The Lowrance 000-11448-00 is a disappointing fish finder

I was looking for an affordable fish finder that did the trick under most circumstances, so I ordered the Lowrance 000-11448- 001 from Amazon. While this was not supposed to be a negative review, I’ll have to go into all the detail and the reasons I’m so unimpressed by the way this item serves its purpose. Or rather, it does not.

Since this is not the first unit I’ve put my hands on, I figured I knew the basics of operating a fish finder correctly. Some of the most annoying things about the Lowrance 000-11448- 001 range from the lack of accuracy to low performance at high speeds. In addition, the size of the screen is counter-productive, particularly if one’s looking at the display while the sun is up in the sky. I’ve had trouble with deciphering the data regarding the depth readout as the figures seem to be way too small for me to understand while I was in my boat seat. In my opinion, reading the information shown on the screen shouldn’t be so difficult, especially since both I and the fish finder are stationary.

What’s more, I would like to point out that the instructions provided in the box were anything but straightforward. As I mentioned before, this isn’t the first time I’ve used such a device, but I find the interface to be anything other than user-friendly. Even though I realize that the Lowrance 000-11448- 001 is a cheap product in the line, what with it costing less than one hundred and fifty bucks, I believe that my money would have been better spent if I had chosen a two-hundred-dollar portable smart fish finder. Another thing that I disliked about this Lowrance model is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any info with regard to the temperature of the water. As any fisherman knows, this is a crucial factor when trying to figure out what fish species you’re targeting. Some like it hotter, whereas others like it chillier.

To give you an example of just how untrustworthy the readings offered by this device can be, I’m going to tell you that I was in the middle of a lake when the unit was telling me that the water depth was of about thirteen feet. That was impossible as I had fished in the same place before using a different fish finder. I have a friend who, regrettably, got the same Lowrance 000-11448- 001 and he says that the model wasn’t capable of signaling a single trout in a river filled with fish.

To sum up, I don’t recommend buying this product for all the reasons I’ve mentioned earlier on. It’s an unreliable, inaccurate, and worthless unit that won’t help you under any circumstances. Spend your money on something worth the while instead of getting this Lowrance fish finder.

My tips for buying a rod for bass fishing


When going into a tackle store, you might find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of possibilities at hand. Choosing the right gear, especially if you are new to this wonderful sport, can be difficult, and when you lack the basic gear knowledge, can end up in a hand-full of wasted money and time.

My first piece of advice for you is to take your time and do some research on the general components of the fishing equipment. You need to understand what the rod and the reel are, what types of lures and baits you can find in stores or in nature, and most of all, you have to think about what exactly you are planning to fish for.

Assuming you already know that a rod is the modern fishing pole that has a butt cap at the base and ends up with the tip top, has a reel seat and guides through which the line is guided towards the tip top, let us talk about the other main characteristics of a fishing rod. Two features that are often confused are the power and action of a fishing rod. What you have to remember is that the power regards the resistance of the rod to the inflexure produced by something pulling the line. The more power in a rod, the less it will bend, and the tougher the fish you can catch with it. Therefore, unless you intend to catch a wounded baby bass, you will have to consider a rod of at least medium power. The action of the rod tells you about where it bends. Extra-fast and fast action mean the rod will bend closer to the tip, while a moderate and slow action mean that it will bend on a lower point of the blank. The action of the rod will help you hook the fish: it is about sensitivity, the cast and how fast you can have your hookset. Different actions will transfer the pressure differently to the blank. You should always choose your rod action based on the lure you are going to use. Slow action rods work well for light baits and treble or multi hooks such as crankbaits or jerkbaits, while a fast action will help you cast heavier lures, spinnerbaits, topwater, and is generally used for stronger fish.

The taper is usually left out of most fishing rod guides, but it is very important, in my opinion. It tells you how fast does the diameter of the blank increase from the tip to the end of the blank. A fast taper means the rod has more backbone and the change is quicker, while a slow taper will give you a long increase. Thickness translates to power, so for a big fish like the bass, you should get a fast taper rod.

The bass is a big fish who fight a long time before giving up. You should buy a rod that has sufficient power for that and which you will feel comfortable with when pulling and bending. Consider a nice grip handle and a soft but firm butt cap, as you will want to uphold your rod on your body for more control.


The best camping places in the Rocky Mountains


The Rocky Mountains are a mountain range that stretches on more than 4 800 miles from the British Columbia, Canada to New Mexico, United States. Its highest peak is Mount Elbert, with a 4 399 m height, located in the state of Colorado. Given their length, you can imagine there are a thousand places you could go camping and hiking, but, that is precisely the issue, it is hard to pick one place to visit in the Rocky Mountains. You can wander aimlessly, discovering new sights by yourself, but that is not recommended for inexperienced amateurs. So which are the best spots for camping?


