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10 Awesome Lake Trout Fishing Gear to Try Right Now

Fishing ranks as one of the most satisfying outdoor activities. Trout fishing, in particular, is a rewarding challenge which requires knowledge of fish habits, stream characteristics and weather patterns. 

Over 49 million Americans fished in 2019.  Way, way up from the 7 million figure that was listed in 2006.  Only running activities had more participants.

These are some of the reasons people listed for why they like fishing:

  1. Camaraderie with fishing friends
  2. To get outside and enjoy nature
  3. To be on or near the water
  4. The adventure of catching our own meal
  5. Fishing is a new challenge every time you hit the water
  6. Reduces stress, and is a healthy activity

It has been said that only 10% of all fishermen catch 90% of all the trout. I would dispute that saying.  Americans are not a nation of people who will continue to participate in an activity that does not produce results or give them something back in return.

For fishing to have garnered 42 million more members in 12 years, more than 10% of anglers  have to be getting some kind of results! 

You might be looking for dinner, peaceful scenery or just some time on the water and lake trout fishing will provide all of those.

We have listed some fishing gear that will be helpful to you in this quest and be in that “10%”.

PRODUCT

SUMMARY

10pcs Fishing Lure with 2 Tackle Boxes: Spinnerbait Kit by Tbuymax





Overall Rating : 4.5/5

Tbuymax 10pcs high quality Holographic Spinner Lure kit comes with assorted bright colors and sizes.

SF Fly Fishing Landing Catch and Release Net




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

The landing net comes in a 2-piece set with a new, strong and durable magnetic net release. The frame and handle is made from laminated bamboo and hardwood.

PowerBait Glitter Trout Bait




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

Add ultimate scent and flavor to your trout presentations with Berkley PowerBait Glitter Trout Bait.

Anglatech Fly Fishing Vest Pack





Overall Rating : 4.5/5

The perfect fishing vest for both men and women.  The vest keeps your fishing gear well-organized and all of your gear is quickly within reach.

Dr. Meter Electronic Balance Digital Fishing Scale with Measuring Tape




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

You can put this scale on the net, set the tear weight and then put the fish back in the net for a clear, easy weight.

FISHINGSIR Fly Fishing Flies Kit





Overall Rating : 4.5/5

Created by fly-fishing professionals and 100% handmade. Flies come in a variety of colors and sizes, so you can match the hatch at any time.

KastKing FluorKote Fishing Line





Overall Rating : 4.5/5

KastKing FluoroKote is a combination of the No.1 selling KastKing Copolymer Fishing Line with high-tech 100% fluorocarbon coating that reduces the line's visibility when immersed in water.

Berkley Lightning Rod Trout Rod





Overall Rating : 4.5/5

Durable, sensitive fishing rod engineered for Trout angling.

Dr. Fish Fishing Bead Bait Egg Kits




Overall Rating : 4.0/5

Made of high quality plastic material, lightweight and durable. Floats on the surface when dropped in water.

PLUSINNO Fishing Net




Overall Rating : 4/5

Easy to fasten and made out of durable nylon mesh.  There is a special belt clip for easy carrying.

PRODUCT REVIEWS


Life-like swimming actions are irresistible to big Fish. Its classic blades are shaped so as to spin like a propeller when the lure is in motion, creating varying degrees of flash and vibration that mimics small fish or other prey. The two most popular types of spinnerbaits are the 'in-line spinner' and 'tail-spinner'. Machined-brass main body. Steel-stamped blades are silver-plated or painted.

Pros:

  • Less expensive than similar lures
  • Purchasers like the included boxes for carrying the lures
  • Users felt they caught more fish with these lures

Cons:

  • Rooster tails can come off easily
  • Spinner action did not always work

It is easy to grip and feels comfortable in your hand.  There is a special coating on the wooden surface which makes the frame waterproof and resistant to abrasion.  Soft rubber mesh bag is flexible with tough mesh holes so that the fish is not injured in the struggle, and the fish can be released quickly and easily.


Pros:

  • Unit can lay almost completely flat for storage
  • Lightweight, floats and is tangle free
  • Rubber mesh will not catch fly hooks when a fish is caught

Cons:

  • Smaller fish slip through the webbing
  • Users would appreciate a deeper net


This moldable, floating dough disperses Berkley's exclusive PowerBait formula, a scent and flavor attractant that will keep fish biting down longer. It also features crystalline glitter that reflects light and increases visibility, ensuring more strikes. Berkley PowerBait makes novice anglers good and good anglers great.  Berkley scientists have spent over 25 years perfecting an irresistible scent and flavor - the exclusive PowerBait formula. Fish love PowerBait so much they hold on 18 times longer, giving you the time and confidence to feel more bites, set more hooks and catch more fish.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Lasts a long time
  • Floats

Cons:

  • If it dries out, it does not work
  • Falls off if not put on correctly

The vest has large pockets, small pockets, mesh pockets, and water resistant pockets...this vest has a lot of pockets!  The breathable mesh allows air to flow freely so that you can stay cool when the temperature rises.  Adjustable straps makes this vest fit for both men and women.  The vest even has a drink holder.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and comfortable fit
  • Comfortable shoulder straps
  • Great product for the price

Cons:

  • Zipper can unzip on it own
  • Some felt adjustable vest was still too big for women

The best part is that you don’t have to stab the fish to get the weight.  The 50kg limit falls well within the requirement for travelers, making this a perfect scale to weigh your luggage.   Weighs up to 110 pounds.

