Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I chose this "Fishin' Heel" because it has feathers. Therefore, although you might get stuck in the mud...if you lose your "lure tail" you can just pluck a few feathers off your shoe and quickly get back to it!!!!
Next A Lovely Christian Louboutin...
I chose this shoe, because it is snake skin...therefore, it obviously belongs in the outdoors. PLUS, I think the poof of a flower on the top of the foot would accessorize my black rain Cabela's rain pants quite nicely ;)
Third in line is the Adorable Jimmy Choo...
Hey...I figure if this chick can change a tire in these heels while her Manfriend looks on, fishing in 'em should be a freakin' breeze ;)
Christian Dior Strappy Sandals in a lovely ORANGE HAMMER COLOR...
I think this color is GREAT for early spring PIKE catchin'...SOOOOO why not wear shoes that match your lure!! As an added bonus, these heels also appear to be made from bright orange fishing wire...and have really interesting heels that could most likely be broken into parts in the sad case that your reels break down...LOL ;)
And last but not least...another pair of LOVELY Christian Louboutins...
Now...I just picked these cause they are pretty AND because they remind me of my tiara which is also NOT practical to wear while fishing...BUT HEY...who says fishing gear needs to be practical...I mean besides mother nature...and fishing experts...and anyone who knows anything about fishing...LOL :)
LOL!!! Have a great day all!!! I am going shopping for shoes...that match my lures!!!
Happy Spring ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
**DISCLAIMER: LOL...In case you didn't catch the joking tone of my post, I WAS, in fact, just joking and being silly. I DO NOT fish in heels...and didn't want my street cred ruined by a silly post LOL ;)
HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!! Okay so now I wanna see all of YOUR covers!!! Just go to http://www.magmypic.com/ and upload a photo!! Then pick which "FAKE" magazine you wanna be on the cover of and waaaaaaaaaaaaaalaaaaaaaaaa...YOU can be a covermodel!!!!
This is sooooo much fun to do...or maybe it was just me cause you know...I always kinda wanted to land the cover of a magazine...preferably VOGUE...or In-Fisherman...LOL ;) They are sooooo similiar you know...LOL ;)
So get to it!! Go Mag yourself onto the Cover of a magazine then blog about it and show me what YOU got!!! Also leave me a comment and tell me which MAGAZINE you DREAM about landing a cover shot with!!!!
HAVE FUN...cause that is what life is REALLY all about!! Sometimes with all our stresses we forget that you have to enjoy the little things that make life HAPPY!!
Happy Cover-Modeling ;)
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I may still change my mind...and I am DEFINITELY keeping all of these lure in my tackle box for my Spring Pike trip!! I keep hearing great things about the pink from folks that have fished Lake Waskiaowaka, and I trust my readers aren't steering me down the wrong lure path (like some boat mates have in the past...LOL)!!!!
It was just a beautiful day, and I spent it outside. I won't lie...it wasn't the greatest of days to spend inside painting lures. I still have to paint my custom generic colored lures and slap on a couple of coats on the old Orange Hammers I have that have had the paint eaten off my MONSTERS ;)
We all know this Fisherbabe loves her pink stuff...but as I have said before, sometimes being pink just isn't enough!!! The lures have to catch great fish, the rods have to stand up to MONSTER pulls and tugs, and the rain gear absolutely has to keep me dry!!! I will take sturdy gear that I can trust in ANY color over PINK CRAP that breaks down or doesn't work anyday!!! LOL ;)
I will report back on how these pink lures do this year!!! I am particularly excited about the Spinners (since Mike's email suggested the gold/bleeding red one) and spinners are first on Dunlops list of prefered lures for early pike. BUT...who knows...maybe the PINK five of diamonds will knock my socks off!!!! Here's hopin'...
Happy Sunny Days To All~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
As you can see, these lures were REALLY effective last year!! I really need to slap a new coat of paint on these babies...they have seen better days!!! But a picture is worth a thousand words, and these lures were ALL BRAND NEW when I started fishing on my Pike trip last May!!!
The next lure I will be keeping in my tackle box is the generic from Cabelas. In addition, I will need to paint a few generic colored RED-EYES to take along. Last year, I had three fish on three different lures and bad steel leaders led to the loss of ALL of them!!! I, personally, think that I got a few bad packages...but it might be nice to hear a few suggestions for better leaders...LOL :)
The next thing I am going to purchase are a few of these #6 Blue Fox Vibrax in Gold/Bleeding Red. I have a huge collection of these from our Salmon Fishing trip a couple of years ago, but none in this color. I received an email from a reader a few months ago (Hi MIKE!!), and he suggested this lure. Then I checked Dunlop's site, and they were listed as the #1 on there, as well. Can't beat Mike's statistics he included in his email...so I am going to give them a try!!!
