Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Millet Sports

Staying warm on the water this time of year is no easy task. Increasingly , I've found that clothing marketed for "fishing" leaves a lot to be desired. Because of this , I've started searching out gear from other outdoor enthusiasts - especially hikers and skiers.


One site in particular that I've found to have good deals on outdoor gear is Millet Sports. Based in the UK , they carry tried and true brands that have been around for years at surprisingly affordable prices. In addition to their great selection , they usually have a ton of items on clearance. They're currently offering free shipping on orders over £50 and free shipping is something I can always get behind.

I've been pleasantly surprised by their prices on brands like Craghoppers and Columbia. I'm new to Craghoppers , but I absolutely love my microfleece pullover that I bought recently and I have my eye on their Kiwi Gore-Tex jacket. I think Columbia speaks for itself as a well known brand , but I will say that Millet Sports has some of the best prices I've found anywhere on Columbia hiking boots and jackets.

Millet Sports is constantly offering sales and adding new products for a wide variety of outdoor pursuits. Go check out what they have on offer , you won't be disappointed!

Have a great week!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Rekindling an Old Flame

It's a sad state of affairs for me. I loved to trout fish in my teens. Back then , a friend and I would go at every opportunity and it often seemed we would have whole streams entirely to ourselves. It was a fun couple of years , but then I developed a taste for warm water fishing.

Bass and catfish sang a siren song that drew me increasingly to the riverbank for all night sessions of bait fishing debauchery. The trout had lost their standing to slightly larger and harder fighting fish. This started a disturbing downward trend in the number of days I spent on the water.

Soon enough , I was a lure throwing machine. I would spend every weekend thrashing the brush at the lake in search of largemouth or dragging topwater lures ever so slowly through shallow water at the back of a cove. I don't think it was ever meant to last.

As if it had been preordained , I hooked my first Striper while bass fishing on the upper end of the lake. I never landed that first Striper , but I did get a good look at him has he made off with a five dollar crankbait. He seemed to be four feet long and made of mercury , a shimmering mass of silver flesh throbbing at the end of my line for what seemed an eternity , while the drag on my reel screamed like a banshee. Sadly , the Leviathan's initial run was of greater scope and power than what bass reels and eight pound line are designed to handle. I like to think that I could have went back to trout fishing before that fateful day , but alas , something broke inside of me and I have since been a very different kind of fisherman.

I'm no longer content to stumble blindly along a stream listening to the tinkling of water rushing over rocks. Listening to the splunk-splunk-splunk of a topwater plug seems tedious. Now I long for the sound of thousands of baitfish leaving the water to escape marauding schools of linesiders intent on their destruction. And yet , even as I write this , I question my devotion to my beloved Striped Bass.

The pounding of the surf calls me , as does the laughter of gulls. Zip-lining a bluefish off the end of a pier on a King rig , only to have a King Mackerel pull a sky job on it as soon as it hits the water , changes something. Seeing a Cobia open its mouth to swallow a bluefish whole , seconds before your bait clicker snarls to life like an unoiled chainsaw , changes everything.


There is no going back to the misspent years of my teens and my love for trout , try as I might. Instead it has become a pilgrimage of sorts , something I do to pay homage to the fish and streams I cut my teeth on. I'm OK with that.

Have a great week my friends! With any luck , I'll be back to trout fishing after the dawn of the New Year.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I'm a little early , but it's a busy time of year and I'm not entirely sure when I might have a few minutes to wish everyone well. Whatever your flavor , Happy Holidays from me to you. I hope you're able to celebrate with family and friends , and enjoy some time off.

There are a ton of great blogs holding some great contests right now , so if you like freebies now is a good time to start blog surfing!

Have a great day!

Friday, December 7, 2012

North East Tackle Supplies

Winter Doldrums have set in in my neck of the woods , so I'm trying out a new feature here on the blog.The idea is to share some of the places that I browse regularly for deals on fishing gear.


Up first , is North East Tackle Supplies. Based in the United Kingdom , NETS offers a wide variety of global brands as well as a few hard to find brands. Reasonable pricing only adds to their appeal.

Great Britain , and indeed , the rest of the UK , has one of the richest angling traditions in the world. They've consistently been innovators in the fishing world and I'm always eager to see what NETS has on offer,  especially on their sale page.

NETS has a great selection of distance casting rods and reels , like the Okuma Magnetix casting reel and Century Match rods , both of which are hard to find here in the US. NETS always has the lowest prices for competitive casting gear that I've been able to find anywhere.

I'll admit that I've "borrowed" a lot of ideas for rigging and surf casting from our friends across the pond , and that's another reason I like to snoop around on some of their fishing sites. I'm always ready to learn new ways of doing things

Be sure to check out North East Tackle Supplies for some great deals on equipment for whatever type of fishing you do!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oyster Stuffing / Dressing

A favorite from the Recipe page.


* 1 lb bread, including crusts (10 cups packed and cubed)
* 1 pint oyster, raw
* 4 -8 tablespoons butter
* 1 cup celery, finely chopped
* 2 cups onions, chopped
* 1/4-1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
* 1 tablespoon sage, minced
* 1 tablespoon thyme, minced
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
* 1/8 teaspoon clove, ground
* 1 cup chicken stock
* 2 large eggs, well beaten (optional) 
  
1. Preheat oven to 400°F and toast the bread until golden brown on the middle rack. turn into a large bowl.
2. Meanwhile heat butter until melted and foam subsides. Add onions and celery and cook about 5 minutes until tender.
3. Remove from heat and stir in the spices.
4. Stir in the bread cubes, and drained oysters and toss well, until the stuffing is moist, but not packed together; stir in the stock and eggs. Put in bird while moist, remoisten and adjust spices as necessary. If cooked in a casserole dish at 350°F until heated through with a crust on the outsides, 25 to 40 minutes.
5. Oyster juice may be used in place of some of the stock.


I probably need to edit that , but Happy Thanksgiving anyway!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Snobbery and Elitism in Fishing

Or , I found a hornets' nest , and I have a stick to poke it with.

I've had an urge to write something about this for a long time , and indeed I've hinted at it in several places around the web , but never felt confident enough as a writer to actually tackle the issue head on. Things like this have a way of getting blown out of proportion , and certainly what follows may cause an uproar. I hope not. I'd much rather see it start a genuine discussion about our attitudes toward each other , and maybe cause some of us to have a moment of reflection. I know I've personally thought about it a great deal , so understand when I point a finger it is directed at myself as much as it is anyone else. Bear in mind that this is not an attack on any one group , but an attempt to explore an unsettling aspect of what happens when people are passionate about a sport.