You should probably start with the Colorado National Park, where you can admire many wild animal species such as elk, deer, bighorn sheep and many rare species of birds. You can only visit it in spring and summer, as it is usually closes during autumn and winter due to meteorological conditions.

Another spot you shouldn’t miss is The Mesa Verde National Park, the home of the Ancestral Puebloans, located in the Montezuma County, Colorado. It is one of the most valuable archeological sites in the US and it will provide you with an amazing history lesson about the civilization inhabiting these places a long time ago and the mysterious conditions in which it disappeared. Today, you can visit the site and admire the well-preserved ruins. If you want to find out more about this civilization, you can visit the Chapin Mesa museum located nearby.


One of the most impressive and largest trailing parks in the Rocky Mountains is the Timber Creek Campground. There are 98 camping sites for tents and RV’s equally. You don’t need a reservation when coming here, as the camping spots are given following the first-come, first-served rule. From the campsite you can choose one of the many hiking trails that will take you in picturesque areas of the mountains. In the evening, you can light a campfire on the metal fire grates provided by the camp administration. The park is located as a 34 mile distance from the Grand Lake, so you can hop in your truck or RV and take a detour before the end of your weekend trip.


The Yellowstone National Park is the oldest and one of the most sensational natural parks in the world. However, though it may not entirely fall in the best camping places in the Rocky Mountains category, the park lies on a plateau surrounded by them. With its endless trails, natural variety of species, geological wonderment and its 300 geysers, the Yellowstone National Park is a place you will never be able to forget and you’ll want to visit at least once more. Most people come here for the great variety of hiking trails which can take hikers a couple of hours walk to cover or can become a few days exploring adventure. There are a total of 12 campgrounds inside the Yellowstone Park, its huge accommodation possibilities allow you to camp here without prior reservation. However, as their website alerts, don’t take selfies near animals, because they can become restless and dangerous.

If you are interested in other interesting destinations, here you can find some cool info.


How I Relax After Playing Soccer


I’ve been playing soccer all my life. Even as a little boy I enjoyed every bit of it. This hobby soon became a passion, I don’t regret getting hooked on to the game. I played really well while at school and college. After I got a job I continued to play soccer with my friends every weekend. When I was young, the aches and pains weren’t as bad and my feet didn’t feel so sore after a tough soccer match, or maybe I just don’t remember those days that well.


Anyway, ever since I passed out of college, I haven’t been playing soccer as regularly as I used to, which is why I’m not in a great shape to play a game. I work all weekdays and play at least once in the weekends. I’m lucky to have a girlfriend who understands me and gives me my space.  She’s so amazing that she gifted me my very own foot spa massager, so that I can relax after a game of soccer. Initially, I thought of it as a feminine tantrum and I told her I wouldn’t use it ever. Somehow she managed to convince me to try it at least once and I’ve been hooked on to it ever since.

A foot spa isn’t just for women, men too can use it and trust me it’s one of the most relaxing experiences you’ve ever had. I don’t suffer from sore feet anymore and I end up feeling great with a foot spa session after a soccer game. I do this at home, no one knows about it. I know my friends will make fun of me for using it, but as long as it works wonders for me it will remain a part of my after-soccer relaxation regime.


The benefits of a foot spa are numerous. It relaxes my tired feet and all the leg muscles after a soccer game. The foot spa massager that I own, have various modes ranging from  a complete massage or a gentle soothing one to match the mood I’m in. I don’t need anyone to massage my tired feet. While using it I can sit, relax and watch my favorite TV shows.


It’s a great investment for men and women. If you’ve been spending time and money at foot spas, it’s preferable to buy one of these foot spa massagers that work just as well. To get a DIY foot spa for home, you have to spend only a fraction of the total money you might have spent till now, for professional spas. This is a onetime investment that is great not only for those who engage in regular sports but also for people who have to move around a lot at their workplace and lead a hectic life. I treat myself to a foot massage on weekdays too, because it takes away all the stress of workplace as well.


It helps me relax my entire body and I sleep like a baby. It improves my foot and leg blood circulation, which is an added advantage. Initially, I was skeptical about a foot spa massager, but now I can’t imagine a week without it. I am so happy with the results that I no longer feel ashamed to share my experience with my team members at soccer. Believe me they have also started using  this wonderful device.


