How high can a bass really jump?

Once a bass is hooked the war begins. Its important to pull back swiftly, as pulling too hard would cause the hook to slip out. When the bass jumps out of the water, rattling his mouth, trying to get the hook out is when the real excitement begins. Here is an interesting question: how high can a bass actually jump?  Usually, they get about a foot or so off of the water, but I observed what seemed like the Guinness Book of World record bass jump.

I was out on a boat with my buddy Dylan Lemcke in Haines City
, our usual fishing spot up a little creek. The same lake and spot as the other blog post I wrote. Anyways, we had been out there since 7 in the morning trying all types of bass fishing techniques with no luck. Crank baits is usually our go-to lure but this particular day they were not working for us. Finally, we got fed up with crank baits and decided to use fake night crawler on a Texas rig. Dylan was very skeptical of my techniques and choosing that lure but sure enough it worked.

The Bass war was on

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Jumping Bass

The war was on. Tugging, pulling, and hanging on for dear life… hoping that I did not lose this bass. Even though this is a fisherman’s story, I am not exaggerating. This bass had so much strength in him that it felt as if it was a 15 pounder. Sure enough, I was way off. It was still a pretty good size bass, ranging from 12 to 15 inches long and weighing about 3-5 pounds. I would have gotten a picture of it and posted it here, but this is were things went south.

Dylan decided that since we did not have a live well on the boat, we should bring a 5 gallon bucked to place the bass in. Our senseless logic behind it: there isn’t any. The bucket did not have a lid,  however we supposed placing the bass in the bucket with water would work.  While I had the bass in hand, Dylan stretched out over the side of the boat to fill the bucket with water. It did not take long for me to come to my senses and realize this situation would not turn out well. Regardless, Dylan grabbed a hold of the bass and placed it face down inside the bucket.

As soon as I begin to tell Dylan, “I bet you that this fish is going to jump…”, the bass turned itself around and swung his tail, propelling it out of the bucket. The Guinness Book of world record bass jump was about 4 feet into the air, over the rail and right back into the water. I could not begin to describe the amount of regret that came over me for letting that bass get away. I will make sure that we never again improvise on where we place bass, especially in 5 gallon buckets.This simply is my story about the one Bass that got away. What is yours?

 

Does a bear s*** in the woods?

Being woken up on a Saturday morning, especially when you plan on sleeping until the afternoon, is the worst thing anybody can do to me.  This particular day, it was not one of my roommates, it was not parents, or even my crazy aunt with a vacuum cleaner. Simply one of the most scary/exciting hunting moment was looking out my window and seeing a black bear going through our barbecue grill. Also to make facts even more terrifying is our living room door was wide open.

I was living in Seattle, Washington in the year 2014. At this time in my life, I was not living near the city, I was living near farms and pumpkin patches as well as  one of Washington state’s natural reserve. I had seen coyotes, a wolf, deer, and pretty much all the animals you would see in the Northwest woods.  I spent time in WA state  from September till May and all the Bears were in hibernation at the time, so hunting was not an option. It was a particular time of year to start seeing them waking up from their nap.

I was living with roommates for a Bible school, but they had left the house and gone to the church building. I was all alone in the house with nothing to protect myself in case that bear got inside the house. Luckily,he was more interested in the barbecue grill than me, leaving him blindsided to me opening the window along with my hunting compound bow,

Before you judge me for  hunting a black bear, please read Washington State laws against bears. You would see that if they come around your property a few times, they pose a threat to human population. You either take care of it yourself or you call authorities to do it. Also,those vegetarians or vegans,yes I do eat bear meat and it taste so good.

One thing that I did not think of is, that shooting a bear with a  hunting compound bow which means an arrow would go through the bear, is that a bear still has the strength to run about 100 to 400 yards . Turns out, I  waited over an hour to get some help from my roommates to go looking for the bear,which also gave  me time to make sure that it was not alive when we got there. That would’ve been bad. Dragging it across about 100 yards through the woods, bushes, tree trunks that had fallen over was not a fun experience. But the bear was not a full-grown bear it was a younger male  about his 20s sort of say.

I’m sure that it was not the ideal hunting trip, but its like ordering Domino’s. Except your pizza is a 400 lbs black bear. Looking at it now, the bear was just hungry and looking for food, but then again my pizza came just in time.  I’ve heard many stories about planned hunting trips and sometimes things don’t go as planned. In my case, i couldn’t be more pleased with experience.

