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Lure of the week
Lure name: Rack-it
Company: Bandit Lures (https://www.banditlures.com/)
Lure type: Topwater
Sizes and colors: Available in a 2.75-inch, 5/8-ounce model in 12 colors, including pearl spatter back, red crawfish, chartreuse fleck, viral perch, Tennessee shad and bone orange belly.
Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Technique: This is a new-to-the-market squarebill crankbait meant to be fished through rocks and wood. The Rack-It has a molded-in squarebill shaved on the edges. That, together with the line tie point, means that it defelcts and bounces off cover at crazy angles, thereby attracting strikes by predatory fish. It will run six feet deep and has two size 4 treble hooks.
Sugg. retail price: $6.99.
Notable: This lure is meant to catch fish with sound as well as action. It has a rattle chamber inside its body made of butyrate. That’s a kind of plastic that the company says produces a different sound than pressured bass are used to hearing. The lure is also available at lurenet.com.
Tip of the week
August is National Shooting Sports Month, so hopefully you’re getting some trigger time in — and even inviting a newcomer to tag along. Safety while shooting is paramount, though. And that includes protecting your hearing. Be sure to always wear earmuffs when on the range. Better yet, wear soft foam ear plugs, then cover those with earmuffs. That doubles up on protection. I throw some extra ear plugs in my shooting bag so I never find myself at the range without at least something
Recipe of the week
Peanuty trail mix
- 1 cup unsalted peanuts
- 5 cups bite-sized shredded wheat cereal
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon honey
This is a good hiking snack mix that’s also perfect hiking for hunting, fishing and paddling outings. It’s provides some healthy energy in all cases.
Combine the shredded wheat cereal and peanuts in a bowl. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the peanut butter, honey and butter.
When it’s ready, drizzle that over the cereal and peanuts. Toss until everything is evenly coated.
Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool another 10 minutes, then mix in the raisins.
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