Diving on the Wiindiate and The Barney shipwrecks off Presque Isle, Michigan in Lake Huron. Depth ~180′ ave. X-Scooters. Scotty Lang and Scotty Wernette are the divers. Filmed by Brandon Schwartz.
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Diving on the Wiindiate and The Barney shipwrecks off Presque Isle, Michigan in Lake Huron. Depth ~180′ ave. X-Scooters. Scotty Lang and Scotty Wernette are the divers. Filmed by Brandon Schwartz.
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Funny video of my son catching his first fish May 29, 2011. The fish Teddy named “Free” was released back into the water.
My 3 year old son has always loved adventures and has watched videos and clips with people catching fish however, he had never been on a fishing trip until now. Teddy loves all kinds of fish whether they be salmon, large mouth bass, small mouth bass, catfish, goldfish, pike, trout and many others.
On this day while he had his fishing rod in the water a fish bit the fishing line without him knowing and when he pulled up on the fishing line the fish came flying out of the water and scared him.
After this exciting first catch, mommy and daddy just might take three year old Teddy on a fresh water boat charter or trip on another beautiful lake somewhere in Canada or United States. Maybe his second fish will be bigger than this fish.
This is a very funny, cute, adorable you tube video of a 3 year old boy catching his first fish with his dad.
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How to breathe underwater. Learn how to use your regulator in this free scuba diving lesson video from our experienced diver and certified PADA dive master.
Expert: Cole Abbott
Bio: Cole Abbott is currently working as a divemaster in Kauai, Hawaii. He holds many certifications through PADI, including Wreck Diver, Night Diver, Fish Identification and Search and Rescue.
Filmmaker: Amy Miyajima
Duration : 0:1:26
Alaska has some of the most beautiful and remote fishing spots in the world, but one of the most popular is in downtown Anchorage. Residents, and tourists, line up along Ship Creek to catch a variety of salmon species all summer long. (Aug. 17)
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Me and my friend Jon went Scuba Diving on our trip to Laganas, Greece. Here’s a rip of the DVD from our dive.
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I went to Oklahoma to fish with my friend and pro bass fisherman Fred Roumbanis in Oklahoma. Special thanks to all the following:
iRod Fishing Rods
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I hate scuba diving. That’s not to say I’ve ever tried it, but frankly it seems like a lot of hassle to me. First there’s the need to be certified, and that requires both training and effort – two things low down on my priority list when I’m on holiday.
Then there’s the dread: the fear of my mask filling up, the terror of running out of air, the horror of what my wobbly bits look like in a wetsuit. Generally, it’s just not my cup of tea.
And while I’m reliably informed that the vast majority of sea animals found around these parts can’t harm me at all, that does leave room for a vast minority that can hurt me very much indeed.
So all in, I feel quite sure that the key to tropical bliss is snorkelling. It may not reflect the pioneering spirit of Jacques Cousteau but bobbing around on the surface enjoying the sights without disturbing either the wildlife or the underwater fauna seems to be the perfect middle road for people who want to see and be unseen.
And what a lot there is to see here – Malaysia’s coral reefs are home to one of the most prolific congregations of underwater life on the planet, forming an ecosystem some say is rivalled only by the rainforests of the Amazon and the Congo.
Before jumping straight in though, there are some basics that you need to know. Obviously, your selection of mask and snorkel are important. Fit and comfort are vital ingredients if you want to spend your time looking around rather than having to lift your head out of the water every few minutes to drain away accumulating liquid.
Get this done properly. Half an hour in a scuba shop will see you equipped with a mask perfectly suited to your phizog. To try on the mask, move the strap out of the way, brush your hair to one side, and just push the mask firmly onto your face. If it will remain there unsupported, then it is making a good seal.
Once you have determined which masks will fit properly, other considerations are comfort, field of vision (some masks permit more view to the sides than others) and, of course, the cost.
Don’t forget to get a snorkel also, and maybe a spare strap to hold it to your mask. The snorkel mouthpiece should be soft with flexible edges to be comfortable in your mouth.
