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.