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    How to Clean the Bottom of a Sailboat Underwater! (Tips from the Pros #4 /Patrick Childress #54)

    December 9, 2019

    your boat doesn’t have to come out of
    the water looking like this on sailboat ‘Brick House’ we’ll show you how we clean
    our bottom and then we’ll go to Hank Schmitt from Offshore Passage Opportunities to give his tips from the pros number four how to keep your bottom
    clean. Hello I’m Patrick Childress in over twelve years of living on our
    sailboat Brick house Rebecca and I have never found a bottom paint that does
    what it’s supposed to do what the advertising says that it will do
    we’ve always ended up having to scrub the bottom much sooner than ever expected so we
    normally use a hookah and up here we’ll put a link to video number 12 which
    shows how we use the hookah for scrubbing the bottom especially after
    we’ve been sitting for several months in one harbor and the marine growth really
    does accumulate and at the end of this video will show you some underwater
    scenes from that video but Hank Schmitt from offshore passage opportunities has
    a very good system for using a scuba tank which you don’t have to strap to
    your back and be so encumbered under the water so he’s going to show us how to
    start with scrubbing the waterline and then go deeper using the scuba tank and
    not wear it into the water okay so we’re getting set up to go ahead and clean the
    bottom of the boat I’ve been cleaning bottoms for about the last 25 or 30 years
    and at first we’d set up like most divers with a BC jacket and and
    regulator and all the weight belts and everything but I found it was much
    easier just to have a tank and a long 25-30 foot hose which I’ll set up right
    here in the middle of the boat and if you have a dinghy you could also put it
    in your dinghy but this keeps you from having to get a BC jacket and the weight
    belt when it’s time to clean your bottom and you’ll see how we can actually clean
    most of the bottom and we’ll demonstrate that in a little bit just by
    having the tank set up in the middle of the boat. we open it up so it’s
    ready for us we all the way open and back a little bit and I’ll just leave it
    right here in the middle I’ll go ahead and get set up to enter the water and as
    you’ll see I can clean most of the boat without having to use the tank and I
    just have that ready for me when I need it so I’ll go in the water and it’s all
    set to go when I need that for cleaning the prop for the bottom of the keel
    maybe the bottom of the rudder we’re gonna go ahead and get in the water now
    and we’ll show you how you can clean your boat pretty much about as big as
    forty forty five feet without using a tank if you didn’t have a tank if you
    weren’t certified but of course having a tank makes it certainly easier for
    cleaning off your prop or the bottom of your keel but really to clean the bottom of your boat
    the water isn’t that cold you don’t need a wetsuit or anything you just need a
    few things so we’re gonna go in with our swim fins
    a scraper of course for getting any barnacles or anything if you have
    barnacles on the bottom of your boat or anything then you really should you just
    be hauling the boat out and painting it a diver is not to keep from having to
    paint your boat once a year or once every two years for scrubbies they’re
    actually three different grades of scrubby’s one is like a sponge almost
    and that’s when you’re racing or you keep it clean a lot then the red want a
    little bit more abrasive and then you might be familiar with the black ones
    which are really for cleaning your barbeque grill and if you have to use a
    black one again I would usually just tell the owner of the boat save the
    money that I would charge you for diving and putting it towards a short haul so
    you shouldn’t have to be taking barnacles off the bottom of your boat if
    you have barnacles on the bottom you vote you need to paint but I know our
    bottom is not that bad so I’ll be able to use the lightest grade scrubby you
    can you don’t want to use anything more abrasive because then you’re taking the
    bottom paint off and again bottom paint as you know is very expensive 250 to 400
    dollars a gallon so the idea isn’t to put it on and then scrape it all off so