We are all a bunch of snobs who lord our superiority over the unwashed masses with great pride in our perceived accomplishments. I know I'm guilty. I've seen and experienced it from both sides in all types of situations related to fishing.

It's usually a pretty straightforward graduation into the ranks of snobbery , and it normally plays out like this : person goes fishing with no luck , eventually learns how to catch fish consistently , quits wearing the skunk. After that , it's fairly easy to think of yourself as an expert , and to look down on the way other people fish. That's when things start to go downhill. At first you're pretty open with how you catch fish , but soon you guard your secrets with a fervor usually reserved for secret societies and classified government documents. It feels good to have a chuckle at the expense of the noob with the bobber and worms who isn't catching anything , while clearly , CLEARLY , a number 8 whatchamajigger on a 6x tippet is what is required.. Maybe you realize that at one time you were the new kid , and maybe you don't

Another way that snobbery creeps into fishing is through the gear snobs. The guys and gals who look like they've jumped out of the pages of an Orvis Catalog and wouldn't dare wet wade in a pair of old sneakers. The smug old men toting around handmade bamboo rods that cost as much as a used car. The surf fishermen that mock anyone using a spinning reel because , obviously , the drag will wear out while fighting a big fish. I once witnessed a gentleman fishing for trout using a baitcasting rod with an automatic fly reel strapped to it filled with 20 lb. mono and tipped with a Rooster Tail. I laugh every time I think of that guy , not because I look down on him , but because I know several fly fishermen who would have a full blown brain hemmorage  were they to encounter him on a stream. Even funnier , he was actually catching trout with the monstrosity when I left him.

It doesn't just crop up in fly fishing , either. Sometime around the late '90s - early 2000's , a friend and I were bass fishing from the shore of a local lake using Zoom Super Flukes. Keep in mind the fluke was a relatively new bait at the time , and I live in worm and crankbait country. It came as no surprise that we were soon greeted by a series of loud guffaws from a boat just offshore followed by " Lookit that Cleatus , they's using dem Banjo minners" and then some more braying laughter. It died down to a nervous silence when they saw us catch a few bass and pickerel while they caught nothing. I'd wager that one of those clowns ordered a set of Banjo Minnows the next time the infomercial came on. More recently , we've had the debate raging over the Alabama Rig , with some even dismounting their high horses long enough to yell that we are hurting the fish by foul hooking a few.

An even greater display of snobbery comes from the catch and release crowd. I'm not sure why I find them so abrasive , other than the fact that they act like you've kidnapped a child when you mention eating a fish you caught. I understand wanting to keep from eating all of our fish to the brink of extinction , but I can't understand the reasoning behind declaring all fish off limits. A lot of these people will eat commercially caught fish , which clearly indicates a deep misunderstanding of which method of fishing is more sustainable in the long term. I can't fathom how it seems OK to eat a fish brought to market after being caught in an indescriminate trawler net , while claiming it is a great injustice for someone to eat one caught on rod and reel.

Pier and boat fishing is not immune to the ugliness. I've heard derogatory remarks about "Rent Rods" in reference to people that don't own their own rods and reels , and rent them from the pier or boat. I've spent at least some time as a rent rodder , having forgotten to take a rod on a short trip a few times. Does that mean I don't know what I'm doing? Nope , it just means I needed a rod.

If we can step away from our delusions of grandeur every once in a while , we might learn something new. Even better , it might give us a chance to remember the uncertainty and wonder , the excitement , of learning to fish for the first time

Have a great weekend! Leave a comment with your thoughts about snobbery below.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Don't Be a Menance to South Fork While Drinking Your Juice in the Woods.

I'm trying to get back into fishing and blogging , but I can't launch my boat due to water levels. I'm left with other options like stocked trout or pond bass - and I can't get excited about either. I'll be back as soon as I'm fishing again. Or if I snap from a lack of fishing

Probably for trout. Probably accompanied by the sound of a diesel engine. Probably from the stock truck.

Desperate times call for desperate measures , my friends.

Probably.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Such a Shame...

First , let me say : SHAME ON YOU SANDY! You're a b****

Second , let me say : SHAME ON ANYONE WHO SAID " IT'S JUST A CATEGORY ONE" , etc.

Third , let me say  : " I'm borrowing a few pics from some of my favorite sites , credit will be given. National news doesn't ever mention a lot of this stuff , but people want and need to know."

Seriously , go check out the sites I'm linking to if you want the most accurate and up to date information about Hatteras Island.

For Fishing , visit www.FishMilitia.com

For Local News , visit www.IslandFreePress.org

Video is from ABC news , worth a look to see broader effects of the storm on barrier islands.




From fishmilitia.com




From fishmilitia.com



from fishmilitia.com

from fishmilitia.com



From fishmilitia.com - the temporary bridge necessary after Irene.



I'm adding two slide shows below this , in raw link form. Copy and paste if you have to , otherwise all credit goes to the individuals who submitted these pics to the fine people at IslandFreePress.org ....

http://islandfreepress.org/2012Archives/10.31.2012-SandyHasMovedTheSandOnHatterasIsland_.html/index.html

And another. Keep in mind that the fine people on Hatteras Island went through a similar storm last year

http://islandfreepress.org/2012Archives/10.30.2012-StormTideHasRecededButTravelToAndFromTheIslandsIsStillAProblem_.html/index.html


There it is. The east coast has had a tough time from Sandy. I know of at least four fishing piers that won't be the same for quite a while. Avalon (broken in 2 places) , Avon (damage to the "T") , and Rodanthe (lost 25-50ft. , damage to parking lot and dune)  in North Carolina. Ocean City in Maryland ( I heard it was destroyed , can't confirm.) . None of this is official , but it's what I know for now and I trust my sources.

It's with a heavy heart that I post this , my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is suffering after Sandy's rampage in the North Atlantic

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Do Fish See in Color?

Lure color is a hot topic among anglers. No one can deny that. It's probably the second most discussed aspect of artificial lures , after the type of lure is determined. This subject came up recently on one of the message boards I frequent and I find it intriguing. Are fish colorblind? Or do they see in color?

I don't think there is an easy answer to this one. Some experts will say they can't see color , some will say they can , but the truth is the fish remain silent on this most pressing matter. It's probably a good thing , otherwise the fishing lure industry as we know it would be vastly changed , most likely for the worst.

