Fishing in the Spring Time: Tips for New Fishermen

The spring is a great month to get out and about on the water, so here are our top tips for making the most of the new season.

The number 1 rule in spring is to simply get out on thwe water as much as you can!  There is a wonderful saying that even the worst fishing day is better than no fishing day at all!    You should also keep a close eye on the weather report – days of unexpected warmth or sunshine are good opporunities to get out and go fishing.

Whilst out, keep looking for the sunnier spots.  The cold water will warm up quickly once the sun brightens up in spring, so more fish will be attracted to the warmer shallows.

Use smaller, more brightly coloured lures during spring, when the water can be muddier or murky.  This helps the fish to see them better, and the smaller lures will seem like less of an effort to chase around.

Creating an Interesting Tank Interior

Decorating your tank is a fun part of keeping fish and reptiles – it gives you a chance to show off your sense of style and can help your fish and reptiles be happier in their tanks with places to hide and sleep if they want to!

Plants are a good way to start, as they also have the benefit of oxygenating the water.  You can of course buy artificial plants for your tanks too, which are a good option for those who do not want to have to do too much maintenance.

Ornaments can bring your tank to life and can offer vital areas for your fish to hide in – classic ideas feature pirate themed items such as skulls and shipwrecks, but we are starting to see more and more different ideas coming into play these days.  Why not give your tank a zen makeover with some japanese style decor?

Caring for Reptiles – How to Look After Your New Pet

Reptiles are a very interesting creature to own as a pet.  They have features which are very different to other animals.  For a start, they are cold blooded, with scaly bodies and they lay eggs.  We lay out some of the facts about looking after your own reptiles as pets.

Compared to some animals, reptiles are actually pretty low maintenance! They are good for people with allergies to fur and for people who work long hours and aren’t always at home.  It is however, still a living animal and we are effectively putting it in captivity when we take them into our homes!

Reptiles are not really an expensive pet to buy, with some suitable beginner reptiles like corn snakes and leopard geckos costing around £50.  Some larger and more unusual reptiles cost much more.  You need to think about the cost of setting up a vivarium too, plus all the accessories.  A typical vivarium can cost around £200 to put together, with larger or bespoke designs costing much more!

Feeding your reptile is altogether more interesting than other pets…for a start, many reptiles enjoy eating live prey…so you’ll need to be able to feed them the right things!  Corn snakes and bearded dragons need to be fed defrosted mice.