Pop Can Fishing Challenge

A couple of years ago I made a video on how to catch a fish using a pop can.  Now you can catch a fish with a pop can and possibly win a prize as well!  For the month of June, we are doing a pop-can fishing challenge.  The winner of this contest will receive a brand new Shakespeare Contender rod and reel combo.  You can find more details on the product by clicking the following link: http://amzn.to/1LRPIYP

This contest is open to U.S. residents excluding those in Alaska and Hawaii.  You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. If you are a parent or guardian, you may have your child catch the fish and enter the contest in your name on their behalf. Just make note of that fact in the email you send me in step #4.

On July 1 or shortly thereafter, a winner will be selected by random drawing out of those who have successfully completed the following steps:

  1. Make a pop can fishing rig.  My video that shows how to do it is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZhhxSr1R-4
  2. Catch a fish with the pop can rig.  The fish must be at least six inches long and be of any species.
  3. Upload a video showing the catch to YouTube.  The video must be family-friendly, and at the beginning of the video you must mention this contest and the name of my channel (you may refer to it as either Great Cove Media or Great Cove Adventure Films).  It would also be helpful to link to my contest video in the description of your video, but that is optional.
  4. Finally, send me an email at bernardotech@gmail.com and give me a link to the video you uploaded.  I must receive this email on or before June 30, 2015.

A few other notes:

  • If I get a large response and lots of participants, I will likely be adding prizes so more people can win.  If I do this, I’ll make you aware of that in updates throughout the contest period. These updates will be in the form of videos posted on my YouTube Channel.
  • If the product to be used as a prize becomes unavailable from Amazon by the end of the contest, a similar replacement will be selected and shipped to the winner instead.
  • You participate at your own risk. Realize that performing an overhand cast with a pop can rig means the hook is flying past your head at close range.  I recommend using an underhand or side-armed throw instead.
  • I have an old-fashioned definition of family-friendly.  If your video contains objectionable language, people in skimpy clothing, or anything else that makes me uncomfortable watching it with my children, it will be disqualified.
  • The video you create needs to conform with YouTube’s terms of use and community guidelines.

That’s it!  If you have questions, leave them below.

Fishing Gear of 2015

I often get comments on my Youtube videos asking about my fishing gear. So I’ve decided to give you a run-down of the rods and reels in my arsenal this year.

I’ll start with a photo of them, and then fill you in on the details of each one.

rods and reels

From left to right:

1. Shakespeare Micro Underspin Rod and Reel Combo.  This is a great rod for the kids, but I enjoy using it as well.  The underspin reel is like a spincast reel but has a lever instead of a button. This makes it work more similar to a spinning reel than a spincast. The 4′ 6″ ultra-light rod is great for battling even the smallest of fish.

2. This is an aging ultra-light rod (not sure of the make and model at the moment, although I might give it a closer inspection later) with a Zebco 202 spincast reel. It seems that Zebco used the 202 model number on a wide variety of reels. Some of those were very low quality, others were not so bad. This reel is in the not-so-bad category. It has a smooth drag and casts great.

3. This is a Shakespeare Contender spinning reel on a Shakespeare Excursion spinning rod. The reel had been part of a combo but the rod fell victim to a car door and had to be replaced. For small fish, this is my favorite rig. I spool it with 4 lb test monofilament line and it allows long, smooth casts. It’s pure joy to use.

4. This spinning rod is a hand-me-down rod from my older brother. It is about 7 feet in length but was longer before it also feel victim to a car door. I added a new tip and it still works great even if the tip is a bit stiffer than it should be. The reel is a Quantum Optix size 20 spinning reel.

5. This is a Zebco 7-foot Hawg Seeker Spinning Combo that a buddy of mine picked up for me at a garage sale. My son Landry uses this rig when we are targeting catfish.

6. This rod is a 7-foot Zebco Catfish Fighter. I’ve had it for several years and am very pleased. It is not an expensive rod, but it seems to be great quality for the price. The reel is an old Shakespeare that came from a Shakespeare/Ugly Stick combo. I managed to break the original rod pulling it off a snag, so I replaced it with the Catfish Fighter.

7. Last, but not least, is my 9-foot Zebco Catfish Fighter with a Okuma Avenger ABF 50 Bait Feeder Reel. This is my best catfish rig. The extra length adds 30 to 50 feet of distance to my casts vs the 7-foot version. I’d like to say I’ve battled lots of 30-pound flathead catfish with this rig, but I cannot. The largest I’ve caught to date with it is 10 pounds. This summer seems like the perfect time to change that. 🙂