Physical evidence would point to the probability that , yes fish do see in color. Though I'm not sure which species were studied , you can find evidence of studies that show fish do have cone cells in their eyes. They also have rod cells. Neat. My problem with this is the assumption that their primitive brain and optical nerves are capable of translating data collected by these cells in the same fashion as we do. Not that I don't think the science is sound when it comes to identifying types of optical cells , but rather I don't think we can rely on assumptions about the mind of a mainly instinctual animal to form a definitive yes or no answer.

Anecdotal evidence also points in the same direction. Most of us can probably remember a day on the water when only one color lure would catch fish , especially if you've ever spent much time chasing trout or salmon , walleye or bass. I understand that completely , but can we really base a firm decision on that? I really can't say for sure that a truly scientific study has been done in a controlled environment , and honestly I think it would be hard to do such a study and provide consistent results.

I have at least two reasons for questioning these assumptions , and if nothing else, I hope they at least give you some food for thought.

First , and most important is the great diversity of fish in the world. To dissect an eye from one third of the species we know of would be a huge undertaking. I highly doubt that more than a handful of species have ever been subjected to the process involved in identifying cone cells in the eye. This diversity means that we have everything from very primitive deep water species to more recently evolved fish that prefer to lounge in the sun near the surface. With over 24,000 known species , and more being discovered , I think it's safe to say that we would be making a huge assumption if we declared that fish do or do not see in color.

Second , is the fishes environment. Habitats range from muddy ponds to crystal clear mountain streams , plus everything in between. Depth is another factor , with everything represented between several inches of water and extreme deep sea depths. Both of these create special situations where the amount of light that is able to penetrate to a certain depth comes into play. Perception of color is very dependent upon light. It's worth noting that certain cave dwelling species evolved to a point that they had no eyes , while their deep water counter parts , with a similar dark environment , evolved to have huge light gathering eyes and make use of bio-luminescence. Fish are wonderfully adaptive creatures.

I won't make any statement of support for either side of this argument , as I suspect the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Species in clear , shallow water can possibly make use of color differentiation , but I question it's worth at great depth or in cloudy water. There is almost always something that appeals to a fish's other senses in the lures we use , even when they show a preference for a particular color. I don't think we'll ever know with 100 percent certainty.

Let me know what your opinion about our scaly friends' eyesight is in the comments below! Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Did You Get the Barracuda?

No , the Barracuda got you! Interesting video... Be careful out there!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I Like Fish !

I Like Fish! No fishing reports , kind of in between seasons here right now. I'm currently passing the time by hanging out with my kids. My youngest just loves what's below.....


I sincerely hope it doesn't get stuck in anyone's head like it does mine...

BRB , singing and dancing... I like fish , I LIKE FISH!

Have a great weekend! Be back soon with a fishing report.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gear Review : Costa Del Mar Wave Killer 580 G Sunglasses , Part 2



Part 2 : A Quick Trip to the Pier


*DISCLAIMER* I received these glasses free of charge to use , review , and write about here at somefishblog.com . The opinions stated herein are my own , and not in any way influenced by Costa Del Mar.

Lately , I'm not really fishing as much as I normally do , so it's been a challenge to test these glasses. I've worn them a lot while driving , worn them to a few sporting events and practices , and even walked down to one of our ponds to see how much glare they eliminated. Not exactly the types of things I needed to do with the glasses to form an honest opinion , so I jumped at the chance to spend a recent weekend at the beach.

I had big plans to try to get out into open water so I could see how well they worked for sight fishing , but high winds and confused seas left me stuck on dry ground at the pier. I soldiered on with product testing , though , and managed to make a few observations about how well these glasses perform under less than ideal conditions.

Handsome models aren't cheap , cheap models aren't handsome. Or something.
First a few words about driving with the Costas on. They are a great pair of glasses to drive with , they reduce glare without being too dark , while at the same time enhancing colors. The only complaint I have is that I've become too comfortable with mine on , and it's pretty damn embarrassing when you go into one of the many tunnels around Norfolk , VA , and you can't understand why your headlights won't work or why the tunnel is so dark. Trust me when I say that your wife and children will find this highly amusing. The second and third times you do this may even cause uncontrollable laughter from others in the car.

As I mentioned above , conditions were less than ideal to test polarized sunglasses on this particular trip. In my opinion , ideal conditions would be slick water under clear skies , with retina blistering glare baking you from below. That didn't happen this time around , but it is worth noting that the Costas did give me an advantage because I was able to pick out the edge of the sand bloom from the breakers , which is where some species of fish like to hang out to snag an easy meal stirred up by the waves.

Tough water to fish.
It was also pretty nice to be able to see small fish come in and have a go at my bait. The water was murky , but I was able to make out their outlines with the sunglasses on. Without the glasses , all I could see was muck and foam , highlighted by glare. I still remain amazed at how effectively these block glare when compared to other sunglasses I have owned. I highly recommend them.

A Florida Pompano , caught right next to the pier pilings.
I did have a couple of problems with the glasses , but it was due more to the conditions than any defect in design or manufacture by Costa. You'll notice in the picture of my ugly mug above that I have the Gripper tucked in beside the frames. I wasn't trying to make any fashion statement , but rather protect myself from the whip like thrashing of the cord in 25-30 mph gusts. I may look into shortening it , but I certainly wouldn't remove it. It was too windy to wear a hat , and I saw two go overboard.

The other problem was keeping the glasses clean. Spray from a steady onshore wind resulted in a glaze of salt on my sunglasses. I would normally just use my shirt to give my glasses a quick polish , but because these are an expensive pair I was worried about scratching them and ended up raiding my son's supply of Bausch & Lomb lens cleaning wipes. No big deal really , but I will say that using a pre-moistened wipe is the best way to clean these. A reusable cleaning cloth just seems to leave streaks and smears.

I love seeing small schools of these fish cruising behind the bar.
In the coming months , I'll be trying these out on some more local water. Definitely for lake fishing , and small stream trout , maybe a few other places. I still want to experiment with taking a picture through the lenses , but that may not work out due to my limited experience with photography. We'll see.

Until then , be sure to check out the Costa Del Mar website , Costa's Twitter account , and their Facebook page for the latest news about their products and special offers!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Few Pictures from The Virginia Beach Aquarium

OR : Blogger uses iPod Touch because high dollar camera is too technical for me. Out of several million dozen pictures , these are my favorites. All taken at the Virginia Beach Aquarium , which is much nicer , but more expensive , than it was during my last visit with my wife and kids.


