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Smoking is one of the oldest methods of preserving fish. Long before there were refrigerators and freezers, our fishing ancestors learned to use a combination of salt and smoke to keep fish from spoiling. Today, smoking fish is no longer necessary, but it remains a popular method of preparation to add flavor to fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, sturgeon and catfish. Tip: Three Easy Smoke Fish Recipes (quick link)   Large batches of fish can be smoked, refrigerated and used in a variety of tasty recipes. photo from Food Network In pre-refrigeration days, smoked fish were heavily cured and…
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If you hunt with shotguns try these tips on how to pick the right choke for your style of shotgun shooting. In this article you'll find information on the most commonly used choke tubes, speciality tubes, the benefits of choke tubes and gun pattern spread for various chokes. Many hunters give it little thought, but one of the inventions most significant to those who hunt with shotguns is the choke tube — a simple device that allows one to change a gun's choke and thus alter its pattern and range so a single shotgun can be used effectively in a…
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A few decades ago, it would have been difficult to find an outdoorsman who couldn't start a fire. Wood cookstoves and heating were used by almost everyone, and campfires brightened every outdoor adventure. Fire building was part of everyday life. That has changed, of course. Push a button and you can microwave dinner. Turn up the thermostat and, presto, you have heat. Want a fire in the fireplace? Light a store-bought firestarter and you don't even need kindling. Not surprisingly, many people no longer can build even the most rudimentary fire. For most, this will never be more than a…
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In spring, white bass seek tributaries of major reservoirs for spawning runs. It is during these spawning runs, when thousands of whites are concentrated in small streams, that most white bass are taken during the year. In fact, for some white-bass aficionados, there's no season but spring. When spawning runs end, so does the fishing.   White bass have small mouths — big baits won't catch them with any  consistency. That's unfortunate, for winter is an excellent season for catching whites. Many anglers catch them in dam tailwaters by tightlining from the bank or wade fishing in the shallows a safe…
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