Thursday, July 13, 2017

North Carolina Nessie?

Fox news is reporting that North Carolina might have it's own monster in Lake Norman.

While boating on the man-made Lake Norman, the man, along with several of his friends spotted the creature, describing it as “splashing around in the water." He noted it was around 10-feet-long and reminded him of the mythical Loch Ness monster. No photos were taken of the creature as it was only visible for approximately one minute until it went below the surface.
Come to think of it, there is a nuclear plant on Lake Norman. Break out the thirty weight fly rods....

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

YETI's 5 Gallon Bucket

Product Guy:   "Hey, what else do you think we could brand as YETI?

Marketing Guy:  "Hmm."  "How about a five gallon bucket?"

Product Guy:  "No way.. you can get those for like five bucks..."

Marketing Guy: "Precisely!"

Presenting the YETI LoadOut 5 Gallon Bucket

Friday, July 07, 2017

Nautilus Reels Micro-Film Contest

Calling the Cecil B. DeMilles'  among us..

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and Nautilus Reels are getting together to host a contest open to both amateur and professional film makers.   From their press release:

"We encourage anglers of all ages and experience levels to submit their best micro-films telling stories from the world of fishing and conservation. The top videos, selected by BTT and Nautilus staff, will be played and voted on during the Nautilus Reels Art + Micro-Film Festival on Friday, November 10th at Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s 6th International Science Symposium in Weston, Florida. Each winner will receive a *Nautilus reel* along with other prizes."

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The Force is Strong: Belizean Permit Edition

Photo Credit M. Mendez

Our Facebook pal and fellow Texan, Michael Mendez, recently got things done in Belize.  He landed this magnificent Permit while fishing the waters of Ambergris Caye at the El Pescador resort.  He gave a lot of credit to his guide, Micheal for putting him on this beast.  

This photo got me excited about my own trip to Belize coming up  later this year.  However, the fact that it took Michael three years to finally land one of these fish is not lost on me. Permit are by no means an easy catch. Nicely done Michael!  In the mean time, i'll just keep reminding myself not to trout set.

Monday, July 03, 2017

The Force is Strong in this one...

New to fly fishing, cousin Matt is lighting some piscatorial fireworks this holiday weekend.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Radioactive Catfish of Chernobyl

ebay watch: Izaak Walton Edition

Via ebay seller eel.wreck comes the way to enjoy your morning joe or evening ale with legendary writer / angler Izaak Walton.  Right now I am picturing me walking around "Office Space" style holding this fashionable mug.  "That'd be great..."

"We may say of angling as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries: "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did"; and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It came from the depths: TX Crappie Edition

Yesterday, I was able to spend some time catching striped bass on Lake Texoma with Coy Devoll of Gllz-n-Reelz.  We had a great day on the water and caught a lot of fish.  However, the surprise of the day was  this mega-crappie caught by my friend Mike's grandson, Gavin.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Most of us just wanted to be Brad Pitt

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mouse fly #Trollpoll results

For the record. I have "caught" one fish on a mouse fly. I use quotes around the word caught because I hooked a sockeye salmon. I am pretty sure he was just trying to kill something invading his redd and not actually trying to eat a mouse. I counted it though.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Interesting Hemingway Letter up for Auction

I ran across this very intriguing Ernest Hemingway letter coming up for auction on June 3rd.  I found the content related to the over harvest (harpooning  yikes!) of broad bill swordfish to be fascinating.

"Suppose you saw what I wrote Mrs. [Oliver C.] Grinnell about the broadbill harpooning and that's why you sent the clipping….Listen, kid, I had not seen one single comment on C. B. Millers speech when [I] wrote Mrs. G. nor have seen any. We don't get columns here. Sorry he ratted on you. That was lousy. I have no ax (sic) to grind in this, except possibly that have found plenty of pro fishermen as good or better fellows than amateurs'...

When they are thick they are cheap. When they are scarce they bring plenty in from outside but why not tax the imported fish and not throw even 1200 good sword fishermen out of work so rich pricks can pass baits to them….I am for making a living and for sport for the rich man and the poor man, and especially the poor man and against all class legislation. It is better that every rich man should have to go up to New Brunswick and learn to cast a salmon fly properly and pay for his fishing or rent a good trout stream or go out and find new ocean fishing (there is a world of it to fish) than that one single poor man should be deprived of the livelihood that the sea has brought and that he has learned to take since over a hundred years. That's where I stand'."

Trout Anglers Boost NC Economy by $383 Billion

The Asheville  Citizen Times reports that a 2014 study shows that 149,000 North Carolina trout anglers spent 1.6 million days on the water and are estimated to have boosted the economy by $383 billion dollars.

"The study, “Mountain Trout Fishing: Economic Impacts on and Contributions to North Carolina’s Economy,” also found that money spent on trout fishing in 2014 supported approximately 3,600 jobs" Read the article here.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Everything is bigger in Texas

It looks like the "hold it closer to the camera" trick works for frogs as well as it does for fish.

Check out the story of this giant bullfrog at