Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kayak Re-Model

Been busy getting her done up for the weekend in the salt...














Rods out of the back casting range...


Locking traveling rods in...



Leashed...

Hopefully some guy named Earl doesn't fuck up the party...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekly Update...

Well…I actually did more fishing this week then I have in the last month combined, which is pretty good to say…and it feels great…

Started off Monday with a trip back to the pond in the kayak to see if I could dredge up a few more perch for that perfect photo opportunity…a fish I’ve not really had a chance to mess with behind a lens…

Never happened, but I did manage to bag a nice fall large mouth that must’ve tipped the scales at about 4lbs…

Mid week brought a shore trip to the pond again with a neighbor. He managed a decent fish on some top water spinning stuff, while I pulled 3 small juvenile bass out with a bugger.

The weekend had us up along Lake Erie. I did pull out the fly rod for some early fall smallies but wasn’t able to find any takers. Sunday we took a nice long boat ride out for a swim, and then made a drift through the walleye school we had run across out there…

Nothing like drifting and erie dearie and getting that tug…not quite the feel of a fly rod, but it definitely is a blast…

Both of our guys below made it back to the water to fight another day…



























Have a great week…

Friday, August 27, 2010

Super Salmon...FAIL!

"Hey, America: Time to get excited! Why? Because a year and a half from now you could be eating the very first genetically-modified animal approved for public consumption: The AquAdvantage® salmon! Assuming it passes the approval process, which began Wednesday."












via Gawker (Max Read) - LINK

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Salmon Dance...

With the cool evening's around this time of year...the Salmon are starting their annual dance in Northern Michigan...

Streamside Custom Rod & Guide Service has been taking in the action, showing great results. If Schmidt's right on his prediction from last year...it maybe Epic up there in a few weeks...

Be sure to check out the sites, reports, and give them a holler if you're in the area...great guys, good people, and some of the best fly fishermen I've seen...

Picture from Kelly's Site

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Vaca Protest...

What happens when you piss off a bunch of fishermen?

They come visit you on vacation...

Fishermen aim Vineyard protest at Obama (Richard Gaines - Boston Herald)


I'm A Panzy...

yeah...I started a photo blog...mostly to work on some of the images I capture...

check it out...

http://www.myopticlife.wordpress.com/

love feedback...not all about fishing, but the pictures from yesterday (link here) is from my explorations yesterday.

Report coming Sunday...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Shooter...

Get those pictures going...

Orvis Photo Contest...HERE

Throw yours on and let us know how you do...


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Weekly Update...

Well there was some fishing this week…noting outstanding, but there is no better feeling in the world then casting a fly rod…

I ended up fishing a rain storm (thus no pictures), with Conklin on Saturday. Figuring that a cooler rain and cold front would start the fall transition, we jumped on the opportunity. All in all, about 6 fish caught, and surprisingly 4 of them were perch. Turns out that beyond the shelf we were fishing, a school must have been hovering, and were anxious to take any minnow pattern we threw. The bass were small, which is a good sign of younger year classes…

I did manage to rookie-up a fish that I wish I had back…

Casting into the perch, I was turned talking with Conklin when the rod nearly shot out of my hands. Within seconds the 3x tippet snapped and I was left to wonder what had taken that bugger. Honest opinion has to be a carp…but I have seen some massive bass in the pond, so I suppose anything is possible.

As my grandfather would say…the back of summer is broken, and I’m ready to get back into my fishing routine…

With no pictures, I figured I’d youtube you…

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Brace Yourself...

"It also might have broken up the oil into small enough particles that the microbes are eating it, explaining why they are suddenly unhealthy. If that is the case, they warned, the rest of the food chain in the Gulf could be tainted by the oil."


Oil may be poisoning area critical to commercial fishing in Gulf (NY Post)


The cap can't stop the damage that's already been done...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Boz's Updates...

Make sure to check out Boz’s most recent update at Maine River Guides


Soon we'll start seeing the fall pigs that he puts into the hands of his clients...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Weekly Update

Well another warm week has kept me off the water and focused on the “normal life” things that I often overlook during the fishing seasons. Weather this week went close to 90 everyday, with no cooling rains. I casted a spinning rod around a harbor on Lake Erie for about 10 minutes this weekend…but that was mostly to help me chill out over a beer.

Finally though, it seems like this week will break the back of summer. I’m not sure if I’m happy to see her go or not…but I do know that these fishless weeks will soon be disappearing. Between a bass bulk up, and steelies starting to migrate into the streams, we will hopefully be taking lots of fish shots…

In the meantime, here’s a few pictures from the weekend on the boat…





Thursday, August 12, 2010

BAD....

"Thousands of Dead Fish Line Jersey Shore"

Peanut Bunker...Bad News...Especially for an already dwindling population...



FULL LINK - NBC Phili - Teresa Masterson

Apologies...Mistake...

My Apologies...I had a typo to Shawn Kimbro's site...

I've fixed the links, so make sure to check him out...

http://www.chesapeakelighttackle.com/

Thanks!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

One Of Our Own...

