FRUGAL FISHING



THE “ FRUGALIST FISHERMAN"

—  COMMENTARY, INVENTOR, FISHERMAN, ENVIRONMENTALIST   —   



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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
—The Engineer President, and Avid Fly Fisherman—



🐟 CURRENT RED TIDE CONDITIONS


Welcome To My Thoughts On Fishing  -  Our Planet And Space Travel  —  
President Hoover…He was right about fishing…   I too,  like its solitude, it’s a chance to reason and think things out.  I have been a soloist all my life, I follow my path, in some cases it worked out.  Sometimes landmines… But I had great coaching from uncles and acquaintances with invented patented products and successful import businesses —  They were not content with mediocrity, they were soloists too, gamblers, futurists and inventors.

I learned to read early, sometimes under a blanket with a flashlight so my mother didn’t see  me because I was supposed to be sleeping …  in a world with no TV and no internet, books were my medicine.  Somehow my curiosity watching, reading and learning told me I was on my own.  I think, I alone found the school library ( no one else was there) attending one of the worst High Schools in NY and the wonderful Public Library on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.   The libraries were my real school — opened my mind to all kinds of things,  and a safe haven when playing hooky.  Truant cops never checked the libraries.

And with the help and encouragement of two librarians who kind of adopted me,  I never went to the second and eighth grades, the school system advanced me and I never made the basketball team but coached, and did ancillary things for the team,  it was my strategy and I graduated HS at sixteen and two months. Two years ahead of my peers.

Much of my site encompasses politics, the military and frauds, but pollution and global warming is another story.  There are two kinds of people in this world, those who construct, and  correct and those who obstruct and destroy.  I simply say life is just  like a library, you get the choice to read all the fiction and non-fiction and make choices of your own, believing in truth or unsubstantiated fodder .  Thats why I Fish, it’s like research, you never know what you will find or whats on the other side or end of things.

My current hobby —  I see fishing encompasses the good and is my relaxation from seeing and experiencing the pain and suffering from war, desease, poverty, greed and hatreds… some have contributed to this world.  I apologize if you differ in thinking but then again we are all entitled to think, not all should be entitled to act. 


🚀  Space, the Final Frontier   Bezos discussed pollution and climate change after his space trip, emphasizing his idea to offload the Earth's industrial production. “ We really have to move heavy industry and polluting industry off Earth," Bezos said.

He said he wants to make “ dirty polluting stuff" like “ chips and microchips" in space, but he added that the timeline might span over multiple decades. “ It won't be done in my lifetime," said Bezos, who is 57 years old. “  We have lots of problems on Earth," he said, specifically pointing to poverty, hunger, climate disasters and pollution. “ We have to work on the here and now and and we have to look to the future."

Last year, Bezos used his vast wealth to launch the Bezos Earth Fund, which focuses on the transition to clean energy and equitable access to healthy air, water, and land.
  

😇    Courage and Civility —  After his flight, he announced that he planned to give $100 million each to CNN; contributor; activist; reporter;  fighter for human rights,  Van Jones and chef José Andrés ( My personal hero) to give away to philanthropic causes as they see fit.   “ We've never just focused on the present or just focused on the future," Bezos said, reflecting on history and innovation. "If you don't focus on the future, then you don't have explorers.”

Bezos said that Jones and Andres were free to do "what they want" with the money.  "They can give it all to their own charity," Bezos said at a press conference after his trip to space. "Or they can share the wealth. It is up to them."

The money, Bezos said, was tied to a "surprise" philanthropic initiative he wanted to announce called the Courage and Civility Award.  The award aims to honor those who have "demonstrated courage and tried to be a unifier in a divisive world.   We need unifiers and not vilifiers, We need people who argue hard and act hard for what they believe”. 

But they do that always with civility and never ad hominem attacks. Unfortunately, we live in a world where this is too often not the case”.   Frankly we do have some sick bastards out there, but we do have role models.  The first two are:

Van Jones, accepting the award, said that "sometimes dreams come true.”  "You bet on me and I appreciate it," Jones told Bezos, later adding that it was money for him to “  Give to others who have a similar spirit."

