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New in Equipment: Floating Blind Bag

July 20, 2008

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Jul. 20–If you hunt ducks and geese, getting wet is part of the game. But the new Floating Blind Bag from Primos can minimize just how much water you take on. Made with 600 denier polyester and a weather-resistant coating, it has eight pockets to organize your waterfowl gear. A rubber bottom allows you to set the bag down in the mud or wet grass and still keep the contents dry, and the shoulder strap makes it easy to carry the bag to and from the blind. The bag will float, too, even with 12 boxes of shotgun shells inside. The blind bag is available in Mossy Oak “Duck Blind Camo,” which features elements from every sector of the nation’s waterfowl highways. It’s designed to blend in just about anywhere at just about any time of year. Suggested retail price is $49.99. For information, call 1-800-523-2395.

Lure of the week

Balsa Shad

Company: Bass Pro

Lure type: Crankbait

Sizes and colors: Available in 3 1/2- and 35/8-inch models, this lure comes in a variety of colors, including Georgia shad, emerald shad, homer, split back pearl, brown split back, blue back chartreuse, carp, and pearl/blue back.

Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Technique: Cast these around the edges of structure to locate fish. Their narrow profile and thin coffin lip produce a very tight wiggle as they dive to five feet. They’re good at bouncing off obstacles, too.

Sugg. retail price: $4.99.

Notable: These lures are available with red hooks, which are meant to stimulate more strikes by making fish think the bait is bleeding.

Tip of the week

Anglers with boats can fish just about anywhere on a lake. Shore-bound anglers face more restrictions. Still, you can up your odds of getting into fish if you take the wind into account. When the wind blows, it cuts light penetration, stacks plankton on the windy side of the lake and oxygenates the shallows. All of that attracts baitfish, which in turn draws in larger game fish. Being on the windy side of the lake often has the added benefit of getting you away from some of the fishing crowd, too. And if there’s no wind? Fish the side of the lake where the wind was blowing the day before, if you know which side that was. Chances are the water will still be stained and active fish will still be in the vicinity.

Recipe of the week

Pine cones

Ingredients

–marshmallows

–chocolate syrup

–shredded coconut, chopped nuts, Rice Krispies cereal, and/or cookie sprinkles

Directions

To make this campfire favorite, put a marshmallow on a stick and place it over the fire to warm it up (if you remember to dip it in water right before you put it over the flames, it won’t catch on fire).

When the marshmallow is golden brown, roll it in the chocolate syrup that you’ve poured into a bowl or onto a pan. Finally, roll it through the coconut, nuts, cereal or sprinkles that are in another bowl to finish the tasty coating.

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