I think that's a "Peanut Butter & Jellyfish"


Highly invasive. Report it to local Game and Fish Agencies if you ever catch or see one.


Leave me a good caption for this one in the comments !!!!

Have a great week! More about the fishing ASAP.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nemesis Sportfishing with Captain Darrin Auger

Image Courtesy of NEMESIS SPORTFISHING

If you've been following along on the blog for a while , you'll remember that from time to time , I like to do interviews with charter captains to give us a glimpse into a type of fishing that many of us rarely get to experience. Today , I'm very proud to be featuring Nemesis Sportfishing and Captain Darrin "Dundee" Auger, out of Kauai, Hawaii. Captain Darrin regularly targets Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Shortnosed Spearfish, occasionally Black Marlin and Sailfish , Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Skipjack Tuna , Wavyback Tuna , Mahi mahi (Dolphin fish), and Ono (Wahoo) , in what is definitely one of the top fishing destinations in the world. There are very few places in the world where you can encounter so many different pelagic species on a four hour trip!

Captain Darrin "Dundee" Auger caught his first fish at the age of two and kept it in his pocket for two days. He grew up in Destin, Fl and started fishing offshore at the age of seven, and by the age of twelve was working professionally as a deckhand for one of the most successful and respected charter captains in Florida. Also growing up a competitive surfer , he eventually followed the surf to Hawaii and has called the islands home ever since. Now with over 23 years experience in Hawaiian waters from Kona to Kauai, Darrin has developed into a top performing captain. He is the only IGFA (International Game Fish Association) certified captain on Kauai and currently holds the Hawaiian state record for most Blue Marlin caught and released  (6) on lures in a half day (4 hour) trip. Darrin is an extreme competitor and is consistently at the top for total Blue Marlin and Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna) catches each year throughout Hawaiian waters. Although his passion is chasing monster Blue Marlin and big Ahi, he is equally satisfied helping a child or first time angler land their first fish.

Nemesis Sportfishing caters to the seasoned pro , as well as the first timer. Using top of the line gear , such as Shimano Tiagras (50's, 80's and 130's) as well as Shimano TLD's for smaller game. They offer some unique fishing trips off of the Napali coast , as well as exclusive 10hr private trips to fish Ni'ihau , The forbidden island. They also offer Whale/dolphin watching trips ( 3 hour) during the months December through April. Captain Darrin offers 4, 6, 8, and 10 hour trips , designed to fit your budget and your fishing needs.

Captain Darrin graciously agreed to an email interview regarding his fishing exploits , so without further delay here it is! Welcome to Something's Fishy , Captain!


JM : What lured you into the charter fishing business?

Captain Darrin : The most basic answer would be a life long passionate relationship with the ocean. I started fishing professionally at twelve/thirteen years old, but I've always worked for other people. Now I will be owner/operator so I will be able to apply what I've learned along the way and have the freedom to do as I see fit. I guess what I'm trying to say is that, I have a great desire to do things the 'right way.' To bring true professionalism to the charter fishing scene here on Kauai and succeed.

JM : What makes fishing Hawaiian waters so special? (ie. scenery , variety of species , proximity of currents , depth changes etc)

CD : Yes, to all of the above. Hawaii is the most isolated island group in the world. We have no continental shelf here. The islands are just the tip tops of mountains that continue down under the sea. So it gets deep quick. Just three miles or so out of the harbor and its 6000 ft. deep. We are always in sight of land so you get beautiful scenery every minute of the trip. Hawaii has beautiful scenery in general, but KAUAI'S NAPALI COAST is without a doubt one the most spectacular coastlines on earth. All of this combined with our amazing fishing/sea life and you feel like you feel like you've died and gone to heaven.

JM : Can you tell us a little about your boat , and why you feel it gives you a competitive advantage?

CD : The NEMESIS is a completely redone and professionally maintained Bertam 33' sportfishermen. Designed after years of research and development to be a stable open ocean fishing vessel. Bertram hulls are legendary for their strength. She's the perfect game boat for Kauai's sometimes less than favorable ocean conditions. Safety is our number one priority and was a major factor when choosing this boat for my operation. She has twin Cummins diesels so even if we encountered a problem with one engine we still have another to get us back to port. She has the feel and ride of a much larger vessel.

JM : Describe a typical trip aboard the Nemesis ?

CD : Nemesis Sportfishing offers 1/2 day, 3/4 day, and full day private and share trips. We get a lot of people that just want to go out for a 1/2 day (4 hour) or 3/4 day (6 hour) trip as they may have plans later that afternoon. We would typically leave the harbor around 6:30 a.m. and be back around lunch time. We don't need to travel far to get to the fish. We are sometimes into the fish before the people have even put on their sunscreen. We clean fish for our guests to take back and and throw on the grill. As far as the fishing, I always like to talk with my guests first and get a feel for what they would like to catch and go from there. There are many different species that we may enconter, so it all depends on what the guests want.

JM : Tell us about the most memorable trip you've had with clients.

CD : As far as memorable trips, there are many, but the kids that catch their first fish and the looks on their faces are what really stand out. They sometimes can't wipe the smile off no matter how hard they try. We have had some amazing days out there, but I guess the day we broke and set the new Hawaii Blue Marlin Record for most caught and released (6) in a 1/2 day trip really stands out. We had a 10 year old boy catch 2 Blue marlin that day. That's certainly a day I'll never forget.

JM : Tell us about the absolute best day of fishing aboard the NEMESIS? What made it special , numbers or size?

CD :  Another memorable day would be when we went through a boiling tuna feeding frenzy and all five lines went off. We were able to get all five Ahi (Yellowfin tuna) that ranged from 130-180lbs.

JM : What is your favorite fishing memory , personally - not with clients?

CD : A day without clients.......Maybe when my friend and I were allowed to take out our neighbors custom 30' G&S ($300,000 boat) to pursue Cobia outside Destin, Fl. We immediately found and hooked a good one about 60 lbs. All the other charter boats were around watching. We were 14 years old at the time.

JM : What is your personal best fish ? (species , length , weight - you can even describe the fight)

CD : We have lost some true monster Blue marlin well over 1000 lbs. After a five and half hour fight we released one that was probably 1200lbs. or more. The biggest one brought to the scales was 882lbs. She unfortunately died during the hour and forty-five minute fight.

