How to Get the Most Out of Fishing as Spring Begins 379

How to Get the Most Out of Fishing as Spring Begins

The article was written by Jorge Tinkleton.

If you’re an eager angler, winter can be a slog. You’ve probably read and reread all the angling magazines you have. You’ve tied enough flies to last for the next few seasons. Your tackles are insanely well organized, and your fishing supplies have never been so pristine. All the equipment that’s proved useless has now been donated, and you’re eagerly awaiting the new fishing season.

With spring just around the corner, we know you, like us, will be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to fish in more hospitable conditions again (although, not much more).

Here’s our quick guide on how to get the best out of your fishing, in a season which offers versatile weather conditions and its own unique challenges.

1. Expect Cold Water.

Snow melting makes us eager to get out on open water with our rod, tackle and bait. However, the result of the changing seasons can have different effects on the water, depending on what region you live in.

Be prepared for any open water at this time of year to be cold. Winter has just ended, and it is guaranteed that snow and ice from higher ground will have run into it. That also means that the water may be higher than you’d experience in the summer or autumn.

You’ll need to make sure you’re wearing layers on layers and that your bib and shell jacket are highly insulated to mediate some of the damage the cold can do.

But this freezing water doesn’t mean the fishing won’t be good. With the right techniques, you can catch some of the biggest fish at this time in the spring season.

2. Prepare for Diverse Weather.

We’ve already discussed that the water will be colder in early spring. In addition, you need to prepare for the diverse weather, which poses another challenge.

Obviously, if it snows, it may be best to pack up and go home, but rain won’t stop your fishing if you’re determined. To fish well in these diverse conditions make sure you have the right gear. It comes down to good, protective layers again. Don’t forget picking up some good fishing sunglasses for those days when it’s surprisingly bright. A high-quality pair should last for years.

3. Use Tricks to Get Your Fish.

No, it isn’t the purest way to fish, but save patience alone for other seasons. If you want to actually come home with a catch in early spring, be prepared to bend the rules a little to get some fish.

The water which has run from snow will most probably be quite dirty. You need to increase both the visibility and smell of your bait in order to catch more fish.

Now is the time when even purists put attractants on the lures, even if they don’t the rest of the year. Smelly jelly works a treat, as does a lure enhancer that rolls on like a chapstick. The benefit of the latter is that it won’t make your bag or car smell bad.

Using something like a shiny spinner blade can make all the difference too. The sparkliness will pique the curiosity of the fish and attract their attention.

Something as simple as replacing the rear hook with a spinner blade can make the difference between going home with fish or leaving empty-handed.

4. Go for Crappies.

Stay on the right side of the law and don’t start your game fishing until early May. Of course, the legality of game fishing varies from region to region, but most prohibit game fishing until later in the spring.

However, not going for game doesn’t mean you’ll have nothing to fish. If you want to get fishing sooner, go for a fish like crappies.

Often after winter’s thaw, crappies are the first fish you can go for. Although fishing crappies lacks the excitement of bigger game fishing – don’t expect a tussle with these fish – doing it in early spring offers some of the most consistent rewards of any fishing season.

Want to know what’s the most attractive feature of crappies by our count?

They are absolutely delicious.

What other tips do you have to make the most out of fishing?

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The 3 Main Types of Permanent Hair Removal: Which One Is Best for You 54

Which Type of Permanent Hair Removal Is Best for Me?

Rates of people seeking permanent hair removal solutions in the past decade have shot up – and that goes for women and men.

There are three main types of permanent hair removal readily available at most good clinics, which are:

  • Laser
  • IPL
  • Electrolysis

The question is, what are the differences and which type of hair removal will suit you the most?

Some are more painful than others, while some have a higher success rate at keeping hair completely at bay than other kinds.

Whichever method you go for, you can be sure that they are all much more effective with less annoying side effects than shaving, plucking, using hair removal cream, or waxing.

Without further ado, read on for an explanation into the differences, pros and cons of each permanent hair removal method so you can make an informed choice about which solution you want to go for.


Laser hair removal is the most popular and well-known kind of permanent hair removal – but is it the best?

Generally, laser works great for pale-skinned clients with dark hair who want to reduce the unwanted hair on their upper lip, armpits and bikini line, but can also be used on other areas. It doesn’t work very well on dark-skinned or light-haired people.

Laser removal usually takes 4-6 sessions to achieve complete hair eradication but could require more or less. These sessions are recommended to be spaced at a month to six weeks apart, so full treatment can take up the best part of a year.

As with most types of ‘permanent’ hair removal, that is not really the case. It will significantly reduce unwanted hair but cannot be relied on to completely banish the hair for life. Ongoing sessions will be required to keep all hair at bay.

The good news is that laser shouldn’t hurt the patient too much – it feels like a series of elastic bands snapping at the skin. Most patients report significant hair reduction and are very happy with the results.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

IPL works largely in the same way as laser hair removal but uses many more wavelengths to target and kill hair roots. Making each session effectively better at reducing hair growth.

A low dose of IPL continuously shoots deep into the hair follicle, which gets absorbed by the hair papilla pigment. This decomposes and shrinks each hair before it can erupt, significantly impeding hair growth.

This form of treatment is said by some to be more painful than laser – but independent practitioners have developed ways in which to dramatically reduce pain. Hairfreedom Centres in Australia have created a unique cooling system built into their IPL hair removal handsets which immediately creates a numbing sensation along with the light therapy to ensure patients feel little to no pain during the procedure.

How many sessions you need depends on your hair thickness and size of the target area. Armpits, for instance, take around 6 sessions, while bikini line usually takes up to 8. Expect noticeably reduced hair growth from the first session.


Electrolysis is billed as a progressive treatment to permanently get rid of unwanted hair. It’s a rapid form of hair removal, with treatments delivering tiny pulses of current as little as one-thousandth of a second in length directly into the skin to target hair follicles before they can develop. It is effective on any area of the body.

Depending on the size of the area of treatment, electrolysis sessions usually take up to 45 minutes, but ‘touch up sessions’ can be as quick as 15-20 minutes in the clinic.

Electrolysis can be a better solution because it produces more permanent results than laser and works on all hair colors, not just dark hair. As with most forms of hair removal, it is not pain-free, but not unbearable. Your technician will work at a pace suited to you and your pain threshold.

Getting Treatment

Whichever type sounds best-suited to you, make sure you go to a licensed clinic with fully trained technicians in your chosen hair removal method.