Over the weekend I had the great opportunity to meet Shawn Kimbro of Chesapeake Bay Light Tackle. Not only is he one of the most prominent guides along the East Coast, he is also one of the most socially responsible guides in the country. His conservation efforts and participation in various groups includes:

http://www.carefulcatchmaryland.com/ – information on sustainable fisheries in Maryland.
http://www.cbf.org/ – Chesapeake Bay Foundation
http://www.ccamd.org/ – Coastal Conservation Association Maryland

That’s just to name a few!

Shawn and I had an opportunity to briefly discuss the disappearing striper populations, as well as the disaster that is the bluefin tuna fishery, and reasons for each. It became quite obvious that Shawn is not only a tremendous conservationist…but also one hell of a fisherman. He has spent the last 6+ years focusing his efforts on exploring the Chesapeake Bay and the various fish populations that it holds. He does NOT use or allow the use of live bait on his boat, and encourages responsible fishing by practicing catch and release whenever possible…

Please make sure to check out his site, and follow his Reports page for updates on the local fishing scene. If you’re in the area, be sure to drop him a line and book a trip. I can assure you that trying to catch up with Shawn is on the “to do” list for the coming year.

Shawn’s Website can be found at http://www.chesapeakelighttackle.com/. Links to all of his conservation efforts can be found on his home page, along with reports, pictures, and videos of his excursions.

Along with his knack for catching LARGE stripers, he’s also one hell of a musician. Hopefully I’ll have a link to his music page and store shortly. I can assure you that his music will be my next purchase!

Here's a myspace link to one of the songs we had the opportunity to hear him sing on Saturday...

Trotline



Make sure to give him a look...

LOVE IT!

From the Portland Press Herald...

The Freshwater Update Column (Deirdre Fleming)...

"Fisheries meetings can be interesting and that was the case in the midcoast when IFW biologist Robert Van-Riper was updating locals on the need for culverts for improved fisheries habitat.

"It's kind of a necessary thing based on the discussions on where Maine's money is coming from: natural resource tourism," Van-Riper said.

"In the public meeting, a man from New Jersey asked why we don't stock walleye or pike. He said they love it in New Jersey. So I had to keep everyone else quiet, because at this point they're going to kill this guy. And I said, 'Quite honestly, you're probably the only one in this room who thought of New Jersey as a fishing destination.' That pretty much diffused the situation."

Now I'm stuck cleaning up the coffee from my nose and desk...CLASSIC!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Weekly Update...

Well, the week was kind of a disappointment in the fishing department…

The outing on Wednesday turned into a bust. Water temps next to 80 were definitely keeping fish close to the bottom in the cooler water. One small bass took a surface popper late in the day, but the heart wasn’t there…no sense in stressing out the fish…

The weekend was spent doing a bit of traveling…Friday was at my parents NEW boat (more coming on that in future posts)…and then Saturday was spent at a Pig Roast in Central Michigan. No fishing per se, but we did meet some new fishy friends in our travels…again, more coming on that in future posts…

Sunday, Amy, Finn and I stopped at the GIANT Cabela’s in Dundee Michigan on the way home. Definitely worth a stop in you’re in the area...

Pics from the travels…















MMM...Pigs & Rum!















Amy & Andrew's faces after a ride in a '66 Ford Fairlane...by the way, this car does a quarter mile in under 10 seconds, and i'm sure we accomplished just that Saturday...AWESOME!




















Amy in between the bears at Cabelas...















Massive trout (to 26" at least) in the ponds at Cabelas...















Bass & Walleye crossing paths in the aquarium...














Pike hanging out in the aquarium...

Overall a great weekend...more coming this week on some of the adventures...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Offshore Guys...

Anyone who's into the salt knows about the White Marlin Open going on this week out of Ocean City, MD...

Be sure to check out the MarlinCam...

http://www.wmophotos.com/marlincam/











Some big fish this year already in the mix...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

And Were Back...

Well, it’s been a long few weeks…

Learned how to install a new roof, then did all 37 squares of my own roof…which meant stripping all the old shingles, replacing over 60 sheets of plywood, replacing one rotted out header, and then re-shingling everything…

All I can say is that I have a new found respect for the roofing profession…

We started on Thursday July 15th with preparations, and ended up finishing everything on Saturday July 24th. Long 9 days, but was well worth it…learned a lot…

One the 24th, we were up at 6AM to push the finishing touches on. We finished the last ridge vent at 1PM, and by 2, we were packed, and ready for the 15 hours drive to Bar Harbor, ME. By 5:30AM, we were pulling into the camp site, and were ready to enjoy a little vacation time…

The week was great. Little fishing done due to some unforeseen circumstances, but we did manage a few Mackerel and Pollock with a spinning rod…(I know, I know)…

Starting tomorrow we should be back to swinging the long rod for some bass…and hopefully will start weekly reports up Sunday/Monday.

In the mean time, here’s some of the pics from the trip…


And we're back...