Sports Fishing – Become A Member Of The Worldwide Community

Hundreds of thousands of sports fishers enjoy fishing-oriented events, competitions, and fishing expeditions designed for all levels – from novices to well-seasoned game fishermen. The perfect practice for people who love being outdoors in nature, enjoy quiet solitude or building close relationships with a few friends, and thrive on the challenge of learning the skills needed to attract, catch, and land the ever-evasive fish.

Opportunities to Learn Sport Fishing Basics

Anglers (who use a hook to fish) and other fishermen at all skill levels have a variety of ways to learn their craft. While many fishers learn the sport by first-hand trial and error experience, fishing schools are a great way to learn the basic techniques, whether you’re interested in game fishing, fly fishing, ice fishing, or rock fishing. Fishing guides not only teach you how to get the best results, but they show you where you can find the fish you’re after. Joining a group of more experienced fishers or a fishing charter tour will help you learn from the more experienced while you enjoy a group fishing adventure. You can even pick up tips and techniques when you visit boat shows!

No matter how your learn, you’re sports fishing education should include techniques for:

– Knots
– Wire Twists
– Hooks
– Tackle Maintenance
– Wind-on Leaders
– Crimps
– Splices
– Building Riggs
– Angling techniques
– Learning basic equipment

Popular Sport Fishing Spots

In the United States, locations people choose for sports fishing depend on the type of experience they want and the species of fish they want to catch. Inland freshwater fishing, where sports fishers enjoy casting, working with exotic lures, and gathering the food for a great fish fry, is best in cool-weather climates. But warm-water streams, rivers, and lakes also offer abundant rewards.

Inland freshwater fishing offers good eating species like trout, bass, catfish, crappie, minnows, sunfishes, and carp. Among many popular inland locations for sports fishing are:
– Chattooga River near Clayton, South Carolina
– Owens River near Mammoth Lakes, California
– Jacks River near Knoxville, Tennessee
– Mountain streams at Slate Run, Pennsylvania
– Deerfield River near Charlemont, Massachusetts
– Conasaugua and Jacks Rivers near Crandall, Georgia
– Cranberry River near Richwood, West Virginia
– Upper Connecticut River near Pittsburgh, New Hampshire
– North Branch of the Potomac River near Bloomington, Maryland
– South Platte River near Denver, Colorado
– Lake Eufaula near Eufaula, Oklahoma
– Great Lakes

American sport fishers who want to stay in the States and enjoy the challenges of saltwater fishing find great spots in harbors and on coastlines as well as out in deep ocean waters. Just a few of many popular locations for game fishing, where sports fishers seek the bigger, faster adversary include:
– Cape Cod, Cape Ann and Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
– Charters from Atlantic City, New Jersey
– Long Island, New York
– Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island
– Albemarle Sound, Cape Fear, and Cape Lookout, North Carolina
– Middle Chesapeake Bay
– Charleston Harbor and Winyah Bay, South Carolina
– Apalachee Bay and Apalachicola Bay to Cape San Blas, Florida
– East Cape To Naples Bay, Florida
– St Joseph, St Andrew and Choctawhatchee Bays, Florida
– Tampa Bay to Crystal River, Florida
– Mouth of the Mississippi River, near Venice, Louisiana
– Corpus Christi, Texas
– Matagorda Island to Aranasas Pass, San Antonio Bay, Texas
– Matagorda to Aransas Pass, Carlos Bay to Redfish Bay Texas
– Mississippi Sound to Cat Island Lake Borgne, Mississippi
– Laguna Madre, Texas
– Channel Islands, California
– Baja California, Pacific Side
– Mission Bay and San Diego Bay, California
– Santa Catalina, San Clemente Islands, California
– Alaska Coastline, anywhere
– Hawaii Coastline, anywhere

Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii are among the most popular game fishing locations internationally. And sports fishing can be found near any major international port and near mature reef systems. For sports fishers who want to get experience outside the United States, just a few of many popular locations include:
– Caribbean Islands
– Offshore Mexico, particularly Baja California
– Eastern Coastline of Australia
– Costa Rica
– Egypt
– Samoa
– Tahiti

Sports Psychology and the Jewish People

A number of years ago in the movie “Airport” a passenger asks for a little light reading at which point the stewardess hands him a one page leaflet of “Jewish-American Sports heroes”. Everyone laughed. And, yet, that is reality.

I’m an anomaly. I’m Jewish. I like to think of myself as reasonably successful and well educated. I’m Jewish. But I also ran track and played football in high school. I’m Jewish? And I was All-Pacific Coast as a defensive tackle in college. I’m Jewish?? And I was a P.E. teacher and the head football and swimming coach at a local high school. Now you’re probably thinking, “No wonder he went into psychology. He needed help with his Jewish identity. But the effects must still be there because in addition to regular clinical work, he does sports psychology.”