 

The struggle is REEL; Bass fishing

Waking up at 4:45 in the morning, in 45 degree  weather, to drive over an hour to a friend’s house, getting on the boat, but yet still have that fear in the back of your mind that you will  not catch a single bass. To me, bass are the most particular fish in picking their food for the day. Some days you can catch them on rubber worms, other days it seems like they just will not bite anything.

Maybe you’re better bass fisherman then I am or just have better luck, but I’ve only caught six bass in my life and only two were decent size.  Some days, I will throw crank baits and all morning from 7 AM till 10:30 AM and nothing.

There were four of us fishing all morning with crank baits, all of us getting tired of just basically dipping your bait in water. At a split second, it all changed when a bass just decides to jump out at the bait, totally catching us by surprise. Amazed on how big bass can really get because of our lack of experience in catching bass.

I thought to myself  it was because I said a little rhyme or a saying that “just wait, there’s going to be a life changing  second where the fish will start biting and we are all going to catch bass”.

Once reeling this Bass in, it was the fight of my life. I can’t imagine the sickening feeling i would have felt  if i had lost this bass.  I will put a video of this experience that was caught on a go-pro , just forgive me for having very strong language in the video. It really was an incredible day.

I have been out there again, about four more times after and three of those times it was a total bust. {leave a comment} and give me a  suggestion, or some insight if you’ve caught bass in your life and had success at it,. I still have hope that I will become a better bass fisherman one day at a time.

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7 tips about writing an eye-opening blog.

Creating Eye-Catching Blog Posts in 7 Easy Ways!

maxresdefault.jpgIf you know any one thing about the world of blogging, it’s probably that it has become an extremely competitive domain. Anyone has the ability to start a blog, but what does it take to make an appealing one? Check out the seven quick tips which will help you create blog posts that people will actually want to read.

It’s All in the Title

When people first come to your page, they are going to see the title before anything else. Make it something catchy and appealing. Do not give away so much information that people can tell what has happened without reading your entire article. And never exaggerate or misrepresent the content – this only leads to headaches down the road. Instead, add a little bit of mystery, so that the audience really wants to read to discover what has occurred.

Start with a Quotation

People often like to read texts with which they can relate to and feel comfortable. Starting off with a quotation from a favorite literary figure or a person who is well-known in the public eye is often a smart idea. Individuals often look up to public figures. If your content can relate to their quotation or if your content creates some kind of controversy, then your readers will be more interested to read your stuff.

Breaking it Down

Readers are most likely going to be overwhelmed if they come onto your page and are greeted with an overwhelming amount of text. Blog readers want to feel as though they are reading a comfortable magazine, newspaper or a short novel that has breaks between the paragraphs and chapters. Adding subheadings to your work is an excellent idea. They should be brief, compelling and suggestive. Maybe one of your readers just needs to find some information quickly. By providing subheadings, you are allowing him or her to accomplish the task and encouraging the reader to consider your site as a reliable source of information. People want solution so the simpler the better.

Use Some Humor

Who doesn’t love to laugh? Chances are, you are one of the many people who feel the need for a little bit of comedic relief at the end of a long day. You should try to infuse humorous components into your writing whenever you think it’s appropriate. Maybe you are not naturally funny and have trouble coming up with witticisms or even using sarcasm to get your point across. If this is the case, look for some funny cartoons or talk about a funny scene you saw in a television program. Post YouTube clips or Buzzfeed GIFs for added laughs – have them do the work for you (as long as you give credit where credit’s due).

Talk to Readers

You also want the readers to know that your blog is intended for them. For example, in at least 20% of your posts, refer to comments that the readers have left you, and address the issues raised in them. You could also ask a particular question taken from the readers and ask that they respond to it in the comments section. This is a good way to get them to engage with each other and add value to the community.

Tone

Any web-editor will tell you that the content you create, whether it is a story, review or news piece, it needs to have the right tone. 90% of the time, you should write as conversationally as possible. Unless you’re writing for a scholarly audience or very targeted health care niche, you want as many readers to be able to relate to you as possible. Avoid spelling out words you can contract. Yes, you’ve probably been told your whole life to never write “can’t” – but this isn’t a term paper – it’s a blog! Trust me, readers will respond positively to this. A blog is personal so be personable.

Brevity

You should also be as brief as possible. Avoid wordiness, passive voice, jargons etc – all this will do is turn off readers, whether they realize it or not. This goes hand in hand with contractions, but this is even more important, because there are many instances where “cannot” or “do not” might flow smoothly with what you’re writing. However, passive voice hardly ever will – it just sounds awkward and immature, quite frankly.

