Vertical Jigging - What Fishing Line to Use

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Ask any serious angler and he’ll tell you there are many different fishing techniques that can be used, depending on the species of fish you are trying to catch. Vertical jigging is a fishing technique that is used to catch predatory fish, such as bass and amberjack, when they are deep in the water. This technique involves “jigging”, which is an up and down movement of the rod that makes the lure jig up and down, mimicking a real fish.

Vertical Jigging Techniques

While every angler will have their own special technique, vertical jigging is best done with the rod butt held under the armpit and when the lure and weight is dropped down to the required depth, you begin to raise the rod tip, winding half a turn with the reel while doing that. The ideal distance between the top and bottom of the rod swing is about one metre and when the rod is lifted, wind in the line half a turn, then also wind in half a turn when lowering the rod. This up and down motion combined with the line retrieval, causes the lure to move in a way that attracts the predatory fish, hence the term “jigging”. If you’re looking for the right rod for vertical jigging, Fish Head offers FCL Labo Fishing Rods at very reasonable prices and they also stock a wide range of essential accessories such as line, lures and hooks.

The Best Line for Vertical Jigging

The general consensus on the best fishing line for jigging is braided line, which is a little more sensitive than monofilament line and anything from 50-80lb breaking strain should be more than ample. Some fishermen swear by mono line whatever the style of fishing, so perhaps the best advice is to try both and see which you prefer. The experts will usually side with braided line, as it is slightly thinner than mono line, which allows you to pack more on your reel, while it is important to have the line tightly wound onto the spool, otherwise it might dig in when you hook a big fish.

It’s All in the Technique

Vertical jigging, like most other forms of fishing, is all about technique and trial and error is the best way to approach this type of fishing. If it works for you, then it works for you and most anglers will try different approaches until they find what works best for them.

The Right Breaking Strain Line

This very much depends on the species of fish you are trying to catch and could be anything from 10-100lbs. Using a heavy breaking strain line for smaller fish is unsuitable and remember that the more breaking strain, the thicker the line. The more experienced anglers will purchase 3 or even 4 spare spools for their reel and would have a different type of line on each, which does allow you to switch at a moment’s notice.

Whatever you decide, vertical jigging is a very effective way to present a lure and many anglers use this technique when fishing deep.

Coffee Anyone - Is Our Habit Damaging The Planet?*

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I love a great coffee shop as much as the next person although my personal favourite hot beverage over coffee is a Costa hot chocolate, loaded with marshmallows and served wth lashings of cream! It's one of life's little luxuries or at least one of mine. l tend to indulge in this pleasure more so in the cold autumn and winter months, particularly when I've been out walking in the cold and I need something to warm me up from the inside. 

Whether you're team Costa or you prefer Starbucks, if you love coffee shops then chances are - just like me - you'll have gone through your own fair share of take out or disposable cups. I have to hold my hands up and be honest, as eco conscious as I try to be, I've never really given much thought to what happens to my disposable cups once I've thrown them away. I guess I just assumed that they all could be recycled because they look and feel like they're made of paper. But according to 'The What, Why & How To Of On-The-Go Cup Recycling,' an ebook put together by UK manufacturer Glasdon, this isn't always the case or at least it's not always so straight forward. In fact it's estimated that only 1 cup in every 400 is recycled. 

Types Of Disposable Cups

Apparently 2.5 billion disposable cups are used in the UK each year and the three main types are paper, plastic and foam. I don't come across many foam cups in the main high street coffee shops but I've noticed they still use them at sideroad burger vans and the likes. Whilst the foam does provide insulation when you're holding your hot drink, it is estimated that it takes hundreds of years for these to decompose. Not so great afterall. 
Again I don't come across many plastic cups in coffee shops but whenever I've been to a concert they almost always hand out plastic cups as it's deemed safer than the glass version. Thankfully most plastic cups are made with recyclable materials. 
Paper cups it seems are the most commonly used in coffee shops these days which sounds great because we can of course recycle paper, right? In theory yes, but in actual fact it's not the paper cup itself that presents the problem. It's all in the lining on the inside of the cup and how it's bonded which determines whether you can recycle your cup or not.

