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What Kind of Line Do Pro Bass Fishermen Use?

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In fishing, every aspect has to come together properly for there to be success. One of those aspects is selecting the right fishing line, which is up there with choosing the ideal lure. This is because your line impacts other areas of your fishing experience, from casting and luring to hooking and landing your prized catch.

Today, we’ll be breaking down the three line types applicable in bass fishing, so you can select the right one for your particular fishing needs.

Line Options for Bass Fishermen

There aren’t as many line options available to bass anglers compared to other types of fishermen. In most, pro bass fishers have three lines to choose from, each with individual qualities that make them ideal for specific circumstances.

1. Monofilament

This type of line is one of the classics and has been around for almost half a century. For a time, it was about the only line that was available to bass anglers, too.

Highly castable, with low visibility and great buoyancy, it’s the ideal choice for fishers using floating baits. Also, compared to its two other counterparts—the braid and fluorocarbon—the monofilament has better stretchability, which can be good or bad depending on the situation.

Fishing lines that have more stretch allow fish to get a more secure bite and hold. This quality is what makes the monofilament great for reaction baits. Still, when it comes to any set up that requires a stronger hookset, there’s always a risk of the line snapping, so take some precautions before rigging.

Another thing that the monofilament line is good for that might surprise you is worm fishing. This is because it holds up better around brush, shell beds, and rocks compared to fluorocarbon. Even though it has a bit too much stretch for this particular scenario, you can compensate for that using a heavier rod.

Lastly, by using a mono for your main line and leader, you can give your baits more lift with a Texas or Carolina rig. Unlike with fluorocarbon, this line won’t cause the baits to drag the bottom as much, which means more bites.

2. Braid

Before the monofilament, there was the braid. Although this type of fishing line predates the traditional monoline, it wasn’t as popular and, therefore, wasn’t used as often as its counterpart. It’s advantages lie in its incredible strength despite its tiny diameter, lack of stretch, and extreme castability.

One downside to the braided line, though, is its slighter higher visibility compared to the fluorocarbon and monofilament lines. However, if you’re fishing in low-light or heavy-cover conditions, they won’t really matter as much.

The braided line also comes to the aid of bass anglers fishing in dense vegetation. This line has a bit of an abrasive quality to it, which makes cutting through weeds a non-issue.

One way to take advantage of your braided line’s full potential is to use it with a leader set-up. This allows you to harness the line’s full power without getting exposed to your prey. You can use a simple monofilament or fluorocarbon for this and rig it up to enhance your presentation.

3. Fluorocarbon

The last, but certainly not the least effective, line option is the fluorocarbon. Here’s another strong and reactive option for bass fishers who want a bit of stretch and great abrasion resistance in their line.

What makes the fluorocarbon stand out is that it refracts light the same way as water, rendering it virtually invisible to fish when submerged. A visual presentation that fish aren’t able to see or sense is already a huge advantage for any angler.

Fluorocarbon is also a great choice for reaction and soft plastic baits because of its tendency to shrink rather than float. It can also be used as a leader with a braided line to take advantage of two line qualities when attempting to lure in your next prized catch.

That said, fluorocarbon won’t be of much use for topwater fishing. It is also a poor option to use when fishing for bass amid really heavy cover since it may get nicked up.

What Kind of Line Should I Pack for My Next Bass Fishing Trip?

My Fishing Tools recommends that you pack all three line options on your next excursion. When used in the right situations, the braided, monofilament, and fluorocarbon line options can help you find success on the water.

Still, you need to take note that as crucial as choosing a fishing line is, it’s just one aspect of the preparation process. You still have to consider your leader line, the correct pound test of line, the weight of the rod you’ll use, and other factors that can directly impact your bass fishing experience. Address each aspect correctly, then you’ll surely have a fishing trip to remember.

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?

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People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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By: The Flight Detective
Title: What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?
Sourced From: travelupdate.com/ansett-airlines-inflight-bar-menu/
Published Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:03:14 +0000

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?

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The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

By: Elizabeth Preston
Title: These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/science/shrimp-parade-thailand.html
Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:02:07 +0000

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?

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There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.



Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

What do you think of Aer Lingus starting transatlantic services from Manchester? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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Title: Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?
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Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:03:48 +0000

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