Monday, February 29, 2016

How to tell if you have low energy bait?

Here I go again, making bait fun. 

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Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Growing up...

Growing up near lakes, rivers and bays have paid-off. I took daughter, Callie to the airport today on her way to LSU. She has been selected as a candidate for their PHD Program in Biology/Ecology. She has already visited The University of Georgia and there are two other universities interested, The University of North Carolina and The University of Pittsburg. We will wait to see how far we have to travel to visit her in the future!
Congratulations Callie

Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Old lure heirloom!

"Old lure heirloom!" I have been lucky to have a couple of lures that my grandfather fished with in the 20s & 30s. Now, my grandfather was not much of a fisherman, but did fish on rare occasion. When I was a kid, the family cleaned out his home after he passed. My father and I found these old Heddon lures in his shop. My father said he remembered these when he was a kid and fished with them on the Duck River. Just think these lures were used during the depression, & WWII.
As you can see, they have seen better days. In fact, someone tried to modify the top lure for some reason. I do wonder what's the story behind this bait, where was it purchased, and what fish were caught. I'm sure if this bait could talk, it would be fascinating.
They are made of wood. The shellac has deteriorated with age and the paint is starting to crack and flake off. The quality of the craftsmanship is excellent. The diving spoon is thick and made from high quality metal, no rust after 80-85 years.
I bet my father or his brother modified this lure when they were young and decided a spinner would be better added to the front. Oh well, I am glad to have these old relics.They are not worth much to anyone else but me. I do want to preserve the story and place them in a better container. So, I decided to print and build an old fashion lure box made of paper.
You just can't tell the story of an old lure unless you know it, write it down and keep it for future fishermen.  Remember:  "Old fishermen may pass, but their bait lives on!"

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Summer is coming...

Last year, I kayaked fished on a lake near my home. I took this photo of a small cove that I paddled into with my kayak. The water was smooth as glass with a whisk of fog on the surface and mirrored the surrounding lush foliage. This is a reminder that summer is coming.... 

Enjoy the view, I did!
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