Pros:

  • Night vision LCD display
  • Built in tape measure
  • Can rotate 180 degrees

Cons:

  • Hook can be hard to weigh larger fish
  • Not waterproof

FISHINGSIR large selection of flies includes trusted patterns, such as Adams, Woolly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Griffith's Gnat, Stimulator, Egg Fly, etc. Used by anglers around the world.  The 64, 100, 110 and 120 piece fly kits give you the best value and are great for casting practice.  Choose from dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, streamers, steelhead flies and saltwater flies.

Pros:

  • Good selection in kit and great for a newbie to fishing
  • Realistic looking
  • Compact case

Cons:

  • Can lose feathers easily
  •  Flies are small

The combination of the two materials maximizes the advantage of fluorocarbon invisibility with the low memory and superior castability of copolymer. KastKing fishing line sinks faster with low absorption. Low Stretch makes KastKing a great upgrade from mono line and ideal low cost alternative to fluorocarbon line.The combination of the two materials maximizes the advantage of fluorocarbon virtually invisibility in water. The unique fluorocarbon materials make the line superior abrasion resistance and offer great knot strength.

Pros:

  • Performs like a higher lb. test line
  • Very little line stretch
  • Abrasion resistant

Cons:

  • Inconsistent results with line
  • Line can snap easily at times



Blank specially designed for use with light lines and dough baits.  24 ton multi-modulus carbon composite blank construction delivers strength and sensitivity.  Double-locking reel seat holds reel securely in place.

Stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts help prevent line slippage

Pros:

  • Great rod if coupled with a great reel
  • Reasonably priced
  • Well balanced with a sensitive tip

Cons:

  •  Can be a bit stiff

 Reusable, long-term preservation and convenient to carry. Comes in high quality box sorted by color.  Must have for making spinners and lures, texas rigs, Carolina rigs, fluke rigs, deep drop rigs for both saltwater and freshwater. Color assortment with high reflecting rate, takes advantage of a fish’s natural instinct to be attracted to bright colors.

Ten Colors: orange, lemon green, purple, yellow, blue, chartreuse, red, clear, green (glow), pink (glow).

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Great selection
  • Good Material

Cons:

  • Doesn’t always float
  • Small in size

Folds, and so is convenient for storage. Mesh prevents fish hooks from getting snagged.  Is both waterproof and has a non-absorbent coating. The handle is skid resistant and comfortable to hold. The net allows you to catch and safely release the fish without harming your catch.

Pros:

  • Great for fishing from a kayak
  • Sturdy
  • Great for sand crabs

Cons:

  • Only telescopes a couple of inches

Fishing for lake trout can be done throughout most of the year.   Lake trout (salvelinus namaycush) is a freshwater char that lives in lakes in northern America. Trout go by several different names.

It is also referred to as mackinaw, namaycush, lake char, touladi, togue and grey trout.  It is also known, in the Lake Superior region, as siscowet, paperbelly and lean.   Those with dark coloration are known as mud hens.


The lake trout live through the Great Lakes region and Canada. They are also found in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and in the areas of New England.  Although not common, lake trout are also present in California, Utah, Colorado, Kentucky and Tennessee.


A lake trout will prefer lakes with relatively deep waters, those up to 100 feet deep.  Depending on the lake, like those that are spring fed, trout may found closer to the surface.   Their diet consists of other fish and aquatic invertebrates. When the trout reach over 12 inches, they only feed on other small fish.


A good rule of thumb when fishing for lake trout is to familiarize yourself with the underwater topography of the lake you are fishing in.  Using a depth finder can also be helpful.  These fish will typically be near sandbars, rocks, shoals, and wrecks.


Trout will also move in response to the weather and temperature. They seem to move around near the surface the most when water temperature is in the low 70’s and search out the depths when the water temps are in the low 80’s. The reason for this movement is that the lake trout is following baitfish. 


The best time of the year to fish for lake trout is in early spring. The fish are hungrier and less discriminating about when and where they feed. That can mean that they might be easier to catch during the day and near the surface.


The type of equipment that is used for fishing lake trout is the same that can be used for any type of fish.  There are, however, some pieces of equipment that are better suited to use than others.


Fishing rods, in general, fall into one of three categories: spinning, fly and casting rods.  Spinning rods work the best for catching trout. 


When looking for a reel for the rod, you can choose between a conventional, spin-cast or spinning reels.  Spinning reels are often used, as they are easy to operate. Equip your reel with a good quality line that is the correct pound test for the size fish you are going for. Most trout weigh between 2 and 10 pounds, but fish going up to 40 pounds are not uncommon.


It is a good idea to have more than one type of lure when you are going out on the water.  If one lure is not getting bites, you can switch and try another.

Here are some of the lures that have been used successfully in catching lake trout:

  1. Bugs:  Beetles, grasshoppers, and crickets naturally fall into the lake or river and get eaten by the trout.  You can purchase them from a bait shop or buy imitations.
  2. Swimbaits:  The paddle tail swimbait lure can be purchased in a variety of colors and sizes.
  3. Tubes:  These fishing tubes look like the zooplankton that trout like feasting on.
  4. Worms:  Trout love worms.  Use live worms or imitation worms that come in various colors.
  5. Salmon eggs:  Use with a size 6 hook.
  6. Spoons:  The spoons are tipped with feathers, and are especially effective in colder weather.
  7. Spinners:  Spinners and roosters are the most commonly used lures for trout fishing regardless of where you fish.

