Saturday, July 30, 2011

I Get By , With a Little Help From My Friends

No kidding.

Check out my buddy Justin's site - I couldn't have asked for a better testimonial :)

Seriously. My buddy Justin has Trail Cam Photos...

Have a great weekend!

Featured Product : Spider King Rod Holders

This is the first part of a series I am doing in conjunction with the great folks at Spider King Rod Holders. I contacted them about their product and they were kind enough to provide me with a sample of their product line to test and review. I'm still testing , so the review will come later , but I wanted to go ahead and introduce these rod holders to my audience because I truly feel that this product will be great for many anglers.

Most of my regular readers are familiar with the fact that I do a wide variety of fishing. Saltwater , Trout , Catfish , Landlocked Stripers , I could go on but you get the idea. I really like to find new products that work well for multiple species and allow me to make quick changes between what I need for different styles of fishing. That's where an innovative company like Spider King Rod Holders comes into play.

Here on my home water at Smith Mountain Lake there are a lot of bass fishermen. I mean a lot. They go out on their bass boats to target Largemouth in the warmer months and then let them sit when it's cooler and the fishing slows down. One of my favorite questions to ask these guys is " Why don't you drift or troll for Stripers in the fall? " since we have a fairly decent fishery here at the lake. More often than not the answer is a simple " I don't have rod holders on my boat and I don't want them in the way on the deck ". Fair enough. I've been on bass boats with rod holders on deck and they do get in the way when you're jumping around fighting a nice bass.

The innovative approach the folks at Spider King came up with eliminates that problem entirely. These rod holders (and cup holders and tackle trays) mount under the seat on top of the pedestal mount. This keeps them off the deck and out of the way , in addition to putting your rods , tackle and favorite drink within easy reach. Installation is easy too , only requiring the removal of four screws. No drilling. No glues or sealants. A great idea , in my opinion.

Constructed of lightweight aluminum , Spider King Rod Holders are light , tough and will outlast any plastic rod holder on the market. They are available in black and marine white and a wide variety of styles to fit your boating needs. Did I mention that they are reasonably priced? Very competitive with most other rod holders on the market , and easier to install.

Go check 'em out , I know I'll be trolling for Striped Bass this fall with my new Spider King Rod Holders full of rods!

Have a great weekend and check back later for the full review!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My First Underwater Video

This is something I've been wanting to do here on the blog for a long time and I think I've got it down. The first one is below. Nothing too fancy , but it does show the several species of fish in our Top Secret bait hole. I'm amazed at the diversity in such a small creek. I think we've caught 5 or 6 different species now , plus there are some bluegills in there too.

I've got a saltwater trip coming up and I hope to be able to get a video of something big , so wish me luck!

Have a great week

Thursday, July 14, 2011

On the Other Side of the Country...

Some of my fellow bloggers have big things going on right now , so let me post a link or two until this weekend when I'll have a chance to post part 1 of my upcoming gear review.

First up is my buddy Owl from Our blogging relationship goes way back to the first few days of my blog. Owl has written articles for me here at Something's Fishy and I've done the same for his site. Owl's writing is always a pleasure to read and he has a knack for adding humor to his posts that I envy. Now for the reason I'm shining the spotlight on Owl again : he is currently on an odyssey to fish the great trout waters out west. He's hitting Yellowstone and blogging about it live from his campsites along the way. Word is that Owl hit Cody , Wyoming yesterday after logging nearly 2000 miles so stop in over at his site later today to see what he's been up to. Already he's ran into a herd of Pronghorns and a rabbit. I don't think Wyoming and Montana will ever be the same again!

Next up is my fellow saltwater enthusiast Salty from SoCalSalty. Salty is at ICAST digging through the piles of new gear and gadgets becoming available to fishermen this year. Notably , he's had a look at the replacement to the durable Daiwa Sealine series of reels that have been a mainstay of many saltwater fishermen's tackle for years. Head over to his blog for a look at some new and exciting products.

Next up is Shoreman from the blog Northern California Trout. He recently announced a retirement from blogging that left some of us disappointed. His dispatches about trout fishing in the high country of northern California were always entertaining and hearing about the amount of snow he had at home last winter made our weather here seem mild. Like a professional athlete , Shoreman has announced that he is coming out of retirement and re-joining the ranks of outdoor bloggers. He's also implemented a design change over on his site and I must say his header is a breathtaking shot. Go check it out! Welcome back Northern California Trout!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

While I'm Talking About Sandstone Falls and The New River

Here's a video of the grand old gal flooding. Keep in mind I was recently camping on the far side , which is underwater in this video. Beautiful place , but prone to nature's fury. I'm heading back soon - once I have my new waterproof HD camera :) A big Something's Fishy "Thank You" to the individual who posted the vid. Reminds me of the big flood of 1985....

Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sandstone Falls Fishing Report June 2011

Here's a video from my trip to Sandstone Falls. I'm not Steven Spielberg , but I like the video. Sandstone Falls is just breathtaking when the water is not too low and not too high , like it was during my weekend camping on the banks of the New River. I filmed this from one of the harder to reach areas close to the falls. The other side has boardwalks and a parking lot , but to get to the side I was on you have to hike in or take a boat. So , if nothing else , it's  a view of a beautiful stretch of water that a lot of people never see. It looks better in full screen mode. Enjoy!

*Disclaimer: this video is not intended for commercial use. It is a home video I filmed for my own personal use and to share with my readers here on the blog.

The actual fishing report is mediocre at best , but how can I be disappointed after having spent three days surrounded by such beautiful scenery? We caught plenty of fish. Seven or eight Catfish , a few Smallmouth Bass , a ton of what we call Red Eyes (Rock Bass , I think) and the Carp in the video. We did have some bigger fish hooked , but lost them in the shoals. My main gripe is that I didn't get to tangle with a Walleye. Next time , my big eyed nemesis , next time....

My fish fever is in remission for now , so I've got to get some things done around the house and here on the blog. I'm tinkering with a slight redesign on the blog , but I'm waiting on Blogger to finish rolling out some changes. I hope to be getting a new header soon and to rotate some new images into the side bar , while adding a slideshow feature.

The biggest thing in the works right now is an awesome product review that I have coming up very soon. I think it will be a game changer for those who want to chase multiple species from their bass boats or for anyone looking for an easy way to put their tackle and favorite cold beverage right at their fingertips. Stay tuned!

Have a great week!