Outdoor extras, including a new lightweight backpack

Posted on: April 15, 2019 | Bob Frye | Comments

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Gear of the week

Gear name: Beast28

Company: Matador (https://www.everybodyshops.com/matador-beast28-packable-backpack.html)

Gear type: Backpack

A lightweight backpack makes for easy hiking.

Beast28

Product description: It doesn’t matter what type of gear it is you’re talking about. It’s only good if you actually use it. And let’s face it, sometimes, if gear is too bulky or heavy, it gets left at home. That’s not the case here. The Beast28 is a lightweight backpack with some size to it – capable of holding 28 liters of stuff – that’s folds down tiny. That makes it perfect for carrying in your car or truck so that it’s available for not only planned, but also impromptu adventures. It’s made of ripstop, water resistant nylon and features waist and sternum straps to make it comfortable to wear, even full. It has one big compartment – it opens via the lid on top – and a smaller stash pocket, as well as gear loops and daisy chains for attaching additional equipment. Compression straps keep everything secure.

Available options: This backpack will accommodate most hydration bladders. It is stitched to allow access for routing bladder hoses.

Suggested retail price: $89.99.

Notable: Empty, this pack weighs just 1.14 pounds. It measures 13 by 20 inches..

Tip of the week

Rain can stain a normally clear waterway fairly quickly. You can still catch fish in those conditions, but you have to adapt. Generally speaking, in muddy water, fish dark-colored lures rather than lighter ones. Fish slow, too, around structure in shallow water. And lastly, cast repeatedly to such places, perhaps with a lure than offers something in the way of sound, to catch fish that might be having a hard time locating your bait or lure visibly.

Recipe of the week

Cajun panfish

Ingredients

  • 1 pound panfish fillets
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  •  teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup yellow corn meal
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

Directions

This is a recipe that’s easy to make – total time is less than 30 minutes – yet oh so good, especially if you catch a mess of bluegills or crappies.

Fillet and dry the fish to start.

Next, make yourself an assembly line of sorts. Place ½ cup of the flour in a shallow dish. Mix the milk and egg in a small bowl. Finally, mix the corn meal, remaining 1 cup of flour, onion, garlic, paprika, parsley, oregano, cayenne, salt and pepper in a third dish.

Line those dishes and bowls up.

Roll each fillet in the flour, then dip it in the milk/egg wash, then coat it with the spice mix.

Cook the fish in hot oil – at about 375 degrees – until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels than enjoy.

 

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Bob Frye is the everybodyadventures.com editor. Reach him at 412-838-5148 or bfrye@535mediallc.com. See other stories, blogs, videos and more at everybodyadventures.com.

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Bob Frye is a storyteller with a passion for all things outdoors. He hunts, he fishes, he hikes, he camps, he paddles, backpacks and snowshoes depending on the season. If he’s not an expert at anything, it’s because he’s passionate to try a little bit of everything.