Monthly Archives: August 2017

Water to Ice

We are anxious to get out on the ice. Is it thick enough? Ice fishing is one of the most dangerous methods of fishing. Caution must be taken, especially when we are so eager to get started. There have been many accidents on our lake. Unfortunate stories have been told of hummers, trucks, cars, snowmobiles, animals and of course people breaking through the ice. A sure way to start the season off on the wrong foot. Some fisherman risk walking on ice at two and a half inches, when experts recommend a minimum of four inches. Ice thickness varies, especially in lakes with greatly varying depths. Our lake can drop twenty feet in a lateral distance of eight feet. This means the ice thickness will vary greatly early in the season. Six inches is recommended for sleds and snow mobiles. Ten inches for smaller vehicles and at least 16 solid inches for full sized trucks. In our seven years on the lake, the ice thickness was over 10 inches only once.

There are other risks to be aware of when out on the ice. Frostbite can occur from prolonged exposure to wind and the low temperatures. Proper winter clothing is essential. These days there are great huts, tents and shelters that can be quickly erected for escape from the harsh temperatures and biting winds. Some ice fishermen have more permanent shelters, usually on wheels, that can be towed onto the ice. These shelters often have bathrooms, stoves, beds and even satellite television. If you have a shelter with heat, proper ventilation is critical. Some fishermen lost their lives on the ice due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The greatest risk and most deaths have occurred from hypothermia. This is when the body temperature falls too low. It is important to educate yourself on hypothermia and all the other potential risks prior to heading out onto the ice. The goal is to have fun and be safe!

Time to fish. There are many different approaches to ice fishing. All approaches have some factors in common. Fish do not expend much energy under the ice. No need to have your bait do so either. In fact, too much motion will actually deter the fish. Depth is critical. Do a little research prior to heading out on the ice. The species of fish determines the depth of the fish. For example, crappie and bass will be found at different depths. This is one time a bobber is important. Use a slip bobber to set the proper depth. The bobber will also serve as a good visual for when there is action below. Fishing for bluegills and perch? Send the bait to the bottom. Some bouncing action will entice them to your bait. Chum is a good way to attract some attention too. This activity created by other fish feeding can draw lower energy fish to the site. In shallow waters, it is a good idea to cover your fishing hole. Light penetrating through the hole can scare fish away from your bait. There you have it – the rest is up to you. Have fun and catch some fish!

The Label Brand of Badminton

Then again, the company is most dominant in the game of badminton. Yonex is well-known for their badminton rackets and shoes. They may not be the most economical in terms of price tag, but the high cost certainly equates to top quality. The Yonex badminton brand would not be as popular among a lot of Olympians and professional players if gears are not as effective and would easily wear and tear.

Probably the most admired of the Yonex badminton products is their badminton rackets. Not only do they appear innovative, they are very efficient from the latest technologies used too. Some of the technologies and innovations are Nanoscience, Elastic Titanum, New Grommet System and Solid Feel Core. The badminton rackets have the Nanoscience technology wherein the head of equipment is lighter and thinner. This allows players, whether beginners or advanced, to swing easier and maximize their power. Also, the frame of the racket is stronger and not as stiff from the Elastic Titanum innovation.

The New Grommet System of the Yonex badminton rackets make for better string tension. This produces better shots. A technology called Solid Feel Core reduces the frame vibration as well. This curtails human error and results to more accurate swings. Besides badminton rackets, Yonex is also proud of their badminton shoes. Just like with the rackets, the shoes are made in innovative designs and from advanced technologies. A few of these technologies and inventions are Power Cushion, Ergoshape, MSLite and Double Russel Mesh. The Power Cushion feature presents to absorb and reduce as much shock. The cushion can be found on the underside of the heel area. While other brands utilize urethane, this Yonex technology is 3 times more of a shock-absorber. The Power Cushion insole gives the feet additional support as well.

Yonex badminton shoes also have an Ergoshape innovation. It simply means that these Yonex shoes are particularly tailored for the game of badminton. This gives the shoes a contour or shape to make wearing and playing comfortable for players. On the other hand, the MSLite design makes the shoes more lightweight yet stronger compared to other brands. As the sport is known to involve fast-paced footwork, the lightweight quality is very advantageous.

