A Mind of Fishing

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It’s a daily journey for me that starts with one thought  “where are the fish today”.  It leads me places I only dreamed of and fills me up with knowledge of things I had no idea existed.  This wonderful, beautiful world and life we all walk though with so much going on around us.  I invite you to stop a bit and consider if  and when you leave makes no difference as nature continues to exists on its own terms.

It’s often by accident I am studying one thing with great conviction  that I stumble upon another great discovery  that makes me look at everything differently. My recent reads have been about the New York Bight and the Apex facts and findings, Ben Franklin mapping the Gulf and his cod eating habit’s and lastly Men’s Lives: The Surfmen and Baymen of the South Fork  by Peter Matthiessen .

Some days I have to stop and take it all in.. because we walk on sandy beaches as did people in our past on the same quest but for different reasons.  It leads me to the thoughts of such a vast difference in the way we handle technology and publication now.  People of  past worked so hard to catch fish to provide a meal for their families.  If you think there were not cyclical years please do some reading.  They relied upon  fish to sustain them. And now for the majority it is for internet notoriety or to be best among peers – a different kind of personal thing to feed.  Years from now I often wonder how will this blip in history will tell our generations story… and stories of the simple fishing trips. The kind you keep close to your heart, family and friends that mean the most.

 

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 A Simple Fishing Trip

2016

My morning alarm is set to lull me out of sleep with the voice of Jeremy Wade screaming “Fish On” over and over.  I am ready Mr. Wade.  In the morning shuffle I pick and chose to throw a couple bucktails that have always given me success into the pouch. Feathers all dried I run my finger tips down them to make sure all is intact.  These are my favorites, my go to’s, try as I may with other things I just love fishing bucktails.

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Step outside to see the moon still up and bit of a glimmer of light towards the water.  The night crew will be leaving, I’ll see them packing it in and heading home. Most will have no fish with them. The surf fisherman I know almost never take a fish. It’s often not because they would not like to share a meal of them – it’s because of stocks and also the stigma of someone seeing you take home a legal fish for your family. It’s 2016 and you’re damned if you do or don’t. Greed still runs rampant. But for many people, most of us we are more conservation minded when it comes to this beloved fish – Morone saxatilis.

It is still the most exciting feeling to me to load up the gear and leave knowing what my destination is. A thousand things go through my mind as I am checking off again the –  do I have everything – water and sunblock included.  Upon reaching the destination for the first few minutes I am an observer of the display nature is putting on.  Waders on and my heart starts to pump a little faster those first few steps. Some days I feel like I am almost running when I get on the water although I know I am not.  Just as the sun makes direct contact I am throwing into it with hopes of presenting perfectly to a passer-by in the water. Living so close to this is where I find myself and the world melts away.  For now until this time ends I am myself at the apex of happiness.

So often now when I have a bite I wade into the water to let it go there. Trying to be so careful as not to stress the fish I almost panic if it is not quick enough on my terms.  I am not keeping it, not today.  I get to do this everyday as long as fish are around.  For that I am grateful.  For that I respect this fish. What you do is your own business. I stopped looking. Looking at the same thing over and over of fish held high above heads like trophy’s.  It took me this long to realize that we are different. We fish for different reasons.   Technology pushes hard on ego’s and some look to the path of least resistance.  I needed to quiet my own mind before I got caught up in what the internet deems me a good fishermen and come into my own. When I sopped looking at all those reports online I set myself free to experience this on my terms in this pace in my heart.

Happy for you – happier for me.

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The whole time I am walking I watching, learning, filled with wonder.  With miles under my feel having walked I start to head back.

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Usually some kind person will stop me and share their love along my journey of fishing, surfing, the sea… whatever it is that calls our hearts here.

Packing my gear back in the truck with grateful intention I know God willing, I’ll be back again tomorrow.

For  I  bring home with me the greatest gift – a heart filled with so much love for this life and fishing.

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To go fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish.- Herbert Hoover

 

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Canyon Runner Seminar Review and More

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Canyon Runner Seminar Review

Had the pleasure of attending the Canyon Runner Seminar this weekend in NY.  Previous misconception of the event kept me away in the past which was quickly replaced. I was on information overload by the end of the day. This morning I was still thinking about the many things I learned and sword fish. I did not win anything except knowledge.

