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Passing It On

Page 122. Fishingi is about spending time together--- as well as catching fish. Photo by Robert MontgomeryThis photo is from my new book, Why We Fish. Please check it out at Amazon or NorLights Press.

It accompanies an essay entitled "Passing It On" by Ben Leal," which begins this way:

The sun rises above the trees. The tires of the boat trailer touch the water. Over the lake, a fine mist makes morning’s air visible. After we remove the tie downs, back down the ramp, and shove the boat off the trailer, our day of fishing is about to begin. With the first turns of the motor, my son and I take our seats.

“Dad?” he asks. “Can I help you drive?”

 Smiling, I tell him to join me at the motor; we’ll share the captain’s chair together. Grabbing the tiller handle, I look down at him . . . “Okay buddy, where to?”  


Smallmouth Angler Catches Monster Muskie

Record-Eagle photo

Imagine connecting to this monster muskie while fishing for smallmouth bass with 8-pound line and a single-hook tube bait.

That’s just what happened to Jim Vozar, while fishing the east arm of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay.

Weighing 52-pounds, the fish pulled the boat around for 20 minutes before tiring enough for Capt. Tony DeFilippo to get it into a net.

The fish then broke the net in two as the guide tried to lift it into the boat.

“It’s a miracle we got that fish in the boat,” said Vozar, who released it after weighing and measuring it, as well as taking photos.

The fish is 6 pounds shy of the Michigan state record for Great Lakes muskie. Coincidentally, that fish also was caught on 8-pound line.

Go here to learn more


Fishing Tops List for Lightning-Strike Fatalities

NOAA caption

Three of us were fishing on Florida’s Lake Crescent one afternoon in early summer. Skies were partly cloudy, and bad weather was the farthest thing from our minds. We were concentrating on trying to find crappie.

But then Jay from New Jersey said, “Look at my line. What does it mean when it’s standing up in the air like that?

Dave, a long-time Florida resident, knew exactly what it meant. “It means we have to get out of here. Now!” he said as he cranked up the big engine.

Just as we reached the shelter of a boat house, thunder cracked and lightning lit up the sky.

If we hadn't moved quickly, that lightning just might have struck one of our graphite rods, causing a boatload of fatalities.

And we had almost no warning.

I’m sure that’s happened to other fishermen as well, some of whom were not as lucky as we were. In fact, since 2006, fishing tops the list for lightning-strike fatalities among leisure activities, according to the National Weather Service.

In other words, golfers are no longer primary targets. As a matter of fact, fatalities for that activity rank not only behind fishing, but camping, boating, and soccer.

Go here to learn more and to find out how to better protect yourself.

By the way, Florida from late May through September is a prime location for lightning strikes. Check out the stats here.


Why We Fish Revealed in a Child's Smile

That’s 9-year-old Dalton Perry in the photo. He’s holding an 8-pounds-plus bass that he caught on a Father’s Day fishing trip with his father, Steve.

With the recent publication of my new book, Why We Fish, on my mind, I couldn’t help but think that Dalton’s joy show why.

Coincidentally, Steve contacted me when learned about the book because he plans to talk about that very subject to youngsters attending this year’s Texas Bass Brigade camp for high school students at the Warren Ranch. (I’m sending copies of my book for Steve to share with the kids.)

Bass Brigade is a unique educational program designed to teach youth about aquatic ecosystems and natural resource management. In addition to fishing, ethics, stewardship, and water safety, they learn about wildlife and plants, as well as water quality and quantity. They’re also instructed in life skills, including leadership, team-building, critical thinking, and communication.


Inspiration for Why We Fish Explained at Mystery Tackle Box


Please check out my guest post at Mystery Tackle Box, explaining what led me to write my new book, Why We Fish.

And while you are there, find out what Mystery Tackle box is all above and maybe get a subscription. Anglers love mystery; it’s one of the reasons we fish.

With a subscription, a “mysterious” assort of some of the best fishing lures and tackle will be delivered to your home monthly.”