hunting mode, especially if you cast the lure and then slowly real it in to mimic the appearance of a small fish swimming.


Vibrating and Decorative Lures


These types of lures use an advanced technique that captivates the attention of predatory fish by using glitter, reflective components and vibrations. When underwater, these features can be hugely affective, especially if fitted with the right type of bait. The combination of scent and stimulation is often enough to trigger a response in many predatory fish, whether you're lake, river or sea fishing.



By The Outdoors Man, Oct 15 2014 12:50PM

Our resident fisherman Rory wasn't always a fishing fanatic - he actually studied at Harvard and has more qualifications in chemistry than you could shake a rod at. Several years ago, he put together over a dozen fish bait recipes using different chemical components from natural foods and since then, his recipes have driven bass and other large fish in to a frenzy. We use a combination of Rory's recipes for most of our trips... but be warned that 1 of them creates such a stir under water that it's not allowed to be used at several international fishing tournaments. No harm in using them for private fishing trips though! Here's a look at 2 of his DIY fish bait recipes now. They are environmentally safe fish baits and are very easy to put together.


The Carp Catalyst - A Very Effective Carp Fishing Bait


This one will involve a trip down to the grocery store, but the results for the effort are astounding. Here's what you'll need:


- 50g whey protein (chocolate)

- 25g fried red onion

- 10g egg yolk (raw)

- 100g mince meat (lamb - raw)


Press your ingredients together until you have enough to fill a 150g pot or tub. Keep your bait air tight and feel free to freeze it for use at a later date; just be sure to properly defrost it before use.


TIP - if the bait feels too sticky or wet, add more whey protein at 10g intervals.


The Bass Breaker - A Great Bass Fishing Formula


Every fisherman has, or will try to catch a trophy bass. Rory worked out a formula that triggers both the prey drive and reproductive instincts of bass that will have them swarming around your bait:


- 70g crushed celery

- 15g iron nutrient powder

- 8 to 10g crushed green olives without pips

- 90g fresh flour


The celery and olive components emulate the scent of a female bass' reproductive hormones, while the iron powder trails the current with the scent of blood. Once pressed together, place your bait inside of a plastic container with a lid to keep it fresh. Store at temperatures of 0 to 7 degrees centigrade.


TIP - if the bait feels too wet, add a little more flour in intervals of 5 to 10g until your formula reaches a good consistency.


Rory will be releasing his very own eBook soon detailing these 2 and many more fish bait formulas. Stay tuned for a release date and for the opportunity to download your own copy free of charge for a limited time only.

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