Author Archives: Dorado

About Dorado

John Pardal, aka Dorado, is the editor as well as an author for Reel Adventure Fishing. He has fished extensively up and down the U.S. Atlantic coast, throughout much of Florida and a bit of the Caribbean. John loves writing about all aspects of sportfishing and is passionate about conservation and promoting sustainable fishing.

Catch More Bass With Live Worms: Gear, Tips and Tactics for Fishing Nightcrawlers

When most people think of bass fishing, they almost automatically think of using artificial lures. While this is certainly a popular and effective approach, another great way to catch bass is by using live worms. Yes, it might be considered “old-school”, something nostalgic from our childhood, but fishing with worms is just as effective now as it was then. I find it kind of funny how today we use all types of artificial, imitation baits but sometimes question the effectiveness… Read More »

Kayak Bass Fishing: Essential Guide (With Tips and Recommendations) for Getting Started

When most people think of bass fishing, they imagine someone standing in a boat with a motor, casting a lure into the water. However, bass can also be caught from a kayak and we see this approach becoming an increasingly popular alternative to more traditional methods. In fact, bass fishing from a kayak can be a very rewarding experience, especially for those who enjoy fishing in smaller bodies of water. In this article, we will take look at some of… Read More »

Dry Fly Strategies for Catching More Trout

It’s a cool, overcast spring morning when you throw a size 16 blue-winged olive fly (Baetis) into the current. You watch in amazement as within seconds it gets crushed by a hungry brown trout breaking the surface. Welcome to dry fly fishing, one of the most thrilling methods for catching trout on a fly rod. What Is Dry Fly Fishing? The dry fly is designed to float on the surface of the water and imitate an insect that a fish… Read More »

Looking for a Good Trout Spinning Reel? Here Are 5 That Deliver on Performance and Value

Trout fishing is most often associated with fly fishing with the notion that to be really effective at catching trout you have to use fly gear. The perception is that fly fishing is the “true” and only way to pursue the species. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. There are plenty of anglers who fish for trout with spinning gear, and they do it for many reasons. One that quickly comes to mind is the affordability of spin… Read More »

Barbless Hooks: The Fish-Friendly Alternative Anglers Should Consider

Many anglers today choose to fish with barbless hooks because they want to conserve our fish populations and natural resources. Fishing with barbless hooks is safer and more humane. These hooks are designed to catch fish without injuring them which is better for the angler, fish, and wildlife. It has become as valuable to today’s recreational fishing as using circle hooks and the practice of catch and release. These fish-friendly hooks can be used by anyone and for all types… Read More »

The Spincast Reel – My Introduction to the World of Fishing

I remember the first fish I ever caught as a kid like it was only yesterday. It was a snapper blue (juvenile bluefish) not much bigger than my hand. I still remember how it shimmered as I raised it out of the water onto that old bridge on a sunny summer morning on Cape Cod. My gear was very basic – a short generic-looking fishing pole with a pre-spooled spincast reel from a local department store and a box of… Read More »

Is Catch and Release Still Good for the Fish and Fishing?

When I return from a fishing trip and regale my non-fishing friends with stories from the stream, I am often met with bewildered looks and a predictable slate of questions. Namely, “Where’s the fish?”  As a fly fisherman, it’s a question I’ve had to answer numerous times and my justification never seems quite adequate enough for a non-angler audience. During a recent round of questioning from a good friend of mine, I decided that it was time for me to… Read More »

5 Locations in the US for Amazing Fall Salmon Fishing

Whether it be for food or sport or a little of both, the pursuit of salmon has captivated the imagination of anglers forever.  Although certain salmon can be found all over the world, there are certain places that stick out more than others. The United States, Canada, Iceland as well as a few other global locations dominate the salmon fishing scene. Our focus for this post is salmon fishing in the United States, of course, and with that we are… Read More »

Making the Jump from Spin and Baitcasting to Fly Fishing

In the world of fishing, there are many different avenues. Fly fishing, saltwater casting, ice fishing, and so many other variations are all in the fishing world but can be wildly different from each other. When it comes to gear, bait, strategies, and performance, there are so many factors that go into each sect of the fishing world. Transitioning from one style to another can be tricky. When an entirely new skill set is required, there is a learning curve.… Read More »

Thermal Stratification: Water Science for More Fish on the Lake

Anglers are sportsmen, and like all sportsmen, they are always looking for ways to improve their game. Most of the time anglers look for new equipment, whether it’s a new type of fly, lure, or bait, or a new trolling motor or fish finder. However, knowledge is often the most beneficial tool. Many anglers are purists, preferring the more naturalistic approach of understanding their prey and environment to reel in a catch. Purists are my favorite kind of outdoorsmen, the… Read More »