JM : What's it like living and working in one of the most beautiful places on earth? Do you consider being a Captain a "dream job"?
 
CD : Most definitely MY dream job. Getting to do what I love for a living in one of the most beautiful places on earth is truly a blessing. Another big part of that is meeting new people every day and making new friends. It's very gratifying to be able to share our way of life with our guests. I consider myself very lucky indeed.

 JM : Any advice to potential clients ?

CD : If I were to give potential clients any advice.....it would be to do your homework and check out your options carefully. Ask questions! There are others out there that run less than respectable operations. Many, only care about one thing.......MONEY! Check out the boat, ask to see the engine room, bilges, and areas that are typically out of view. If it looks dirty/neglected in any way or they give you excuses you know to look for another boat.

JM : Thanks so much for doing the interview Captain Darrin! I absolutely love to hear about Pacific fishing out here on the East Coast!


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As you read above , Captain Darrin does an excellent job of putting his clients on fish , and making it an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. You can visit his site for more information about how to book trips , types of trips and great fishing reports. Follow Captain Darrin on Facebook and Google+  for the most recent happenings aboard the Nemesis!

Have a great week!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The St. Croix / Cosmo Fishing Machine

File this under " Cool Flea Market Finds " , or at least cool to me.

I had a chance to visit an extremely large flea market last weekend , and managed to pick up this cool little telescopic rod/reel combo. I've honestly never seen one before and was pretty intrigued. I could have wasted my five bucks on something else , but I just had to add this little guy to my collection.

There isn't really a ton of info online about these things , past expired eBay auctions and snippets of conversation buried in fishing and antiques forums , but I did manage to find out that they were made sometime around 1976. Mine is a Cosmo brand , but apparently they were also sold under the St. Croix name at some point. It's kind of a chicken or egg conundrum for me right now , since I'm not entirely sure whether St. Croix made them for Cosmo or Cosmo made them for St. Croix , though I suspect the latter.

Regardless , it's a neat little rod and reel. I would certainly rather take my chances with this 5 foot rod and surprisingly smooth reel , than I would with it's main (and more successful) competitor , the Ronco Popeil Pocket Fisherman. It kind of blows my mind that I've never seen one of these before , but I assume it was only made for a year or two in an attempt to steal some of Ronco's market , and then discarded after it couldn't compete with legendary late night infomercial king , Ron Popeil.

Enjoy the bad photos , and leave me a comment if you have any information about this combo!

The squarest reel in the world.

With fancy red accents.

Kind of reminds me of an old camera , with the black and chrome.
It takes very little to amuse me these days. On another matter , I have some great things in the works for the next week or two that might even involve a fishing trip.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Whatcha Got in That Fancy Case of Yours , Royyyyy?



The 80's were a strange and weirdly wonderful time , no? Coincidentally , that's also when I started hoarding , er , collecting my large assortment of fishing gear. Contrary to what many people believe , a little thought goes into what I buy to fish with , and I don't just take a five gallon bucket up to one of the john boats in Bass Pro and get a scoop of what's on clearance , though the idea is tempting.

First let me admit that I blatantly stole this idea from Troutrageous! His post about what he carries in his tenkara bag gave me some insight into what I would need , should I ever decide to go tenkara fishing again. Wouldn't it be great if some of the other experienced blogging fishermen did the same?

I won't claim to be experienced at blogging or fishing , but I would like to let everyone look into my light surf/pier tackle box. I can usually grab this on my way out the door , and have almost everything I need to get a few fish of several different species. It really is my go to box , and I only carry my bigger box on the boat or when I'm going to be targeting a gear heavy species like King Mackerel or Red Drum. Even better , I probably have enough stuff in this one to King or Drum fish in a pinch , though it would probably cost me a few larger fish and I might have to make a trip to the pier house for a couple of essentials that I only carry around when I have a definite need for them.

Let's look inside my fancy case. Yes , it is a pistol case. No I didn't buy it , but instead got it from somewhere for free. I have four or five in various sizes that survived the initial round of testing and ended up here. No , you can't have one....

Open it up already!

Just looks like a big mess to me...
That's better!
So what's in it? Here's a partial list :

Assorted fishing lines : I have two spools of 17 because it's a good all purpose size , but I would normally have some 12 or 14 lb. test in there as well. In the bigger box I keep 14 or 17 , plus 20 and 30 , occasionally an odd spool of 25 or 40. Why so much line? Big skates and rays think nothing of running off 200 yards of your favorite line then breaking it off at the spool. Especially if you don't have a backup plan...

Leader Material : pictured above is 20 , 30 , 40 , and 50 lb. test , though it's worth noting that the 30 is on a 50 lb. spool - long story... In my bigger box I usually keep all of the above plus 60 , 80 , and some single strand wire.

Lures : what you see is mainly Gotcha's , Kastmasters  , and the always reliable bucktail , all in several sizes and colors. Can you use other lures? Certainly , but these are old standbys that have always worked well for me. If something i don't have starts making me look bad , I'll go buy one. Until then , I start with these. It's a confidence thing.

Basic rigging stuff : Hooks , beads , swivels , straws? Yes , straws. They make a nifty Sabiki-type rig for small Spanish Mackerel , and even a Gotcha - like rig for bigger Spaniards. It's a weird setup. A note on the beads , I'm currently out of blue glass beads , but i do like them to put on a rig for smaller Red Drum (Pups or Redfish) if and when there are a lot of peeler crabs around and I'm trying to trick one with a piece of fish or shrimp.

A severely out of place fly box : It has some small bucktails and minnow patterns that I use for making Mackerel trees. I have another one that has bucktail teasers in it for puppy drum rigs , in the big box.

Knives : Because I will cut a fool... or just because I might have to filet a fish or cut bait. You'll notice the clam knife , very handy if you want to dig a few chowder clams and have free bait.

Needle nose pliers : Somehow they didn't make it into the picture , but i always have a pair for unhooking fish and crimping. Crimping ain't easy...

Anything else?

Nothing too important...
Lead : Lots of pyramid sinkers in various sizes , a few egg sinkers , a few teardrops , no Sputnik sinkers - I've never been a fan.

Whet Stone : Just in case I've cut someone and need to sharpen my knife , or you know , hooks and filet knives get dull with use.

Fishbites Imitation Blood Worms : I usually tell people to start with shrimp and work their way up from there. That's cheaper than Fishbites , but most times these will work great in warmer water and they keep forever. A little piece , say 1/4 of an inch long , will last through 2 or 3 fish , and that's all you need to get started catching bigger fish on cut bait. I think these are around 2-3 years old.