 How Can I Recycle My Coffee Cup?

If your paper cup has a PE lining then it can be recycled but only if it's disposed of in the right way, note these can't be disposed of in your usual recycling. Bearing this in mind how on earth are we expected to be able to do our bit? Thankfully as a solution, many main coffee chains now offer in-store recycling schemes. In fact Costa coffee stores have opened up their cup bins to any brand. Good old Costa! Next time you're finishing off your latte, why not keep hold of your cup until you pass a coffee shop that offers this recycling scheme? And if you work for a large company then you might also be interested in a cup recycling station. Many businesses are now implementing these stations as part of waste management programmes;

Of course many of you will already be doing your bit to reduce your carbon footprint which is fantastic, but there is always that little bit more that can be done. So the next time you grab a take out coffee, have a nosey to see if your coffee shop has an in-store recycling scheme and if they don't, why not suggest it?

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Don’t Let Stress Ruin Your Life: Learn How to Relax Today

Do you wake up and feel a certain amount of dread about your day? If so, you’re not in the minority. Millions of people all over the world wake up and just want to pull the covers back over their heads to ignore the day ahead. Unfortunately, stress has become a huge part of our lives, but a little of it does no harm. However, when stress is no longer helpful and becomes a problem, it’s important to slow down and find ways to relax. Feeling stressed on a regular basis can lead to anxiety, muscle pain, high blood pressure, insomnia, and a weakened immune system. These can then lead to serious illnesses, both physically and mentally.
Luckily, if you’re feeling that your stress levels are getting out of hand, here are some ways to relax your mind and body.

1. Deep Breathing

Did you realise that when you get stressed, you probably hold your breath? If you don’t hold your breath, then you probably breath shallower than you should. To counteract this, deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain, helping you to relax. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which promotes calmness. Abdominal breathing for 20 to 30 minutes each day will reduce anxiety and stress. 

2. Relax Your Jaw

There is another physical symptom of stress and anxiety you might not realise you’re doing: clenching your jaw. Also known as the tight jaw, it is thought that it relates to stress and until you think about it and correct what you’re doing, you won’t realise the benefit. Take time out during the day to think about what you’re doing and relax your face. One way to do this is to open your mouth for 30 seconds and continue breathing naturally through your nose. 

3. Spend Time Attending to You

Looking after yourself is essential to ensure stress doesn’t beat you. One stress-relieving technique you must try is massage therapy. This ancient method of relaxation has been incredibly popular for centuries, and it’s not hard to see why! When you take the time to unwind while a professional relaxes your muscles, it will work wonders to calm your mind. If you live in Hertfordshire, turn to Heaven and Earth Massage to help you today.

4. Bring Nature Inside

Another way to look after yourself is to improve your living conditions. With this in mind, coming home after a long day at the office to a home that’s filled with plants is an uplifting experience. Studies have found that it calms you down. One study undertaken at a Washington State University found that stressed people who entered a room filled with plants experienced a four-point drop in their blood pressure. Those who didn’t see the plants only experienced a drop of two points.

Removing stress from your life is virtually impossible. However, it is possible to change the way you deal with it. Pay attention to what your body is telling you: when stress levels are getting too high to handle, take some time out and relax. You should also analyse what is making you stressed because getting to the root cause of the problem and dealing with it first is bound to lower your stress levels. 

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Advent Calendars - A Christmas Tradition

Any regulars who have been following GirlGoneDreamer since day dot will know that Christmas is my absolute most favourite time of year. Nothing else compares! When all my friends are loving the hot summer sunshine, I'm longing for cosy autumnal October days so I can start planning for Christmas all over again. Hence now that we are full swing into both autumn and October, I'm officially allowed to talk about anything and everything Christmas related. Yay! 

