Wednesday, December 30, 2009
If you live in the Ottawa area and you want to get good at Outdoorsy stuff, I'm now offering my services, as a personal coach to you. If you've been on my blogs before you already know lots of the Outdoorsy stuff I'm involved with. Fishing, survival, photography, nature study and biking, are what I can help you get more enjoyment out of. I've been at this stuff for quite a long time and I want to pass on my skills to others who want to be more efficient and capable at things they like.
I believe that one on one, is the way to go with real learning and that is my specialty. Doing what you love to do with an experienced guide at your side to help perfect the little details that separate the men from the boys, is a real short cut to success at your thing. Age does not matter either as I know that all people can learn with the right teacher. I've taught many folks from all age groups and have never failed to please my clients.
Maybe you'd like to learn which plants to eat out there so you can eat healthier, for free? Maybe you'd like to win a contest for the best Photograph? Do you want to learn to write or blog about your Outdoor experiences? Perhaps it's your goal to place in the top ten in the various Bass tournaments held every year? Ever want to go day camping on your bike but couldn't find anyone to go with? Do you want to learn how to snow camp, comfortably and safely? Heck, I can even help you get your Outdoors type website, right up the ladder, in a Google search. All this and more, so as to help You achieve some of your Outdoor goals in 2010.
Hopefully, these ideas should draw you a rough picture of what I can do for you and or someone you know. I can also work with up to four people at the same time. Couples are awesome to work with too and have been known to kind of re-discover themselves somewhat during a half day session Outdoors with me. I can guarantee that you will most definitely be better, at your Outdoorsy thing, after working with me, even once. Now that winter is here, indoor learning also comes more into play and I find that people really learn well in the warmth and comfort and safety of their own home. I travel to you. Well, depending on distance of course.
I am a very flexible guy and I gear my exact coaching style and methods to whatever it is that you, in particular as an individual, needs to improve upon. Indoors, outdoors, winter, summer, spring and fall, I'm here to share it all with You! Working one on one with me, can really change how you look at the outdoors in general and what and how you do out there in 2010.
To accommodate even more outdoorsy inclined folks this year, I'm keeping my fees Very affordable so that almost anyone can spend a few hours at least, rubbing shoulders with me, picking my brain for whatever they want and need. My goal is to make You better at whatever it is you'd like to learn about the most, in real time!
Here's a link to a little ad I'm running over on Kijiji right now.Coach 2 Go... Also this link Outdoorsy Coach... will take you to a similar ad over on UsedOttawa dot com. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you feel the need for any of this.
Send me an email or leave a comment in here and a way to get back to you and tell me what you'd like to do better at and we can pick a time for me to get you started on your road to more Outdoorsy fulfillment for 2010. :-)
Thank you for taking the time to read my little blog to-day folks. I appreciate any and all of my readers, known and unknown alike.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Click the link below or even the one above and open my Special little Christmas card to all of You, my readers and followers.
To all my friends...
Thank You so much to those of you who have been generous enough to leave your kind and deep felt comments on my little blogs over the last few years. That is the Reward that I receive for doing what I've always intended to do on the Internet. To share some of what I love and do in and out of the Great Outdoors with everyone I can...
So, Once again, Merry Christmas to you all and all the best for 2010 for You and yours!
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Time for a little Shout Out!
Here's a little list of folks that have been communicating with me over the last little while through my blogs or Tweets on Twitter. So to all you great people below, this is a Shout Out to You. Thank You for sharing stuff with me. I'm really glad to know y'all!
This first lady is the owner of a very cool blog which I just discovered recently. Sherri Russel loves sharing the outdoors with other women who haven't had many opportunities to feel Natures power and pull. Her blog at She's So Fly... is just jammed with good stuff that you'll be able to relate to if you like to fish at all. I was just informed that I have won a contest that she is running over there on her blog. Man, how Cool is that then? We just met and I've scored a treat already. Go take a cruise around her blog and leave a comment too if you have a spare moment. :-)
Next is a man called Hawk, who shares his awesome writings about bow hunting and what he feels out there in the bush, on his blog at Hawk... His link is here because his writing moved me in a big way. See what it does for you. :-)
If you like making stuff out of readily available, natural materials, you will LOVE the Fenlander's blog... This dude is so creative. He shows us how to perform simple skills that can be learned easily by visiting this excellent Outdoorsman's blog. What are you waiting for? Get over there.