Is that all? Yes , I'm afraid it is. It's worth noting that I always take a cooler with cold drinks in it , and also for bait or the odd fish I decide to keep. I usually throw a rain jacket in my pier cart too , plus a few rods. The important thing is that you can take most of what's listed above plus a heavy bass rod and go to a pier or popular surf fishing spot and catch several different species. It all depends on what's in the surf where you are.

Have a great week! I have sheep that need tending to...

Friday, August 31, 2012

For a Reel Adventure Head to the Osa Peninsula for Sport Fishing

A guest post from Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica.

By Nora M.

Deep in the Osa Peninsula surrounded by wild beaches and rainforests, you will find some of the best offshore and inshore fishing in the world.  This secluded area is home to Corcovado National Park, which is one of the most biologically intense places on the planet. With its pristine secluded beaches, warm waters and Costa Rica’s catch and release fishing policy, it is hard to find another place that can compete with this small country’s fishing opportunities.  Big game fish such as Marlin, Sailfish, Snook, Roosterfish, Dorado, Tuna and Wahoo swim in the waters off the Pacific.  Costa Rica ranks as one of the top 100 sport fishing destinations in the world , attracting both championship anglers and amateurs.

The Osa Peninsula is the most remote region in Costa Rica and is a favored travel spot by backpackers, nature lovers, conservationists and world-class anglers. The Marlin inhabiting these waters are probably the biggest prize of all the game fish.  Reaching a weight that can exceed 500lbs. Blue Marlin peak in April and November. Once a Marlin is hooked, you are in for the fight of your life.  With an all time record of 1560lbs, it is not surprising why Ernest Hemingway choose this king of the sea as his protagonist in The Old Man and The Sea. Catching a Marlin is a thrill. Marlin and Sailfish are among the catch and release fish. Dorado or Wahoo can be taken back to port for consumption.

For a long time, this region was protected from overdevelopment because it is difficult to reach.  This factor coupled with Costa Rica’s overall commitment to a sustainable tourism industry has a positive impact on maintaining healthy marine populations and overall marine life.  According to a 2009 study conducted by the University of Costa Rica, 22% of high season tourists come to Costa Rica for sport fishing.  The industry generates $600M per year in gross income, 4,000 direct jobs, and $78M in tax revenue.  Preserving marine life is big business, and as a result Costa Rica enforces responsible fishing programs including catch and release.  Dorado and Wahoo are exempt from catch and release because they reproduce at such a prolific rate and maintaining a healthy population includes hunting them for consumption. 

The expertise and knowledge of the locals who fish here is top-notch , as is the equipment and technology on most of the boats. There are expert Captains familiar with these waters and the migration patterns of big game fish that can take you out on a charter . Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo are all offshore fish.  If you want to venture for some inshore fishing, there are plenty of options to choose from, including large Big Cubera, Snook and Roosterfish. With the mangrove estuaries, beaches and rivers there is an abundance of freshwater and inshore saltwater fishing opportunities. In fact, every day you could choose a radically different fishing adventure. 

Costa Rica has taken what was already an abundant marine environment and by practicing sustainable business, it has maintained an area that is truly a sport fisherman’s dream.  If you are looking for excellent fishing, hot sun, great beaches and pristine conditions in a secluded environment, the Osa Peninsula is the place to visit.  Year round you can fish game fish both inshore and offshore. It is one of the few places in the world you can travel to with exceptional sport fishing that is not overrun by tourists.   It is really just a matter of personal preference, since you can have pretty much any kind of fishing experience in these parts making the Osa Peninsula a top sport fishing destination.

Be sure to check out the Crocodile Bay Resort Blog for more great Big Game fishing content!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Gear Review : Costa del Mar Wave Killer 580G Sunglasses

Part 1 : First Impressions

Like most bloggers , I love to get gear review opportunities. It's a win-win for me and the manufacturer. I get free or reduced price gear , they get an honest review. I really haven't pursued any gear reviews for quite some time , so the story of how this one came about needs to be told before I go any further...

Recently , I was talking with another blogger on Twitter about his planned purchase of a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses. I told the truth - great glasses , I've heard good things about Costas , etc. All true. Where it gets interesting , at least for me , is the part where I mentioned that " I'm still waiting on @CostaSunglasses to give me a pair to review ". I was mainly kidding around with my friend , but I do have a habit of getting myself into trouble on Twitter. Much to my surprise , and indeed an indication of how great the people at Costa are , I had a reply an hour or so later that said " :) give _______ at costa a shout for possible review " ! WOW , someone at Costa smiled at me with an emoticon via Twitter , and even said I might have a chance to review one of their fine products! Needless to say ,  I was stunned , but wasted no time in getting in contact with Costa Del Mar.

*DISCLAIMER* I received these glasses free of charge to use , review , and write about here at somefishblog.com . The opinions stated herein are my own , and not in any way influenced by Costa Del Mar.

First , let me just throw it out there : I've always been skeptical of high end sunglasses. Why? I am extremely unlucky with sunglasses : If I don't break them , one of my kids will. Because of this (keep in mind it dates back to before I had kids) , I've always found that cheap sunglasses are the best way for me to go. A fiver for something that won't last more than a few trips? Not too bad. Two Benjamins for something that won't last more than a few trips? Absurd.

That's where I was mistaken. The glasses I currently have in hand are pretty sweet. I am pleasantly surprised that Costa's claims about clarity and color , and also the durability (assumed ; before testing) , are spot on with regards to the quality of their glasses.These are the clearest sunglasses I have ever had on. They also seem to be very well made. Advanced polymers and several proprietary technologies are combined to make Costa Del Mar Sunglasses durable , dependable , and nearly indestructable.

So what kind of Costas did I choose? Did I forget to mention that? : I opted for the Wave Killer style with 580 Glass lenses in the Green Mirror finish. Why? The team at Costa has researched this , and touts the 580G Green Mirrored lens as perfect for " Inshore saltwater , river and stream fishing ", which makes it perfect for the types of fishing I do , with the exception of lake fishing. As of now , I'm predicting these will do just fine for Striper fishing , or even the wayward Bass or Trout trip.

Why the big Wave Killer frames? I have a big head. These are a perfect fit for me. So far , the only complaint I have is a little unfiltered light getting in from the bottom edge of my glasses - right next to my giant nose. Coverage across my face is excellent.

