Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

Shorter days fishing tip: Use bigger baits to target larger bluegills in the school

Parker Revermann, son of author, Jason Revermann, caught and released this 10 1/8-inch bluegill while trolling a perch-colored No. 3 Original Floating Rapala behind a bottom-bouncer.

Summer is winding down, but there’s lots of great open-water fishing still available. Baitfish have had months to grow and are more of a mouthful these days. Larger bluegills often look for a larger meal to fill their appetite. Small crankbaits and vertical jigging minnow baits can help you target some of the largest ’gills in the school. Larger baits often will intimidate smaller fish and keep most of them off the hook.

First, locate the fish. Usually you can find them around the outside edges of the weeds anywhere from 4 to 24 feet of water. That’s why you need to use your sonar units to locate marks off the bottom. Side scan really can shine when searching for ’gills, especially in shallower water. Adjust your side scan to get the best possible image when searching in shallower water. I like to set the width away from the boat to about four times the depth of water I am working.

When schools of ’gills concentrate, you can vertically jig small jigging minnow baits like Jigging Raps or Ultralight Rippin’ Raps to catch some of the bigger individuals.

Often bluegills will scatter along the outside weed edge or along certain break lines. This is the perfect time to employ a trolling technique to cover more water and pick off the most aggressive fish.

I like to use a 1 1/2-ounce bottom bouncer with a 6-foot leader and a No. 3 Original Floater Rapala  trolled 1 mile per hour or less. Something that makes this method extremely effective is to drop back the rod tip setting the weight on the bottom allowing the bait to pause and raise, then pull forward and to make the bait vibrate and dive. This pause-and-pull method triggers more bites than a constant trolling speed.

Make sure you are marking fish, and if they are not active move on and find more active fish.

Good luck fishing and stay safe.

Categories: Blog Content, Fishing, How To’s, Jason Revermann

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