Here are some additional tips for trout fishing:

  • Fish finders:  This tool can increase your odds of catching lake trout.  There are a variety of fish finders out there, with some of them being relatively inexpensive.
  • Bait:  While there are all types of bait and lures, live bait (night crawlers, minnows, salmon eggs) can be very effective.
  • Location:  Generally, lake trout tend to stay in the same area.  So if you catch a trout in a specific area, chances are that there are more in the same place.
  • Depth:  Trout tend to like cooler water, so as the temperature rises, you will need to fish deeper.
  • Fishing club:  Consider joining, or visiting one in your area.  Most clubs will have a group leader that are proficient in lake fishing.
  • Weather:  You have a greater chance of catching trout when it is raining.
  • Taste:  Smaller trout taste better than larger ones.
  • If you have caught a fish and you want to release it, here is what you need to do:
  • Always use a barbless hook as it will prevent injuring the fish
  • Ensure you always wet your hand before you handle the trout.
  • Avoid removing the trout from the water.
  • Don’t make the fish tire too much. You can do this by landing the fish quickly.
  • If you’re interested in taking a photo, then have your camera set before lifting the trout out of the water.
  • Take the picture quickly and land the fish as soon as possible.
  • Don’t forget to revive the trout in the water before letting it go

IN CONCLUSION


Getting into the out-of-doors and enjoying nature is an activity we should all strive to do on a regular basis.  There are over 49 million Americans who agree, and they do so by fishing.  


Fishing is an activity that can be done throughout a person’s entire lifetime and you can gain experience that can be passed down to future generations. Lake trout fishing can enhance your time outdoors with a lifelong activity that can be shared with family and friends.

Learn How to Tie A Hammock: Lake Camping 101

Lake camping is incomplete without setting up a place to relax and listen to the beautiful sounds of nature. Hammocking is the perfect way to relax, read a book, take a nap or even sleep under the stars while being surrounded by nature.

However, many people don’t realize that there is a lot to learn about hanging a hammock. This includes knowing what kind of straps to use, how to tie a knot, and where to hang the hammock.

Thankfully, you can hang a hammock pretty much anywhere. You can hang your hammock next to the lake during a lake camping trip or even suspend it above the water for extra adventure if there are available anchor points. You can also hammock up in the mountains, by the ocean or even in the city for some at-home relaxation.

The trickiest part is knowing how to suspend a hammock from a pair of anchor points. To hang a hammock, you first must find some sturdy trees to use. You can then use a rope to suspend your hammock using one of many knot options to attach it to the tree.

However, knot tying is a skill that can take many attempts to perfect, so specially designed hammock straps can be a great, eco-friendly alternative for the novice hammock. Using hammock straps will help you hang your hammock quickly and easily so you can enjoy relaxing during your camping trip.

PRODUCT REVIEW

HAMMOCK STRAPS
EVEREST ACTIVE GEAR


These hammock straps are not only extremely easy to use, but they are also very environmentally-friendly. The straps have 14 loops spaced every 3 inches, so they are very easily adjustable and quick to set up.

You’ll have your hammock hung in under 2 minutes and you don’t have to learn any fancy hammock-hanging knots, making these straps perfect for the beginning hammock fanatic.

They are also very light so they won’t add too much weight to your hiking pack and they even come with carabiners for hanging. Also, these are tree-saver hammock straps that are one inch wide.

This means that they won’t damage trees and tree bark the way regular ropes and hammock straps do. And in addition to being friendly to trees, these straps are also very friendly to your wallet. They are very affordable and overall a very great deal for awesome, easy-to-use hammock straps.

BEST FEATURES:

  • Tree-Saver Design
  • Lightweight
  • Easy Setup
  • Affordable

Where to Tie a Hammock on a Lake Camping Activity

Next to the Ocean

One of the most relaxing places to hang a hammock is next to the ocean. Tropical countries, like Guatemala or Costa Rica, have some of the most beautiful spots to hang your hammock right next to the sea. You can doze off to the sound of the waves crashing and then wake up for some fishing or stroll through the tropical jungle.

Above the Water

Instead of hanging your hammock next to the ocean try hanging it above the water for a little extra adventure and fun. Some places, including the Caribbean and the South Pacific countries like Fiji and the Solomon Islands, have warm, shallow waters from which trees and rocks protrude.

Try hanging your hammock here, above the water, and switch off between swimming and sunbathing.

By the Lake

If tropical isn’t your vibe but you still love the sound of the water, try hanging your hammock during a lake camping trip. The United States Northeast has some beautiful wooded areas abundant with serene lakes.

The fall months make for the perfect time to go when the humidity is gone, the bugs are away, the leaves are changing color and geese are flying ahead on their way to a warmer climate for the winter.

High Up in the Trees

Anyone can tie a hammock between two shorter trees and hang a few feet from the ground, but it takes a real adventure guru to attempt hanging from some of the tallest trees in the world hundreds of feet above the ground.

Colorado and California in the United States are among the best places in the world to experience this extreme kind of hammocking. California Sequoias makes for the perfect hammocking spot meters above the ground if you can get up there in the first place.

Among Mountains and Glaciers

A visit to some of the beautiful glaciers in the world can require a lot of hiking through the mountains. Thankfully, mountains are full of wooded areas and large boulders to hang a hammock from.

Glaciers are one of the world’s most incredible and breathtaking natural formations, so why not take a break in your hammock and enjoy the view? It’s the perfect hiking activity.

In the City

If you’re a city-dweller, don’t think you have to travel far to an incredible natural landscape to be able to enjoy hammocking. There are many great places to hammock in the city. Some extreme hammocks have hung slacklines far above the rooftops in Austria, so you can try hammocking in the cities you’ve always dreamed of visiting.

Hammocking in the city will give you a unique perspective of the bustling, busy life that takes place within it.