Frozen Yogurt Vs Ice Cream


It’s almost summer! And along with the sun comes the scorching heat. So what does this mean? Yes, you’re right. Frozen desserts will be available everywhere. Two of the most popular desserts are the ice cream and frozen yogurt. But, what are the differences between them regardless of the fact that everyone want them to be thick, creamy, and yummy?
Of course, there is a lot of difference between the two. Ice creams are considered to be a big NO for the health and frozen yogurt is good for you if you are fond of a healthy diet.
So, let us dig deeper and know the real scoop behind ice cream and frozen yogurt:

Being the health conscious, you are, would like to know the amount of calories in each serving. Well, a cup of vanilla ice cream contains about 275 calories, while a cup of frozen yogurt contains only 221 calories. It is not much of a difference between frozen yogurt and ice cream. However, that is vanilla ice cream. You must carefully examine the calorie content of other flavors. There can be more than just 275 calories in every cup of ice cream.
•Yogurt is known for its bacterial cultures. However, that is yogurt. Frozen yogurt is different. The freezing process of yogurt may kill the active bacteria good for digestion. So, subtract the other health benefits you get from the frozen yogurt. However, it does not mean that all frozen yogurts lack in bacterial cultures that can’t live up to the freezing point. Some brands add the live bacterial cultures after the freezing process to preserve the health benefits of yogurt.
Low-fat and fat-free frozen yogurts have more sugar compared to the regular ones. Other additives are added to make them taste sweet. Enjoy your frozen yogurt, but do not order big scoops plus all the tempting toppings (which are basically unhealthy). If you want to buy a yogurt maker I suggest checking out the products recommended by


So if you want to have a taste of the frozen desserts this summer and keep your diet in check, go for a few scoops of frozen yogurt with just a few sprinkles of nuts. Also, check for the active bacterial content of the yogurt on the ingredients sticker.

Simer 2305-04 Geyser II Review


Looking for a reliable geyser pump is a struggle. Many fail to provide the power required to suck out the water while others just hum around without pumping out any water. When I needed to empty a twenty-foot pit, I was desperately looking for something that delivered power and reliability. I came across the Simer 2305-04 Geyser II.


It is made up of thermoplastic, which meant that rusting over a period would not be a problem. The geyser comes with a garden hose adapter, which meant that I could move the water where I wanted to and would not have to depend on water being discharged to a single place. Simer also claims that the geyser is loaded with a pumping capacity of over 1,000 gallons per hour and their 6-amp motor promises to deliver efficiency. I ordered the Simer 2305-04 Geyser II and it arrived at my doorstep a few days later.



I must admit I was surprised at the size of the geyser when it arrived. For a geyser that claimed to deliver phenomenal power, the size was small. Although this was an advantage as it made the geyser light and portable, the real question was the efficiency. I connected the geyser to an extension at the garage outlet and immediately put it to work in the twenty-foot pit. This pit was filled with rainwater, leaves, and mud at the bottom. I attached the garden hose adapter, which was easy to do. All I had to do was screw it on. I then attached my 25 feet garden hose at the end of it and pointed the water to the direction I wanted it to go to.



Once the geyser started pumping water, I was pleasantly surprised. All it took was a few seconds to fill with water and the water started pumping out like a faucet on full blast. The geyser ran for over 18 hours and emptied the pit to the point that it was dry. All that was left in there were few wet leaves and muck. This was an amazing output for a geyser this size. Next, I tried to empty a puddle in my garage. The guys from this great website helped with their advice. The puddle was only about a foot deep. The geyser just kept humming without emptying any water. That is when I realized that the geyser had to be charged, which means that it had to fill with water in order to pump out water. I submerged the geyser in a bucket until it was ‘charged’, and put it back in the puddle. Lo and behold, the water started pumping out similarly to the pit. Do remember to submerge the geyser in a bucket of water for it to fill before trying it in shallow places.



Overall, I was very surprised and impressed by this tiny little monster. The Simer 2305-04 Geyser II packs a punch like no other geyser in the market. Definitely, a worthy investment to get rid of all your waterlogging issues.


Quesadillas – The Most Delicious Mexican Dish


If you are in agreement with the above sentence, then you are not alone. Many people enjoy this simple Mexican dish and consume it almost every day, be it in restaurants or at home. I personally prefer making my own quesadillas, because I can be completely in charge of what goes into each recipe and I also have my very own preferences. I discovered that I can even save a bit of money while making quesadillas at home, and what really saved me was getting a good and reliable quesadilla maker. It is true that I searched high and low for a unit to really serve me, since I like having quesadillas every day, but luckily, I found this site:, that helped me with a lot of information on quesadilla makers and the best products that can be found on the market right now.


What is a quesadilla anyway?


No matter how great it tastes, a quesadilla is not some kind of magic food (although you may feel tempted, just like me, to consider it so). In brief, a quesadilla is made of a wheat or corn tortilla filled with various tasty ingredients, and, in most cases cheese. You simply fold the tortilla and catch the ingredients inside, then serve it with your own hand. Yummy!


The versatility of quesadillas


The best part that I truly enjoy about quesadillas is that they are so versatile. Are you a vegan? You can always have a quesadilla guilty free. Do you prefer sweet stuff over savory ingredients? Create your own quesadilla recipe and stuff your tortilla with everything you want. As long as the ingredients combine well, you will have a tasty dish that is healthier than what you can have in a fast food restaurant, where too much sugar, salt and preservatives are used.