Of course...I cannot go without my Johnson's Silver Minnow. This particular one I have painted the generic colors...I am still trying to figure out how to paint one orange hammered color. I, also, always take a few silver colored ones, too!!!! This weedless lure is great for maneuvering through the weeds. As you can see in the picture below...that little bar makes this lure super awesome in the weeds!!! I might just say WEEDS one more time....WEEEEEEDS!!! LOL...I think this rain/sludge/snow is making me giddy... ;)
In addition to all of these lures, I will be throwing in a few others as well. My email friend, Mike, said to throw in some lipless Rat-L Traps and that the Pike were really hitting the color PINK. They must know I am coming eh???? LOL...the Dunlop's website says to make sure you bring along some Mepps. I have a few of those in my box already!!!
My super awesome bloggy friend Joe, over at www.wolfwaters.blogspot.com, sent me a lure from Lucky Craft that I am super excited to try out. So that will be going along, as well!!! Not to mention, a few more jigs to keep me busy with the walleye!!!
Oh Man...I just cannot wait for this trip!!! I am seriously getting super excited just thinking about it...As a matter of fact, I think tonight is the perfect night to spool up my reels and re-organize my tackle box. This way...I will be perfectly ready for a great trip to CABELA'S THIS WEEKEND!!!
So please...Cabela's...will you PLEASE put out some extra orange hammers for me??? I promise I will buy them all...LOL ")
Happy Fishing ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
Thursday, March 18, 2010
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
"A United States framework for policy coordination of efforts to improve stewardship of the oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes...."
"An implementation strategy that identifies and prioritizes a set of objectives the United States should pursue to meet the objectives of a national policy for the oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes."
The memorandum gave the task force 180 days to address the following:
Additionally, the interim report set out this "vision" for the future of our aquatic resources:
"An America whose stewardship ensures that the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are healthy and resilient, safe and productive, and understood and treasured so as to promote the well-being, prosperity, and security of present and future generations."
The report then goes on to say the following:
"America is intricately connected to and directly reliant on the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. Each of us – whether living and working in the country’s heartland or along its coasts – affects and is affected by these places. Their beauty inspires us, and their bounty contributes to our national well-being and security...With over 95,000 miles of coastline and the largest exclusive economic zone in the world, our Nation benefits from a wealth of goods and services derived from the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. They provide food, fresh water, minerals, energy, and other natural resources and ecological benefits. They support tens of millions of jobs, and are a source of recreation...."
"Along many areas of our coasts and within the Great Lakes, biological diversity is in decline due to overfishing, introduction of invasive species, and loss and degradation of essential habitats from coastal development and associated human activities. The introduction of non-native species can carry significant ecological and economic costs...."
Additionally, the task force set out some objectives for the new regulations. The following are some examples:
- Support sustainable, safe, secure, and productive uses of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes.
Respect and preserve our Nation’s maritime heritage, including our social, cultural, and historical values.
Although this is not the report in its entirety, these are some key parts that I think probably contributed to the "fishing ban" rumors. These key parts should also clue a person into the falsity of such a rumor. I did read the full report, and nowhere did I see it state that a complete ban of ALL FISHING should be enacted. What I did see, however, is a government who is noticing that there have been some factors in recent years that have been very detrimental to our aquatic resources as a whole. Though some people do not want to acknowledge or face the truth, the government is not wrong in addressing these concerns. For example, the introduction of Zebra Mussels in North American fisheries have caused millions...yes millions...of dollars in damage to the Great Lakes Region alone. Economic damage is not the only concern, however, with these unwanted intruders. The introduction of Zebra Mussels threaten to disrupt aquatic communities throughout most of North America.
On top of these types of alien introductions to our aquatic systems, the industry of commercial fishing is a hot topic for regulation these days, as well. Commercial fishing is an industry that is in full force all over the world. In our country alone, commercial fishing is one of the oldest industries known. On the upside, it has given many people a chance to make an income, feed families, and to make a go at the "American" dream. On the downside, however, some commercial fishing practices have seriously decreased our numbers of certain types of fish. Please note that I put practices in bold for a reason. I am not against the industry nor do I feel that the commercial fishing industry as a whole is to blame. However, some practices that are utilized by some in the industry could be partly to blame for the decline.
Christine Glunz, spokeswoman for the Council on Environmental Quality, gave this statement to FOXnews on Wednesday, "These draft reports are not map-drawing exercises, they do not contain a zoning plan and they do not establish any restrictions on recreational fishing or on public access, nor make any judgments about whether one ocean activity or use is better than another." She also stated, "the task force "sincerely appreciates" the conservation efforts of recreational fishermen and women, and it believes their continued enjoyment of that activity is "critical to the economic, social and cultural fabric" of the United States. In fact, one of our main goals is to ensure healthier ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, which will benefit all recreational activities and the communities and economies that rely on them."