How to Tie a Hammock

Look for Some Anchor Points

It may seem obvious, but the first thing you need to do when you’re planning to hang your hammock is looking for some anchor points. Anchor points are any two objects that are spaced properly and strong enough to support your weight in the hammock, usually trees or even large rocks.

When looking at potential trees to use as anchor points, first pay attention to their distance from each other. Trees that are too far apart will force your hammock to stretch to reach them and trees that are too close together will result in a lot of sag from your hammock, so look for trees that are 12 to 15 feet (or 6 to 8 steps) apart.

You’ll also want to make sure that the trees are nice and sturdy. To hold the weight of a human, trees need to be at least 15 cm (or 6 in) in diameter. The trees should also have no signs of decay. Look above you to check for dead, unstable branches.

Set Up Your Suspension System

After you’ve found the perfect anchor points, it’s time to begin hanging your hammock. To do this, you need to use ropes or straps that wrap around the tree to which you can attach your hammock. You can use anything from a regular old rope to specially designed hammock straps that have special loops built into them.

The best kind of straps to use are 1-inch thick and flat so they don’t damage the bark of trees. You should also make sure you’re wrapping the straps around the tree at the height of your head to make sure there is plenty of room beneath your hammock.

If you’re using a rope to hang your hammock, there are a couple of different methods you can use to set up a suspension system. One way to do it is to tie a bowline hitch. To do this, first make a loop with the rope, using the working end to wrap around the tree multiple times.

Then, pull this end back through the loop so that the two ends of the rope are now parallel to each other. Using this working end, pull it under the other end then back through the loop, pulling tight to form the knot.

Another method is to use a taut-line hitch. This type of knot is best used for tension lines, clotheslines and for hanging food, but some people trust it for easy hammock hanging. To hang this knot, first, wrap the rope around the tree, then wrap one end, the working end, over the other and loop it three times.

Next, pull the working back so it’s parallel again, then pass it under the other end, creating a small loop. Finally, pull the working end through the loop you created and pull it tight, forming the knot.

Knot tying with a rope can be pretty difficult, especially if you’re new to hammock hanging. This hanging method is not only difficult to perfect, but they’re also not easily adjustable once you’ve already tied the knot.

For new hammocks, simply using hammock straps is a lot easier. Hammock straps come with loops built into them and many come with multiple loops that make it very easy to adjust once they’re already wrapped onto the tree.

Hang your Hammock From the Suspension Points

Whether you’re using hammock straps or a rope, you shouldn’t hang your hammock until you’re confident that your suspension system is sturdy. When it is, you’re ready to hang your hammock!

Carabiners are by far the easiest way to attach your hammock to the suspension system. Most hammocks and hammock straps come with carabiners or other hanging tools, or you can simply buy them.

Test It Out

Now you’ve picked your trees, tied your suspension system and successfully hung up your hammock, but the work isn’t over yet. Next, you need to try your hammock out so you can make any necessary adjustments before you go to bed down or take a nap.

First, try sitting down in your hammock. Your feet should be able to comfortably touch the ground, but there should still be about 50 cm, or 20 in, beneath you, just like sitting in a chair. If your hammock passes this test, next try laying down just like you are going to go to sleep.

Some people prefer a lot more sag in their hammock while some prefer it to be pretty tight, but you won’t know your preference until you try laying down in it. The amount of sag that your hammock has largely come from the suspension angle, so try it out to see if the angle needs to be adjusted.

 Adjust the Straps

Finally, it’s time to make your last adjustments based on your hammock comfort test results. If you noticed that your butt was touching the ground during the sitting test or there was less than 50 cm beneath you, your hammock needs to be raised.

This means that you need to re-tie the suspension system at a higher place on the tree. Remember that head-level is a good rule of thumb, but if head-level is too low for you, try standing on something and hanging it a little higher.

If you didn’t find your hammock comfortable to lay in, the issue is probably in your suspension angle or the angle at which the hammock is hanging about the tree.

A high angle is going to result in a tight hammock with very little slack whereas a low angle is going to result in lots of slack in your hammock.

One way you can measure the suspension angle is by using your hand. Make an L shape with your pointer finger and thumb and hold it out so that your thumb is pointed at the sky.

Ideally, the suspension line of your hammock should run from the tip of your thumb to the tip of your pointer finger, creating a 30-degree angle.

However, some people may want a higher or lower angle than this depending on their sleeping preferences.

CONCLUSION


Hammocking is a fantastic activity for a camping trip that will allow you to sleep under the stars without laying directly on the ground. Many people love the feeling of reclining in a hammock and hearing beautiful nature sounds.

There are many places you can hang a hammock, including by the ocean, in the mountains, or on a beautiful lake camping trip.


Anyone can start hammocking in any of these beautiful places once they learn how to hang it properly.

There are many different methods to hang a hammock using a set of hammock straps or even a rope. Hammock straps are by far the easiest way to set up a suspension system for hanging a hammock and are much friendlier on trees than regular ropes.


Our Pick of the 7 Best Lake Weed Cutters for 2019

Ah, the lake!  There is no doubt that it is a wonderful and restful place to be!  Truly, there are few places that have the same ambience of sun, sky, water and well-being.  

The lap of the water against the shore has a natural rhythm that calms and refreshes. I find it one of the most soothing sounds, one that comforts and lulls you while promising adventure just off shore!

The very air around the lake is full of nautical smells that beckon you to participate in the secrets held in its watery depths. 

It is not over the top to say that being at your lake house is rejuvenating to mind, body and soul. 

The tempo of the water currents helps us to slow down and brings our minds and our bodies back into rhythm. 

During our everyday lives, we are focused on what comes next.  Work, meetings, emails and agendas. If you have kids added to the mix, there is school, practice schedules and homework. 