Ingredients preferred in the US


Although quesadilla is more popular in the southwest regions of the US, everyone loves this Mexican dish, as much as they enjoy their grilled cheese sandwich. Certain combinations are more popular here, but, as mentioned above, you can get really creative when it comes to filling your quesadilla. The way classic quesadilla is made in the southwest area of the country goes like this: a tortilla is taken and grilled on a grill, then you grate cheese over its surface; you wait for the cheese to melt, and after that, you add shredded meat – turkey is a recommended choice – , onions, peppers, guacamole, not necessarily all at once. After that, you just fold the tortilla and you enjoy it.

How the Electric Broom Was Invented


Today we consider vacuum cleaners nothing more but a means to clean the house and we cannot possibly imagine how difficult things used to be in the past when such inventions were not in use. The man behind this very useful home appliance was called James M. Spangler; this man used to work as a janitor and as a salesman, to later become the inventor of the electric broom, or, as we call it, the vacuum cleaner.


The first vacuum cleaner in existence

Spangler suffered from severe asthma and he could not stand dust, although he had to work in an environment that was filled with it. As he observed the way a rotary sweeper worked, he thought of how to turn the device into something that could clean floors and carpets. Putting together different components, he created what should be known as the first vacuum cleaner in existence. He took his invention to work and started cleaning the Folwell Building. When his asthma became less of a problem, he must have known that he had finally found a solution to quite an old problem.

From proof of concept to patent

As a simple janitor, Spangler didn’t have the means to turn his new invention into a gadget that could be mass produced. At first, he received some financial aid to patent his invention, but while he got half a million to bring his concept to life, the money was not enough to support such a great endeavor.


The patent was bought by William Hoover (his cousin’s husband) in 1908, and the production of the electric broom finally began.

At first, people did not seem so enthusiastic about using the new gadget, but Hoover came with the idea to offer a ten day free trial and to start selling electric brooms from door to door, a model that was to be embraced by many other companies later on.


You can read the rest of the article here and see also which is the best electric broom.

How to Prevent Injuries When Training with a Heavy Bag

Working out using a punching bag is very beneficial for developing self defense skills and cardiovascular conditioning. However, like it may happen with any other piece of equipment, training in an improper manner can lead to injuries. Let’s learn what to do in order to prevent unwanted accidents when training with a heavy bag.


Use gloves – There is a reason why boxers walk into the ring with gloves on their hands. And there is a strong reason why gloves are recommended while training, as well. What happens is that when you are hitting a heavy bag with your hands, all the complex joints and bones in them suffer an impact. The force of your hit can turn against you by causing really nasty injuries to your hands that may even prevent you from training for months.


Balance the strength of your punch – Stronger and harder do not necessarily equal better when training with a heavy bag. A very strong hard punch can lead to injuries to your elbow and shoulder. Remember that your arm is made of joints, and not only of muscles, and if you don’t respect them, the consequences will be dire. Martial arts trainees know the importance of balancing the strength of their punches so they do not end up injured.


Make a proper fist – There are thousands of ways of landing a poor punch that can be followed by injuries, but only one to land a perfect punch that will not jeopardize your health. That way is making a proper fist. Here are the steps:


  • Open your hand and hold it relaxed
  • Clench and roll your fingers starting with the top
  • Roll the thumb over the first two fingers, placing it between the first and second joints


This way, you will be able to focus the power of your punches on the two knuckles, which are the most powerful, without putting unnecessary strain on your wrists.


How to Get Your Kids to Enjoy Fishing


Kids are not known to be the biggest fans of fishing, but I guess that happens because they have not yet gotten the real taste of this enjoyable pastime. Here are some of the things I do to get my kids to enjoy our fishing adventures as much as I.


Everyone in my family has a role when we go fishing. My youngest daughter, Carla, is in charge of the baits, while my son, Kevin, loves playing with the fish finder. I think it is quite normal for kids living in the age of electronics to be so fond of such devices. Plus, I am starting to believe that he is doing a much better job at reading the fish finder screen than I do.

The main argument you most have probably heard a thousand times from your kids is that they will get bored while you see about your fishing. These adventures should never be boring. Teach your kids about fishing and get them involved in all kinds of water related activities. Again, putting them in charge of the fish finder will get them pretty involved and they may even become more into fishing than you are.



While you are on a fishing trip, not everything should be about fishing. What you can do is organize small outings, such as a nice picnic, where everyone can enjoy their favorite foods. It is well known how important is for kids’ health to get to run and play in a natural environment.

If you plan your next fishing trip wisely, your kids may just start sharing your passion for catching fish. Don’t forget to pack a fish finder, as well, since it will certainly get the children interested and involved in what you love so much.