Fishing Subscription Box For Men

Monthly Fishing  Subscription Box For Men

Everyone loves presents, which is why the monthly subscription box for men services are blowing up.  There are scads of monthly subscription services for clothing, boxes for men’s accessories and lots more.  But here we are going to highlight just the fishing related subscription boxes for men.  Though in all fairness, women can get them too.

We have been trolling the depths of the Internet to find the best to of the fishing subscription box services and here is what we landed:


mystery tackle box

Mystery Tackle Box

One of the first to blow up on the scene of fishing related subscription boxes for men, Mystery Tackle Box has remained strong, delivering an assortment of fishing lures. You pick the species and they deliver the lures.

lucky tackle box subscription box for men

Lucky Tackle Box

Not quite as well known, but delivering very similar content, the Lucky Tackle Box subscription service for men is another great choice for monthly mystery boxes of lures.

monthly fly fishing subscription box for men

Monthly Fly

There are several fly fishing related subscription box service companies. All offer a selection of flies. Monthly Fly gives you the great choice of ‘matching the hatch’ with your region and time of year.

the fly pack monthly fly fishing subscription box for men

The Fly Pack

This monthly subscription box gives you the choice of getting flies, or fly tying materials. I think that is a very interesting option, especially if part of the year it is snowing where you live.

post fly box monthly fly fishing subscription box

Post Fly Box

Offering a wider selection of types of flies than the rest, if you are looking for flies for less commonly fly fished for, you might look here.

The Crappie Box, panfish monthly subscription box for men

The Crappie Box

Focused on Crappie and other panfish, this is a great box idea if you are into Crappie, Perch and the like.  Just pronounce the name right please.

Monthly bait club fishing box subscriptions

Monthly Bait Club

This monthly fishing subscription box targets southern fishers, giving you a choice of freshwater Bass lures or saltwater lures for Snook, Redfish and Seatrout.

Did We Get All The Fishing Subscription Boxes For Men?

Is there fishing box for men that we missed?  Please let us know, or if you have a comment about one of these services, please post about it in the comment section below!

Going Skirtless When Fishing Mats

Fishing Weed Mats Without A Punch Skirt

should you use a punch skirt when Bass fishing in weeds?

There is considerable debate about using a punch skirt when fishing for Bass in areas with mats of vegetation.  The idea is that the bulk of the silicone strands keeps weeds from grabbing your lure on the way through and add motion when underneath.  But are they worth it? Do you need them?

Here is a video that talks about going skirtless when fishing mats.

Quantum Hellcat 30 Spinning Reel Reviewed

Is the Quantum Hellcat 30 Your Next Spinning Reel?

Quality fishing reels are something I love to have but I hate paying too much for them. To that end, I’m really liking the Quantum Fishing Hellcat 30 spinning reel.

Quantum Fishing Hellcat 30 Spinning Reel
Quantum Fishing Hellcat 30 Spinning Reel

If you haven’t checked them out, they are as sexy as you get for a reasonably priced spinning reel and they have enough bearings to make them smooth to work with.  I’ll be honest with you.  I grew up in the woods of North Idaho and I don’t know how many bearings those reels we used had, but hey absolutely grated when you would reel them and the drags were dismal.  Hooking into a big fish was a nightmare with those things.  I likely would have killed for something this sweet back then.

The big features for me on this reel are first the price point. MSRP is $80 but I’m seeing them on Amazon for less than that plus if you have Amazon Prime you can get it shipped for free. I’ll admit it, I’m now an Amazon junky.

Next is the continuous stop. Those old reels has one stop, so you better hope that it was against it if you went to set the hook. A continuous stop prevents any line from playing out when you put tension on the line. It may not seem like a big deal, but when a trophy is on the line it definitely is!

Third is LOTS of bearings. The Quantum Hellcat line has 11 Bearings (10+clutch) so you know it will run smooth.

Quantum Hellcat Spinning Reel Specs

Here are some of the general specs for this reel that I pulled off the Quantum website for the Quantum Hellcat series of spinning reels:

  • 11 Bearings (10+clutch)
  • Lightweight aluminum body and side plate
  • Continuous Anti-Reverse™
  • 5.2:1 Gear ratio
  • Lightweight graphite rotor
  • Long Stroke™ spool design
  • LMS™ line management system
  • Heavy-duty anodized aluminum bail wire
  • Soft-touch EVA handle knob

The Quantum Hellcat spinning reels actually come in three sizes. I think they are all pretty reasonably sized, not too big but not so small that if you have a fish run you have to sweat it spooling you.

