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.

Gear Checklist, Recommendations and Tips for Your Ice Fishing Adventure

Winter does two things for anglers. It either drives them inside for sixth months and forces them to count down until spring or it pulls them from their warm home to the nearest ice. Ice fishing has never been for the faint of heart. Getting up early, finding a spot on the lake, setting up the ice hut, drilling holes, setting tip-ups, etc. The list goes on and on. For some, this is the most rewarding type of fishing possible.… Read More »

Best Fly Fishing Gear and Techniques for Winter Steelheading

When people think winter fishing, most imagine setting up a shelter, drilling a few holes, tying on a jig and seeing what they can catch for dinner. While ice fishing is entertaining, there’s something to say about bringing the fly gear out on a sunny winter day. The fish don’t stop, so why should we? The bites aren’t going to be as ferocious and winter fly fishing requires extra gear you wouldn’t otherwise need. It’s a great chance to improve… Read More »

Getting Your Tactics Right for a New Carp Lake

Guest Post by Andrew Patterson — Fishing a water for carp that you’ve never fished before can be a pretty daunting experience. It is why many anglers stick to lakes they know and catch the same fish each season. However, if you are prepared to put in a bit of hard work then it is well worth the effort and you are sure to be rewarded. So, if you are up the challenging and excitement of fishing new water for… Read More »

8 of the Best Smallmouth Bass Lures and When to Use Them

The aggressiveness of the smallmouth bass makes them an exciting species to target. But, like many things, fish behaviors change with the seasons, temperatures and weather and so do their feeding habits. So, in order to make consistent catches throughout the year, it’s crucial to choose fishing lures based on those same patterns. For a new angler, this can be daunting and sometimes discouraging. The fishing industry has so many lures and baits to choose from, each promising to be… Read More »

Shark Surf Fishing: Nature’s Perfect Predator Beach Thrill

Guest Post by Dena Standley — I can’t talk about surf fishing for sharks without telling the story of my very first surf-fishing experience.  I had grown up fishing in the lakes of East Texas, as was a rite of passage for any kid who grew up within a driving distance of Lake Sam Rayburn and Lake Livingston.  As adults, my husband and I had fallen in love with spending as much of the summer as possible at Crystal Beach… Read More »

Rod Expert Builds One-of-a-Kind Custom Bass Rod for Friend

Guest Post by Tim Carter —  This particular build I’m going to discuss is for a friend of mine out of Virginia. He is an active-duty sailor and close to having his first baby – and a custom-built rod. Let’s hope he gets to use it within the first year. His only requirement was, “JUST MAKE IT A CUSTOM BASS ROD!”. His target species is bass and his choice of application design is for a spinning rod for use fishing… Read More »

Surf Fishing Redfish: Tackle and Tactics for Success

Guest Post by Dena Standley — There is a special kind of magic in surf fishing for redfish. This fish has many names depending on what part of the country you are in, and the size of the fish. They are technically known as red drums, but along the gulf coast where surf fishing is most popular, they are usually called redfish or just reds. Bull reds are any redfish longer than 27 inches.  It takes a lot of work,… Read More »