I would advise that anglers keep in mind the reasons why the government might have deemed it necessary to examine the state of our aquatic resources at this time. I cannot disagree with a plan to put forth some new regulations to ensure the preservation and quality of such resources for us, our children, and future generations.
We should also remember that there was another President who did much the same thing in the early 1900's. Teddy Roosevelt, an avid hunter and conservationalist, saw a great need to preserve some of our nation's land as "wild and natural" for future generations. Because humans were expanding and growing so rapidly into the new frontier, the land in its natural state was being destroyed. Therefore, regulations had to be put into place to protect and nurture part of our nation in its original, wild state. President Roosevelt understood that, without regulation, neither the land, nor the beautiful lessons that it can teach us, would be there for future generations to enjoy.
I am not concerned about my hobby being yanked away from me by the goverment...at least not at the present time. It is pretty clear to me that the "complete fishing ban" rumor is based on a complete misunderstanding of the new task force recommendations. I am aware that many people will disagree with me on the topic and that many people are very much up in arms about the new policies being suggested. However, all I am asking is that before you jump to conclusions or make rash judgments or trust the opinions of others, find out the facts for yourself. Do your research!!! You just cannot formulate a sound, reasonable opinion without having the facts.
And this goes double for reputable news agencies and news sources from which much of our knowledge as a society is derived. Shame on you (and you know who you are) for propogating a rumor that has absolutely no factual basis and for transmitting such material in a way that is so outrageously irresponsible and reckless.
These types of issues may not be quite as important to the media as say...some out-of-control celebrity's latest antics or who will go first in the NFL draft next month, but these are issues that many Americans hold near and dear to thier hearts. Fishing is not only a recreational activity, but is a passion which cannot be described in words. It is a love affair with nature which holds your heart forever. It is a lifestyle that breathes into every angler a fresh, positive outlook with every new lake, and puts forth into the world a renewed energy with each changing season.
To you it may just be an obscure sport for which you can find no reason to waste time finding the truth...but to US, to this nation's anglers...it is our soul.
Happy Fishing (for many years to come!!!) ~
LIZZY aka The FisherbabeIf you would like to read up on some of the happenings (with both the government and fellow angers), quite a bit more information can be found by going to http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/featureIndex?page=angling_for_access_archive_Angling%20For%20Access%20News%20Archive
**Sources used for information in this post:
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I think I look pretty snazzy in my wickedly awesome 80's ski coat. However, my new sleek, black spider jacket is pretty kick a**!!! There's no fishing on this trip...but there will be sooooon!!
YIIIIIIIIIPPPEEEEEEE...I just can't wait. Now...if you'll excuse me...I definitely need to go pack my tiara~!! ;)
Happy FABULOUS Outdoor Fun ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
Monday, March 8, 2010
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Saturday, March 6, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Stingray City!!!! Apparently..there is a whoooooole city of stingrays that swim around your legs and suck squid out of your hand...YIPPPPEEEE ~ I can't wait. It sounds amazing to me!!! They are such beautiful creatures!!!
The next place we are visiting that I am incredibly excited about is Isla Roatan, Honduras. I hear this little island has the ABSOLUTE BEST snorkeling in the world. And look...
isn't it beautiful. A lot of the excursions that are offered on cruise ships are lovely BUT expensive. So I always look for things to do that are safe and fun but NOT offered by the cruise ship. Apparently, Isla Roatan has a gorgeous butterfly sanctuary that only costs $5 US dollars to enter and you can take a bus there from the pier for a mere $.80 US cents. So, for a lovely $5.80 US dollars, we can see butterflies like this...
and have them float around your head and land in your hair!!! WOOT WOOT!!! It doesn't get better than butterflies dancing around you in one of the most beautiful places on earth!!!
Belize City is another stop on our lovely trip. Although I have ALWAYS ALWAYS wanted to visit Belize, this ship docks in Belize City. Now, I am sure Belize City is lovely, but it is a city and I love the islands. I still have to do some more research on this location, but the one thing I really hope to do someday is to take a helicopter ride over the Blue Hole. Pretty amazing right???
So this is how I am battling the 30 year blues. I think adding a 30 year old PAR-TAY to the mix would be super and give me something to look forward to instead of dreading that day!! Have any of you visited any of these places?? I would love some suggestions on where to visit and what to do while I am there!!! I would especially love some information on Belize City. I feel like I am being unfair to this place because I can't find any great information on it in my guide books. If you have visited Belize City, please leave a comment and tell me how wonderful it is!!!
I am slowly but surely realizing that my life has been pretty extraordinary for being only 30 years old. Perhaps the key to understanding how to deal with 30 is realizing that I am a very lucky girl to get to travel to all these amazing places with such amazing people!! I certainly have a lot to be thankful for!!
Besides, I am starting to think that 30 is absolutely the hottest and funnest age of all...at least, until I turn 31 that is ;)
Happy Fishing ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe