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Posted on Aug 2, 2010 in Top Shots
For many weeks this spring and summer, it seemed there had never been a worse time to try to fish the northern Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. Yet for a few skippers in the western half of the state, there hasn't been a better time. By running to open areas — stretches not closed by NOAA to all fishing — anglers in the western part of the state were finding a wide-open bite from bull reds near shore, to snapper, grouper, cobia, jacks and more species around rigs and rocky areas, to yellowfin and other pelagics in blue water. Read More
Posted on Jun 22, 2010 in Top Shots
I just spent a few days on the water along the southeast Alaska coast. The time struck me variously as beautiful, exciting and sobering. While not the first time I've fished the Pacific amidst the grandeur of this coastal wilderness, the trip did mark a couple of firsts for me. Read More
Posted on May 11, 2010 in Top Shots
T or F: The entire Gulf of Mexico is covered with oil. T or F: The entire Gulf of Mexico is closed to fishing. T or F: You can forget about any fishing trip to the Gulf of Mexico. Of course all three are false. Yet with national media intensely focused on the deepwater BP oil-rig blowout, more than a few folks may be thinking "true" to one or more of the above. So let me take this opportunity to remind anglers: big news, small area. Read More
Posted on Mar 16, 2010 in Top Shots
Last week's firestorm over President Obama's supposed plan to outlaw sport fishing was rife with negatives, including how ready and willing so many people were to believe the worst, despite the claims being the most ludicrous imaginable. No president would (at least without probably being impeached) make recreational fishing illegal in this country. Read More
Posted on Feb 16, 2010 in Top Shots
You can probably think of a dozen good reasons not to plan an serious fishing vacation now. I suspect most of 'em probably aren't good enough to outweigh the reasons to do it. I know you have all sorts of obligations to yourself, your family, your job. Who doesn't? I know it's hard to justify spending big bucks on your passion these days. Of course such fishing vacation may simply be truly impossible. I'm talking to those of you who know in your heart of hearts it could be do-able. So do it! Read More
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