Slide Show: May 2006 Jerry's Tips

Throw Chum a Long Way
Tossing live baitfish into your targeted area before beginning to cast is a sure way to start a feeding frenzy. To throw them farther with less arm strain, make a bait-hurler. Cut the bottom out of a sturdy plastic gallon jug. Insert a 3-foot broom handle into the jug's neck, drill two holes through the neck and handle, and fasten them together with bolts and washers. Load it up with live bait, and toss.
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Protect Your Hull From Abrasion
Allowing your beached boat to wallow in the waves can damage the hull very quickly. To prevent this, lay a sturdy 3-foot 2x4 at the water's edge, and slide the bow up onto the board. This will keep the keel, which is the area most susceptible to damage, from rubbing against rocks and sand. Stow the beaching board in the boat so you have it handy every time you go ashore.
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Plan a Gobbler Ambush
Whenever you see a tom with hens, make note of the time and location. Turkeys are creatures of habit, and knowing their routine is crucial when gobblers won't respond to calls because they already have company. Unless you spook them, you can expect those birds to show up again tomorrow at the same time and place you saw them today. Be there first, put out decoys, and call softly.
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Design Your Campfire for Cooking Over Coals
When you're cooking over a campfire, make your fireplace a double-wide. Build a fire on one side of the pit and keep adding wood to maintain a constant blaze. Rake coals from under the burning wood and spread them evenly on the other side to provide steady, even heat. Replenish the coals as needed. You'll have much greater control over how fast food cooks and can avoid burned meals.Field & Stream Online Editors
Reader Tip: Plug a Gas Leak With Soap
If you ever get a small leak in your boat's or car's gas tank, rub a bar of Ivory soap over the hole. When the gasoline comes in contact with the soap, it will form a puttylike substance that will plug it temporarily. But it has to be Ivory-"or at least that's what the Canadian outfitter who showed me this trick claimed. -"John Case, Katonah, N.Y.
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