Today is Saturday, July 12, 2014
The deadliest days

“All they are going to find is a body.”
    
My longtime fishing partner, the late Harold Dotson, summed it up pretty accurately that beautiful summer day many years ago. A police boat, followed by a boat from TWRA had gone by us on J. Percy Priest at a high rate of speed. They were not chasing anyone so we knew it was a different situation.

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A moving sky
A moving sky

A moving sky is one that makes you want to keep on going. It doesn’t matter where you are going or if you even have a specific destination. You can be walking, riding or floating. Whatever your means of travel, you want to keep on going and see what is over the next ridge or around the next bend. The sky will make you feel that way.

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Great way to start the day
Great way to start the day

An almost deserted ramp. One angler, standing on the floating dock, cast desultorily along the bank. I surmised maybe he was just killing time before breakfast. A guy in a big Dodge, pulling a deep breather pulled in behind us. Other than that, Jackie and I had Davis Corners to ourselves.

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Amazin' lures with funny names
Amazin' lures with funny names

Fluke, Ribbit, Gitzit and more. Sounds like a foreign language but not to an experienced angler. To us, it sounds like a love song; kinda the way DeepWee R did years ago. This is especially true from spring into the heat of summer. In other words…right now.

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Maybe the perfect family vacation
Maybe the perfect family vacation

The sun was sinking and the tide was going out. Soon, the Bay of Fundy would drop 50-feet lower than it had been at high tide. The lobster boats were rushing to get in before the boat channel was dry. Our five-gallon bucket of clams was about to start steaming. My arm was sore from catching two-four-pound smallmouth.

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The history behind it

Back in 1969, while spending one semester at Eastern New Mexico University, I was hired as sports editor for the Portales News Tribune, the daily paper for that area. While covering sports, I started writing an outdoor column.

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It may be the prime month
It may be the prime month

May could be the prime month for anglers. Regardless of what sort of fishing you do: boat-bank-wade-pond-float, this is a great month for catching all manner of fish.
    
Thanks to Roger at Marine Sales, I have been spending quite a bit of time on the lakes in my new boat. Both bass and crappie fishing has been good to excellent.

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Maybe next year, some wilderness
Maybe next year, some wilderness

The float plane banked sharply to the right and the jack pines looked a little closer than I felt they should. As we leveled out over the lake, Guy Fraker’s voice came clearly over my headset. “Lots good fish down dere, Jawn, some big bears, too.”

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The long love affair
The long love affair

I think of her every year about this time. It was early March when she broke it off. When I close my eyes, I can still see her shaking her head.

Years ago, line was not very good. After a day in the hot sun, it would break easily. And that is what happened with the biggest smallmouth I ever hooked. She was easy over eight pounds. That is why I say hooked. Because I did not get her in the boat.

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Around each bend, an adventure
Around each bend, an adventure
John L. Sloan

Fog lays in the hollows behind the houses and hides the creek. Turkeys, three jakes walk right down the road. A mature gobbler briskly crosses a field. It is a beautiful morning. I feel well and I am happy and . . . we were going fishing. Even better, we were floating the Smith Fork, Judge Dave Durham and I.

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A windy, wonderful morning Read more...
From the front of the boat Read more...
Turkeys & other things that gobble Read more...
PART TWO -- One mile short of a river  Read more...
One mile short of a river Read more...
120 degrees on The Copper Sea Read more...
Turkeys everywhere, & then some Read more...
Deer can't count Read more...
It started at the hot ponds Read more...
Early spring bearable days Read more...
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