Chef Andrés, who has poured his life efforts into feeding those in need around the world, said that the award itself  “ Cannot feed the world on its own.”   "But," Andrés added, “ This is a start of a new chapter for us."

The philanthropic initiative from Bezos comes as he faces criticism for spending their wealth on space tourism.  Bezos has previously been criticized for not contributing more to philanthropy,  which is not true, he is a private person usually doing things you never hear of, but in reality, he has and do not believe the lies of those denigrators and liars who obstruct and create conspiracies.  

So my words to the critics and un-informed,  conspiratorialists, ignorant, mis-information jealous bastards,  and frickin morons, are  “ When you stand before God, what  the XXXX have YOU DONE for your people”.  

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🐟   My World  —  Back in The Game

In my later years I had somehow accumulated lots of parts, plumbing, hardware, gadgets, stock and gizmos from closings, stores that went under, almost a garage full.    Many of the gizmos you find in my photo sections from high-speed slide scanners, custom built rigs and DIY gadgets were put together from this stockpile of human failures, scraps and refurbished for the market. 

Several of my attempts at building fishing tools and gadgets from this  junk worked as well, surprising me more than  anyone else.  Half the fun of building something is just that.  Using your stuff on hand and being successful with it is the second half.   It’s not about frugal, it’s about challenge and winning.   Twenty years of junk netted piles of  Steel, Brass, Copper and Aluminum.  I guess that makes me a recycler.  I am now in command of my garage, room for a possible  Kayak and two  hundred dollars richer.

My Motto:  Yes, my favorite dig is  “ Yup, that fish brain sure outsmarted you”.  The science and the art in fishing, is really situational awareness.  It is investing the time and preparation so you understand the patterns and processes of your adversary.   You against the simplified brain in that fish  — 


I found all four of my pristine Penn Reels I had put away, even sold stuff, and got some new gear, a 3/0 Senator new in the box, Conventional and spinning gear, lubed,  re-spooled and polished.   My “ Junk Funding”  went into a good quality fly rod and reel and I was back into fly fishing with a 7/8 rig and a small two piece inexpensive solid glass 5/6 in the trunk fly rod.

I live in Tampa Bay and with an abundance of salt-water wade-able bays, shoreline and flats  — Over a hundred miles  or more of such, the 7/8 did the trick.  Baby tarps are spawned in our inlets and a blast on lighter tackle. A strong leader is critical as their scales are like knife edges.  

Tampa Bay waters are fruitful with Trout, Snook, Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Cobia, Ladyfish, Mackerel, Flounders, Grouper, Snapper, Baby Tarpon and lots of  Shark.   Thats for a serious wading game day on the flats.  Sunup by seven and with Florida heat out by eleven.  Lunch and a cold beer at eleven before a heat stroke.  

A few things will kill you here, sunstroke, drowning,  gators and sharks.  My charter friends with boats have off-shore heavy stuff gear, and  I can use their gear.   I stick with light to medium, I’m too old for dragging  and cranking Senators,  and the charter guys rig all their gear and know better.  We have some great fisherman here in Tampa.  


I Am An Aviator — Thirty-Two Years  — We also build great boats, big and small.  I had three boats before I was 35, but too much work.  Too small for a marina, and offshore, and too big for my garage.  I gave up on boats, being that they are a hole in the ocean you fill with money.  I had a greater dream  and found out the truth, the sky is bigger than the ocean and that hole as I found out is bigger.  I bought and sold my first of many planes  —  And it made for great fishing. here’s how it worked out… 

Pure Luck —  Couple thousand hours plus in ten different Pipers, Grumman's and Cessna's and flew for 32 years… I just swapped trips in my plane, they paid the fees for the boat charter, and paid my share of room, board and the charter, I went along onboard for the fishing.   No money involved and legal, called trip sharing.

My plane covered the state pretty quick, and we fished the East coast, one hour away and Key West, which is 217 NM direct from Tampa in under two hours.  We left at “ O-Dark Thirty".

