Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Living Vicariously Through Mr. T!

No not that Mr. T , but the one who has a fishing blog. He was recently at a fly fishing theme park show and came back with some good pictures. Here's a teaser of a piece of artwork done by VK Steelworks. Simply stunning , and something that appeals to me even though I don't fly fish. Good find , sir!

Go check out the details at Troutrageous! and VK Steelworks !!

I'm gonna crank out a " Year in Review " post here in a day or two. 2012 is running about a month behind for me!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Encounter with the Kung Fu Pelican

I love big birds. Maybe it's from watching hours of Sesame Street as a child and now as an adult with kids , but either way big birds are cool. Lots of sad stories when it comes to large birds , too. So I kind of look out for them when I can. I've untangled them from idiots other peoples fishing lines and gotten hooks out of their mouths. It's unfortunate , but some of the birds around the piers have become dependent on fishermen and tourists who feed them. The bird below is probably semi tame. He certainly isn't afraid of humans anymore. He also looks like he could kick some ass if need be. He also supposedly wounded a man on the pier bad enough that the guy needed 42 stitches?





Monday, January 23, 2012

Skinny Water!















And a look at part of Virginia from above , featuring ice or Fog Ice. Something?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Look , Same Great Taste!

Changing things up a bit after yesterday's SOPA inspired blackout. I got tired of the old tan background and my sidebar was gigantic. I may or may not put my link list and a blog roll back up at a later time. I've had mixed feelings about all of the links I had up for quite a while. Was it free advertising? In some cases , yes and I was glad to do it and help out other bloggers and businesses. Did it really help anyone? Probably not. I could be wrong , so if anyone sees a dramatic drop in traffic from not having a link on the front page let me know and I'll rethink my decision. Most of you still have links pointing to your sites anyway , either on the links page or in posts.

I've really been in a slump the last week or two when it comes to what I write here on the blog. I'm hoping a fresh new look and a leaner homepage will help me get my @ss in gear. I still have to do some tinkering with colors and I may change it all back to the original layout eventually. For now , I like it.

I'm using a picture taken on one of our vacations this year for the background. Somehow it slipped through the cracks and never saw the light of day here on the blog. You can see the original below.

I liked this one , but never used it.
Have a great weekend and wish me luck with the whole "writing" thing.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

STOP SOPA!

To show my support for the Stop SOPA movement , I've made some changes here on the blog today. Be back to normal tomorrow , unless I've broken it :)

Censorship is never a good thing and indeed the internet would be a pretty boring place if certain corporate entities had their way.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Stop American Censorship

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Alabama Rig has been BANNED

My Facebook feed was overloaded today by people sharing the news that the Alabama Rig has been banned by BASS for Elite and Classic Series tournaments. You can read about it HERE. Personally , I'm not surprised. Being able to catch a limit in a few casts , then spend the day culling would give an Alabama Rig - savvy pro an unfair advantage , not to mention the possibility of injuring fish due to foul hooking.

My experience with it is very limited and I'm not a dedicated bass fisherman , but i will weigh in with some thoughts on the rig. Just for fun and to see if I can goad anyone into leaving a comment.

First off , I was introduced to the Alabama Rig online and in person by my friend Jody White of jodywhitefishing.com . I'm a big fan of Jody's exploits on the water , but I wasn't impressed with the Alabama Rig. It's just a lightweight , castable version of the umbrella rigs that have been around for years. Lots of people have caught lots of fish trolling umbrella rigs , but for me they are bulky , awkward and overpriced. Kind of sounds like the Alabama Rig , right?

In fishing circles , the Alabama Rig went viral quicker than any lure I have ever seen. Good news for the makers who quickly sold out manufacturing and distributing rights to a large company whose name escapes me at the moment. Good for them. I'm still not impressed.

I got the chance to see Jody use one firsthand on a Striper trip this fall. It hits the water with a tremendous splash , no doubt spooking any fish in the immediate vicinity. That's not where this lure (supposedly) shines. It's not a drop-it-in-their-mouth finesse type bait , but more akin to a crankbait or large spinner used for covering a lot of water and locating schools of fish. Jody even noted that it wasn't something he could cast all day , due to fatigue after casting something so big repeatedly. I can understand that. What I can't understand is all of the uproar over a bait with limited uses.

People who are opposed to this rig lament all of the foul hooked fish and unfairness. I'm sure it does foul hook a few fish , but why not just rig it with weedless swimbaits? That would have to help. Crankbaits are probably responsible for just as many foul hooked fish in my opinion. As for being unfair , I don't really see this giving anyone an unfair advantage. They still have to find the fish and more importantly get them to bite a big , bulky mess of wires and lures that hits the water like a canonball.

So yeah , I'll probably never understand all of the hype this rig has generated. I just can't get excited or upset about it  , mainly because I feel like those who really think it will be a great bait will be sorely disappointed by the actual results. Just my opinion.

What do you think of the Alabama Rig? I'd love to hear your experiences , opinions or rants in the comments below!

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Follow Up on the Tackle Bag

I'm enjoying a nice break from writing here on the blog. I'll be back in full force with a fishing report from Jacksonville Beach Pier and a few pictures soon , but until then I want to help out a reader of the blog.

It seems the blog received a bit of attention because of the fishing bag mentioned in the previous post. One reader asked specifically where to get one. Unfortunately , I don't have any info about what retailers would carry it because it's unbranded. I do however have a link to a seller on Ebay that has a couple in stock , and that seller may have more info on a source or be able to get them for you , should he/she sell out.

It is a great bag. The only fault I can find is the use of two straps to hold the top of the rod in place on the side of the bag. One would be enough , but it's a simple fix by just using one strap or a pair of scissors to cut off the extra one. I see this bag getting a lot of use by me on my trips to the pier. Makes things easy to carry and keeps tangles to a minimum.

For now , here's a link for Anonymous : Ebay Seller for the Tackle Bag . I'll try to find out more but it's hard without a brand. Hope it works well for you and thanks for reading!

Edit: Reader and fellow Blogger Jeff from Casting Away on the New found another source for the bag in question at ABC Distributing , find it HERE , and of course in the comment Jeff was kind enough to leave below. Definitely cheaper in that link.

Have a great week!