Today's post focuses on one of my favourite childhood Christmas traditions - Advent Calendars! I am one of four children, I have two sisters and one brother, (all younger) and every year my mum would buy an advent calendar for us to share. As was tradition every November, my dad would draw names out of a hat to see which of us would get to open the first door and so on, this way it saved any arguments or that was the general idea. Every December morning we'd run downstairs, still PJ clad, just to see what was hidden behind each door. It really was such a magical time and I guess I have my mum to thank for that and indeed for instilling in me such a love of Christmas. 

Now I'm all grown up I continue this tradition and I'm a particular fan of both the chocolate and premium beauty advent calendars. You can get them from many places but Debenhams is as good as any! This year I've actually got my hands on the Clarins 12 Days of Christmas Calendar and it's so gorgeous. The calendar itself comes beautifully presented in the form of a triangular shaped gift box, I presume made to look reminiscent of a Christmas tree. Unlike some calendars which fall apart, this one is so hardy that I'll be able to re-use it to store all my makeup and beauty bits once Christmas is done. 

As you'd expect from a twelve day calendar, this one comes with twelve individual Clarins products, each housed in a numbered gold gift box. Here's what you get for your money; (look away now if you don't want to spoil the surprise!)

SOS Primer full size in 00 Universal Light
Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 07 Honey Glam full size
Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 30ml
Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer 4ml
Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer 5ml
Supra Volume Mascara in 01 Black 3.5ml
SOS Hydra Mask 15ml
Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream 15ml
Beauty Flash Balm 30ml
Crayon Khol in 01 Carbon Black 0.25g
Instant Eye Make-Up Remover 30ml
Gentle Foaming Cleanser for normal or combination skin 30ml 

What I love about the Clarins 12 Days of Christmas (other than how beautifully it is presented,) is the value for money. Bearing in mind the cost of some of these items if I was to buy them individually, the price of £60 seems like a bargain. One of my favourite Clarins products, the Beauty Flash Balm, is usually around £30 for 50 ml, and if I was to purchase the full size SOS Primer and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil I'd be looking at paying around the £25 and £19 mark for each. 

I haven't decided yet whether I'll keep all the gorgeous products for myself or whether to divvy some up as Christmas gifts for family or friends, but this calendar gets an all round five stars from me! 

Do you have a particular Christmas tradition that you've carried on since childhood? Perhaps like me you also love advent calendars. I'd love to hear about your personal favourites. Look out for more posts on my Christmas traditions over the next couple of months!

Reasons why women can’t leave abusive relationships

When you hear about an abusive relationship it’s easy to think, ‘why don’t they just leave?’ But in reality it’s a lot harder than just walking out the door and never looking back.

Understanding some of the reasons why women can’t leave abusive relationships could give you a better empathetic feeling towards someone who tells you they’re being abused by their partner and allow you to offer advice on what they could possibly do.

Abusive relationships come in all different forms and happen a lot more than we’d like to believe, so knowing the reasons why women can’t walk away could help you, a family member or a friend see things a little clearer and get the help that’s needed to make the change that’s needed.


Victims of abuse are likely to have been isolated from their loved ones, in order to stop them from seeking support. This isolation stops them from seeing that the behaviour they’re experiencing is wrong, and means that they depend on their abuser more and more.


Not only is fear of the unknown that might stop people leaving abusive relationships, but fear for their safety too. The likelihood of violence increases after a separation and there are figures to show that women killed by their ex partner are likely to be killed within the first year of separation.


Victims of abuse might not have always been a victim, they could have very well been a lively and confident person before the abuse began and because of this they could been embarrassed by the person they’ve become.


If an abuser has forced the victim to quit their job, or take control of their finances, the practicality of leaving might be non-existent. If you’re a victim of abuse however you can claim for compensation, and CICA UK can help to get the money you deserve and quite possibly need to move on with your life.

Low-self esteem

Victims of abuse are often told regularly that they’re worthless and don’t matter, so this is of course going to impact their self-esteem. Not only do they feel low about themselves, but they’re made to believe they couldn’t cope without their partner, so feel compelled to stay with them to survive. 

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