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Sports

July 28, 2013

Let's try to make fishing less of a drag

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Find the drag on your reel and learn how to use it properly around the areas where you fish. Consider reducing the pound test of your fishing line and increasing the use of your drag along with checking your line and knot several times during your fishing trip.

August is one of my favorite months for bass fishing. Even though it is normally hot in August, the winds are quite often present making fishing the strip mines and small ponds bearable. Get out and enjoy what is normally the hottest month of the year. I’ve caught some good fish in the month of August.

The official opening of the Illinois hunting season begins Friday with the opening of the squirrel season and with that one has to begin thinking of the upcoming deer season. Most trees stop growing by August so it is a great time to begin clearing your shooing lanes around your deer stand and doing whatever repairs are necessary to your stand so that you have a safe way to get up and down from your stand. Since things change over the course of a year several safety checks are in order for the new hunting season.

Clear shooting lanes at approximately 30 feet out to help you avoid taking a shot that is not within your kill zone. By clearing them at this distance it allows you to avoid taking shots you don’t want to take. You will be surprised at how many arrows get deflected by the smallest of branches and even with these bows 25 yards is still a preferred shot by most hunters I talk with. Make safety your top priority this hunting season and don’t become a statistic. Once again, let the little ones walk away!

Sam Van Camp writes about the outdoors on Fridays and Sundays. Call him at 662-6559. Fax: 446-6648. E-mail: pamnsam@nwcable.net

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