July 27, 2008

New in Equipment: Fishing Sunglasses

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Jul. 27--If you've ever spent any time fishing from a boat, you know that the glare off the water can be brutal. Things only get worse if, and when, your sunglasses go overboard, only to sink to the bottom of the lake. FishGillz Sunglass Co. has come up with a solution, however. The company is marketing a pair of sunglasses designed specifically for those who spend a lot of time on the water. They weigh just half an ounce while still offering 100 percent UV400 protection. The lenses are made by 3M Corp. from a high-impact, shatter proof material and are distortion free. The frames are composed of a flexible but durable polymer blend. They provide good clarity, too, and are available in eight sport-style frames. Suggested retail price is $49.95 to $59.95, depending on model. For information: write FishGillz Inc., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625; call 1-760-771-9145.

Lure of the week

Buzz 'N Frog

Company: Rebel

Lure type: Topwater

Sizes and colors: Available in a 2 1/2-inch model in four colors: swamp frog, northern leopard frog, southern leopard frog, and green bull frog.

Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass and northern pike.

Technique: Work this lure like you would a traditional buzz bait, retrieving it around the edges of weeds, docks, downed trees and other cover. If that doesn't produce strikes, cast into the heart of the grass and weeds, pausing whenever the lure passes through an opening, and let it float on the surface. Sometimes that prompts fish to strike.

Sugg. retail price: $4.99.

Notable: It's best to fish these lures slowly, with a start-stop retrieve. When a fish hits, give it a second to take up any slack in your line before setting the hook.

Tip of the week

When the hottest days of summer arrive, and temperatures climb to 90 or above with high humidity, one of the most enjoyable ways to fish is to wet wade in small streams. It's especially good for parents and children, since there is no danger of hypothermia like the spring. An old pair of sneakers, shorts, a shirt, sunglasses and a hat to fend off the sun -- with maybe a vest to carry your gear -- are all you need to walk on in and cast for smallmouth bass, rock bass and sunfish. Most of the fish you encounter will likely be no more average in size, so small baits that imitate crayfish and grasshoppers fished on four-pound test are all that you need. Best of all, if the fish aren't biting, you can still cool off with a dip, skip rocks, or even catch a few crayfish.

Recipe of the week

Mustard Batter Bass


--1/3 cup Dijon mustard or prepared mustard

--1/4 cup water

--1 teaspoon lemon juice

--1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

--1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

--1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs

--2 1/4 pounds of bass fillets, cut in 1 1/2-inch pieces

--canola oil


Combine the mustard, water, juice, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Put the bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Dip the fish into the mustard mixture first, then dredge it in the bread crumbs.

Heat a half inch of oil in a skillet. When it's hot, add the coated fish and fry it for about three or four minutes per side, or until it's golden brown. Drain the fillets on plate lined with paper towels, then serve.


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