    again you want to use the the lightest scrub you can also very important are
    the suction cups because again imagine you’re in the water and as you’re
    cleaning the boat you’re pushing yourself away so they sell these at your
    marine supply stores also any glazier windows they also have suction cups for
    moving big pieces of glass so you want suction cups I put a line on there so I
    don’t lose that and then I’ll just have the scrubby on the other side I do use
    gloves again for barnacles you don’t want to scrape your hands if it’s really
    cold water you’d want to use a wetsuit but it’s not too cold today so just swim
    fins again if you want you can use booties my booties are more worn out
    than my gloves so I don’t use booties anymore and up here where the water’s
    dirtier I do like to put on a hoodie as well with a mask just any any mask I
    don’t use the snorkel at all because again I’m gonna be holding my breath
    cleaning the bottom of the boat and coming back up and you’ll see that
    demonstration in a little bit so again you don’t need a lot of a lot of tooling
    a minute ago you saw we set up our tank so we don’t have to worry about a BC a
    buoyancy control jacket or a weight belt even you’ll have enough with the suction
    cups to be able to take care of that so you’ll eliminate a lot of gear a lot of
    maintenance without the BC jacket so just a tank, a tank and long hose in the middle of
    the boat or you keep it your dinghy in the middle of the boat and I’ll just
    need that really for cleaning anything off the prop or the bottom of the keel
    so with that we’ll get suited up and see you in the water
    okay so I’m all suited up with my stickems – my suction cups…and hopefully I’ll get
    away with just my sponge type and I leave my other scrubby and my my putty
    knife near me so I could reach it when I’m in the water so just go in make sure
    you hold your mask okay we are in the water I generally
    like to start at the bow you see just okay so you could see the contrast where
    it was already cleaned and where it’s not and basically it’s my suction cups
    in one hand and I’m right-handed so I have this scrubby in the other and I’m
    just doing wipe wipe I hold my breath as I go down get to the middle of the
    bottom of the boat then work my way up the other side and I just continue that
    and that way I can do probably 90% of the boat without the having to use the
    tank or the regulator so it saves you from using a lot of air so when I was
    commercial diving I could do eight or ten bottoms with one tank so I wouldn’t have
    to make as many runs to do it and again if you’re out cruising around you don’t
    have to go and get your bottle filled as often. They do sell smaller pony bottles
    which you could probably do the whole boat bottom with just a small five or
    ten-minute pony bottle because again you only need it for your keel and for
    your your running gear your prop and your shaft if you have any barnacles
    there so it’s really just hold my breath wipe wipe….. and i come up again…work on down, more wipe wipe I don’t even have to hold my breath on
    the top. And I head back down. And i just keep going, all the way around. Probably once every 2 month if you’re not racing if you are racing then you
    might want to do it before each race. Very simple.
    okay so I’ve cleaned 80% – 90% of the bottom I have my regulator set up
    25-foot hose connected to the tank on deck. It could be on your Dinghy I just pull the
    hose down now because I’m ready to clean the bottom of the keel then I’ll get the
    putty knife and I’ll go ahead and clean the the strut, the prop, and the
    shaft and then we’re all done so I only need this for the last part of the last
    part of the cleaning the bottom. Thank You Hank I hope this video was
    worthwhile for you if it was please give it a thumbs up and also click on the
    subscribe button if you haven’t already also there is a link to the tip jar in
    the video description if you don’t mind helping out in that
    direction now here’s some of those scenes from when we were anchored for
    three months in Sri Lanka (cleaning the hull, cleaning the chain, cleaning the prop on the bottom of our sailboat Brick House) Propspeed from Oceanmax worked great for 2 years, so it made cleaning our bottom a lot easier than before. After 2 years, we are applying it again (hauled out now for Coppercoat, Propspeed and more)