Variety

Avoid writing about the same things over and over again. Even if your entire blog is dedicated to a very small niche, remember that you need to frame your content so that it at least suggests variety. Also remember the importance of variety in your word usage. Avoid using the same verbs over and over again, and steer clear of simple verbs. Be sure to use ample adverbs, but don’t overdo it either – especially at the beginnings of paragraphs, where they often act as transitions. Less than half of your paragraphs should start with “so”, “actually,” “however,” “anyway”, etc.

At the end of the day, creating good content comes down to writing about what you care about. If you’re just creating a bunch of BS you don’t care about, your blog will go nowhere. Write about what you’re passionate about, never be afraid to try something new, and take action – and you will be creating attractive blog posts in no time. Let me know what you think about this.

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Search Engine Optimization

SEO? Keys to helping others find YOU!

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SEO can be really scary, whether you’re a new blogger or seasoned veteran.  SEO (search engine optimization) is one of the areas that IFB bloggers express the most concern, frustration, or lack of knowledge about.  You don’t have to be super knowledgeable about SEO in order for it to make an impact on your blog.

At the heart of SEO is this concept: what are internet users searching for and how can I help them find it on my site?  If you are styling an outfit with neon trends or buckled sandals, how can you help people find it?  Because if you’re writing about a topic, you want the people searching for it to find it! And that’s what SEO does: it helps people find it.

At the heart of SEO is this concept: what are internet users searching for and how can I help them find it on my site?

SEO is an area where, if you work smart, you can see an increase in traffic.

Make Sure Post Titles & Permalinks are Keyword Rich.

While you may want to name your post something clever, it helps to try and make your title clever, specificand concise.  Most Search Engines only pick up the first 60 characters (letters, symbols, and numbers) of a post, so keep your title within that length.

If you make your Post Title keyword rich, then your post permalink (or the url linking to the post) will be just as rich. If you’d like to change your permalink to have different keywords, here are instructions for changing your WordPress permalink and Blogger permalink.

Rename Images with Descriptive Words.

Before uploading your images to the internet (whether through Blogger and WordPress or to external sites like Flickr or Picasa), be sure to rename them.  This is typically as simple as double-clicking the title until it is highlighted, and then renaming the file. (Be sure to keep the correct file extension, whether it’s .gif or .jpg or something else!)

If your photo comes from you camera or phone and is named IMG_0135.jpg, people on the internet may not be able to find it (because why would they be searching for that?).  If you rename your photo from IMG_0135.jpg to ValentinoRockstudShoes.jpg, then people using search engines to find this style of shoe will come across your image and site. Easy!

Fill in IMG ALT Tags.

Last week I shared how to use the IMG ALT tags in your posts.  Similarly to renaming your images, adding a handful of descriptive and concise search terms can help search engines find your site images more easily and direct more readers to your site.  Since fashion is such a visual medium, use it to your advantage!  Just be sure not to use 50 terms, because the bots that search posts for keywords may see it as overcompensating and penalize it for you.  Shoot for 5-10 words or phrases, and don’t be too redundant!

Assign Categories and Tags Wisely!

Blog categories and tags create additional blog “slugs” (urls) for the given category or tag keyword.  Each time you place a post in the category or tag, search engines recognize that it has new content.  This is great, because search engines LOVE new content, and new content helps improve your rankings on websites.

Erica Miller suggests limiting your tags to 25 or less, so that you’re constantly creating new content in those tags.  Many sources online suggest that categories do not have a maximum limit, but that you should ensure that each category has approximately 10 or most posts in them, and that they are again, constantly being used and receiving new content.

Fill in Meta-Tags:

If you have a WordPress SEO plugin installed, there’s inevitably a box below your post that has the Meta Tags in them.  You’ll typically find these tags in your plugin, and here’s what information to put into each field.

  • Title: Keep your Meta Title under 60 characters, and make it SEO rich. If your title is keyword rich, use it; but if it’s not you can change it to contain different information
  • Description: This should stay under 160 characters and be a concise, yet descriptive paragraph of the blog post’s content
  • Keywords: These are keywords you would find in the post, or that are related to the post. These are best as phrases and not sentences.  Keywords for this post could include seo tips, the basics of seo, how to use seo, what are meta tags, how to use img alt tag.

These tips just touch the top of the iceberg when it comes to SEO, but they should be easy enough tips to help you learn and understand SEO better and help increase traffic for your site.  When I launched my new site, I used the following tips above and solely.  I very rarely promote the posts on my social media channels, but instead, rely significantly on SEO.  Within a few months of launching, I am regularly receiving 75-100 visitors a day.  It may not be a large number, it shows how quickly SEO can impact your traffic and how useful it is in growing your site.