It was a nice long day on the water, not having to do much except fish, we ate, relaxed, swapped lies, we talked, had a good time, and went straight to bed. Fished a half day the next morning and headed back to Tampa. 

Just fishing,  we also did charters in the twin.   It was just people and toiletries and if we were successful  a box of filets frozen flew back with us, “ No guts, just the glory”  —    Had some great week ends.  It was good deal for me.  Three passengers, sober people, overnight,  light on baggage.  KEY WEST DRESS CODE — flip flops and shorts, a hat and toiletries gear, meds and fluids, the charter boats had all the right gear and rigs.   No muss, no mess, no mas, and my usuals were guys of medium statue keeping under the limits of the aircraft.


SELF PRESERVATION


🐟  Weather  —  Don’t Like The Weather  — Mother Nature is a Bitch  — give her ten minutes and it will change —  Four freshwater ponds  less than fifty yards from  my garage door,  are part of the ponds of the golf course… Not really fishing there safe for fly casting prowess, just testing techniques.   Yesterday two kids that live here fished the ponds and got two bass,  a one pounder juvenile and a two pounder on a worm and a crankbait.
Never take a fish from a golf course pond.  Golf Courses use Chemistry, some deny it… and with flood rain it leaches into the ponds.  I  wear  a nitrile medical glove while handling anything alive.   Bottle of sanitizer hung from my belt is a precaution.


🐟   Hurricanes —  Warnings of  a rough Hurricane season which turned drought into fifteen days of horrendous thunderstorms. The lead was ‘ Hurricane  “ ELSA Update”  06/08/2021:     And something we call  Red Tide.   which gets it’s own page.

🐟   Fresh Water  —   Florida has lakes inland streams, and just a few miles away, a beautiful mangrove shoreline with all the best saltwater species in attendance and a fridge with cold beer not too far.   A small Yeti is a good idea.  We also have Water Moccasins and Rattlers, Coral Snakes and some nasty bugs along lakes and streams.  Be alert!

🐟  Bridge Fishing  —   Some of the best bridge fishing in Tampa Bay and the inshore and offshore near Pasco country is excellent trout country on silver mullet colored  L& S Bait company, MirrOlures,  during May, and April.  Their plant is a three wood from my condo.  

🐟  Safety  —  Today it is 93 Degrees and About 77% Humidity.  You will dehydrate just standing still.

  • You need both Hydration and skin protection, fifty is a good start, our sunburns go off the charts, many wind up in the hospital, and will get you to the ER a lot faster than you might think.   You will dehydrate  and sunburn - Recently I had removed a small lesion, a minor but never the less a bout with skin cancer.   
  • Dress for success and that means breathable heat changing clothing,  With my recent heart condition, which being alert and a great doctor,  I have to watch things more carefully but I am doing very well so far.  I am home before twelve. Just too damn hot this time of year.
  • Almost every Captain I know wears long sleeves, wicking shirts, hats with a neck or face protector, polaroid glasses and a water bottle.  

  • They know the damage it can do for you.   All of the fishing stores and shops sell approved wear for the angler, look cool and be cool.   On the flats I have and wear a personal protection life jacket,  or belt safety shown. Fifty nine dollars can save your life… does not get in the way and a quick release on my belt 
  • Neither interfere with fishing and the way weather and tides change here in Florida, its important.


🐟  SHARKS Warning:  If smart,  do not wade after the sun heads down, few know that Tampa Bay, Florida is the great birthing area for many specie of sharks who deliver at sundown  in the shallow coastal darkness many frequenting both coastal and intercostal areas.  Especially the beaches.

You name the specie it lives here, some part time, not whites,  aggressive bulls and hammerheads, pointers, white/black tips, nurse, thresher , spinner and others.  Read the regulations again about what you can harvest and what you can’t.  These laws change frequently as the researchers battle Mother Nature, and have to adjust the harvesting.  So make sure you have a current brochure handy or on your cellphone for your area and harvesting regulations.  The fines are not small  — and Our Fish and Game people are very protective.