Quantum Hellcat Spinning Reels
Model Gear Ratio Line Capacity Bearings Weight.
HC20F 5.2:1 140 yds. / 6 lb. 10+1 10.0 oz.
HC30F 5.2:1 190 yds. / 8 lb. 10+1 11.1 oz.
HC40F 5.2:1 170 yds. / 10 lb. 10+1 11.8 oz.

Hellcat Spinning Reel Reviews

There isn’t a great deal of feedback in on this reel yet, but so far their is only praise for the Quantum Hellcat spinning reel.  Here are a few that I’ve found that seemed useful.

“Great Reel. very smooth and i love it. I’m using 8 pound Spiderwire Braided Line. Spooled up Smooth . My new favorite reel.”

“Great reel super smooth casting and retrieving great drag as well”

Final Analysis Of The Quantum Hellcat Spinning Reel

I have to go with it being a winner. At least until someone gives me some evidence to change that opinion.  If you are looking for a midrange spinning reel for yourself or as a gift, you aren’t going to go wrong with giving them one of the Quantum Hellcat spinning reels.

Check for the best price on the QUantum hellcat spinning reels

Video – Tying The Blingnobyl Ant

A Pink Variation On The Chernobyl Ant

In the past I have made no bones about not being a fly fisherman.  I throw metal and meat 98% of the time, sometimes both at the same time.  But there are few flies that I keep around for special occasions. Chernobyl Ants are one of those.  I like them because they have a great profile from underwater, don’t sink and are relatively easy to tie.

This variation, the Blingnobyl Ant takes it up a notch, using some pink craft store foam to add some oddball color to the traditional black Chernobyl Ant pattern.  This video was done by the crew at and if you like tying flies you should check out their site, they have some cool patterns.

Materials List

Hook: Allen D202 Dry Fly #8 or Daiichi 1280
Thread: UTC GSP 100 Red or MFC Premium Thread, Pink 3/0
Under-bodyPearl Cactus Chenille or MFC Lucent Chenille (Small)  
BodyGlitter Craft Foam (Pink 2mm) glued to 2mm Fly Tying Foam, Cut to shape
Legs: Orange Barred Rubber Legs or Speckled Centipede Legs
Indicator: 2mm white fly tying foam



Bow Fishing For Carp In Washington State

Yes, You Can Bow Fish For Carp In Washington

bow fishing for carpIn Washington State, Carp are an invasive species and need to be managed (heavily).  To that end, they are the only fish legal to bow hunt for.

 Here is a great article with some insights into bow fishing for for carp in Washington state waters.

By the time Tom hit his first fish we had both taken about a dozen shots, encouraged by Estes to “just keep shooting, and aim low” to compensate for the refraction caused by the water.

#As I kept missing — and aiming lower, and lower — Tom hit another fish. Then a third, each going into a large plastic barrel on his side of the boat. Finally, I got past the refraction, aimed low enough, and hit my first carp.

#“That’s a mirror carp,” Estes said as I hauled the roughly 20-pound fish over the side of the boat. He pointed out the irregular, larger-than-usual scale pattern on the fish, then dropped it into my bucket. The game was, as they say, afoot. Or maybe a-fin.

#In either case, by the time we left the inlet for more open water, Tom had hit four fish and I had three of my own in my bucket. We kept count for the next two hours, at which time we both decided we were having too much fun to care who shot the most fish.

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Rigging For Kayak Salmon Fishing – Tackle

What Tackle Do You Need When Salmon Fishing From A Kayak?

Fishing for salmon from a kayakSummer run Chinook salmon season is quickly approaching and I am looking forward to salmon fishing from my kayak.

This is my first year really fishing a kayak and every trip is a new adventure, so it took some research to get the kayak ready for salmon fishing.  In this article I cover some of the ideas of what tackle you will want for salmon fishing from a kayak.

Rods For Kayak Salmon Fishing

The way to go in the rod department when salmon fishing from a kayak is a slow rod that is about 8′ long.  A slow rod is going to bend through the length of the rod, giving you lots of flex to fight a big salmon.  Your length should be long enough to get around the end of your kayak in case the salmon you have on decides to get crazy and you need to switch sides of the boat.  Your salmon rod doesn’t need to be fancy for kayak salmon fishing, it just needs to be flexible to take a run and strong enough to pull in a 30# fish.  You do want to make sure that your rod is rated for braided line, because if it isn’t your line could wind up getting cut on an eyelet. I’ve had it happen!