Now , let's examine what an order from Costa looks like :

IF SEAL IS BROKEN Check contents before accepting...

A little creepy , but maybe Costas really are that good? The picture above was taken before I opened the package. I assume they've had problems with people stealing the glasses and substituting an inferior product?


A real Costa Box.

And the case.

Good marketing - social accounts for Costa , plus a decal on the back for the back of the fish wagon.

Gripper that came with my order , probably every order?

My thoughts :

I wasn't actually expecting these to be here until early September , so right off it was a pleasant surprise.

My local UPS guy got in on the fun too. He and I always talk fishing , so it's nice to open the door to a " Hey dude , here's your fancy fishing goggles". It was surreal to hear him talk about how good Costas are while he was wearing another brand.

I am very excited to try these on the water. The green mirror glass actually has an amber/copper tint to it (or some technical term that I'm not aware of.) After only a few hours of use , I can definitely see why these sunglasses are priced as they are. Costa is not kidding when they say these glasses enhance color and block glare . I am certainly impressed. It was almost distracting at first , then very comfortable. After I had taken the glasses off , I was very disturbed by the bland look of reality without the rose colored lens of my Costas. --- I'm only halfway joking about that - really unbelievable how much sunglasses have changed over the last 25 years.

I was somewhat disappointed that they came with a "Gripper" , as I had already made my own in an attempt  to continue the fine tradition of homemade Costa pier insurance.

Next up : A Trip to the Beach.....Will the Costa Sunglasses hold up on the pier? I have no idea , but I intend to find out!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Can Fishing Turn You Into an Asshole?

Excuse the , um , salty language. I really try hard not to let that stuff creep into what I write , but sometimes it's called for. I had an enlightening moment last night when I was talking to Owl Jones over on G+. Sadly , I realized that  , yes , I can be an asshole , and I've picked it up from years of fishing.

I try really hard not to do it , but the fact of the matter at hand is that I've developed a certain distaste for certain types of people that frequently pester me when I'm trying to fish. I can go into great depth about some of the crap I've seen people do that angers me , but I'll just stick with a few memorable ones.

Entitlement  : Just because you've seen me catch a few fish , does not mean I am in ANY way obligated to tell you how or why what I'm using works. If you approach me demanding to know what I'm doing differently , chances are I'm going to give you a bullshit answer. Don't get me wrong here , if someone is nice , or if they have their children with them , I'm usually friendly , polite , and helpful. When some jerk comes up to me and starts pumping me for information , without an introduction or any semblance of humility , things go badly.

Rudeness and assumptions : I had a guy demand that I help him with his purchase at a pier house one time. Did I look like I worked at the pier? Maybe. Could I have helped him? Most definitely. Did I? Nope. Why? I was watching the pier house to make sure douchebags like him didn't start stealing anything , while the manager dealt with an important delivery. His attitude told me that he would have been just as rude and demanding of my very dear friend , the manager. She doesn't deserve that crap , and I stuck around after she got back to make sure he didn't give her any trouble. I really hate people who think it's OK to talk down to anyone working in a job that requires them to deal with the general public.

Cruelty to animals : Some of us consider the seagulls that hang out around the piers to be a type of wild pet. Regulars will often feed them , or even help a bird out if he or she gets tangled in someone's fishing line. Just because you don't have sense enough to keep your bait out of their reach doesn't mean you can scream and throw things at them. If one gets tangled in your line , let someone who knows how to handle a bird help you out. They are not frozen turkeys and because of this you have to be very careful when handling them. That bird who's wing you just broke? Probably condemned to a slow death by starvation , and I'll be damned if I'm gonna help you catch fish. He also didn't deserve to be called a " Stupid F%$%$&^ Bird " , you are a guest in his habitat , and you put your line in his way.

Bumming : I am not a tackle dealer and even though I have an abundance of fancy and exotic looking gear , I do have plans to use it. I'm not someone who can be bought , either , so if you try to offer me money for that bottom rig you've been eying all day , you're just gonna make me mad. You can buy most of what I have in my box at any tackle shop or pier house. If I do decide to take pity on you , be warned : I will give you the dullest hooks I can find and I might even mash the barbs down to further frustrate your attempts to catch fish.

Drunken Belligerence : Your wife or girlfriend may put up with the way you talk to her , but I won't be helping you any time soon. I hope you get a fish hook buried past the barb in a sensitive place. I've actually had a guy spend about 20 minutes fighting with his significant other , then come straight over and ask me for help. Not gonna happen , bud.

Trying to impress your hot girlfriend : I totally understand that you might want to embellish your fishing exploits in front of your bikini clad paramour , but understand that the guys at the end of the pier can smell a fish story a mile away. Unfortunately , there are some unsavory characters that will yell " Turtle " or " Dolphin " and frantically start pointing at the water. This usually serves quite well as a way to get your gal up on the rail and bent over , so the dirty old men can have a good long look. I don't do this and I think it's wrong , but it's further evidence that fishing can turn you into an asshole of the highest order. Please embellish responsibly.

It's a sad commentary on people's rudeness and inflated expectations , but it doesn't have to be this way. A little bit of manners goes a long way , and even though I'm sure there are some people that can't stand me , I  have made a surprising number of friends through fishing. I have no regrets. Please leave a comment below if you've ever been sabotaged by a crusty old fisherman , or if you ever set a " Tourist Trap "!

Have a great week!








Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Whatever Happened to that Something's Fishy Guy?

Please excuse my recent extended absence. It's funny how time can slip away from you sometimes , and I've recently hit a time warp or something , so it's been over a month since I've posted here on the blog..!!??!?

I normally try to post at least once a week , when I first started it was more like every other day , but that didn't last very long. Personal problems have kept me away from fishing and blogging. I normally don't like to air my dirty laundry in public , but I'll let it slide this one time....

Since early January I've been fighting a losing battle with my lower back. Surgery isn't an option , so I've been doing therapy and injections. Let me just throw it out there that back problems suck and I'm sick of dealing with them after almost 20 years of herniated disks , crushed vertebraes , and nerve damage. Lucky for me I'm on the mend now , but fishing may not be in my future for another month or two.

Causing me further troubles , I live in one of the areas that was hardest hit during the recent weather phenomena that introduced the word " Derecho " to a bunch of East Coasters. We were only without power for 4 or 5 days. Some of my friends and family weren't so fortunate , and had to endure Stone Age living conditions for as long as 12-13 days! It was an absolute mess , and in the future I'll take my power outages in the middle of winter when I won't have to face riot conditions to buy ice or have to deal with 100 degree weather without my AC.