Without giving away too much I would just like to mention a few things. I am a crew member on a 23 ‘ Regulator, that often fishes and many trips have been to the Canyon. Sometimes it’s just the Captain and I.  For the longest time I thought Canyon Runner seminars were for “Captains and Tourney Crews”.

First question asked was have you been to one of the seminars before, the majority raises hand yes. Very few of us are first timers. I would soon find out why. The seminar is packed with information. The breakout sessions are the best I have ever attended (and I have been to many from Fla-NJ/NY/PA).

The very first Breakout session I attended was Video Training – Join us in the Cockpit with Capt Mark De Blasio. It’s taking all the basic knowledge you may have or have been taught and expanding on it a “big perspective” .  It pulls together and the information of experiences shared. It is not only helpful to a Capt but invaluable to the crew.

Please find the site link here and enjoy:

Canyon Runner

http://www.canyonrunner.com/

Next session (#2)  on my list was one I knew before going after seeing the instructor list I was hopeful to get a seat àCapt Len Belcaro’s session on Water Temp basics for First Timers.  The technical part of this is not just scientific, it’s exciting, it’s interesting, and well taught. I came back for Session #5 Water Temp – Year in Review for a broader perspective of how the season progresses.  Capt Len is a real down to earth instructor a makes you feel like he is talking to everyone in the room.

Capt. Lens site and Information:

http://www.biggamefishingjournal.com/index.html

http://www.offshoresatelliteservices.com/

The third was one I was not planning on but was encouraged to Day-Tim Sword Fishing – R.J. Boyle. If there was ever someone who can plant the idea of sword fishing in your mind it is this man. Never even thought about it before and now it’s all I can think of.  As an instructor he is easy to follow, interesting and animated! I would encourage anyone even thinking of it takes the session.

RJ Boyle (site is underway – not completely done)

http://www.rjboylestudios.com/

Fourth Session was Night Northeast Sword fishing with Capt Mark DeCabia . Full of knowledge and techniques further fueling the interest peeked with swordfish now. He has a very interesting survival story that quickly captured my attention at the beginning of the seminar itself.

…. I almost think this should be a full weekend as there are definitely more sessions I would like to have attended, waiting another year will be hard.

During breaks I had the pleasure to also sit with the PENN team and witness their Demo…and reel CS. Booth was packed with people asking lots of questions, lots of good information shared.

I also stopped at the Offshore Innovations booth for some great Harpoon Information and Save the Bluefin for information on the tagging program.

Offshore Innovationshttp://www.offshore-innovations.com/

Save the Bluefin Tunahttp://www.savethebluefin.com/

The whole day was nonstop information. I did not stop for lunch as I just wanted to keep learning.

If I could make one recommendation I would say.. TAKE YOUR CREW… encourage them to come. Take your wife GF, KIDS (if they are old enough) whoever fishes with you or has their own boat and crew.

For years I listened to  Capt Don speak so highly of all the times they have been apart of the seminars, read it on message boards, talked to folks. I am most grateful I finally got the opportunity to attend.

* Photo Credit via CR site

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* I have some catching up on here to do and will. Best beware I am in possession of a a kayak now. Time to paddle!

What do you think about taking it out on the Reg and dropping it in the water to fight a fish out “there”?

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I completely forgot to mention in my last report one of natures wonders I witnessed. At first I thought from a far it was a water bottle floating sideways. It’s amazing when you’re at the wheel of the boat how much more you focus on every single detail before you in the water.  Amazingly, riding the gulf stream  was a Portuguese Man o’ War.

Curiosity got the best of me and I started reading as much as I could. I thought they were “jelly fish” but no..it is not a jellyfish. The Portuguese man-of-war is a siphonophore, an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together.

Man-of-wars are found, sometimes in groups of 1,000 or more, floating in warm waters throughout the world’s oceans.

They have no independent means of propulsion and either drift on the currents or catch the wind with their pneumatophores. To avoid threats on the surface, they can deflate their air bags and briefly submerge.

The loggerhead turtle feeds on the Portuguese Man o’ War, a common part of their diet. The skin of the turtle is too thick for the Portuguese Man o’ War sting to penetrate and launch its venom. Some other MOW diners are sea slugs, violet snails, blanket octopus, and ocean sunfish.

Pretty amazing that something that relies upon current and wind can pack such a deadly punch if you make contact with it.