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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 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 in November.

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Letters from Alaska

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

I’ve received a number of intriguing emails chronicling the adventures of my buddy David Noble, who recently left his job as an Everglades guide to perform the same role at a lodge in gorgeous Ketchikan, Alaska. The folks there target rainbow trout, various types of salmon and huge halibut, which are like a Florida flounder on steroids. David is having a ball guiding clients to big fish in a gorgeous natural setting – I envy him his adventure. He’s pictured here with a 90+ lb. “barn door.” Nice work, Noble man.

Shallowfish gets a mascot

Friday, March 20th, 2009


Our new puppy PITA (yes, it’s an acronym) is proud to represent Actually, that’s not true. PITA pretty much sleeps and poops and could care less about what we do as long as we keep the Milk Bones coming.

Steel dreams

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
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I’ve been lucky enough to chase a wide variety of fishies in other parts of the world. One of those targets was feisty steelhead in rivers and small streams up Canada way. And I learned, in short order, that these fish – basically big, mean-spirited rainbow trout – are bona fide bad-asses. This great video captures big steelies eagerly sipping dry flies (dry flies!) in a remote British Columbia river…which is sorta like watching elephants play fetch. Enjoy.

First snook on fly

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I took the missus out last night on the skiff with the goal of her landing a snook on a fly rod. We ran to a little waterfront bar for a drink and a bite of fish, and afterward hit some dock lights in the bay. At this time of year snook stack up under the lights to warm up and pick off bait fish, and they can be relatively easy pickings. We used light 4 and 6-weight fly rods which allowed the smallish “snuke” to really show their stuff – in fact, we lost a couple to the pilings. Emphasis was on relaxing, not on numbers. She landed several – she has a natural feel for hooking and fighting fish – and the cool weather and star-filled sky will bring us back again soon.

Gooooooooooooooo Gators!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

We do our best to stick to angling-related banter around here, but it’s not every day that our college team makes it to the championship game…for the second time in three years. The Gators outlasted Alabama in a classic ballgame to win the SEC crown and clinch a spot in the title game. Tebow has a good chance of winning a second Heisman trophy, and the defense is a talent-laden unit that matches up well against Bob Stoops’ offensive juggernaut. It’s great to be a Gator fan right about now. Go Gators…whip those Sooners!

Bad pants off Montauk

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

My buddy Pete sent me these pics of himself and a couple of friends tossing flies at stripers and blues off of Montauk. The images hearken back to trips past in which Pete and I braved the nasty Atlantic off of Chatham, Cape Cod. The rolling swells, the bass and blues thrashing on top, the picturesque dunes and lighthouses – they’re all still imprinted in the mind’s eye. Pete was fishing with Captain Paul “Koop” Koopmann (, whom I’m told is a good dude and capable guide. In fact, Paul says his name ends with two “n’s” because he’s “super nice.” Look him up if you plan on sampling the Long Island Sound fishery in CT, NY and RI. Anyhoo, very solid work by this crew. Oh, and Pete, the Fire Chief called. He wants his orange pants back.

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…)

Prolific pythons

Thursday, August 28th, 2008


A year or so ago a photo of a python that ate a gator down in the Everglades – and apparently exploded a day or so later from a serious case of indigestion – was all over the Internet. What some may not know is that, primarily due to limp-brains who have released exotic snakes into the wild, pythons now pose a serious threat to endangered species such as native mangrove fox squirrels and wood storks. A recent article in the St. Pete Times claims that experts believe “tens of thousands” of the big snakes are now found throughout the Park. Not sure if I agree with that estimate – over the years I’ve seen many moccasins and rattlesnakes and even a few coral snakes, but no pythons. But it’s clear that they are a prolific species we need to contend with. This excerpt from the article grabbed my attention: (more…)