Archive for November, 2007

Did I mention the shirts?

Friday, November 30th, 2007

stripers-solid1.jpgOK, so I did. But here’s another reminder: our humble-but-growing little shop now features a number of new t-shirt designs sure to appeal to the angler looking for understated, classy tees. All shirts (except for the logo shirts themselves) feature the shallowfish logo on the back, centered and high. More shirt designs — and fly kits, and other gifts — are coming soon.

This site is, well, fly

Friday, November 30th, 2007

thisisfly.jpgYo…check out This is Fly, a Web-based master stroke featuring good articles, excellent photos, a page-turning (literally) format and a refreshingly irreverent style. These boys aren’t screwin’ around. Even the garish pink (pink?) theme somehow works. Pop this one in your Favorites menu – it’s worth a peek now and again. (Editor’s note: I’m giving these boys props even though they recently dropped their link back to Shallowfish…likely because I (gasp) throw lures as well as flies. Dang. Shunned by the blue bloods again).

Real man of genius

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

yak.jpgChecking emails at lunch, and my buddy Pete sent me a note. Seems one of his friends was recently bitten by the kayak craze. But this guy didn’t just deck out his yak with the usual rod holders, compass, etc. No, he went all out and planted a functioning boob tube on the nose, complete with remote. Over-sized cooler in the back holds a twelvie of beer with room to spare. Football, beer and big redfish within arm’s length. This dude rules with an iron fist. Click thumbnail at left for bigger pic.

Cartoon

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

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Fishing Tip: limit false casting in skinny water

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

mangocast.jpgWhen fly fishing along shorelines or on the flats, try to keep your false casting to a minimum. If you’re fishing the correct distance from shore, it shouldn’t take you more than two false casts – and at the most three – to place the fly accurately next to structure. Accomplished fly casters (can’t say that I count myself among that group, since on occasion my flailing creates a nice breeze) can do it fairly consistently with one. Why the emphasis on less casts? Because too much “back and forth” will result in floppy loops, tired arms and, most important, spooked fish. This is also important when poling along clear flats, where the “window” for a good cast can be very small. Practice until you can shoot 40-60 feet of line in under a few casts, and you’ll cover more water and fool more fish.

How important is lure color?

Tuesday, November 13th, 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. I recently received this email from Dan in South Carolina, who asks: “Do you believe lure color makes a difference when fishing shallows?”

electric-chicken.jpgThis one is dicey since folks seem to have firm opinions, either way. In the end it comes down to just that: opinion. On the one hand, I’ve witnessed certain lure colors seem to make a difference in attracting more fish. But more often — in my experience — it seems irrelevant. Now, some general rules do have merit. Dark lures do seem to work better in low light conditions or in murky water (likely because they create more contrast so fish can see them), and light-colored lures can work better in clear water or on bright days (likely because they more closely mimic semi-translucent baitfish than do dark, opaque offerings). But I believe most lure manufacturers offer scores of colors to entice fishermen, not fish. (more…)

Make that “Mo-Joe Risin”

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

At first light on Friday, Joe and I left the dock at Chokoloskee to recover my misplaced angling mojo. We found some…but it was all Joe’s. I held my own for a time, but as the day wore on he caught fire. By mid-afternoon I was rummaging in the hatch for a flame-retardant suit.

Though big fish eluded us, we did have some heart-pumping moments. Early on, with the sun still low, Joe was bending down to release a plug-caught jack when a thick bull shark shot out from under the boat and sawed the fish in half. We were pretty skittish while releasing fish the rest of the day.

We didn’t keep a tally, but we (OK, he) caught scores of fish and saw several over-sized snuke blow out ahead of us. Weather was incredible, with a bluebird sky from dawn to dusk. It’s not overstatement to say I’ve never seen a prettier day “down south.” Crisp temps, active snook and redfish, big laughs, and sections of water as smooth as polished marble. Another classic day of Glades angling…and another stack of good memories.

Mojo risin’

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

sully-snook.jpgMy good buddy Sully and I once fished the Everglades like clockwork (click ‘lil pic at left to see him posing happily in a steady rain well below Chokoloskee). Life’s put a ding in that approach of late (I know many of you can empathize), but hope floats like a good topwater lure, and — at long last — we have a trip into the wilds scheduled for this Friday. Which is good, since I need to get my bruised mojo risin’ (apologies to Jim Morrison). We plan to kick it old school with plugs, flies, light tackle and yes, some sweet cold. <Cue happy sigh> A report will be filed by Monday.

Fishing Tip: go barbless…for more reasons than one

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

barbless.jpgUse a set of needle-nose pliers to crimp down the barb(s) on your jigs, plugs, flies, etc. completely flush (see pic at right). You’ll lose a fish occasionally, but not as many as you may think. Most fish throw the hook due to slack forming in the line, not the lack of a barb. There are two primary advantages of going barbless: 1) you won’t needlessly kill or maim fish while trying to wrestle out a stubborn or deep-set hook, and 2) you won’t have to worry about a trip to the emergency room if you hook yourself or a fishing partner. Just slip the hook out, curse as appropriate, and continue fishing.

New fishing shirts now available

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

snooky-snookymedium.jpgCheck out our humble little online shop, where we’ve just added a new series of shallow-water angling tees. These new t-shirts feature simple designs that communicate your passion in subtle fashion (hey, that rhymes). The understated colors make them ideal for wearing to the local bar for a cold one…or out for a night on the town. And we’re far from done, my friend. Check back often, since we plan on adding new fishing shirts at a steady rate.