Never a dull minute, and rarely time to relax. 

The time spent at your lake house holds great benefits for banishing stress, clearing the mind, regaining focus and spurring creativity.  In our everyday lives, we tend to have a myopic view of life, and life at the lake enables us to expand that view. 

Which brings us to the lake house itself.  The sanctuary, the breath catcher, the stress reliever. While you are at the lake house, there are necessary tasks to be done.  The sooner you complete those tasks, the sooner you can get to what really matters...reconnecting with yourself, the ones you love and nature. 

Yard and lawn maintenance will be one of those necessary tasks at the lake house.  And one that you will want to accomplish as quickly and as effortlessly as possible so you can kick back.

 As is the case, mowing a lawn also involves weed whipping it.  Keeping the weeds at bay will also cut back on bugs and crawly critters, as it will help eliminate their hiding places.

There are also the weeds near the water that should be dealt with, as this also helps with the health of the lake itself and your corner of it.

 To help you with the control of these weeds, we have compiled our picks of the Best Lake Weed Cutters for 2019. 

PRODUCT

SUMMARY

WORX WG163 GT 3.0 20V PowerShare 12" Cordless String Trimmer & Edger 





Overall Rating : 4.5/5

This first trimmer on our list is a double duty piece of equipment.  It is a trimmer and edger. Even though it has an edger, I am in hopes that your lake house has not one sidewalk and that you don’t feel anything in your light of sight needs edging!

Jenlis Lake Weed Razer, Weed & Grass Removal Tool for Lakes & Ponds 




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

With the Jenlis Weed Razer, you can remove aquatic vegetation quickly and easily from narrow spaces between docks and boats, or wide stretches of shoreline.

Midwest Rake Company 86036 Lake Rake with Float




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

The Midwest Lake Rake is of a different sort of implement than the Weed Razer that we just reviewed. This looks more like a conventional yard rake, and you can use it as a landscaping rake, for dragging in cut weeds from the water or for dressing the beach.

The WeedBlade - Lake & Pond Aquatic Weed and Water Grass Cutter




Overall Rating : 4/5

Here is a weed blade that includes a carrying case, two extra extensions and cut resistant gloves and blade sharpener.

Weed Razer Jenlis Express




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

The little brother of the previously listed Jenlis Weed Razer 48 inch cutter, this tool has a 30 inch cutting path.

Crystal Blue Lake and Pond Weed Cutter





Overall Rating : 4/5

Pond weed cutters can be used to help supplement any type of chemical treatments you might be using.

Aquatic Lake & Pond Weed CUTTER





Overall Rating : 3.5/5

This heavy duty rake can haul in heavy loads of dead vegetation as well as dig down and help pull out weed stems and roots from the beach bottom.


PRODUCT REVIEWS


  • Worx offers Free Spools for Life.  Visit their website to get 6 replacement spools for the cost of shipping. This trimmer/edger has a 4.5 star rating with 1,718 reviews on Amazon.

    • TRIMMER & EDGER 2-in-1:Easily converts from a string trimmer to a wheel edger in just seconds

    • INSTANT LINE FEED: Innovative push button Command Feed spool system for instant line feeding. Plus, Free Spools for Life!

    • BATTERIES ARE INCLUDED: 2 powerful and lightweight 20V Power Share MaxLithium batteries come with this tool, and can be used on any other tool in the WORX Power Share family

    • RUBBERIZED WHEELS:  Support and guide the edger, giving you straighter lines and cleaner cuts

    • HEAD TILTS 90°: So you can trim and edge on sloped terrain, and get to tough-to-reach places

    • SPACER GUARD: Adjustable, so you don’t damage plants, landscape features, and lawn ornaments while you’re trimming

    • SPECS: 7600 rpm no-load speed, 12” cutting diameter, 5.3 lbs machine weight, 10’ cutting line length, 0.065” line diameter


  • The Razer will slice through weeds and grasses in just minutes from your lake or pond. It will help control milfoil, cattails, grasses, and lily pads that grow around your shoreline or beach access. This piece of equipment received a lot of great comments about it’s performance, but one thing that was stressed was that this implement is SHARP!  It needs to be sharp to do the job effectively, but make sure that you are careful when using this implement. Using cut resistant gloves would not go amiss, and definitely don’t let the kids around it. 

     

    • INCLUDES: Weed Razer, 25 ft of rope, instructions, weed deflectors, blade sharpener and covers

    • REALLY, REALLY SHARP: The v shaped head has razor sharp blades with a 48 inch cutting path; lightweight construction (8 pounds)

    • GETS THE JOB DONE: With little resistance slice through vegetation including milfoil, cattails, lily pads, grasses and more

    • EASY TO USE: To clear your lake shore and beach, simply throw into your lake or pond and reel back in

    • CAN BE USED IN SEVERAL AREAS: A great tool for boaters and swimmers to clear out weeds around the dock, shoreline, and beach areas


  • This looks more like a conventional yard rake, and you can use it as a landscaping rake, for dragging in cut weeds from the water or for dressing the beach.  Hopefully, you will be dressing the beach only if you are hosting a big party because, remember, the lake house is for relaxing. 

     

    • WIDE WIDTH: 36" width aluminum head

    • RUST PROOF: 11' 2-piece blue powder-coated aluminum handle with push pin splice

    • FLOATS: Detachable polyethylene float

    • GENEROUS LENGTH: 50' rope


As with the previous weed balade that we reviewed, please remember that, while effective, these tools need to be used with caution and care.  You want to spend your time at the lake house communing with nature, not getting stitched up.  