Reels For Kayak Salmon Fishing

Tackle Direct

A bait casting reel that holds a decent amount of line is essential.  Quite honestly I would rather spend the big money on my reel than on my rod.  Especially fighting pissed off King Salmon, you need a reel with a great drag system that can hold up to getting salt water on it.  A good reel isn’t cheap, but will make or break your fishing trip.  The last thing you want is to lose a 35# Chinook because your drag got sticky and started locking up while your fish is running.  Something like the Shimano Tekota 300 should do a great job and hold up to the salt water.  I like line counter models, but some people don’t.  I will leave that up to you.

Line For Kayak Salmon Fishing

Kayak Salmon Fishing in Puget Sound pretty much means you will be mooching or trolling.  Either way, you will want a small diameter braided line.  If you go for a 20# test braided superline, you will have almost no drag and be able to get a bunch of line on your reel.  The regular complaint with braided line for salmon fishing is that it doesn’t absorb shock.  This isn’t a problem because you will use some mono on your terminal tackle, will be using a soft rod and fishing from a kayak that itself will absorb energy.

Now You Have The Tackle for Kayak Salmon Fishing

Next time we will talk about the terminal tackle for kayak salmon fishing, the common techniques and some thoughts on where to fish for salmon.   Do you have any comments on this article?  What are you  using to go kayak fishing?  Post your comments below, or you can email your comments to me.


2014 Puget Sound Shrimping

Time To Shrimp Again

Pot full of Puget Sound Shrimp
A pot full of Puget Sound shrimp!

Summer is fast approaching and that means that it is time to go shrimping!  The official notice came out a few days ago.

Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 are re-opening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Area 7 East is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing as well, with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Effective date: June 1, 2014.

Species affected: Non-spot (coonstripe and pink) shrimp.

Location: Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11.

Reason for action: Recreational non-spot shrimp shares are available in these Marine Areas.

Other information:  Marine Areas 4, 5, 6 and 7 West remain open daily to all shrimp species.

Contact: Mark O’Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

Anglers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage at  for details on current shrimp fishing seasons and regulations, or check the current WDFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet  for fishing regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Honestly this isn’t something the Fishing with Cliff crew have done a lot of.  We have plenty of other things to suck at, like halibut fishing.  Though we may try it this year, maybe…

Here are some great links for going shrimping in Puget Sound in case you are wanting to gear up and go.


Photo Credit: Fish Washington

Puget Sound Halibut Fishing

Halibut Fishing And The FWC Curse

We aren’t known for catching fish like experts, but we do still like to go fishing.  Halibut fishing is something we started doing last year with no success.  This year we came back with renewed spirits and all the right gear only to be met by foul ass weather.

First day we had scheduled to fish, we wake up to a small craft advisory.  Yeah…  That didn’t sound like fun so we screwed off, went to a Russian Spa and ate a huge pile of meat for lunch.

The next day we rolled out in the afternoon and had beautiful weather.  Not one bite and everyone we talked to hadn’t seen any halibut caught.  Great boat ride though!

Once More Unto the Breach

This last weekend we headed out halibut fishing again.  The weather was reasonable leaving Everett and wasn’t horrible when we got to Mutiny bay.  We were hopeful.  We dropped anchor and started setting up our gear.

It was about this time that I noticed that our boat, while anchored, was holding at a 90 degree angle to our anchor rope.  That was our first WTF moment of the day.  From there on in, the weather got progressively less fun.  The small waves started to build, and since we were sitting odd to our anchor rope, we were side on to the waves and wind.  When they all started to get white caps, we decided to go home.

This mean that we had already spent more time driving than fishing and were severely bummed as Thomas had just lost half his bait to a decent bite.  But we pulled anchor and bailed.

Rounding the corner into Useless Bay is when things got really fun.  I’m not sure exactly what sea or weather God we pissed off, but by the time we were in the middle of the bay, the 1-2′ waves were now 5-7′ waves and we were banging through them, hoping to get home in one piece without swimming.  After an hour of slogging our way through shit-ass waves, we made it to the East side of Possession Bar where the water flattened out and all was sunshine and happiness again.  I think the Gods don’t want us to catch Halibut…

We have one more Friday scheduled to fish, so with any luck, we can actually spend the fishing and not fighting waves and trying not to drown.