🐟 Harvesting  —   Handle game fish carefully and release and let them grow up and reproduce.   I have a cooking session on this site;  I prefer Fresh Grouper, Snapper, Tilapia, Salmon and Tuna cooked in a variety of styles including Fish Tacos… I know where to buy and have a fishmonger friend and he has his own boats, I trust him.   I fish for the solitude and sport, once in a while I get a good keeper.

 The weather has done as much harm as wars have done…  I cannot believe how ignorant people will be when politics and reality shows count more than truth.


NOTE:  New Circulation About Round barbless non-offset hooks avoiding stainless ( see new Florida regs and suggestions) for saltwater use for easy release and no injury to the fish…



🐟  Fish Scams —  Something Fishy Here  — Before a new sheriff in agriculture came on the scene, the big signs on the restaurant sidewalks told us of the great catch of the bay today.  “ Bullsh*t  “ It was catch of the day ina bay somewhere”  — 

“ Somewhere else in the world” either frozen or been on ice.  Today almost nothing in most retail stores and big boxes, the shrimp or pond grown fish produce is US based.   Shrimp is the Indonesian Peninsula, Eastern China Area, Thailand, and India and If it is cheap we’ll get some from the Klingons and Romulans served with green cheese from the man in the moon.  Some locals have their own select vendors exclusively supplying them with premium prawns and shrimp.

Restaurants were notorious for lying…It became a statewide investigation, also helped get rid of a corrupt idiot of an Agricultural Commissioner for Florida and if you go to The Food Court on this site, read about restaurant games here.  I am quite well hated as a food critic, must be because or due to the fact I tell the truth.  And not afraid to speak out.  I do carry —  


🐟  I Got Into Lure Building Both For My Spinners And Fly Gear — 

I ordered a lot of small items to fill out my return to lure building, a giant part of my site with a couple of fresh approached and Do-It-Yourself ways to save money and increase your stash.  The goal of my site is to give you choices. I enjoy dealing with  a few companies I will mention.

Two good stores on line are Jan’s Net Craft is excellent for Lure and Rod building, and so is J.Stockards…specialists in Fly Fishing… and they have excellent tutorials and most of the real secrets are really out in the open for you.   Locally in Tampa Bay on the Tampa side we have:


Tampa Fishing Outfitters.  https://tampafishingoutfitters.com

You walk in and take a breath, it’s Alice In Wonderland for fishermen, huge and stacked  to the ceilings with every conceivable piece of gear made.   And a really smart staff who know what going on.  More on them later.

If you go there bring food and water, the store is huge and they got it all.   The place blew me away when I went there the first time.  These are also Good Places for the unusual parts — Where and what to buy if you are fortunate enough to enjoy the personalization building your own.  

So I inquired of big names in Fishing Parts that sold retail on line,  plus I do a lot of business with Amazon to avoid 93-100 degree days and 85% humidity and a funeral. With gas attempting to rise again to the three - four dollar mark,We get horrendous thunderstorms, tornadoes and waterspouts.

Again one must be cautious, on line, I am a touch and feel person, many of the items on line are not what I call first class or the best possible choice.  Both Amazon and eBay selling stuff similar to the Chinese Cruise Line “ Le Junk” says it all.   If short on disposable gear the larger Wal-Marts have small stuff  but all their rods and reels are discount junk. Sinkers, brand name hooks, worms soft lures, good prices in a pinch.  But the local tackle stores know what colors are working


🐟  Over 65 — No License Needed  — But There are Some Rules  —  

Florida is a great state for older fisherman, sport, catch and release people.  Bonus:  If you are a resident over 65 no permit or license is needed, either for fresh or salt water.  At times for research there might be a registration period for a certain specie. just register, no fee but they would like for you to report what is harvested or released.

But you must have Valid Florida ID or if you are a tourist go to the state website and get the tourist card with you.  Certain other collectibles in the water, scallops, etc you might consult the regulations.  

Again some species, you may catch but you cannot retain them, then  there are many seasonal species. And even over sixty-five you might have to register for certain fish, it’s not a cost to you, its more for the specie watchers who determine the heath of our fish populations. 


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