Archive for August, 2007

Blog love

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

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Recently stumbled across a link to this very cool blog. Offers reader’s a rolling wealth of fishing-focused content — everything from recommended books, zany news headlines, quirky and amusing opinions, and much more. Check it out at: moldychum.com

You’ll also want to take a look at “Fishing Jones“, another blog featuring solid posts and compelling content. Their 6-word “Short Story Contest” is generating a lot of interest right now. And while you’re at it, peek at Trout Underground, which brims with great commentary and fly-fishing-related posts, and which at this moment features a gifted if misguided young lass in a tiny yellow bikini standing in the snow. You do the math.

Earl & Water Cartoon

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

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Rainbow Trout in the Tropics

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

A friend recently sent me a link to an article in the NY Times about fly fishing for rainbow trout in, of all places, Costa Rica. That comes as a shock to most trout anglers, but not to me. I lived in that wonderful little country for about seven years, where one of my dad’s best friend’s was a zany, immensely talented veterinarian who, among other things, pumped his sickly Doberman so full of steroids that it grew to the size of a Chincoteague pony.

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Welcome Snookangler fans!

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

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Years ago I created Snookangler.com, an after-hours labor of love that featured a lot of useful, free information for veteran and novice snook anglers. I’m now directing Snookangler fans this way, since we’re well on our way to consolidating all of that content – and much more – within these pages. So…welcome snook addicts. You’re in good company at Shallowfish.

Sweet Summertime

Friday, August 17th, 2007

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Hot weather equals hot action in shallow water.

Ah, summertime in Florida. The word conjures up images of smoking grills, white beaches, sunny skies and tan bodies. But to a skinny water angler, the word “summer” means one thing: redfish and (especially) snook, and lots of them. Roughly from May through mid-October, snook gather in Florida’s inlets and passes to breed and feed, and it’s the time of year in which anglers have the best chance of experiencing a banner catch-and-release day. Some passes are literally choked with fish, and if you catch them on the right tide, they’ll hammer just about anything you throw their way. But there are some rules to follow if you wish to make the most of your summertime opportunities. The one variable that you cannot ignore at this time of year is heat, so temperature is the central thought behind the following recommendations: (more…)

Fishing Tip: find bottlenose dolphin, find fish

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

dolphinleap.gifBottle-nose dolphin are awe-inspiring hunters, and they can quickly decimate your chances of catching fish in a normally productive spot. Many’s the time I’ve eased up to a favorite shoreline or flat only to see a fired-up dolphin going off like a pipe bomb. Goodbye fish. Instead of cursing their presence, however, I usually marvel at their power and grace. And I use what I see to my advantage down the line. If I see dolphin actively feeding on a shoreline, flat, or other area I usually ignore, I make a mental note of the time and tide and fish it the next time conditions are comparable. Though dolphin eat a wide variety of fish — especially mullet — they seem to relish snook and redfish, at times wolfing down specimens of surprisingly large size. (On a recent trip my girlfriend and I were tracking a school of big bull reds when she saw a dolphin gliding close. “Not to worry”, I said in a deep, knowing voice, “they have no interest in fish of that size.” No sooner had I spoken the words than the dolphin hit the jets, smashed into the school with stunning violence and emerged with a monstrous redfish flopping sideways in its grinning jaws like a chew toy. Humility comes in many forms). Point is, there isn’t a more efficient, dominant predator in God’s green seas, and if you frequent spots where they feed you’ll find fish.

What is your favorite shallow-water lure?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Each month I field a question from a reader and answer it as best I can, focusing on those inquiries and responses that I believe will be of general benefit or interest…or at least of interest to me. Blogger’s prerogative. I recently received this email from Jon in Fort Lauderdale, FL, who asked: “If you had to choose one lure to use for the rest of your days, which would it be?”yellaplug.jpgJon, I’d like to say that you stumped me here. But you didn’t. I enjoy fishing a wide variety of lures, each of which can be very productive given the right scenario. I fish jigs, diving and swimming plugs, softbaits and even bait on occasion. And I do love throwing flies, especially the ones I make myself, even though they tend to look like varmints that unsuccessfully braved the freeway.

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Fishing Tip: make your trolling motor snag-free

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Bow-mounted trolling motors are an essential tool for the shallows, especially for anglers (like myself) who enjoy fishing alone. However, when you’re poling the shallows with a friend and casting from the fore-deck, the knobs and blades on a trolling motor will snag your fly line over and over–especially in windy conditions–which can lead to wild fits of rage, threats levied at inanimate objects and exceptionally creative language. A simple, old-school solution is to take along a towel, wet it thoroughly and drape it over the motor, rendering it essentially snag-free. This will dramatically cut down on snared casts…and colorful outbursts.