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Safe Boating in post Sandy Waters

Safe Boating in post Sandy Waters

Anglers Conservation Network / Blog Post / Hurricane Sandy / New Jersey / Rec. Fishing Disaster Aid / Salt Water Fishing

While sometimes you hear stories which make you call BS the stories that come out of Sandy, even if they are half true, makes one have second thoughts about being the first one in the water this year.  Below are a few of the more notable stories which I have heard while bending my arm at my favorite watering hole.  Even if they aren’t true, they still all have a common theme…be cautious out there. A friend of a friend was running 7 miles off of Manasquan Inlet.  Abruptly he felt something catch in one of his props and his port engine stalled.  He jumped overboard to free the entanglement and found a large black cable twirled around one of his wheels.  After a few minutes of cutting and untangling he freed his prop and jumped back on board handing the thick black cord to his buddy.  As his buddy begins to pull in the excess cord, he realized there is something on the other end of the line.  After some pulling up out of the deep, up pops the top half of a telephone pole. Another guy was ... Read More »

Good Bye Spanish Fly

Good Bye Spanish Fly

Blog Post / Recreational Fishing

2012 was not a great year for me. I was happy to see 2013 come with all of its promises of a fresh start, of a chance to rebuild my house and a chance to get those things right that I had gotten wrong in 2012. In all of the hustle and bustle of our lives, it was with less fanfare than I had anticipated that a pioneer of the fishing world passed away in 2012. Jose Wejebe, my fishing idol and the driving force behind my passion for the sea was killed in a plane crash in 2012. Fitting to the way he lived his life, Jose’s experimental plane crashed with him at the controls upon takeoff from Everglades City shortly after he finished films an episode on catching tarpon on the fly. Read More »

I missed a few weeks of life there

I missed a few weeks of life there

Anglers Conservation Network / Blog Post / Hurricane Sandy

I missed a few weeks of life there. It was funny how my world that was once centered around work, fishing and fun dinners out with my wife narrowed for a long 14 days down to a grind for warm food, sources of heat, ways to recharge my cell phone and gasoline. Most of it is a blur. I remember a few things with some coherency. I remember the people from the beachfront houses sprinting down the middle of McLean Avenue trying to get away from the rising water at 9:00 at night. I remember the motion of the trees at the height of the storm—I had never seen them sway so much. I remember the wind coming down my chimney and almost blowing my fire out. While everything else is pretty much tough to recollect with perfect clarity, these few things are less blurry. But there is one thing that I will never forget. I will never forget the Tuesday morning after Sandy moved through. It was 7:00 am and still a little windy. I remember how cold it was as I rode my bike past smells of broken natural gas l... Read More »