The Art of Fishing

Fishermen are Fishermen. The keys to success are the same. I don’t care if you’re fishing for bass in a local pond, fly fishing a world class river or trolling the gulf stream for marlin. Your still fishing – your tactics are different. A rigged ballyhoo used for ocean trolling is often as large as a quality trout from a small stream. It’s just a matter of scale. Most books, articles, radio and TV shows about fishing key in on tactics. Of course, you need to know the appropriate tackle and baits, flies or lures for your environment. That is what tactics is all about. I’m talking big picture stuff here – Strategy. Strategy wins wars; Tactics win battles. Good fishing strategies will often catch fish – regardless of tactics. Read More

I fished the South Yuba river from a drift boat with a friend last week. We caught some small trout on nymphs using 5 weight fly line, indicators and lead weight. I started calling the indicator a bobber and the boat got really small. Read More

I recently reread The Old Man and the Sea. My daughter, a junior in High School, recently was given the book as an assignment. I love this book and was excited when she came to me with questions. They started with “Why did he think the sea was like a woman.” OK, this could be fun. And yes, she laughed when I told her it was because the sea has moods. The questions quickly moved to the religious symbolism. Read More

IMG_2125-300x225Looking at a chart is one thing. Flying over it in a helicopter is another. In October my daughter, girlfriend and I took a 45 minute flight from Marathon airport over the backcountry. It’s a great way to see things that are invisible from the water or on paper. There were several trenches that were visible, similar to where Mac found the nuke in Wood’s Reef. We saw bullsharks and large rays cruising the flats and it was really interesting how the islands, or Keys were all different. The yellow helicopter appears in the scene where the captain that takes Cayenne to the coral farm is spooked and leaver her stranded. Read More

Tuna Tango comes from by background as a contractor. I took this job in 1993. With a reputation for taking on difficult projects, I was never one to turn down jobs that people said “couldn’t be done.” Read More

I recently got a review about having to suspend your disbelief in order to read Wood’s Wall so I thought I might clear up what is real and what is pulled out of my A**. Read More

Travis McGee, the main character of John D MacDonalds books is the reason that I am here, maybe even the person I have become. Without Travis, I don’t know if I would ever have become a reader and certainly never a writer. Read More

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