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Reel Wisdom From Real Fishermen

Click on the photo to learn more about Why We Fish. Photo by Robert Montgomery

“Angling is extremely time consuming. That’s sort of the whole point.” – Thomas McGuane

Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl. –Ernest Hemingway

Fishing is like sex, everyone thinks there is more than there is, and that everyone is getting more than their share.” – Unknown

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.  ~Washington Irving

Why We Fish--- Reel Wisdom from Real Fishermen

“I’ve gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.” William Tapply “A Fly-Fishing Life”

“Soon after I embraced the sport of angling I became convinced that I should never be able to enjoy it if I had to rely on the cooperation of the fish.” Sparse Grey Hackle

“Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.” – Herbert Hoover

“In every species of fish I’ve angled for, it is the ones that have got away that thrill me the most, the ones that keep fresh in my memory. So I say it is good to lose fish. If we didn’t, much of the thrill of angling would be gone.” Ray Bergman

“It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.” Theodore Gordon

“The best fishermen I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them.” John Gierach “Fly Fishing the High Country”


The Anglers Lodge Seeks Business Partner(s)

Lake Amistad largemouth.

If you’ve ever dreamed about owning a home or --- even better --- a fishing lodge near one of the world’s best bass lakes, Carl Wengenroth has an offer for you.

Carl owns The Anglers Lodge on Lake Amistad, near Del Rio, Texas, and he’s looking for an investment partner or partners. “I want to get the bank out of the picture,” he said.

To do that, he needs $730,000 within three weeks, and he will negotiate regarding specific terms, such as partnership percentages. For sure, though, the investor would enjoy free fishing, meals, and accommodations as often as he’d like. And Carl added that he can arrange for free hunting as well.

The Anglers Lodge sits on just under 10 acres, with 23 rooms, a café, and tackle store. It’s a 2- to 3-minute drive from four launch sites at Amistad, which is surrounded by federal land. Long-range plans call for acquisition and expansion onto an additional five acres.

With Carl, an investor would be partners with one of the real champions for bass conservation. He teaches fish care to bass clubs across Texas. And he recycles used baits into new ones. Success with that prompted him to create River Slung Custom Baits.

Lake Amistad is a 65,000-acre impoundment on the Rio Grande at its confluence with the Devils River. Here is what has to say about the scenic fishery on the Mexican border.

If you are interested in learning more, you can call Carl at 830 719-9907 or send him an email at


Adjustable Cablz Provide Comfortable Way to Keep Glasses Secure


In summer, you can’t fish without sunglasses--- unless you’re night fishing. And, when you’re out on the lake, miles from the dock or your truck, you don’t want to lose those glasses.

Lots of retainers are on the market to help keep your glasses secure. For years, I’ve stuck with the cloth ones, even though they tend to get damp and grungy over time.

But now Cablz is offering an alternative that I really like: Cablz Zipz, with adjustable strap. The retainer is made of colorful monofilament, which makes it lightweight.

What really sold me on it, though, is that it’s adjustable. Just slip on your glasses with the Cablz attached and zip the mono snug behind your head. It’s so lightweight that you hardly know it’s there, and yet your glasses are secure.

Check out Cablz Zipz (Monoz) here.


Birds, Bears, and Balance

Cormorant photos by Robert Montgomery

Early this spring, hunters killed 11,653 double-crested cormorants on Lakes Marion and Moultrie (Santee Cooper) in South Carolina. Such an event would have been unthinkable just a decade ago. That’s because cormorants are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

But in recent years both federal and state resource managers recognized that these fishing-eating birds are causing problems for our fisheries, as their populations explode. Vocal, angry anglers played no small part in that recognition.

More recently, Florida Fish and Wildlife killed five black bears after a woman was attacked at her home in central Florida.

What do these two incidents have in common? They highlight who we are as a species and what we must do if we are to share land and water with other species.

We are beings who alter our environment to meet our needs. We clear the land to farm and to build cities, homes, and highways. We erect dams to control floods, irrigate formerly arid lands, and generate hydropower.

And when we do those things, we take away the habitat of other species, such as black bears in Florida.

Many think that we manage only domestic animals. In truth, if we are to have healthy populations of most wildlife species, we must manage them as well.

And that means sometimes that we must kill some of them because their numbers are too great to be sustained in their remaining habitat and/or they pose a threat to us.

As they were relentlessly hunted and their habitat destroyed, buffalo, deer, and turkey nearly disappeared. But enlightened management has brought them back, and now regular hunts keep their numbers at sustainable levels for their available habitat.

The cormorant is an interesting exception to the rule. That’s because it habitat has not been diminished by us, but rather greatly expanded by the reservoirs behind all of those dams that we’ve built. That’s why it has become such a nuisance species. Many no longer migrate, but instead stay year-around, feasting on fish and expanding their numbers.

Of course, many of those who call themselves animal lovers do not want to hear such rational arguments. They did not like the killing of so many cormorants in South Carolina, and I’ve no doubt that Florida Fish and Wildlife will endure sharp criticism for killing so many bears.

These people want us to either ignore the problem or attempt to solve it in an impractical way.

For example, the Missouri Department of Conservation decided to do something about the overpopulation of deer in suburban St. Louis awhile back. Its first choice was to have a managed hunt. But bowing to pressures from animal lovers, it went with the much more expensive option of trapping and moving the deer.

The agency later discovered that most of those transplanted deer starved to death because their new habitat contained little to none of the types of plants that they were accustomed to eating in the suburbs.

Moving bears won’t solve the problem in Florida either. Suitable bear habitat in the state already is at peak population. Otherwise the animals wouldn’t have moved in so close to humans in the first place.

Additionally, those that have ventured into civilization now grow fat as they scavenge garbage around homes or are intentionally fed by these same animal lovers who have exacerbated the problem with their compassion. In other words, the bears now associate humans with food and if trapped and moved, they’ll just head for the nearest subdivision.

The reality is that we must live with the consequences of our actions as a species that alters its environment, and one of those consequences is that we must manage the other species that share the land and water.