Another outstanding Outdoorsy woman that you can meet here is Rebecca, who goes by the handle Outdooress... Her recent blog post mentions winning the last Cool Contest over on Wolfy's blog. Was she excited or what? She's quite the cool little fishin' gal and it's a real pleasure to know her. Go see for yourself. :-)
Now, if You are a Bass Fisherman and you're reading this, don't wait a minute longer. Get yourself right over to my man Wolfy's cool blog, at Flowing Waters... because he has an Amazing Contest happening right now. Yup, he's got a Whack of awesome lookin' Bass lures over there including hard and soft baits, that he's giving away! Need more info? Get on this link and join this Very Cool Free Bass Tackle Contest, is about ALL the info you need for now. Go Get 'em... :-)
So there you have it. Some excellent Outdoors Communicators, right here in one spot for you.
Monday, November 30, 2009
News worthy or what? Don't miss out on this Amazing Contest folks! Beautiful Bassin' gear is now being given away to folks who like to read Outdoorsy stuff and who don't mind leaving a comment or two on a very enjoyable blog. That's right, my man Wolfy is now running the second part of his Cool Gear Give Away Contests! In this phase, there's a brutally big bag of Bass swag, waiting for one of his real lucky readers, that Loves to fish for Bass. You will hardly believe all of the stuff in this killer Bass Package!
O.K. then, I know you're gettin' pretty excited by now if You are indeed a Basser, So, here's a tiny peek at what Wolfy's put together, to reward his readers, for being there and sharing some of his life with him! Man oh man, I'm just a droolin' over here, just lookin' at these beautiful Bassin' Hardbaits alone! :-)
Anyway, get over to Flowing Waters... asap and tell my man Wolfy what You think of this, really Sweet offer and maybe his excellent blog too, if ya feel it in ya. ;-) He's like me and many other bloggers out there, in that he LOVES to get comments from folks all over. :-)
The first phase of Wolfy's contest was won by another outdoorsy blogging friend of mine, the Outdooress... who is a real Female Fly Fishin' Fanatic and will certainly wear her winnings well. Rebecca is a very deserving follower of a number of excellent Outdoor related blogs (including mine) so it's Super for me to see her win such an awesome prize for actually doing such fine work herself out there on the web. Well, o.k., there was a Little luck involved maybe. ;-)
One last thing...
Thanx y'all 4 visiting to-day, I appreciate it large. :-)
Friday, November 27, 2009
So anyway, I think these two recent ones are outstanding! Here's my new friend Jim's contribution to my fishin' hat picture collection. We met a few weeks ago on the canal and spent well over an hour just talkin' and fishin' and mentioning a few times how good it was to be alive out there, by the lake and all. :-)
Thank You Jim, for lettin' me shoot yer cool fishin' hat buddy! :-)
This next picture, is my other new friend from the Internet, Caro Houle with a real nice Small Mouth Bass. Although the bass is cool, what really got me though is her awesome fishin' hat! ;-) I met Caro through some of her friends on Twitter and figured most of my readers would also get a bit of a kick out of this particular little lady's lion hat. :-)
If You are on Twitter, you can check her out anytime at Caro Houle...
Man, I feel like I'm gonna have to get me a new style, fancy, cool, hat too. All I seem to ever wear, are these more serious lookin' ball caps. Boring... Sheesh, I've gotta learn ta lighten up a little on the head pieces, eh? :-) I mean, like, these two cool fisher persons sure look like they're having a good time, and they're Not wearing trucker caps. Hmmmm.
What kind of hat do you wear out Fishin'?
