Once upon a time, not long ago, a troll lived under a bridge. Well, actually there were two bridges long ones, 24 miles each. And it wasnt really a troll; it was a troller. And really, he didnt live there; he just fished there a lot.
Getting to a favorite fishing location shouldnt require setting up a tent at the local boat landing to be there before everyone else. Fishing bass is supposed to be a leisure sport, with maybe a little banter between partners enjoying the day as long as you dont have a 3 p.m. weigh in.
Dawn began to define what we had dubbed the slough hole. It was the first morning of rifle season in Area 1, and from 15 feet up an oak tree that was dropping acorns on my head, I remembered how this came to be the fourth deer stand I put up.
Behind relentless wind, the beginning of the wholesale movement of speckled trout from the inside to the outside is the second-most frequently heard excuse anglers give for struggling to catch fish during March.
Saltwater anglers have long been at the mercy of the wind more so than freshwater anglers. The very nature of fishing sprawling bays and open lagoons along a wide-open coast means wind direction and strength must be taken into account before and during every trip.
The first time I ever laid eyes on Josh Sandel, at the campground on Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area, he reminded me of a big dominant male silverback gorilla. As he sauntered up to me, the rest of the dozen and a half or so people camped together in the group stepped aside to let him pass.