 

  • INCLUDES: Aquatic Weed Cutter + 2 Extra Optional Extensions + 25ft Rope + Blade Sharpener + Protective Storage / Carrying Case

  • EASILY CUTS: through nearly all types of aquatic weed at the base such as milfoil, hydrilla & lily pads.

  • RAZOR SHARP: V-shaped blade design cuts a 4 ft wide path with each pass - handle is extendable handle from 5ft to 9ft.

  • EFFECTIVE: Comes with 25ft rope that attaches to the top of the handle for long throws cutting and deeper water

  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: If you are not completely satisfied with how well the WeedShear cuts, simply return it for a full refund. No questions asked!


It would be idea for smaller areas, or if you want a lighter, less intensive piece of equipment. Even though it is a smaller version, it has 4.4 stars out of 5 star customer reviews.  

 

  • REALLY, REALLY SHARP: The v shaped head has razor sharp blades with a 30 inch cutting path;
  • INCLUDES:Contains Weed Razer, 25 ft of rope, instructions, blade covers; Weights 6 pounds;
  • GETS THE JOB DONE: With little resistance slice through vegetation including milfoil, cattails, lily pads, grasses and more
  • EASY TO USE: To clear your lake shore and beach, simply throw into your lake or pond and reel back in
  • CAN BE USED IN SEVERAL AREAS:A great tool for boaters and swimmers to clear out weeds around the dock, shoreline, and beach areas.

This tool is a great alternative to taking a more natural approach to pond and lake care and weed removal. There are many states that aquatic herbicides are restricted for sale, which makes the pond weed cutter the best option for lake clean up.

 

  • Eliminate weeds around your docks and swimming areas

  • Has the preferred cut width of 42" to easily cut the base of the weeds

  • Includes razor sharpener, rope and blade covers

  • Cuts and uproots aquatic weeds, not intended for use on cattails

  • Weights only 8 pounds

  • USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN USING THIS TOOL


  • The rake teeth also extend above the top of the rake giving you the perfect tool for grooming and leveling your beach sand. 

     

    • You can cut, rake, skim surface weeds, fork and collect more efficiently.

    • The razor sharp V-shaped blade design cuts a 4 ft wide path with each pass 

    •  3 piece extendable handle from 5ft to 9ft - Includes 25ft rope & blade sharpener. 

    •  Cuts milfoil, hydrilla & lily pads.

    • A multi-use tool - rake, fork & skimmer. it features a 3ft wide head, 9-inch long heavy-duty tines, 7ft handle with curved grip, 27ft rope and detachable float kit

    • Money Back Guarantee

IN CONCLUSION


The tools we reviewed above will help you to keep the weeds at your lake house at bay.  As it is with weeds of any kind, prevention is the best control. If you prevent the weeds from infesting your lake or pond, it will be your best bet for keeping up with the ones that do show up. 


The way to do this is simply a matter of vigilance and good management practices. So many of the old sayings we often hear are based on experience. ‘A stitch in time saves nine’ is one of those.


It means that, if one solves a problem while it is developing, you will save yourself time and work in the future. 


So too with weeds.  If we control them early on, the less time you will need to spend on them in the future.  Here is another saying: ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.  


Some of the weed problems in the lake come from weeds that are not native, and it is best to prevent introducing them to your lake.  You can do this by making sure you clean and inspect boats, trailers, fishing tackle and anything else that goes into or near the water. 


Even run off from other bodies of water could also bring in unwanted weeds.  


Lake weeds start in the shallow areas, because the sunlight can reach the bottom of a shallow area. Weeds can’t grow without sunlight, and if you can prevent that, you can cut down on weeds.  


If you keep your lake deep, to a depth of more than 20 inches, you have a good chance of preventing lake weeds from starting in other areas. 


If possible, a good depth to try and achieve is two to three feet.  This will help prevent weeds from getting the sunlight needed to take root.  You will still have algae and free floating plants, but it will help prevent the weeds that have a root system. 


We spoke about runoff earlier.  If you use fertilizer on your land or in your landscaping, the runoff from this fertilizer feeds lake weeds and can boost their numbers. If possible, create a buffer zone between the fertilized areas and the lake.  


If you want to put in a buffer zone, you could put in trees or natural plants between the fertilized areas and the lake.  Plants that prevent erosion and don’t require any chemical assistance are a good choice. If this is not an option, try to make sure your fertilized plantings are about 100 feet from the lake. 


Addressing any issue with weeds as soon as it is noticed is the best advice to be given.  Weeds grow like...well, weeds! The longer they are allowed to grow, the more time, money and effort it will take to get them under control. 


You are not trying to eliminate all the weeds from your lake, that is not feasible or even wise.


You want a certain amount in your lake. If you aim at about 20-25% of the lake containing vegetation, that is a good balance to have.


The products reviewed will help you to maintain that balance. If they are used on a regular basis, the time spent doing so should be minimal.  Which will bring you closer to doing what you really want to do...nothing!  

A Guide on Lake Dock Maintenance: 10 Best Tips

More work goes into the maintenance of lake docks than people may think. But it is important to make sure that your dock stays safe and strong no matter what. There are a variety of lake house accessories that make maintenance easier, along with lake dock tips regarding maintenance and docking a boat. We’ll go through some of the details here so you will know what to do to ensure proper dock maintenance.

PRODUCT

SUMMARY

Shoreline Marine Double Braided Nylon Dock Line





Overall Rating : 4.5/5

The extremely durable nylon material ensures that it will be strong enough to keep your boat secure.

LEDMO Upgraded Solar Deck Lights




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

The installation process is as simple and any complicated wiring process is not necessary for these lights to be installed.