Let’s go back a few years and stereotype. There you are at the end of junior high or the beginning of high school. You’re a chubby little kid who does reasonably or terrifically well in school and has gotten used to being pushed around a little bit. No big deal. Your emphasis was on education. You made everyone very proud at your Bar Mitzvah. But you were intimidated by all the jocks at school, so you either avoided them, or hung on as a wannabe, or dabbled in sports a bit. Maybe you were the tall, gangly kid who looked like, in today’s terms, a “geek.” Your parents rewarded you for academic or creative or business endeavors. Tom Kowalski’s parents, Juan Gonzalez’s parents, William Jackson’s parents rewarded those boys, in one way or another, for being tough and macho and physical, for going out for sports and succeeding. But Irving Goldsteins’s parents, when questioned by the coach as to why they would not allow Irving to go out for football, even though he was 6’1″, 200 lbs. responded, ” Becuz dets not sumting a nice Joosh boy does. Let de uders beat each uder up. Mine sohn vill be a dawkter and has no time for dat! Gut bye!!” So you grew up being at least a little intimidated by physical prowess because our culture and religion preaches that education is next to Godliness, and it leaves little time for any physical endeavors- “Nicht mit der handt!”. And even if you were considered tough among the Jewish kids, you were still no match for the “real” tough guys. So you exerted your force through student council, or the debate club, and gravitated to others like yourself.

This grated on you for a very long time. And whether you consciously knew it or not, you had to make up for it in some way. In psychological terms you developed a reaction formation. You compensated for this feeling of inadequacy. A liability became an asset. So you became a) a hard-nosed negotiator, feared and revered in business circles or b) an entrepreneur so that you could use your bravado or c) a doctor or lawyer or some other self-employed professional so that you were automatically at the top and didn’t have to fight for respect or d) a top notch salesman so that you could use your finely honed verbal skills or e) some other position that insulated you from what you were ultimately still afraid of. Some of you avoided sports completely, some dabbled; all the while blaming other if you did not make it. Some turned to material things to prove themselves, like the big thick gold chains with the enlarged chai to prove yourself and all other Jewish males. And many of you made it vicariously through your children, some, unfortunately, becoming the ultimate “little league parent.”

Yet even with a de-emphasis on the physical aspects of Jewish life in this country, we love to hear about “Little Israel” kicking someone’s hindquarters all over the Middle East. “There!! That’ll teach you to mess with a Jew!!

As a people we’ve become afraid of physical pursuits. Why? Are the mind and body separate? Can’t the two be compatible, and isn’t that the healthiest situation? Allow me to discuss not merely the informative aspects of sports psychology, but the benefits to our children. Judaism teaches that we are to pass down our teachings to our children. Why not pass down something new that we have learned?

Sports psychology actually deals with two issues. One is that of a person with problems that have detracted from his or her performance, whether that be poor concentration or the inability to cope with stress. The other is that of the individual who utilizes yet another tool toward an increased performance. This individual does not have a problem. He or she only seeks to improve the psychological aspects since sport has been labeled “90 % mental and 10% physical.”

Today we recognize that social life is always in the process of change and development. Relationships are ever-changing as people move in and out of the lives of others. Prior psychologies dealt more with the isolated person, and the recent focus has illuminated the idea that the self rests within the larger circle of society. What we see and do in the world, as well as within ourselves, is shaped by the interactions with the many people in our lives.

Entering into this emerging area comes the field of sports psychology. Athletics is an intensified microcosm of social psychology, yet with many of its own rules, regulations, and, of course, problems. While social psychology alone deals with the individual and her or his interactions with the group, the social psychology of athletics deals with a triad – the individual, the team, and the crowd. Whether sport should hold the position in our society that it does is probably debatable. That it, in fact, does hold a revered position is not a contestable point. No other aspect of society, other than business, has an entire section of every major newspaper dedicated to it. No other events stir the emotions like the traditional rivalries that occur on all levels of sport. Even for the crowds, the socialization process occurring during athletic events is quantitatively more, and is far more intense, than the average person is exposed to.

In dealing with athletics one needs to examine all the various aspects of the social psychology. The advocates of sport have for years suggested that the positive aspects of camaraderie, common goals, and team identity are carried over into everyday life. In their endeavors to promote their ideas, they, of course, have failed to mention that the negative aspects, such as substance abuse, a win-at-all-costs ethic, and the dehumanizing effects, are also often carried over. Perhaps the infatuation with sport stems from the early Greeks and before. But one thing is certain. The whole world, even the world of academia, appreciates a superior athletic performance. The lives of the top athletes are closely monitored, and they often become national heroes, exemplified by Babe Ruth, Joe Di Maggio, Pele, Nadia Comanici, Tiger Woods, and Michael Phelps, to name only a few. Muhammed Ali became somewhat of an unofficial ambassador for the United States as a result of his career.

The athlete actually goes through each process of social psychology twice, once on an individual basis and once on a team identity basis. Self-inquiry must take place in both individual and team psyches for the end result of a cohesive performance to be successful.

The normal pathologies that are present in society are also present on a team and very often magnified because of pressure. Such factors as prejudice in race, ethnicity, religion, sex roles, and age are all problems. Each piece needs to be worked on, polished, and then integrated into the whole. An outstanding team is actually greater than the sum of its parts. The team provides the environment for the individual to flourish and grow. That growing individual then has an obligation to add to that extra dimension of espirit de corps. One does not function successfully without the other. So athletics becomes the perfect practice ground for a broader social knowledge.