    Shopify How to Print a Shipping Label to Fullfill an Order with USPS Flat Rate
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    Shopify How to Print a Shipping Label to Fullfill an Order with USPS Flat Rate

    December 6, 2019

    In this video, I will show you how to
    fulfill an order from a Shopify store and then I will show you how to purchase and
    print shipping label right from Shopify without having to use a third-party
    postage service. This is actually a fairly new feature that Shopify recently has added. But before we get started If you’re interested in trying Shopify use affiliate link in the video description for a 14 day trial and if you already have a store but you know someone that might like to try it, definitely share the link with them and this helps to support this channel so I can continue to make free content. Now on with the video… So this is my Shopify store I’m just going to go to the admin
    page and the way you do that is just put in a “/admin” and this is my store. And as you can see, I have one order has been paid for that needs to be fulfilled. But before I do that I need to be sure that I have the shipping setting set And if you haven’t done this before, this is how you would add your shipping options. So I’m going to click on “Settings” down here and I’m going to click on “Shipping” I’ve already put in all of my shipping prices but now I need to designate what I’m going to use to print my shipping and the type of shipping that I need. so by default I just have “Desktop printer” selected I personally use a Brother laser printer because I think they’re very fast, they’re very efficient the label is going to be more water resistant than an ink jet printer and I’ll, in the video description, I’ll leave a link for the type of printer that I use and I also use what’s called an “Internet Label” It’s a basically a label that you can print right from a regular printer and I will also give you a link to that. However if you do end up having really
    high production you could always switch to one of these Dymo or a Zebra label
    printer because they, they are designed to very quickly just print labels but that’s all they can print labels. I like to include an invoice inside of the
    package and you would need a regular printer to do that as well. So now I need to add the type of package
    that I want to ship so I’m going to click “Add package” here and I use flat rate envelopes to ship my
    shirts so I’m going to click “carrier-supplied packaging” and then here, if you click this drop-down, you will see there are many different choices. I use a flat rate envelope. It’s padded. This one right here. And you can actually order these
    envelopes from and I’ll also give you a link to this type of envelope that I use. But they also have flat rate boxes and they also have non flat rate you would actually weigh the package and then ship those. So now that I’ve selected my flat rate envelope I’m going to click “Add package” and I also in the set this as the default,
    so I’m going to go ahead and check that and then click “Add package” since all I ship is pretty much shirts and they all go in these envelopes. and now that has been added! So let me go back to “Home” and let me view this order so I can ship it out. So now I’m going to click on this order and Here is an option to “Ship order” so I’m just going to click “Fulfill items” and this just shows what is going into this order and is asking the fulfillment method and I’m going to buy a shipping label. Here’s where you would select the type of package that you’re going to use I’m going to click “USPS flat rate envelope” And over here you can see how much is going
    to cost you do get a small discount using Shopify as opposed to the retail price for the USPS, for the US Post Office. So we do save a little money
    there. And I’m going to click on “Buy label and fulfill items” Now says that my label is ready to print. I’m going to click this “Download” right here. Now here’s my label ready to print. I put my label into the printer and I actually feed it to through front feed instead of loading it into the tray and there’s two labels on one sheet this will just print on one label and then you can later flip it around and print another label on the other side. One thing that you need to know – I’m
    using Firefox to print label and you want to click on “Show Details” if you’re using Firefox and make sure that you change these headers so that they don’t display on the label when they’re printed. So I’m changing all of these to “Blank” Depending upon which web browser using, just be sure that you have that turned off. You could just print on a blank
    piece of paper to try it out first to see how it’s going to display and just make sure you have the settings the way they need to be So now, I’m going to go ahead and
    click “Print” and now its printing my labeled out. And now that my labels printed out, I can
    go ahead and close this window. And you’re all set! Now you can… package up your item, put the label on the package, and ship it off! And as you can see, it looks super professional when it arrives in these envelopes with a professionally printed label and your customer will be happy. and don’t forget to check out the
    resources in the comments below I’ll have the printer, the labels, the envelopes that I use. and of course, the affiliate link to the Shopify trial if you want to try to simplify out anyway thanks for watching!

