Outdoor extras, including a tip on archery practice

Posted on: July 17, 2019 | Bob Frye | Comments

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Lure of the week

Lure name: Dartspin

Company: A Band of Anglers (https://abandofanglers.com)

Lure type: Soft plastic

Archery practice is important.


Sizes and colors: Available in a 5.5-inch model in 18 colors, including black ‘n blue, green pepper, solid pearl, purple pearly, glow, copper mine and see-through clear gold.

Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, striped bass and other species, including saltwater varieties.

Technique: The Dartspin is a soft bait with a twist. Its minnow-shaped body has a blade in its tail. It can, the manufacturer says, be fished on a weedless hook, jig head, dropshot rig, Carolina or Texas rigged, or retrieved on top (or deep) with a circle hook through its nose. The Dartspin can even be added as a trailer for bucktail jigs, bass jigs, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. The action it offers varies based on the technique, it seems. The body, meanwhile, is made of a durable plastic to resist tearing.

Sugg. retail price: $8 for a two-pack.

Notable: There’s a new version of this lure – which itself debuted in just 2018 – coming in 2020. A Band of Anglers announced it’s created a “Wormspin,” which as its name suggests is a soft plastic worm with a blade at the rear end.

Tip of the week

Archery hunting seasons are still months away, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to start getting ready. Now is the time to practice with your bow. Just don’t overdo it. Going into the back yard or to the range and shooting 50, 60, 70 arrows or more can hurt as much as help. Fatigue leads to bad habits that are hard to break. Instead, take a few less shots, but really concentrate on making each and every one of them your best, as if it was your chance at a deer in the fall.

Recipe of the week

Mexican walleye ceviche


  • 1 pound fresh walleye (or other white fish, like yellow perch), cooked
  • 2 limes
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ Serrano pepper, diced (and minus the seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • Salt, to taste
  • Tabasco sauce, to taste


Here’s a fun recipe from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that makes a great appetizer. And, once the fish is done, there’s no more cooking involved, so it’s easy to make.

Cook the walleyes in a light oil until flaky. Let cool.

When it’s ready, mix it and the cilantro, onion and peppers in a glass bowl. Coat with the lime juice.

Place that in the refrigerator and let cool for 15 minutes.

When you take it out, add salt and Tabasco to taste and serve with chips.


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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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