Even worse , almost exactly 7 days after the DD (Damn Derecho) , my house was directly under a microburst from a strong thunderstorm. I don't really know what that is exactly , but it was freaking terrifying and I thought it was a tornado. It also managed to knock a large tree over on top of the house , break 2 windows , severely damage 3 of my huge pecan trees so that they had to be trimmed by a professional , tore the roof off of my barn , and cause a short 2 day power outage. Fun times! I'm still cleaning up the mess from that one , and will be for quite some time , but thankfully I have good insurance.

The real kicker though , is that the most intelligent and loveable dog I've ever known passed away this past weekend. My heart is broken , and I'm almost choking back tears as I write this. She was a part of the family , loved my kids , guarded my house , and was a constant companion to me for almost 13 years. I'm thankful she didn't suffer very long and was healthy until a week before her passing , but her death has left a hole in my heart that won't heal for a very long time. I would give anything to have her follow my footsteps to our pond just one more time , or hang out in the shade or nudge my hand for me to pet her. I really am lost without her , and I will be for quite a while. I still look for her in the mornings when I have my coffee , and things just aren't the same. What more can I say?

My sweet pooch :(
I'm doing my best to get back to blogging , and hopefully back to fishing in the next few days. I do have a few hurdles in the way , like football practice for the boy , and the imminent start of the school year , but hopefully things will be back to normal by the first of next week when I post a nice interview with one of Hawaii's premier Charter Captains!

Have a great week/weekend ! I'm gonna have a beer in memory of the best dog ever...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July Bassin'


Hope everyone has a fun filled (and safe) 4th of July today! I managed to get out for a few minutes with the boy this morning. I struck out with the fly rod , but managed the bass below on a Fluke.


My son caught his first bass on a jig. Did everything by himself , making me one proud papa!

My Awesome Little Buddy!




Our Fourth of July holiday is off to a great start. Hope yours is the same!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I Might Start Fly Fishing...Do I Need a Fighting Butt?

I just finished up a horrible weekend , more on that later , but because of the horrible weekend I have a strong urge to feel the tug that is the drug. Right before last weekend went sour , I had one of my yard sale finds out and I was playing around with it. I can actually cast an old beat up fly rod fairly well , for a reformed meat chunker.

I found the rod in question almost a year ago at a garage sale , for a dollar. It was missing a few guides , but still had a Pfleuger reel on it. Unfortunately , the Pfleuger is missing a fancy pearl handled knob to turn the spool with. No worries , I had a no name Japanese reel here from another yard-sale-grab-bag-type-deal. I proceeded to patch the old Sears and Roebuck rod , and in no time had it in working order. My son and I took it out into the yard before the horrible weekend , and believe it or not , I can still cast a fly rod! It's only been somewhere around 20 years since I tried...

So anyway , be on the lookout for a horribly awkward looking guy with a beat up old fly rod on your local waters. No one is safe. I'll probably make one trip with it , just to prove that I can catch something on a 2 dollar rod and real combo.

I'm a total newbie to fly fishing , so fill me in below with a comment! I need to know about: leaders , tippets , strike indicators and a hundred other things. Especially " Fighting Butts ".......

I'm kidding , but as an outsider some terms can be confusing , I feel like I'm learning a new language.

Enough silliness , hope everyone has a great 4th of July !

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Rant About Beachgoers

I'm usually not much of a ranter , so this may not be full of the kind of righteous indignation expected of a full blown rant. However , I was very close to going into a maniacal rage last week on the beach in front of groups of young children , expectant mothers , and elderly octogenarians with tender sensibilities. Let me explain.

Increasingly , fishermen (like me!) are being pushed off of the beaches. We aren't allowed to fish on many lifeguarded beaches , as those areas are meant to be safe for the types of people listed above. I can accept that. Compounding the problem , fishermen pay more usage fees than other beachgoers in the form of licenses and driving permits. I can accept that , too. Add that to the areas closed for turtles and birds , and you have fishermen crammed into so called " Joint Use " areas , where swimming , fishing  , and other forms of recreation are all allowed. It's unfortunate , but again , I can accept that.

What I can't accept is the sheer number of people that show absolutely no respect for people fishing on the beach. People constantly walk into your lines , or allow their dogs or children on skimboards to otherwise molest them. It's not my fault when a pair of star crossed lovers walking hand in hand up the beach are so consumed with gazing lovingly into each others eyes that they blunder into my line and drag my rig 5 yards up the beach. But every damn time someone gets tangled in my line , they look at me like I set some sort of diabolical trap to ensnare them. I honestly believe that most of these people would step into open manholes , or walk through wet cement , if given a chance.

Then you have the Touchy McFeely's of the world , who , through an overabundance of nerve endings , stop immediately upon contact with the line. These guys and gals make a very pronounced display of looking left and right to find where the mysterious barrier to their passage originates from , only to act shocked and appalled that the fishing line is indeed coming from the rod of the fisherman a mere 10 feet away. Then the McFeely's grab the line and with a mighty heave lift it over their heads , to allow themselves and any others in their party to go under it. This is not okay. When you grab my line and lift it , it usually causes my rig to break free and move , which is undesirable. Keep your booger hooks off of my line!

Probably the worst offenders , in my opinion , are those who bumble into the line , thrash about in an effort to untangle themselves , then turn and deliberately give you a shrug of the shoulders in an attempt to convey a " Sorry , what can ya do? ". Again , let me reinforce that I am not at fault just because you have no awareness of your surroundings. If you can't see a 12 ft. surf rod in a sand spike perched at the tide line , with a large , angry man sitting beside it , you may want to seek professional help. Or at the very least , join a support group for people who touch wet paint.

It's not all bad , though. I do have to admit that about one out of twenty people will actually show a hint of respect and either cross under my line near the sand spike or completely walk around me! These people give me hope for sun lovers everywhere , and are the main reason I don't go around stomping through sand castles , knifing beach balls , and putting fish guts in soccer moms' beach bags.

My point is , show us the same respect we show you. I don't set up my sand spikes where you and your family members are swimming and playing , so please don't decide it's a good idea to swim and play where I'm fishing.

Have a great week !

Monday, June 25, 2012

Grip and Grin!

I was gripping and he was grinning. Look at the teeth on  that puffer!


Have a great week!