EdenProducts Heavy Duty Anti Slip Traction Tape




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

The EdenProducts anti-slip traction tape is durable and designed to place safety above all for everyone in the house.

RecPro 5 Step Removable Boarding Boat Ladder




Overall Rating : 5/5

It is made out of heavy-duty aluminum that will be able to help keep you steady as you climb it, and the boarding steps are also decently comfortable to step on.

SGT KNOTS ProManila Rope




Overall Rating : 5/5

You can use it for a variety of purposes, such as home improvement projects, construction projects, and so much more.

2x4basics 90134ONLMI Custom AnySize Chair or Bench Ends





Overall Rating : 4.5/5

You will only need 2x4 lumber to complete most chairs or bench making projects, and any project can be made up to six feet with this product.

Attwood White One Size 93531-1 Corner Dock Fender




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

It can fit onto any 90-degree angle and it is exceptionally easy to install onto your dock.

Hulless Stainless Steel Ceiling Hook




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

Hulless stainless steel ceiling hooks can be attached to ceilings, walls, boats, and many other places.

Airhead AHDL-4 Bungee Dockline 4 Feet




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

It gives you a quick and easy way to secure your boat to the dock without having to worry about your boat floating away. 

Dimex EasyFlex Plastic P-Profile Dock Edging




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

It is exceptionally easy to install and comes in sizes up to 25 feet in black or white color options.

PRODUCT REVIEWS


The Shoreline Marine dock line is designed to prevent kinking or rotating and will feel smooth to the touch. The extremely durable nylon material ensures that it will be strong enough to keep your boat secure.

Pros

  • You can customize your dock configuration
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Has a decent amount of stretch

The LEDMO solar deck lights can automatically switch off when the sun comes up and on when the sun goes down, which keeps you from having to operate it manually whenever you need to use it. The installation process is as simple and any complicated wiring process is not necessary for these lights to be installed.

Pros

  •  Comes included with a ten-year warranty
  • Will remain durable through any weather condition
  • Has a long-running time of about eight to ten hours when it is fully charged

The EdenProducts anti-slip traction tape is durable and designed to place safety above all for everyone in the house. It is also very easy to install; all you have to do is cut out the size and shape of the tape that you want, remove the white paper, and stick and flatten the tape to the surface you want it to stay.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Remains durable even within the worst weather conditions
  • Can also be used as a sole protector on shoes

The RecPro 5 removable boarding boat ladder is designed to make boarding your boat a much easier and safer task. It is made out of heavy-duty aluminum that will be able to help keep you steady as you climb it, and the boarding steps are also decently comfortable to step on.

Pros

  • Comes included with an LHW-LAK ladder mounting kit
  • Holds a weight capacity of 300 lbs
  • Included with a 3-year assurance

The SGT KNOTS ProManila rope is extremely versatile, more affordable than natural manila, and built to be much stronger than classic manila fiber. You can use it for a variety of purposes, such as home improvement projects, construction projects, and so much more.

Pros

  • Available in a wide variety of lengths
  • Durable and resistant to weather conditions, abrasions, chemicals, etc.
  • Makes long-lasting knots

The 2x4basics 90134ONLMI AnySize chair or bench ends make it much easier to construct chairs and benches even if you are not experienced in carpentry. You will only need 2x4 lumber to complete most chairs or bench making projects, and any project can be made up to six feet with this product.

Pros

  • Has built-in beverage holders
  • Fully customizable
  • Only requires a saw, a screwdriver, and lumber to make any kind of chair or bench

The Attwood 95432-1 Dock Fender is made from a lightweight polymeric material and will be easy on your boat. It can fit onto any 90-degree angle and it is exceptionally easy to install onto your dock.

Pros

  • Resistant to harmful UV rays
  • Highly resistant against chalking or any other form of damage
  • Made to be able to resist rolling against the hull

Hulless stainless steel ceiling hooks can be attached to ceilings, walls, boats, and many other places. The materials that come in that package consist of 16 mounting screws, 16 ribbed plastic anchors, and 8 ceiling hooks.

Pros

  • Has an Amazon 100% guarantee for fast shipping
  • Rustproof, durable, and heavy-duty
  • Great for commercial use

The Airhead AHDL-4 Bungee Dockline stays durable enough to hold your boat in place and can last through years of use and still be as strong as you first received it. It gives you a quick and easy way to secure your boat to the dock without having to worry about your boat floating away.

Pros

  • Keeps your boat close to the dock
  • Holds firm even in extreme water conditions
  • One option for this product can stretch up to five feet

The Dimex EasyFlex plastic P-Profile dock edging works to prevent your boat from scraping up and getting damaged against sharp corners and edges of docks. It is exceptionally easy to install and comes in sizes up to 25 feet in black or white color options.

Pros

  • Made out of recycled flexible PVC
  • Does not get crushed under the pressure of heavy boats
  • Will not cause color transfer or scuffing on your boat

KEEP A MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE


One of the most important lake dock maintenance tips is to keep a consistent maintenance schedule. You will never know when something could go wrong or when sudden repairs are needed, so it is imperative to keep track of when and how often you need to work on dock maintenance. Do this by keeping a log or writing down dates for maintenance in your calendar. Keeping track of your maintenance schedule will ensure that your lake dock stays in excellent shape.


Make Sure Your Dock is Safe

Safety first is one of the most essential principles for doing any activity. Keeping your dock properly maintained will ensure that it will remain safe to use for yourself and your family and friends. 


Proper dock maintenance will prevent injuries from occurring. Unchecked docks can become dangerous to be around.