    How to make a wool felt picture: beach sea
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    How to make a wool felt picture: beach sea

    December 5, 2019

    Hi I’m Aannsha Jones. Thank you for visiting. In this video you can learn how to make it felt painting and lay out the wool in a great design, so with that said let’s get started. Making felt paintings and wall hangings is fun! I began as an artist using acrylics and painting murals. I wanted to see what could be achieved with felt. Here are some of my felt paintings. I think you’ll agree you can create anything you can imagine. Today we’re making a simple painting with simple design layout, but from here you can explore your own style. All materials for this project are listed below. Start by laying the first of 4 layers. I use white wool as it makes a nice fresh base. Layers of wool blend as they felt so for the second layer, lay blocks of color as a background for your finished painting. So orange and yellow for the sand and light blue for the ocean. Lay these rovings at right angles to the first layer. The third layer will bring more variety of shades which will give the finished felt painting more depth. If it helps look at a photo of the beach to see where the sand is lighter and where the ocean looks darker. Here I’m adding different sand shades, getting lighter where the waves meet the sand. Again the tops are laid out at right angles to the second layer. I’m still using light blue for the ocean because I’ll use a mixed roving for the waves detail in the final layer. Pat it down and make sure it is even thickness. I’m using two mixed rovings for the waves: dark blues and ocean blues & greens. The white in each roving is silk which gives it lustre, like shiny water. As you can see I’m teasing out the shades of blues and see greens leaving pale blue showing through and this creates the look of waves. Where the waves meet the shore, I’m using white roving to create the white wavy foam, then I had more dark blue to create shadow and this gives the waves depth. Next I use variegated yarn and roll it up to create the effect when it’s felted of coral and shells. Once I’ve placed these in position I use a little wool roving the same color as the sand to place over the yarn and this helps it to felt well into the painting. To create more light in the waves and on the beach I add hand dyed silk rovings and these catch the light and and add shine. I balance the dark of the ocean with a stronger burnt orange on the sand at the base of the painting. Next I add some dimensional wool and gives really gives a great ripple effect to the sand. Finally I add wool nepps to the crest of the waves to give more of a frothy look the foam. Nepps don’t blend easily as they’re already pretty much pre-felted so these need white rovings over the top to help them felt. Now ready to felt, put down netting and wet the wool right through. Carefully rub soap over the wool and begin rubbing gently so as not to disturb the design underneath. I will quickly show most of the felting process here but for full details, materials and an explanation on how to make felt, please follow the link provided. And the pinch test shows it’s mostly ready for the next stage except one little detail and I rub that the bubble wrap. Now onto rolling around the pool noodle The video: How to make felt – tells you how long to roll and how many times to turn your work to get even shrinkage. Now for the following stage: rubbing the felt and dipping in soapy water and then more rubbing. It’s ready when you achieve that lovely recognizable textured finish. Then you need to rinse all the soap out. Add 2 tsp vinegar to the final rinse and make sure the wool soaks it up. Leave it to rest in the vinegar water while you tidy up. Squeeze out the excess water gently then towel dry. Pull into shape and there’s your beautiful finished felt painting. And here it is hanging on the line. I love the colours! And here is dry. If you’ve enjoyed this video please give it a LIKE! And if you want to be notified of my next creative videos please SUBSCRIBE to my channel! This is Aannsha Jones over and out.


    Get Engine Data from the Lowrance Elite Ti Graphs

    December 5, 2019

    So we have the engine data cable hooked up
    on our Yamaha engine on this boat. We’ve got that connected to our NMEA network and now what you can see is you can actually see on screen our engine
    data. You can see we have RPMs, our water pressure, our speed over ground, our
    voltage from our alternator. So all of this information comes right
    here on your dash. Over here on the side, we’ve got our dash gauge. You can see as I
    trim it up, it shows us where we’re at on trim. As I
    trim it down again it shows us where we’re at. Now we know where full trim.
    I’m going to step on the throttle here a little bit. You’ll see RPM speed up. You can see our speed go up also. We’ve got our
    water temp and our depth on screen also. So these are a lot of features that are
    really great. Using this feature you no longer have to
    have all of the gauges on your dash you can run these gauges right on your unit.

    FLORIDA Pier Fishing: Catch Fish Fast!
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    FLORIDA Pier Fishing: Catch Fish Fast!

