Archive for September, 2009

Essential Fishing Tune

Monday, September 28th, 2009
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Now and again, as I sit in my office wishing for some on-the-water-time, I crank up some old tune that I like to play when I’m out tossing plugs, and it distracts me from the yearning. Or maybe it makes it worse – can’t be sure. This Neil Young tune, on the water or off, is a classic doozy. I think it’s high time that I started inflicting my musical preferences on you, my semi-captive audience. Expect more Essential Fishing Tunes to pop up in here down the line.

Sleep late and fish a little

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

A friend recently shared the following little story with me, and I was stuck by the simple wisdom it conveys. Hope you will be, as well.

A business man was at the pier of a Mexican coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The business man commented on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman replied “only a little while.” The business man then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? (more…)

Plugging (for) a good cause

Friday, September 25th, 2009


The good folks at The Snook Foundation recently asked if I’d be willing to represent them in next week’s 16th Annual RedSnook Fishing Tournament. Hell yes, sez I. My buddy Joe will join me and we’ll be fishing in the unguided spin/plug division out of Chokoloskee. All proceeds from the tournament support the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s initiatives to protect our local waters. We’ll keep you posted on the results. If you can spare some time or a few bucks, I’d strongly suggest that you contribute to the Conservancy. Click here for info on membership.

The Redfish and Snook Book

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Shallowfish.com will soon offer this practical guide for novice anglers – or experienced anglers fishing Florida’s shallows for the first time. Learn how to catch these two challenging game fish through detailed facts and advice on tides, weather, time of year, live bait, lures, tackle, knots and much more! Written by a lifelong Florida angler, “The Redfish and Snook Book” is the only resource of its kind. It will be available for immediate download from Shallowfish.com in November.

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A storm in a port

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

My buddy Pete and I tried to get out and chase some redfish and snook this past week, but Mother Nature copped a ‘tude again and, after about 20 minutes on the water, we were forced to run pell-mell for the dock to avoid being deep fried. Can’t recall a year with so many afternoon squalls over DependaBay. We’ll be back, regardless.