Regularly Check Fasteners

Checking your fasteners regularly and replacing them as necessary is an essential safety precaution to carry out. Fasteners can loosen or become damaged over time, especially in harsh weather conditions that are bound to occur in the period of a few short years. 


If you feel the fasteners becoming loose or see them deteriorating, you need to properly tighten them back into place or replacing them.


Take Pictures of Your Dock

You may not notice some of the more subtle changes that might occur on your dock over time. In this case, it is important to take pictures now and again so you can compare each photo to the last one you took. This way, you can have an easier time noticing those changes. Even taking pictures on your phone can prove to be helpful.


Know When to Replace the Wood

The wood that is used to construct your dock will inevitably start to deteriorate, discolor and become too weak to maintain. You or a professional should do a thorough inspection of your dock at the end of every season. Check to see whether or not the wood will need to be replaced. 


Make sure to keep an eye out for splinters, rotted areas, or cracks in your dock since they are a sign that your wood needs replacement before it can lead to further damage.


Always Take Care of Repairs

If you notice that any part of your dock needs to be repaired, it is best to take care of it sooner rather than later. Minor damages can lead to bigger problems if they are left unchecked for too long. Even a loose or rusted bolt in the dock could potentially lead to disaster.


Don't Overspend Your Dock

When it comes time to sand your dock, it may be best to contact a professional to get the job done in the most efficient way. Overspending your dock can lead to even more damage, which can potentially become a safety risk. You will also need to be very careful when you are sanding your dock down to avoid injuring yourself.


Keep Your Dock Clean

To keep a dock clean, you will need to use a pressure washer. However, you do not want to set the pressure washer's cleaning level too high or it could cause your dock to deteriorate in quality. 


Use a fan tip nozzle and hold the pressure washer a foot away from the dock to clean it properly.

 

Do Not Take Shortcuts During Repairs

Temporary fixes will only work as a short-term solution. When you want a long-term solution, you will have to go about carrying out repairs the right way with the right materials and methods. Otherwise, your dock will be more likely to deteriorate at a quicker pace.


Contact Professionals When Necessary 

Any of these tips can be best executed when you contact a professional to help you maintain your dock. You may not need a professional for every matter, but it is still good to have a contact available for when you do need them. 


They will ensure that your dock will remain durable and do everything they can to make proper repairs to your dock if anything is damaged or missing.

HOW TO DOCK YOUR BOAT SAFELY


Approach Your Dock Slowly

When you are ready to pull your boat back to the dock, you will need to start slowing down so that you have more control to steer your boat back into its proper position. This may involve occasionally switching gears and taking sharp corners, but going slow will help to prevent you from running into anything else. 


Rushing your way back to the dock is risky and can cause more mistakes trying to dock properly. So remain levelheaded and keep your speed reduced so you can stay safe.


Keep Your Equipment on Hand

It is always best to be prepared with the proper equipment when it is time to dock your boat. You will need to keep docking lines and fenders close to you so you can be prepared to dock smoothly. 


Keep Track of the Wind and Current

The wind and current will have a lot of control over which direction it will lead your boat in and how fast or slow you will have to go to maintain control. Adjust your speed and steering accordingly so that you can keep your boat balanced properly and make it back to your dock safely.


Know Which Knots to Use

Different knots are used for a whole variety of different purposes and it is important to know the distinction between each knot so that you can dock your boat safely. 


Tying the wrong knots can have an endless amount of repercussions, such as losing your boat to the current or injuring others if your knot becomes loose/unties itself. To avoid that, practice the correct knots you will need to know when docking and tying your boat off.


Tying Up Your Boat

Once you get your boat safely back to the dock, it is time to immediately tie it off to keep it from getting carried away by the water. Make sure the knot is secure before you shut your engine off.


Ask for Assistance

If you are unsure about anything regarding maneuvering your boat or docking it properly, there is no shame in consulting someone who is more experienced. You could contact a friend, family member, professional, or neighbors who have boating experience. 

Asking for help can save you a lot of trouble and can help you learn how to dock properly when you need to.


Advantages of Owning a Lake Dock 

Owning a lake dock has its own set of advantages that you may not be aware of. If you are someone who loves boating and may also own a lakefront property, having a lake dock will ensure that you have a safe place to keep your boat when you are not using it. 


Having a sturdy and adaptable dock will prevent your boat from drifting away and becoming an obstacle for anyone else who might be boating.


Having a dock that is made out of water-resistant materials will prove to be quite useful since they are much easier to care for and maintain in the long run than most other types of docks. All you have to do is make sure that your dock is built the right size for your boat and will be able to remain durable regardless of most kinds of environmental factors.

 

Conclusion

Lake dock maintenance will take a lot of work and time, but it will prove to be advantageous for avid boaters and beginner boaters alike. Make sure to keep a proper maintenance schedule for your dock, have useful materials at hand, and repair anything that needs to be repaired so that you will have a reliable space to keep your boat.


Why do you need to use a Kneeling Pad for your Canoe?

Whether you canoe regularly or are just about to try it for the first time, you’ll find that kneeling is the best position for several reasons. However, you might also quickly find out that kneeling can be very uncomfortable after a while without the proper support of a kneeling pad.

A kneeling pad is a simple accessory that can be easily taken and placed at the bottom of the canoe to add a soft cushion for your knees to rest on. Not only will this protect you from discomfort during your canoe ride, but it will also save you from any bruising, soreness or even injuries afterward. As with any sport or outdoor activity, you should always take the proper safety precautions to protect yourself from injury.

Proper cushion and support under your knees will allow you to enjoy your time out on the water without having to hassle with adjusting your posture and rocking the boat too much. This is why it’s so important to invest in a reliable and durable kneeling pad.