    December 5, 2019

    Wow! Brendon, the striped fish just came up to the surface Do you see them?! Oh my Goodness! This week we are at South Point Pier in Miami Florida and we’re attempting to catch that many species of fish is possible. And a little bit of sunshine. Some people spend their entire lives chasing monster fish, but when you’re in a new area it is hard to catch those big trophies. This episode is about catching what’s the over quality. This week I want to share my way to quickly and easily figure out what kind of fish are biting an area and, catch a lot of fish in a short amount of time. I will be putting my recommendation in the description below. “My go to rig…Very easy-to-use…Guaranteed fish almost every time.” This is a Sabiki Rig. It is a line with 3-6 hooks and a bunch of tiny flies attached to the Sabiki rig is an excellent fish finder. It is really easy to use and it comes in a variety of hook sizes. All you really have to do is Bait up the hook, drop the rig down and wait for a tug! If there are fish around, the Sabiki Rig Will catch them. I’m using cut shrimp because I’ve heard Florida Fish love shrimp, but you can use whatever kind of bait you like. I told Erin to use a sabiki, because it’s really easy and it’s really fun to use and ultimately she had a really great time. “Okay.. you are tangled immediately…” “How did you mess that up already??” “What did you do?” “Oh! I did it!” “I just pulled it right out!” “Oop, nope you got one.” “Oooo thats the first one!” “Caught a little fish, what kind of fish is this?” “No idea” My family caught a bunch of different fish that day, but i love it when you guys tell me what they’re called. If you could share your knowledge with us us please comment below. This fish had a really weird mouth, maybe with some kind of bottom feeder? My dad caught a fish with a big black spot on his tail, does anyone have any guesses as to what kind of fish this is? “Caught right at the rocks. Another species. that spot on the tail” “What was it.?….What did you get?” “I dont know! I just like it when they pull. It makes me excited!” “Got a bite?” Yup! “Get it!” “EEK! ITS A NEEDLEFISH! ” “Oh you snagged it tho, did you snag it?” “Dont touch it, dont touch it, its gonna bite you.” “Ok what do I do Brendon!?” “Alright put it down.” “This is a tiny one.” “Its weird tho, its cute!” “Yeah It has a lot of teeth on the inside.” “Oh wow, its like a baby, so cute!” “Alright so we’ve caught four species now within like 10 minutes something like that?” “It is so easy.” “I see Needle Fish in there!” Don’t catch another one! they’re not fun to catch. They are so big! “They are like a foot long.” “Whats that??” “Over there” “AHHH!” *Shrieks “BRENDON” “I diddled the line” “Give it a cast out there!” “I thought I caught the fish of my life!” “YEA RIGHT. Cast it over there” “Brendon Brendon!” “WOW, Brendon! Go Go!” Now Im not exactly sure what kind of fish this is… maybe you guys to tell me. “Whoa! Oh this is a Parrot Fish. “Look its changing colors… “It’s changing colors. See it? Its turning from blue to red oh no its turning blue. “Am I seeing things?” “Wow. Ok I’m going to throw the rig right by the rocks and see if there’s anything hiding in there.” “Got one already??” “Another species, this is like species number…6” “Look at this one” “Thats beautiful. Species number 6” “We were here for probably 15 to 20 minutes” “We caught like seven different species of fish. Just goes to show why I really like the Sabiki rig. Again it’s not it’s not a very challenging ring I mean it’s very easy casual kind of fishing rig but I catch the whole bunch of different kinds of fish and its really great at catching bait fish and it’s so fun. It is so fun and it’s so easy.This is the kind of fishing that I love where you just go and you just catch bunch and it’s over and this was like so much fun I’m so happy. Now the hardcore fisherman would argue that is very boring kind of fishing but this is not for everybody who ever wants to chill out, catch a bunch of fish, kick back and relax, the sabiki rig is for you.”

    Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol 1 | Bass Fishing
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    Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol 1 | Bass Fishing

    December 4, 2019

    Glenn: There we go. Good fish. Here we go. Stay down. Come here. Here we go, baby. Come on aboard. Look at that. How do you like that, guys? Wow. Again, just right in the roof of the mouth. That’s where you want him. That’s a good fish right there. All right. Nice four-pounder right here. All right. Ready? Hey, folks, Glenn May here at And today I’m going to answer a bunch of questions
    that we received over the past couple of months via our Facebook page and also via email and
    I hope that it answers your questions as well. And we got a lot of really good ones. So listen up. This is going to be an education dump today. Starting with this first question. “Hey Glenn, when I’m fishing heavy cover,
    what rod and reel is best suited for making a long cast with light lures?” All right, so this is a tricky one because
    typically when you’re fishing heavy cover, you want to use a stout rod and reel to wrench
    those fish out of the cover. But here you’re asking, “How do I get longer
    casts with light lure? How do I do that and still fish heavy cover?” So for the rod, I would fish a seven-foot,
    medium-heavy rod with a moderate action tip. Okay? Medium-heavy power rod, moderate action. That moderate piece is really what you want. You can go with fast action as well but not
    extra fast. What that does is the tip of the rod is a
    lot more flexible, so it’s going to allow you to use that tip of the rod to throw that
    light lure longer. But the rest of the rod is, you know, medium-heavy
    has got that stout action that you’re going to need for wrenching fish out of that heavy
    cover and being able to control them. So you’ve got kind of a balance of both. The reel would be a baitcasting reel but really
    what’s important on that is a couple of things. First of all, you have the ability to control
    the brakes on it, so at least that has both the mechanical and magnetic brakes on it. I prefer to have reels that have mechanical,
    magnetic and pin breaks, all three of them. That really helps me fine-tune the action
    on it and the castability on it. Especially when fishing light lures, you need
    to have those little fine-tune adjustments to be able to avoid getting lots of backlashes. The other component is to use braided line
    but lighter braided line. So in heavy cover, typically you’re fishing
    40-50 pound braid or more even 65-pound braid. But that’s going to limit your casting distance
    due to its heavyweight and it doesn’t peel off the reel as fast as easily. So I would go down to about a 20-pound test
    braided line, that comes off the spool a lot easier, a lot smoother, and it’s gonna allow
    you to make those longer casts. I hope that helps. So this question is about jig fishing. Other than using a heavier jig, what suggestions
    do you have to help me detect strikes while jig fishing? Well, honestly, I wouldn’t use a heavier jig,
    to begin with, because the lighter the jig you can get away with the more strikes you’re
    going to get. Because most of the bites occur on the fall. So the slower it’s falling, the more it’s
    in that strike zone, the more apt it is to get bit. So to detect those strikes there’s really
    two main things that I do. One of them is as it’s falling I pay super
    close attention to the line, whether I’m using braid or fluorocarbon, I really focus on where
    that line is entering the water and pay close attention. If it jumps, twitches, moves to one side or
    maybe even it accelerates faster as it’s falling, that’s usually something on the other end
    of the line messing with it, usually a bass. So just visually seeing that change can help
    you detect strikes. I also do a countdown method, by the way. If I’m, you know, throwing a jig and I count
    one, two, three, okay, hit the bottom. And I can make another cast, one, two, three,
    almost four and it hits the bottom. So I’ve got an idea between three and four-count
    hits the bottom and I make a cast one, two. Okay. Well sometimes bass come up and grab it and
    they just hold onto it. And so when it just suddenly stops for no
    reason, set the hook, that might be a bass. So again, really paying close attention to
    that jig while it’s falling. The other thing I do is once that jig is on
    the bottom, I like to hold the rod tip up at an angle above the nine o’clock position. So I have a better connection between the
    rod and the line and the jig that’s down there. That helps me feel any kind of movement, a
    slight subtle pick up, a light strike. With a line being tight like that, it’ll transmit