Puget Sound Halibut Fishing Tips

Since we have had plenty of non-fishing time to research what we are doing wrong, I figure we might as well pass along one of the better videos we’ve seen on Halibut fishing in Puget Sound.  Hope you enjoy and get to catch a Halibut.  I’m not sure we ever will…

Pike Fishing Fantasy Art

Fantasy Art And Fishing Don’t Normally Mix

Usually you don’t see any fantasy art that features or is appropriate for a fishing site, but these shots I ran across today definitely do.  I can see my brother going after Pike like these.  “We’re gonna need a bigger boat…”

fishing fantasy art

Two guys pike fishing fantasy art.

pike fishing fantasy artOf course I can’t go with out giving credit to Tommy Kinnerup who did these drawings.  Apparently they were pieces done for a fishing catalog and they have grown legs and taken on a life of their own.  Definitly take a minute out of your day and go check out his site:


Anchor Pulling Ring Review

If You Anchor Your Boat Then An Anchor Puller Is Essential

Anchor pulling ring
An anchor pulling ring plus the float, makes getting your anchor back up MUCH easier!

Last year was the first time that the FWC crew took a stab at Puget Sound Halibut fishing.  It was a great learning experience.  Does that sum up our lack of catching any Halibut well enough.  We did learn some things though and one was the need to have an anchor puller.  With 300’+ of rope out and anchoring in ~200′ of water, pulling a muck covered anchor up sucks.  I should know, since as the biggest guy on the boat, I generally did it.  This year I solved that problem using a an anchor pulling ring.

We watched other people out there using buoys as were baffled at first as to what they were for.  Quite honestly we never anchor the big boat up other then when we are halibut fishing, so we had no experience with it and anchoring the little boat doesn’t really require one.

This Year We Got Smarter About Pulling Anchors

As we started gearing up for this year, an anchor puller was high on my list and I like simple, so my choice was an anchor pulling ring.  Obviously there are no moving parts to break, fail, seize up and so on.  I like that!

An alternative design anchor puller
A different style of anchor puller.

Secondly, anchor pulling rings are relatively inexpensive and about half of what the more fancy ones cost.

Third is that a ring style anchor puller doesn’t have to be put on the line before you anchor up. Half the time we are still asleep when we are going fishing it is so damn early and the last thing we need is to forget to thread the anchor puller on.

Fourth is that they anchor pulling ring is pretty forgiving.  Honestly this time out we had to add some rope to our anchor line to replace some that we lost and the knot we used to join them was efficient, but not what I would call mariner pretty.   I know it would never go through the fancier anchor pullers, but the ring didn’t care about our fist full of knotted rope.

Anchor Puller Buoys

The other essential part of this rig is a float of some kind, typically a 11-18″ buoy with a short piece of rope and a clip.  The stores all sell nice red ones and honestly you can save a few bucks by ordering online.   In fact, you can buy whole anchor pulling ring assemblies online for only about $80 but I am a cheap bastard and assembled my own.

After looking at the price of buoys and comparing it to what I was already spending the year in replacing equipment and buying a halibut spear, I figured I could just use an old fender that we found a few years ago.  It was fairly big an I figured it would float the little anchor we use just fine.

If you want something fancier for a buoy to put on your anchor pulling ring that is fine, I can see why you wouldn’t want an ugly old float on yours LOL.

Pulling Double Duty

That is a pun there… Ok, fine a lousy pun.  But since we are halibut fishing, we needed a buoy to go on the line for the halibut spear as well.  A quick change clip and the same float works for pulling the anchor and bringing in the halibut that we will eventually (hopefully) catch!

Easy To Use Anchor Puller

One of the things I like most about the ring and float anchor pullers is that they are easy to use.  When it is time to go, simply slip the ring over the line, clip on the float and motor past your anchor at about a 30 degree angle.  The resistance of the float in the water levers the anchor up out of the sea floor and pulls the line through the ring.  When it hits the top, you simply stop and reel it in.  No more back breaking pulling.  I love it!!!

Where To Buy Anchor Pullers

You can find anchor pullers in most stores, but I prefer to shop online and save some money.  It is up to you if you want to pay a little more to support your local store or if you want to save your money and spend your savings locally on more fishing tackle.  The second is usually my choice.

Wherever you decide to shop, I highly suggest you get an anchor pulling ring.  They are a back saver!