The MSLite technology allows the shoes to preserve its original contour for a longer period too. Therefore, Yonex badminton shoes are very durable. There is also the Double Russel Mesh which permits the feet to ‘breathe’. This innovation provides the shoes of improved air exchange and makes it eight times more breathable. As a result, a user’s feet will have less moisture and would perspire less. This greatly enhances a player’s comfort and prevents blisters.

Cast Fishing Line

You can use an open-face, closed-face or spin-cast reel for spin casting.

Hold the rod at about waist level, grasping it so that the reel is below the rod, and the stem of the reel feels natural between your fingers. The bait or lure should be hanging 10-18 inches below the end of the rod.

Hook the line with your forefinger, and open the bail, continuing to hold the line.

Pull the rod tip back so the tip sweeps over your dominant shoulder, and then bring it forward swiftly pointing the rod tip at your target. As the rod comes forward of your shoulder release the line with your finger so the weight of the lure pulls line off the reel. Close the bail with your hand, and you’re ready to reel the lure back in again.


The drag is simply a pair of friction plates inside of fishing reels. If the fish pulls on the line hard enough, the friction is overcome, and the reel rotates backwards, letting line out, preventing the line from breaking. You want to set the drag on a fishing reel before your first cast of the day. Adjusting it while fighting a fish can be difficult. Also fishing reels are not designed to be adjusted while fishing, so doing so could cause damage.

The easiest way to set the drag on a spinning reel is to first test it by pulling on your line directly above the reel.

Tighten the drag a few clicks to the right, if the line pulls out too easily. If it’s too hard, loosen it one or two to the left.

If you don’t feel you can judge the force accurately, a small spring scale can help, such as the ones used in Boca Grips or other fish handling devices used in catch and release.

It’s better to have your drag too loose, and have to fight a fish a little longer than to have it too tight, and break off a big one.

If you are fishing with braided fishing line rather than monofilament, you’ll want to take a few wraps of line around the handle of your fishing pliers or a pencil instead of using your bare hands to test the drag. Braid will slice right into your fingers if you pull with too much force.

Once you’ve learned how to set the drag on a fishing reel, you’re ready to start casting.

Defend Against a Dink in Volleyball

That said, I think you’ll find the bulk of what I have to say relates in both directions.

It starts with attitude

The first element of defending against off-speed attacks like tips and roll shots is to go into it with a commitment not to let those sorts of balls ever hit the floor. Obviously, it’s the general goal of your defense to keep the ball from landing on your side of the court. There’s a difference here, though. Defending against a hard hit ball is mainly about positioning, while digging a tip is about pursuit. In many ways, the former is passive and the latter is aggressive. It takes an attacking attitude to play good defense against off-speed balls.

Positional responsibility

After attitude comes positioning. The players with designated responsibility for tip coverage, if any, are determined by the type of defense a team employs. For example, a rotational defense in which the right back player moves up behind the block on an outside hitter attack means that right back defender is responsible for shots over the block and into the middle of the court. In a standard perimeter defense there is no specifically designated tip coverage player, so basically it is up to the player(s) closest to the ball to make the dig.

Expecting the shot

This is perhaps the most important part of being good at off-speed defense. Tips, roll shots, and the like tend to score more because defenders are surprised than because they are well-placed. A prime example of this is setter dumps scoring when in most teams’ base defense there are two players specifically placed to defend against the first or second ball coming over. If those players expect the setter to dump they will often make a rather easy play on the ball. If not, they are caught flat-footed and the ball drops – a source of many a coach’s grey hairs.

Moving through the ball

As noted above, defense against an off-speed shot is often about pursuit. A player must move to the ball to make the play on it. In many instances the player has to run to get the ball and may not be able to be stopped in time to make a good play. In these cases they need to be able to execute a run-through dig to the favored target zone. This is something which requires training for less advanced players as the mechanics involved are a bit different than the normal more static dig or pass.

When done properly, with the right attitude and expectation, defending against a tip or other type of off-speed attack can look quite easy.