“There’s nothing worse than having ill-fitting equipment,” says Bob Brunswick, a professional diver with more than 25 years of experience in both scuba and snorkelling. “If you get a mouthpiece that’s too big it just rubs against your gums, making them sore.
“It’s much better to take the time to get the right kit. It may feel like a bit of a pain when you know the hotel you’re staying at has masks to rent, but I guarantee that you’ll be the one reaping the rewards when everyone else is struggling under the water.”
If you really feel like waddling into the sea looking like a pro, you might want to consider some fins. “In all honesty, fins aren’t really a necessity for snorkelling,” says Bob. “But they do help you to get down more quickly so that you can see more of the underwater world on that breath of air.”
With kit on, and back thoroughly sun-screened, it’s time to take to the water. But there’s one last thing to do. Inform someone where you’re going? You definitely should, but that’s not what I was alluding to. It’s the bit that kids especially love: the well-known diver’s trick of spitting inside the face of the mask to stop it fogging up.
“Spit keeps the air on the inside of the mask from condensing on the glass,” explains Bob. “Masks fog up because the inside is often dirty or dusty. Spit cleans off the dirt, making it much harder for condensation and fog to form. It may not be sanitary, but for most divers it works just fine.”
The technique couldn’t be more simple: offer up a reasonable mouthful of your finest saliva, wipe it around the inside of the mask with your finger and rinse out with seawater just before placing it on your face.
To keep the snorkel upright while you are swimming face down on the surface, the snorkel fastening will need to be adjusted properly on the mask strap. Since the snorkeller cannot see the snorkel while it’s in use, it may be helpful to have someone watch you to help find the proper adjustment.
Now you can swim along the surface, breathing through the snorkel and observing the world below. When you see something interesting you can hold your breath and dive down to have a closer look.
“In order to stretch your time below, it is important to be relaxed and not expending a lot of energy,” says Bob. “To dive down under the surface, rotate your body so that you can put your head straight down and stick your legs straight up and out of the water.
“Then let gravity do its thing and you should be on your way down without moving a muscle. When your downward speed has deteriorated you can start kicking to continue. For the return to the surface, tilt your head back and watch where you are going. You wouldn’t want to bang your head on the bottom of a boat.”
Key to doing this without ending up coughing and spluttering with a mouth full of water is to keep enough air in your lungs so that after you break the surface you can send a quick burst of air through the snorkel to help expel any remaining water. Make sure you also keep your head still back so that the open end of the snorkel will be pointing down as you bob up.
Generally, scuba divers are taught to return to the surface with one hand stretched upward to prevent them from banging their head and also to be more visible to boat traffic. It’s not a bad idea for snorkellers to do the same.
Plus, it gives your friends on the shore a chance to see you having a great time in the water and look on enviously. All that fun – so little effort. Perfect.
Inshore fishing begins in the spring as Virginia Beach fishing charter boats begin to target flounder, croaker, bluefish and other fish that enter the bays and inlets. Meanwhile inshore wrecks hold tautog and sea bass. In May, many charter boats visit the lower eastern shore for a chance at catching black drum and red drum. Both of these fish migrate in the bay and may be caught for just a few days or for several weeks. Both fish may be very large, with black drum often exceeding 80 lbs.
Summer brings a wide range of inshore fishing to the area, with species such as spadefish, cobia, sheepshead and Spanish mackerel being caught. Flounder fishing continues and the main runs of croaker attract large numbers of fishermen.
In the summer months, offshore fishing is very popular. Fishing for tuna is typical off the Virginia coast. Yellowfin tuna like deeper water for the most part, often being caught in water from 30 to 100 fathoms. Charter boat captains watch the satellite shots to get a general idea of where the tuna are located. In addition to yellowfin tuna, anglers catch bluefin, bigeye, skipjack and longfin albacore tuna, dolphin fish, wahoo, billfish and sharks.
