THE BEST WATER SPORT YOU HAVEN’T TRIED YET Why You Should Get Into Stand-Up Paddleboarding Today!
It’s the end of summer in some areas of the country, but if you live down south you can still take
paddleboard, and Maui surf legend Laird Hamilton was the first person to bring SUP to the continental United States.
Most stand-up paddleboarders aim to battle the waves to challenge their balance and core strength, but you don’t need to live by the ocean in order to enjoy paddleboarding. Wide lakes, lazy rivers, and even fierce rapids can all be perfect places to paddleboard. Basically, if you can bring a canoe, you can SUP there, too. Many outdoor gear providers across the world rent out SUP supplies now, so you can try it out with your friends before fully investing in the sport. Part of what makes SUP so fun is how the simple premise has been adopted into so many other activities. SUP enthusiasts created specially designed paddleboards for fishing, yoga, racing, and even touring the open ocean. So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy these last days of summer and have some fun out on the water!
advantage of the warm weather and jump into the world’s fastest-growing water sport, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). This sport
is exactly what it sounds like. You stand on a paddleboard — like a surfboard but wider and more buoyant — and use a long paddle to glide across water. It sounds simple enough, but with a 200 percent boost in gear sales in the last year alone, SUP fans can tell you how much fun “simple” can be. Stand-up paddleboarding has ancient roots in African, Peruvian, and Hawaiian cultures. Thousands of years ago, each independently developed traditions of traveling across the water while using a paddle and a longboard. However, it was the Hawaiians who surfed the big waves with a
Summer Striped Bass With the Right Bait Strategy, You’ll Catch ’Em All
Striped bass are seldom thought of as a summertime fish, but with the right baits and presentations, you can experience some unbelievable action in hot weather with these monster fish! The following are Bass Pro Shop’s four live bait fishing strategies for summer striped bass. PLANER BOARD TACTICS In the summer, striped bass tend to prowl shallow bars, shoals, and flats early and late in the day, and they retreat to their holes once the sun gets high. These fish are highly catchable even midday when planer boards are used. When fishing with shad, use a standard offshore planer board, and add a large split ring to the trailing end. Hook the shad upward through both lips, peel off 6 to 12 feet of mono or braid, and pinch the release to the line. The split ring keeps the board on the line when the striped bass strikes, which means you won’t have to chase your board downstream after you reel in your bass. FLOAT FISHING Suspending a lively bait beneath a cork bobber or balloon is a great river technique. Sometimes the fish won’t take the bait the first time you pass by, so remember to be patient. Also, don’t be afraid to cast a baited float
line into any good-looking striped bass spot you come to, whether or not you’ve raised fish from the spot.
DOWN LINES Bluff banks, popular haunts for striped bass in hot weather, are best fished with
downlines — a bread-and-butter striped bass presentation method that slackwater reservoir anglers use when targeting fish suspended in open water. Make sure you keep your bait positioned above or at the level of the striped bass. BOTTOM FISHING Striped bass feed on baitfish on or close to the bottom, which makes bottom fishing a great option at night. Using a heavy sinker, anchor above a hole and cast your bait on a stout hook. Allow your line enough slack so that the bait can move and attract the attention of a striped bass. If you crave fast action, bottom fishing isn’t for you.
Use these techniques to reel in a massive striped bass this summer. Happy fishing!
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