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Pray for the missing Florida teens

July 29th 2015 16:44
If you do a Web-search on this blog, it still says "tips and news."

I can't do anything about what the Internet says. I'm always a little dubious about getting fishing advice from the Web--nothing takes the place of getting on the water.

As for news--a couple of weeks ago it was sharks ruling the waters off North Carolina. Unfortunately, now all eyes are on Florida and two missing teens who went on a fishing trip and disappeared five days ago.

As for details, got to CNN, Faux News or something like that because, as a parent, this is too horrendous for me to think about.





Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!



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A look at some antiques lures

July 28th 2015 15:35
Here's an interesting link that came to me the other day.

If you like old fishing lures, this is for you! It's amazing how labor intensive it must have been to produce some of these lures! And, you have to remember these lures are from back in the days before everything was made from plastic with computerized machinery so, you're looking at wood and metal.

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Discovery Channel's Shark Week came and went without much fanfare from this bolg. To be honest, after last year's pseudo-science about Megladon, I decided to give it a rest although the folks at Discovery promised to clean up their act.

Evidently, Discovery's act hasn't been cleaned up enough for the folks over at GrindTV as this link will attest.

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Here's a weird little story about some new fish that have turned up off the coast of Australia.

Researchers were searching for nursery grounds of larval lobsters when they came across a cluster of volcanoes and then, got a bigger bonus when they discovered the new fish. Granted, the fish is really small and hardly anything you want to go after with a rod and line but, it's nice to know they're out there.

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Sharks in hot water!

July 12th 2015 16:46
Since Shark Week is coming to an end, it somehow seems fitting to have found this article about sharks swimming in the hot water around volcanoes.

These actions are totally baffling to scientists. One thing that's even more puzzling is that these aren't unheard of sharks. These are hammerheads, silky sharks, and rays--pretty common marine life!

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Don't forget a first-aid kit

July 11th 2015 14:55
It never hurts to have a simple first-aid kit when you go fishing. A lot of people are going to be rolling their eyes at this warning but things happen. Aside from getting a hook in your finger, it's not that uncommon to slip on a slick bank or cut yourself on a piece of glass or jagged rocks and then, who knows what kind of infection may develop?

A first-aid kit doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, you can probably get everything you need from your medicine cabinet. On the other hand, you can buy one but, I'm not crazy about a kit with rubber gloves and if I require stitches, I figure I'm beyond a simple fix.

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More North Carolina Sharks

July 4th 2015 04:07
Since it's 4th of July weekend here in the States and in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the release of JAWS, maybe we ought to take a little time to recognize the real life shark horror going on off the coast of North Carolina.

If you've ever looked for sharks' teeth on NC beaches, you quickly discover it's not a hotbed of shark activity although the area is definitely along the migration route for several shark species. Despite this, North Carolina is stealing the spot light from California and Florida and making the news every few days. In fact, this link even relates a tale of a brave soul grabbing a shark by the tail!

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The Arbogast Mud Bug

June 24th 2015 17:14
Arbogast Mud Bug
I'll be the first to admit this thing has seen its better days.


Most anglers who have done much fishing are familiar with the Arbogast Jitterbug. Many of that group are also familiar with another Arbogast creation: the Hula Popper. And part of that group probably knows the Tin Liz started it all clear back in 1927.

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Liberty dime, silver dime
The other day I was looking for images of jigs and ran across this neat photograph that, I think, was on Ebay.


Unless you're familiar with older US coins, you may not realize how small the jigs in the picture truly are. Those old Liberty Head dimes were only about 1-1/2 centimeters or less than 3/4"! Also, Liberty dimes were silver as opposed to modern dimes. I know there's a collector out there somewhere who would snatch this up in a minute.

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Salmon sharks and terror in NC

June 15th 2015 15:35
It was a wild weekend for shark activity in the US. Two kids were attacked in North Carolina and River Monsters mentioned a shark found in Alaskan Waters that is warm blooded as opposed to the cold blooded creatures usually found in oceans, lakes, and rivers.

Salmon Shark
This may look like a Great White but...
Resembling their relative, the Great White, salmon sharks prefer to feed on Pacific salmon, but their diet also includes other bony fish.

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