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Did you know…strange animal facts

Lets dive into something a little bit different.   I'm always looking for something to learn about that's out of the ordinary, and I think I found some interesting information about the wonderful world of wildlife. **  The bumps on alligators are called Scutes, they are hard bone that protect them.  They are covered with them,  from head to tail.                  **  Elephants are the only animal that can't jump, the bones in elephant legs are all pointed downwards, which means they don’t have the “spring” required to push off the ground.                                                                                                                                                                                        **  A sloth takes 2 weeks to digest their food.                                                                                                                                                                                **  Octopuses have 3 hearts, Two of the hearts work exclusively to move blood to the animal’s...

Makinson Island

Makinson Island

If you have some time, you need to take a trip out to Makinson Island.   I had the pleasure of spending some time out there recently and was just amazed at the surroundings.   The huge oak trees, picnic area, nice restrooms, walking trails, gazebo and even campsites.   This 132 acre island is located in Lake Tohopekaliga, pronounced "toe-hoe-pea-kah-lie-gah", and you have to find your own way out there, but it's worth the trip. Some of the local history of the island includes Emathla, a 19th-century Seminole chief who made it his home, and his son Coacoochee, one of the great chiefs in Florida history and born on the island in 1807.   Its location at the mouth of Shingle Creek, which flows south from Orlando.  Dense growth protects the shoreline and there is a small dock and beach to put your boat. Makinson Island was purchased by the state back in 1999 but wasn't turned over to Osceola County until 2001, where is was opened up to the public.   At one time a lot of exotic animals were brought to the island, most were removed but there are still a few longhorn sheep, goats, hogs and wild deer left.  There is also plenty of  birds of all typed that have make this island home. The family that the island was named after also owns a hardware store in downtown Kissimmee called Makinson Hardware, be sure to stop in and say hello to Elaine and John Makinson.    ...

Taking Children on Their First Fishing Trip!

SourceFew memories last as long as those surrounding your first fishing trip ( family’s first RV trip maybe? ). You probably still remember the sights, sounds and smiles of the occasion vividly, and you probably look back on the outing fondly. Now, so many years later, it is time to introduce your children to angling. You certainly don’t have to do anything fancy to introduce children to the sport, but it helps to have a good game plan in place. After all, you may be introducing your children to a lifelong hobby, and you want to get started on the right foot.   Good Gear for Kids Adult anglers often enjoy using the most complicated and nuanced tackle and presentations possible in pursuit of their quarry, but this is obviously not a good idea for youngsters. When fishing with kids, simplicity is the name of the game. This means that it is best to use cane poles or spinning reels instead of bait-casting gear or other complicated systems. You should probably start young children out by fishing with a bobber and live bait, instead of lures, which is more likely to become snagged on the bottom, and will take some skill to cast and retrieve properly. Additionally, kids will often appreciate being able to see their float bounce and bob around in the water, rather than trying to use a submersible lure, which requires them to feel and interpret the location of the bait. To fish this way, you’ll need A pole strung with lightweight (4- to 8-pound-test will suffice) fishing line. To this, you’ll need to attach a float or bobber, with a small hook (#8 to #12) tied to the end of the line. A live bait of your choice can then be threaded on the hook. Sometimes, you may need to attach a bit of split shot to the line between the bobber...

Live Bait Fresh Water Fishing Tips

Freshwater fishing is different than saltwater fishing because the species of fish are entirely different.   Freshwater fishing can be done on every continent across the globe.  If you enjoy fishing from a boat you’ll enjoy freshwater fishing. As long as the body of water is big enough and it’s allowed you can take a boat out on it. So, lets get started on some tips to think about before getting started.  When fishing in a freshwater lake or pond you’ll want to get a map of that body of water.  This will let you know what and where the different depths of the lake or pond are. Along with that it may also show you locations of sunken man-made fish piles are.  Use a slip bobber, it is a common and easy way to setup when fishing in freshwater.  A slip bobber is basically a bobber with a hollow hole going through it. This allows you to tie a knot and a stopper above the bobber.   The knot allows you to decide where on your line the bobber stops, thus allowing you set any depth you want without have to sacrifice casting quality. The best types of live bait to use in freshwater are worms, minnows, wax worms and shiners.   Ultimately you’ll want to use whatever live bait is best for the species of fish you’re trying to catch. Some other types of live bait that are also used are leeches, frogs and other odd ball type bait. Keep your hands clean.    Fish have a good sense of smell and any foreign scent on your bait can turn them off. The majority of freshwater fish species have specific water temperature and weather that they prefer.   You’ll want to research the specific fish you’re trying to catch to...