Fishing spots include the Norfolk Canyon, Cigar, Weather Buoy, Wayne’s World and others. These hotspots range up to 75 miles off the coast. Many fishing groups elect to charter a trip to Washington and Norfolk Canyons. Just before reaching the canyon walls are slopes that are often very productive areas. Near the canyon walls, the bottom becomes steeper and rockier. Fish congregate along the drop offs to catch food that is caught in the hard running current.
Along the edges are lobster traps which are marked by orange buoys or “lobster balls”. The buoys attract dolphin fish which in turn attract the larger marlin, swordfish and sharks which feed on them heavily. Fishing by a buoy can be uneventful, or one or more lines might be attacked by mahi mahi, tuna, marlin or other fish.
Some anglers stop in these deep areas and use special tackle to drop baits down into depths of 300 feet for more. Virginia deep sea anglers sometimes catch tilefish or even snowy grouper. Snowy grouper get very large and Virginia records have been broken recently on these delicious fish. Several charter captains specialize in this exciting fishery and offer trips to specifically target tilefish and grouper.
Late August and September often feature the best fishing with anglers seeing larger numbers of tuna as well as an influx of wahoo and bull dolphin. Offshore fishing continues into October, when windy weather and falling water temperatures make fishing less productive.
After the offshore season winds down, Virginia charter captains and guides switch over to striped bass fishing. Known locally as rockfish, these delicious fish migrate down the East Coast and congregate in the lower Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters from November thru March. Anglers sometimes catch monster rockfish, exceeding 50 lbs. The Virginia state record rockfish has been broken many times recently, with some of the biggest fish being caught out of Virginia Beach and other Hampton Roads Virginia ports.
These beautiful game fish love cold and windy weather and feed in immense schools along the coast, often right off the beach near Cape Henry Lighthouse. Local charter boat captains keep watch on local fishing and are usually able to find the fish reliably when a winter weather window of opportunity becomes available.
Twenty minutes after arriving on the dive boat whilst hoping the seasick tablet would work, I took a nervous meander around the floating arena of strangers, foreigners and braggers that I found myself on.
Well, this guy seemed confident; he knew exactly what he was talking about, which was undoubtedly reassuring, as he was the Instructor who was to take me on my first dive.
There was lots of equipment, which I had only seen before on TV, so many scuba tanks amongst other paraphernalia, which hopefully, was going to keep me alive while I was under the sea.
‘Barracudas’ said the instructor, I Immediately snapped to attention, as he began the dive brief, ‘Do they not have big teeth and aren’t they 6′ feet long’ I thought to myself. Then he went onto to talk about Stingray’s, “Stingrays, did one not fatally wound the guy who used to wrestle crocodiles for a living, what chance have we got?” asked a fellow beginner.
Sea snakes, was he now trying to put us off the dive? He then went on to talk about sharks -I was frightened, nervous but also exhilarated at the same time. Nervously, I laughed, as he maid jokes about the size of their teeth and not to pull their tails. ‘Pull a sharks tail I thought,’ I’m not going anywhere near a shark, let alone pull its tail.
‘Oh and don’t touch the bottom as there may be Scorpion fish down there’, he added (which apparently are so well camouflaged, that they are extremely difficult to spot and can leave you in agony for months, if they sting you).
He had a calming influence, which you need if you take people underwater. He showed great patience in answering everyone’s’ questions. Explaining how deep we go, also the effects of water pressure on our bodies, he told us how long we would be under there for, including how the equipment worked and even how we would communicate underwater (something I was more familiar with, knowing a few hand signals myself, years of driving, had made me the master hand signaler). He was dressed in smart pressed shorts, a save-the-reef-T-shirt (as were all the staff on the boat) and was clean shaven (I must admit I expected more of a beach bum like persona), all in all a true professional.
Reality sets in:
“Wait, now just hold on a minute, let water in the mask, why?” asked a young woman.
“We had to perform several kills under the instructor’s guidance, naturally.
If water enters your mask you need to know how to clear it, otherwise it would make for an uncomfortable dive. “A simple procedure if done correctly,” he assured the group.
The next skill we would learn would be to remove and replace the regulator from our mouths.
“Take the regulator out of your mouth. Are you kidding man, jumping out of a perfectly good plane without a parachute springs to mind.” An American guy joked.
It was also quite easy to perform (especially after watching the Instructor demonstrate all the skills first) and obviously a necessary skill to learn.
We also had to equalize our ears, or we would have felt discomfort. Similar to the pressure one feels while in an airplane due to the build up of pressure caused by the water as we descended.
“Pop your ears, for every metre that you descend” he explained, “If you can’t, let me know”. By tilting your hand from side to side while pointing at your ears, was the hand signal for this problem.
However, breathing slowly and consistently while amongst all those wild creatures down there did seem a little optimistic to me. Though that is what one must do in order to maximize the amount of time one can stay under. For once the air is nearly emptied from your tank you must return to the surface, something that was quite obvious to me but needed to said, never-the-less.
I would be the first to dive out of the group as he preferred to take us on a one to one ratio.
“Now don’t jump, step away from the boat like a marching soldier,” he continued “You will go under briefly but you will pop back up, due to the air you have air inside your BCD (the dive jacket).”
My right hand was holding the regulator and mask securely onto my face, so that I would not lose them when entering the water.
While making sure to look straight ahead and not down, as a stinging slap in the face by the sea is something you should avoid. “You will only ever do that one time, hahahaha” he says.”
The Instructor was waiting in the water and with a reassuring smile and a few calming words from him, it was now or never. Splash, under I went and a mass of bubbles surrounded me, I then surfaced after what seemed like the longest second of my life.
I took a sneak preview of what was to come. The sea was so clear it looked beautiful down there, almost taking my breath away, which actually put me at ease and I was ready to go.
He then instructed me to release all the air from jacket and as I start to descend I could feel the pressure change in my ears which I cleared effortlessly. I landed on the sand below and in the kneeling position I took my first few underwater breaths. What a strange feeling this was I could breathe underwater. My brain was saying, this should not be happening, I should not normally be able do this, yet I was breathing underwater, amazing.
The Instructor then signals me, ‘OK’, I return the signal, then he signals “You watch me,” and then proceeds to demonstrate the skills he had explained to me on the boat.
The Mask clearing and removal of the regulator went without a hitch as he showed me with the do-see-do method. The regulator removal was not the most enjoyable part of the dive, but it felt good after being told that mask clearing is the trickiest skill to master when learning scuba.
I soon started to marvel at my surroundings. Everything had a different look from what we are used to on the surface. The refraction, which is cause by the glass in the mask and the water, actually causes things to seem closer and larger than what they really are. The deep blue hue of the sea gave me an almost surreal feeling. To be submerged in this wonderful and exhilarating underwater world has to be seen to be believed.
Off we went, I was breathing quite heavily at first but soon settled down it was noisy experience as I could hear every breath that I took. A huge variety of colourful fish were all around, they seemed to swim effortlessly, I must have seemed like an inept lump to them. Their colours were so vibrant, the blues and greens the likes of I had never seen before.
A Moray Eel was lurking in-between two large rocks, its pointed teeth, made it look quite formidable; I decided not to get too close to it. Then a turtle swam by with such ease and elegance unlike its lumbering relative the tortoise.
I looked down to see a stingray materialize from the sand, it had concealed it self so well that if it had not moved, I would never have seen it. Then seemingly from nowhere a black tip reef shark appeared, it came so close I could have touched it, it gave me such an adrenalin rush to be so close to one of natures perfect creatures; (my breathing must have increased ten fold) its power so evident, I guessed that it wanted to know just who or what was intruding in its territory. Then with a swish of its tail it was gone, leaving me with a memory of my first shark encounter, something that I will surely never forget
The Instructor was by my side the entire dive; never straying more than a metre away. It must be quite difficult to have such control over a novice diver; the responsibility of having a novice down below the waves must be huge. .
Before I knew it, we were back on the boat and I had a new hero. The excitement stayed with me for the rest of the day and it still brings a smile to my face whenever I think of my first diving experience. This is one memory souvenir I will treasure forever.
