5 Tips for Grilling Fish

  1. Practice

Practice makes perfect, and the same goes for cooking fish. The more times you grill it, more comfortable you’ll get with it. It’s best to start with firm fishes like salmon and swordfish and the more comfortable you get, you can start experimenting with softer fish.

 

  1. Don’t Overdo It

Less is more when it comes to grilling fish. As appose to soaking it in the marinade overnight, like you would with other kinds of meats – opt for a garlic butter or plain butter with seasoning. This will prevent mushy textures. Less flavor, and avoiding overcooking is the best bet when it comes to grilling fish.

 

  1. Feed the Fire

High heat works well when grilling fish. It creates a crunchy texture on the fish making It extra delicious. A good rule of thumb – the thinner the steaks, the higher the heat should be.

 

  1. No Flip-Flopping

Fish is known for sticking, so the less you move it the better!

 

  1. Quick Finish

It’s always best to grill longer on one side than the other. Finishing it off on high heat when you flip sides is key for the perfect fillet.

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How to succeed at catching Bluegills

We all love casting out into the lake and reeling in a special treat in the heat of summer. As bluegills and sunfish grow, they become more difficult to catch, but thankfully Outdoor Life magazine has put together ten tips on how to be successful – no matter the size.

  1. Think Deep

Sunfish and Bluegill tend to settle in deep water for most of their lives where they are safe from panfish anglers. Focus on weedy areas and stable water conditions. Live bat and scented plastic is the way to go to catch these types of fish.

  1. Go off the Beaten Path

Don’t stick to what you know, go and explore areas that you wouldn’t normally explore. If you can opt for a paddle boat, canoe or kayak rather than a motorboat for even more success.

  1. Watch Your Weight

You don’t want to choose any bait that is too heavy that will fall to the lake’s surface too quickly. You want to give the fish the chance to see the bait and identify it as a source of food before it reaches the bottom.

  1. Keep it Fresh

The healthier and fresher your live bait is, the more likely you’ll be to catch a large bluegill or sunfish.

  1. Make Noise

Bluegill and sunfish love crayfish and they make noise. By mimicking this sound by spooling your reel with a thin line you will see an increase in catches from these creatures.

 

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How to Identify Different Trees

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Most people are confused regarding the differences between the Western Red Cedar and Eastern Red Cedar trees. The Western Red Cedar is also referred to as the Pacific Red Cedar, and the genus is Thuja. It is found mostly in the Pacific Northwest in the United States. It is located from sea level to an elevation of 7500 feet. Though it originates from the Pacific Northwest, there are imports in temperate climates such as Western Europe. Australia and New Zealand. This tree does not need much sunlight and can thrive in dense shade.

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Canadian Fishing Guide: Where and What to Fish

Fishing has long been a worldwide favorite sport and hobby that combines relaxation, nature, and the competition of catching something bigger and better. Canada offers many different fishing destinations, as proven by its reputation for high-quality fishing opportunities. While there are hundreds of destinations from coast to coast, here are four of Canada’s top fishing destinations.

Tree River

Located in the western section of the northern Nunavut Province, Tree River has been dubbed the best arctic char fishery in the world. The arctic char is a specific type of salmon that has a world-record catch of thirty-two pounds. If you’ve never seen one before, arctic char is extremely easy to identify with a mix of dark green and deep red and orange and blue spots. Fishing for this elusive salmon is an adventure sure to fascinate.


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The History of the Meat Industry

Meal planning is taught in school as early as 3rd grade. Students are shown an infographic that shows how much of each food category is needed on your plate each meal. From an early age we are taught what we need and how to get it but rarely do we focus on the years of evolution that led to the easy consumption of meat.

In the age of the caveman, communities relied on the strongest to hunt and provide food for all. At first, the hunters were equipped with sharpened sticks; as they evolved, they’re tools developed and hunting became less demanding.

However, by the early 1800s, the large buffalo, elk, and deer had been spread extremely thin. This lead to the development of European and British domesticated herds and flocks, such as pigs, sheep, and cattle, creating a more dependable food supply in the U.S. Ninety percent of the population lived on farms in 1800, compared to the two percent of today. Families would spend most of their time producing clothing, shelter, and food.


 

Originally published on ScottZies.com. Read more here

How to Identify Different Trees

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Most people are confused regarding the differences between the Western Red Cedar and Eastern Red Cedar trees. The Western Red Cedar is also referred to as the Pacific Red Cedar, and the genus is Thuja. It is found mostly in the Pacific Northwest in the United States. It is located from sea level to an elevation of 7500 feet. Though it originates from the Pacific Northwest, there are imports in temperate climates such as Western Europe. Australia and New Zealand. This tree does not need much sunlight and can thrive in dense shade.

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Though it seems everyone has heard the old rule about not pairing red meats with white wines and vice versa, there is another well-considered side to this story. While it’s true that lighter dishes such as Sole Meuniere should be accompanied by more delicate wines, and robust cabernets pair better with heartier meals, the meat alone should not be the deciding factor in every wine pairing decision. Read on for more information on how to alter these time-worn guidelines and achieve the perfect marriage of flavors with every meal.

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The Ideal Survival Kit

 

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A survival kit saves lives by providing tools and items necessary for rural and urban emergencies and the wilderness. The most critical items are flashlights, compasses, signal mirrors, wires, fire starters, knives, water purification tablets, saws, parachute cords, and fishing lines and hooks. There are different kinds of survival kits depending on the condition, terrain, and environment. A good example is a survival kit for a jungle safari must include mosquito netting, a gun, insect repellant and a snakebite kit.

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