paper towel holder, fish sinker
Make a paper-towel holder for outdoor use by fastening a 12-inch piece of 1-inch-diameter dowel at the center of a 7-inch-square wooden base. With a screw and washer, attach a piece of 30-pound-test monofilament leader to the top of the dowel. Tie a 2-ounce sinker to the loose end. The weight and leader will prevent gusts of wind from unwinding the towels. Field & Stream Online Editors
Break a Breaking Pointer
Don’t shout “Whoa!-¿ when a pointing dog breaks and flushes the bird. The dog will learn that you can’t enforce the command. Instead, attach a 15-foot check cord to the dog’s collar. When it breaks point, remain silent but jerk the dog to a stop. Then go to its side and hold it in place while stroking it. The dog will gradually attribute the yank on its neck to the premature flush. Field & Stream Online Editors
See More Fish
Consider gluing your fishfinder’s transducer inside the hull. Signals will pass through without affecting reception, and you’ll get a clearer picture when moving at high speed. Degrease and dry a spot near the boat’s centerline, close to the transom and away from structural supports. Seat the transducer in epoxy glue on wood or fiberglass; silicone glue on aluminum. Field & Stream Online Editors
Save Your Rod
When the tip breaks off a fishing rod, it may not be ruined. You might have created a useful specialty stick. Glue on a new tip guide and try out the stiffer action. Shortened fly rods are often better for making long casts with weighted flies. Chopped-down casting and spinning rods can work fine for heavier lures and are just the thing for vertical jigging and trolling. Field & Stream Online Editors

How to Plank-Grill Salmon, Bluefish, Mackerel, and Shad

Oily fish like salmon, bluefish, or mackerel taste better when plank-grilled. Marinate a fillet in soy sauce and lemon juice. Lay it skin-side down on a 1/2-inch-thick hardwood plank that you’ve soaked in water. Put the wet plank on a gas or charcoal grill, cover, and cook for 12 to 15 minutes. The plank will steam, then emit just enough smoke to flavor the fish perfectly.
Tweak Your Decoy
Always enlarge the hole that the spindle goes through in the bottom of a turkey decoy so the body can move friction-free when stirred by slight air currents. With the decoy in place, push a twig firmly into the ground 8 inches on either side of the tail to prevent any unnatural spinning. In a light breeze, gobblers find the abrupt back-and-forth movements hard to resist. Field & Stream Online Editors

Use Bullet Box Dividers to Organize Tools

Can’t keep your tools in order? Here’s a solution. The compartmentalized plastic dividers that high-powered rifle bullets are packaged in make excellent holders for small workshop items. Mount a few bullet dividers on the wall in your workshop and use them to hold pencils, screwdrivers, small chisels, files, awls, and drill bits.
Match the Bait
If gamefish are driving bait but you can’t get them to hit, make sure you’re using a lure similar in size to the baitfish. Predators tend to become keyed to the size of the baitfish in the schools they are attacking and refuse larger baits or lures. At such times, using a plug of the right size is more important than color or action. Field & Stream Online Editors
Install a Kill Cord
If you take your boat into open-water situations, attach a strong string to the end of the elastic kill-switch cord on your outboard motor and mount it under the gunwale along the full length of the boat. Now any passenger can pull it to shut off the power in an emergency, should the operator fall overboard or be unable to stop the engine. Field & Stream Online Editors
Follow Skidder Trails
Logging skidder trails tell you the way out of the woods. Skidder trails originate at log landings on traveled roads. As the skidders progress into the woods, they make a trail with spurs that fork off to the right and left. The forks make Y shapes, the bottom leg of which always points back toward the landing. Follow the skidder road in the direction indicated by the leg. Field & Stream Online Editors
Irritate a Smallmouth
In the spring, smallmouth bass become very protective of the bright spots on the bottom that mark their nesting sites. Hook a dark-colored plastic worm through the head, cast it to a bright spot, and let it sink to the bottom. Then just leave it lying there. The bass will become irritated by the worm’s presence and will pick the worm up by the head to carry it away. Field & Stream Online Editors
Measure Slot Fish
An accurate fish-measuring trough makes it possible to sort out slot-size fish quickly and harmlessly. Using 1×6-inch boards, construct a V-shaped trough with a wooden stop at one end. Butt a yardstick against the stop and fasten it to the inside of the trough. Use an indelible felt-tipped pen to mark minimum and maximum slot sizes for various fish species on the inner wall. Field & Stream Online Editors
Teach a Dog Hand Signals
The secret to training dogs to follow hand signals is to start short. Begin by tossing a dummy just a few feet to one side, then directing the dog to it with a hand signal. Now, pitch it short to the other side. Soon you will be able to mix short throws and steer the dog with appropriate hand signals to the right, left, and back. Gradually increase the distance each time the dog succeeds. John Rice
Stash Your Registration
A plastic 35mm film canister makes an excellent weatherproof place to store your boat registration. Drill a hole in the bottom of the canister and use a stainless-steel screw and washer to permanently attach it to the boat in a hidden place, such as underneath the bow deck. Store your registration inside the canister where it will be available when you are checked by authorities. Field & Stream Online Editors