    that down the line onto the rod and down into my hands. And I have a better feel so I can feel those
    bites that I may not see on a tight line. So with those two things combined, I think
    I’m going to catch a lot more fish. Hope that helps. There you go. Nice. They’re in here. Keri: Come here you. Glenn is getting a net. Come here, baby. Come here. Come here. Oh, come on, Glenn. Come on, Glenn. There we go. There we go. He’s got a sore on his tongue. Yeah, he does. Glenn: He’s all right. There you go. He’s very resilient. All right. Here’s a good question about budget and baitcasting
    reels. “If I can afford to buy only one quality baitcasting
    reel, what gear ratio would you recommend?” All right, so you need a baitcasting reel
    that’s going to do a variety of things. So that kind of wipes out the bookends of
    the big casting world. So like a 4.7:1 gear ratio that’s really low
    or maybe even a 3 something that’s a real low gear ratio. It has a lot of power, great for fishing,
    you know, heavy cover but that’s not going to help you when you’re fishing say buzzbaits,
    spinnerbaits and crankbaits. On the other end of the spectrum you have
    you know, 8:1, 9:1, even I think there’s some reels over 10. Those are high-speed reels, great for fishing
    those faster moving lures but they don’t have a lot of power for when you’re fishing, say,
    flipping and pitching into heavy cover. So you need something in the middle. For me, I like reels… Most of my reels are between 6.8:1 and to
    7.5:1. That’s the majority of my reels because those
    are pretty much all-purpose, multi-purpose. You can use them for a variety of applications
    and you’re not really sacrificing anything. So that’s the main thing I would look for
    from a gear ratio. But if, again, I had a tight budget and I’m
    looking for a reel, I don’t think gear ratio would be the primary thing I’m looking for
    primarily because there’s a lot of great reels out there that come in those gear ratios. So I would look at other things. For example, the drag. How powerful is the drag? I don’t like any reels that are less than
    14-pound drag. I like something that’s got a real good strong
    stout drag. Typically that also means a smoother drag
    because it’s a better drag system. Also the ability to control your casting. So different casts control, the more it has,
    the better. Yeah, great if it has a mechanical cast control
    but if it has that paired with magnetic, that helps me fine-tune, say, in windy conditions. And if it also comes with pin cast control
    on it, that helps me fine-tune it even further for the different types of lures, weights
    and different styles and types of fishing that I’m doing. So those are the type of things I’d really
    focus on first before I look at gear ratio. I hope that helps and I hope you get yourself
    a great reel. Here’s a question about crankbait fishing. “What would you say are the two most important
    elements in crankbait fishing?” Well, it’s funny, all of us bass anglers we
    tend to focus on color. But the reality is, you know, color, size
    of the lure, those types of things actually are very important. But what I look at first is how deep that
    lure is going to run and how fast or slow can I retrieve it? Because that’s about the presentation. First of all, getting it down to the right
    depth. You need to get the lure where the fish is,
    otherwise, it doesn’t matter. All the other elements mean nothing because
    you’re not going to get bit. So that’s like the primary one. How deep does it run? If the fish are shallow, fishing a deep diving
    crankbait isn’t going to get bit and vice versa. So number one, how deep does this crankbait
    go for where the fish are that day? The other thing I really look for is how fast
    of a retrieve or slow of a retrieve does it need? Some days fish want to attack fast-moving
    lures, so I want to lure that can get down to that depth and I can retrieve it at a fast
    speed. Other times they want something that’s barely
    moving, so that requires a deeper diving crankbait, for example, that can stay down and still
    move slow. So those are the two primary things that are
    really important for me and crankbaits. Then, you know, not to say there’s other elements
    that aren’t important because after those two pieces, then I look at things, for example,
    like the size of the bait or the color. I hope that helps. Hope you catch a lot more crankbait fish. Here’s a great question for bank fishermen. “Glenn, what are the most important things
    you look for when you’re fishing from the shoreline?” Well, there’s really two main things that
    I look for when I’m fishing a shoreline. One, I want to find deeper cuts and deeper
