Archive for November, 2008

Angling Artist: Al Barnes

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Al Barnes’ creative work strikes a subtle balance between realism and expression
, the action and beautiful settings they depict striking a nostalgic chord within anglers everywhere. He is an accomplished watercolor artist, and an icon in the world of angling art. To preview the prints available in our online gallery, click the image to the left.

Chills and Thrills

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Joe and I snuck out early this past Friday. The normally packed parking lot at Outdoor Resorts in Chokoloskee was completely deserted – the first time we’ve witnessed that despite years of fishing the Everglades. We unloaded the boat in silence, and on the water a thick sheet of fog added to the spooky atmosphere, small twisters rising into the air from the dark surface. Running across bays at 50 mph was to-the-bone cold, and we willed a gold sun to rise over Sunday Bay. A school of bottle-nose dolphin were the first signs of life we saw, languidly rolling at the smooth surface near a deep shoreline. Further down we saw a few gators hunkered down on muddy shorelines, obviously suffering ill effects from the recent cold front. (more…)

Angling Artist: Wes Groot

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Behold the buckle. We recently added a collection of hand-made belt buckles created by – get this – an honest-to-goodness, latter-day blacksmith. That’s right, an old-world craftsman, complete with forge, anvil and red-hot poker. These belts have a rough-hewn but polished quality that is undeniably masculine. Click image to see the complete collection.

Fishing Tip: choosing the right cast net

Monday, November 17th, 2008

If you plan on using live bait to catch game fish, a cast net is a must. And when selecting a net, two basic rules apply: 1) use smaller mesh for smaller fish and 2) the smaller the mesh, the slower the sink rate. So, it follows that you’ll want to use a smallish mesh for baits like pilchards and finger mullet that are usually in four feet or less of water, and a larger mesh for baits like big mullet or beefy menheden that are often found in deeper water. Most shallow-water anglers prefer a 3/8 or 1/2-inch mesh. Contact manufacturers for their advice when selecting a net, and be sure to do some research on state and/or local diameter restrictions.

The Comeback Skiff

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

• Used trailer that required considerable re-work to be useful, and a brief foray into a life of crime to pay for: $1000

• Carbs cleaned, plugs changed, new trim switches installed, closing costs on home mortgaged to pay bill: $320

• Two new (pro-rated) deep cycle marine batteries purchased after one imploded and filled house with toxic hydrogen gas that has left entire family addled and torpid: $120

• One new charger to replace version that led to imploding battery: free (unless you count the high price of donor’s cackling amusement)

• Three separate and utterly inept attempts to reconfigure new trailer by non-trailer-fixing (insert plural version of colorful noun): $360 (more…)


Friday, November 14th, 2008

Fishing Tip: use monofilament behind braided line

Monday, November 10th, 2008

By now most spin and baitcast anglers have learned the virtues of braided line, including its memory-free makeup and the distance it adds to the average cast. But “braid” takes some getting used to, and must be in a different manner than monofilament line. One tip that makes a big difference: instead of adding braid directly to your spool, start with 50 yards or so of mono. This “backing” offers several advantages: 1) it’s easier to tie to the spool, since slick braid makes knot-tying a challenge, 2) it limits the amount of expensive braid you’ll use with each re-spool and 3) it prevents line that’s under pressure from slipping on the spool. For best results, use a uni-knot to attach the two lines.

Our art gallery is now live!

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Click image to see our wonderful collection of angling art

Our online gallery is now open, and features an eclectic mix of art inspired by shallow-water angling. The primary emphasis is on “skinny” saltwater, but freshwater and even offshore anglers will find plenty of gift items that cater to their focus. And we’re just getting started. Over the next few months, we’ll continue to add new and interesting pieces from some of the world’s most talented and accomplished artist-anglers. Check back with us often to see what’s new, and consider joining our email list for regular updates.