Every study done on the subject of survival in time of stress, particularly war indicates that, by and large, those individuals who have had exposure to athletics stand a much greater chance of making it. The survival rate among those having been involved in athletics during WWII and the Korean War was almost double. If you examine those who have had the drive to really make it in business, most have had a good background in athletics at some level.

So if this is the case – if athletics can contribute so much to the development of a person – why have the Jews been one of the last groups to utilize this vehicle? The health spas are full of people trying to create or recapture that good image of themselves because ultimately they will perform better in all other aspects of their lives. Studies now indicate that working out is a major means of coping with depression and stress. Athletes in Action is a Christian organization that takes successful athletes and provides positive role models for their children to relate to. Why should they be allowed to corner the market? Don’t we owe it to those who will follow to provide as many tools as possible for success? Certainly, I’m not suggesting that athletics is a panacea for everything, but it is another valuable tool.

I conclude by telling you that not long ago I talked with someone in our midst now about this very situation. The response was that “The Big Machers” in the Federation would not support such an idea. And lest I be accused of being sexist, let me say that I strongly advocate the same stance for our women. As it becomes increasingly more difficult to succeed in this society, we owe it to ourselves to take advantage of all possible means with which to become successful. And, last but certainly not least, the time has come for a change if for no other reason than the Jewish youth of today can no longer relate to the short, stout, kid with glasses and a kippah that can deal only with academia and is afraid of his or her own shadow.

Copyright 2009 Yellen & Associates All rights reserved.

Learn Sports Betting and Rake in the Winning Cash

Whether you are an avid sports fan or just someone who wants to make some extra cash online quickly, anyone can learn sports betting and benefit from it if it is approached correctly. Professional betters use consistent winning strategies to become very wealthy and even provide a full-time income for them. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do that too? It’s not as difficult as you might think.

What You Need To Understand To Learn Sports Betting

Many view betting on sports as a form of get-rich-quick schemes, but if you want to do it right, you must understand that it involves a lot of hard work, good preparation, and extensive knowledge of the sport that you will place your bets upon. Strong money management, patience, and disciplinary skills are needed for consistent wins. Additionally, you must have the ability to know when to only place your bets when the odds are most in your favour.

Learn Sports Betting 101

All forms of gambling are games of chance. You are generally trying to predict the results of sports of most interest by placing your wager on the sport’s outcome. There is usually always a “favorite” and an “undedog” in each and every game.

The Role Of The Bookmaker

To learn sports betting, you must understand the role of the bookmaker, who practices the determination in advance the odds of both teams chance of winning or losing the game. The purpose of this gives you a chance for betting on the statistical probability of a team’s chance of winning that specific game or event. Keep in mind that the bookmaker always posts odds so it becomes favorable to place a bet on either team. Moreover, these odds are determined to encourage betting on both teams.

Legal Considerations As You Learn Sports Betting

Before you jump into learning the ropes of betting on sports, it would be wise to check in with your local legal limitations in terms of sports betting, as they can vary from country to country. Some countries deem sports gambling as strictly forbidden, whereas others see it as a hobby for sports fans and use it to increase enthusiasm and eagerness for certain sporting events.

Tools To Learn How To Bet On Sports

There are several articles, guides, and systems out there that will claim to boost your sports betting winnings exponentially.

Tips When Choosing a Sports Massage Course

Keeping your mind and body fit and healthy can help you make your future better. By having a healthy mind, you can make sound decisions to improve your lifestyle and make your future more stable. Meanwhile, having a fit body can help you accomplish your tasks easily and efficiently. Therefore, it is essential for everyone to be aware about their health.

When it comes to health care, individuals need to know the best and most effective solutions that can cater to their needs. For instance, if you are experiencing visual complications, you need to look for a reliable eye doctor who can provide you with the best treatment. In case that you experience injuries due to sports, one of the best solutions is to opt for seasoned sports massage therapists.

As of now, there are lots of sports massage therapists all over the world. These experts provide effective solutions that can help athletes deal with the injuries and recover easily from this incident. So, if you are planning to help athletes and become a therapist, enrolling on sports massage courses is a must. Listed below are some tips when choosing courses.

Look for competent training centres – One of the most important aspect individuals need to do is to look for a good and competent training centre. This is needed to ensure that teachings, techniques and methods are presented properly.

Determine the facility – It is also essential that you determine the facility. Check its cleanliness, identify devices and gadgets used and evaluate other medical rooms to ensure that you can effectively learn from their teachings.

Access their credibility – It also pays to access their credibility. You need to be sure that the centre is qualified and has passed standards to teach sports massage courses. You also need to be sure that they provide courses like clinical and remedial massage course level 5 (BTEC) in order for graduates to obtain an ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy.

Know the instructors – Some training centres have certified and reliable instructors. This is needed in order for individuals to learn sports massage properly. Not to mention, seasoned instructors can also provide unique techniques that can help improve your knowledge and skills.

By knowing these tips, individuals can learn sports massage therapies that can help them provide care and affection to individuals who need to get rid of their muscle and bone injuries and play their beloved sport once more. Click here for more.