    water near the shoreline. Those types of things. Like, for example, a creek channel and a little
    bend comes in close to the water or maybe there’s a small little flat but right near
    it there’s a drop. Those depth changes are the things that really
    attract bass. It doesn’t have to be super deep, it just
    has to be a change in bottom contour to attract bass. So that’s number one. And the other thing is cover. Bass need some kind of cover to relate to. It might be weeds, it might be rocks, it could
    be laydowns or maybe a log is on the water or stumps but you have a contour change that
    is combined with some sort of cover and those are the things I’m going to target when I’m
    shoreline fishing. Here’s a great question that all of us can
    relate to. “Hey, besides telling me you’re as frustrated
    with the wind as I am, really are there any advantages to fishing in the wind or should
    you just stay at home?” That’s really a good question because, man,
    I could fish in rain, I could fish in cold, I could fish in heat. But man, when it is windy out, that wears
    you out sometimes for a lot of reasons. It’s hard to control the boat. It’s hard to cast. It’s hard to control your presentation. Really other than having an extreme windy
    condition where it’s not safe out, there is adage to, a saying, “The wind is a fisherman’s
    friend.” It actually can be a good thing for several
    reasons and I’m just going to hit a few of them. One of them is that it breaks up the light
    penetration and when that happens bass tend to roam more freely. They tend to be more aggressive and it conceals
    and kind of camouflages your lure a little bit more. So, for example, if you’re fishing the spinnerbait,
    it makes it look a little more lively, more realistic and the bass are more apt to hit
    it. So that’s number one. And another reason is, the water can be oxygenated
    more with wind. Especially if you’re fishing, say, in the
    summertime when the water temperatures are really high and the water has less of capability
    of holding dissolved oxygen, you get a lot of wind and it’ll churn up that surface and
    it’ll get some oxygen going and that will get the whole food chain going. Bass will move up shallower and they’ll feed
    on those baitfish that are moving up shallow feeding upon all the plankton in all the algae
    that’s been worked free from the waves and the wind. Wind also, if it’s been blowing a consistent
    direction for quite a while, at least several hours, it can produce some amount of current,
    not a ton but a little bit of current is better than none and bass will set up on those breakpoints. If you’ve got, say, for example, bridge pilings
    or you’ve got a point and the winds going across the point or those chokepoints where
    there’s narrow areas that the water can get through with the winds blowing right down
    through it, bass will set up on those areas and will ambush whatever lure you bring by. Also, wind can turn on areas where typically
    they’re not productive. I have a spot on a lake that I fish, it’s
    a stretch of rip rap. The water’s really clear and typically when
    you go through there with crankbaits, jigs or drop shots, what have you, you pick up
    a couple of fish here and there but it’s not all that productive. However, I’ve learned when the wind picks
    up and it’s anything over say 12,13 miles an hour, the stronger the better and is blowing
    right up against that rip rap, man, I run to that spot because I’ve had days where I’m
    catching literally every cast, every single cast with crankbaits. It’s a bonanza. I’ll catch 25, 30 fish in a matter of 45 minutes. So wind can really turn on an area that way. Wind also can create mud lines. If it’s hitting the shoreline, you’ve probably
    noticed this with a lot of wind in areas that have this loose topsoil, you’ll find this
    mud that comes out five, six feet, maybe more off the shoreline. Well, the fish will use that mud line just
    like it would a weed line. They’ll conceal themselves right inside that
    muddy water and then they’ll jump out and hit any baitfish that happen by. So if you fish that mud line, you can get
    really productive results. So wind can be really productive. It can really help you fish areas that otherwise
    are not productive or can turn a non-productive day into a fishing bonanza. Just be safe out there. If you don’t feel comfortable out there, you
    feel like you’re in danger, get off that water. Fishing is supposed to be fun guys, so don’t
    risk your life just to catch a few fish. All right. That’s it for today’s questions. If I didn’t get to yours, don’t worry, we’re
    going to do a lot more in the weeks to come. And if you have any questions that you’ve
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