July 13, 2008

New in Equipment: Big Bobber Floating Cooler

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Jul. 13--IF YOU FISH -- be it with bait, flies or lures -- chances are you got your start with a nightcrawler or red worm floating under one of those round red and white bobbers. Well, now there's a cooler designed to mimic that simple piece of gear. The "Big Bobber Floating Cooler" looks just like an oversized bobber, but at 15-inches wide, 15-inches tall, and 15-inches deep, it holds 12 cans of soda or beer. It's insulated, too, so you can pack it with ice to keep your drinks cold. And like a real bobber, it floats, so you can tow it along behind your float tube or canoe or even use it at home in the pool. A built-in carry handle makes it easy to get the cooler from your vehicle to the water. It's made in America, too. Suggested retail price is $24.99. For information: write Creative Sales Co., PO Box 2958, 3512 Sunny Lane, Columbia Falls, MT 59912; call 406-892-3070; or visit retailers like Gander Mountain, Sears, and Wal-Mart.

Lure of the week

Nite-Lite Nuckle Ball Jig

Company: Fin-tech

Lure type: Jighead

Sizes and colors: This lure comes in 1/8-, 1/4- and 3/8-ounce sizes and five colors: orange glow, green glow, pink glow, chartreuse glow, and blue glow.

Target species: Walleyes and bass.

Technique: This jig is meant to be fished like any other, tipped with live or artificial bait. It's unique design is meant to give it some advantages, however. The kinked hook shank better retains live and artificial soft baits, while the "cradle area" on the jighead and the built-in eyelet prevents the baits from collecting weeds. The "nuckle" head hangs horizontally when suspended or retrieved and provides a teeter totter action when vertically jigged.

Sugg. retail price: $2.39 to $2.59 for a two-pack.

Notable: The Nite-Lite jig is so-called because it features phosphorescent paint that glows for up to 8 hours. That makes it a prime jig for fishing at night.

Tip of the week

When the summer sun starts to heat things up, some of the best fishing can be had after dark. Night fishing for bass in particular requires a change in tactics, however. It's harder for bass to see at night, so switch to bigger lures. They displace more water, create more intense vibrations and, since bass are feeding more by feel than sight, attract more fish. For that same reason, slow down your retrieve, too. A lure that's reeled in slowly gives off stronger vibrations than does one that's reeled in too quickly.

Recipe of the week

Cheddar perch


--1 can cheddar cheese soup

--1/3 cup white wine

--1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

--a pinch of oregano

--1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

--1 tablespoon lemon juice

--perch fillets


Put the fillets in a shallow pan that's been buttered. Mix the soup, wine, garlic, oregano, Worcestershire, and lemon juice together in a separate bowl to form a sauce.

When that's ready, pour the sauce over the fish and bake it at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork.


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