I have since become an open water diver (which is the first course one must take and enables you to dive -with a buddy- most places in the world) and I am sure I will continue to dive for many more years to come.
Jason Butler is a free lance writer. He is currently residing in Thailand and enjoying life. Writing articles on Sharks, Fishing and Steam engine models is a passion of his. He is also a scuba Diving Instructor with over ten years experience.
Truth be told, there are really only three things (other than fish and water) absolutely needed to go fishing. First item needed is a rod (a complete set can be purchased for as little as $20). Second necessity is bait of some kind and third, a fishing license.
However, for those who want the most out of their initial fishing experience, there are other items that can help make that first time so much better. So, to help prepare, they are listed below.
Rod and Reel
As mentioned before, a basic rod and reel set can be purchased for less than $20. A starter combo includes the rod and reel pre-spooled with line. These are strong enough to catch catfish, striper, and other game fish.
Bait: Worms, Leeches and Others
While a Norman Rockwell picture of bait gathering would give warm fuzzies, in reality, trying to gather big enough worms for fishing is time consuming and not really worth it when worms can be picked up from a bait dealer for just a few dollars per dozen.
Crayfish, minnows and leeches are other common forms of bait for fresh water fishing. The biggest drawback from all four of these types of bait is that they are still alive when put on the hook and should be “hooked” in such a way as to keep them alive and struggling for as long as possible in order to attract fish.
If the novice fisher thinks that this might cause squeamishness, it’s a good time to consider using some kind of lure instead of fresh bait. Lures cost a bit more money initially, but can be used over and over.
Lures Instead of Bait
There are four main categories of lures for freshwater fishing: plugs, spinners and spoons, jigs and finally soft plastics. For the beginner fisherman, the soft plastics will do well. They are made to imitate fish and other aquatic types of bait. The lures are drawn through the water in an attempt to emulate the natural movement of the creature the soft plastic imitates, such as a prawn, baitfish or crawdad.
The Fishing License
Be sure to pick up a fishing license for the state in which you intend to fish. These can be obtained at most sporting goods stores, gun shops, department stores, discount stores, bait and tackle shops, grocery stores, and many other types of stores, as well as online. A license can cost around $30 per year and $10 for a single day. The small fee is much better than being fined $100 or so for fishing without a license.
All it takes is dropping a weight, hook or bobber in the water once or twice to learn that some type of carrying case is a necessity. Since hooks can rust, keeping them dry is important, another reason for a tackle box of some kind. It’s also the best place to keep the fishing license since it’ll go where the fishing is happening if it’s kept in the box.
Different fish like different kinds of bait and purchasing worms gets expensive after a while, so it’s safe to assume that a few varieties of lures will be purchased pretty early on. Keeping them separated will make the fishing experienced much more pleasant.
Know a Few Knots
As with everything, there’s a right way to do knots and a wrong way. The wrong way could result in lost hooks, or even worse, fish. The clinch knot is the common fishing knot and the best way to tie swivels and hooks to line.
Protection From the Sun
Two factors make it doubly important to wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen while fishing. The first is the water, which reflects sunlight in all directions and can magnify the sun’s affects, and sunburn. The second is the amount of time that tends to slip away while sitting in a boat on a beautiful lake. It can be very easy to let hours go by, and even on cloudy days, harmful rays are getting through can causing sun damage and causing eye strain.
A bobber can mean the difference between spending the day in the boat and catching fish for the novice. Since it’s important to get the fish to “take the hook,” it’s essential to know when they’re nibbling. Having a bobber, and keeping an eye on it, is the best way to learn how to feel the nibble and when to give a small tug on the lin. The best place for the bobber is located around two feet from the hook.
When using worms or some other lightweight bait, added weight is needed on the line or it will just float on the top of the water. Sinkers come in a variety of weights and materials. A metal sinker is easiest to put on the line since all that’s needed is a gentle squeeze. Trial and error will help find what weights work best and how many are needed.