Monday, November 23, 2009
Pollywog or Tadfry, it doesn't really matter what you call this tiny killer crank! My friend Outsides4me, shared this fine picture of this sweet little crank-bait on his Photostream over on Flickr a while back. So you see, because I've been using this scary little puppy for over a decade now, and have caught a pile of fish with it, I get to share it with you in here to-day, through my man, Outsides4me.
If You are already getting a kick out of using Ultra-lite fishing tackle, then you really owe it to yourself to hunt this awesome little micro plug down in your favorite tackle outlet. O.K. so you may not catch too many hogs on the Tadfry but, you will make up for that, in sheer numbers of fish caught. Guaranteed! :-)
Seriously, if there are any fish around and it doesn't matter much what kind of fish, tossing this fish magnet out there, WILL bring strikes! Use four pound test line with this delicately balanced plug, or six at most, so as not to hamper it's great action.
Sunfish and Bluegills will smash this thing! Crappies suck it in like there is no tomorrow too. Small and Large Mouth Bass won't even think twice about crushing this lively, floating diving little tidbit, as well. :-) The last time I used it on Yellow Perch, I landed 43 in an hour and only had three of 'em flip off. That teeny treble on the Tadfry is always kept razor sharp, so sticking fish is never a problem. If they touch it at all, it's like glue! ;-)
Don't horse your fish in though or that micro hook will indeed rip right out of their mouths. Instead, take it easy and have yourself a little fun with those wild fish on your Ultra-lite set-up. Keep the drag fairly light and almost all the fish feel like big ones. More fish on the line, is the reward, when you scale your stuff down with a finesse style approach, like this.
Here's the link to Outsides4me's Photostream, which is where there's a lot of really nice Outdoorsy shots taken by this talented Photog...
Be sure to add this deadly little cranker to your UL arsenal and then look forward to many good rod bending sessions next year.
Have a great day...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Here as you can see, is a copy of two old pictures of one of my real life hero's out there doing his thing. The top pic shows Bob on the left, fast at work photographing a thrashing Salmon, with Pete Sticklee on the net and an agile John Kerr playing the fish. On the far right is none other than the well known Burt Meyers, of Ontario Out Of Doors Magazine fame, doing what he likes to do, mingling with his boys! :-) I, luckily enough, was there too and took this picture and others of the whole crew on Sticks' big boat, with my little Pentax SP500 (back then) and gave most of 'em to the boys. Wish I'd have kept a few of the nice ones of Bob with his fish, now though.
The next shot was taken shortly after Bobby moved to British Columbia. Yup, fighting another beauty, and all decked out in west coast Fly-Man's Garb! Lookin' Good Bobby!
I originally got to know this amazing man after meeting him while I was working at Laurentian Trading Post, at the fishing counter. We then fished many times together, and covered lots of different water and fishing techniques, in his old "Tin Goose", Bobs' beloved Sportspal canoe. :-) I respected this man as much if not more than I did my own dad. Bob always felt like an older, bigger, cooler, brother to me.
I ran into another old and mutual friend of ours, Grant Hopkins, the other day, while exploring part of the Canal system. Grant had found out over a year ago that Bob had left here for the big fishing hole in the sky. :-( Man, talk about a heavy and very SAD feeling overcoming me. Sheesh, can't even describe the powerful loss I felt there, as Grant shared a few of the details that he knew, with me.
You see folks, sadly, I have to report that my old friend Bob Jones, is now one of the "Dearly Departed" on my list of great people I have known in my life. I wrote a little more about Bob on my other blogs too. I feel the need to get this out there, because this man was way, way more, than just a fisherman or a writer or a photographer.
He had a very special way of impacting people that he met, especially if they showed him a fondness for fishing or rods and rivers and such. He was also a really, really, good teacher too. As a matter of fact, at one point in our lives, Bob was indeed, my real life Fishing Sensei, especially when it had to do with Jig tying and Fly Fishing. He patiently answered so many of my questions and I absorbed as much as I could from him. But, there was always more, with Bob. Tireless he was!
This link will take you right to one of Bobs' very own articles over on the Outdoor Writers Of America website, where he was a very well liked and respected member. Sort of fittingly perhaps, on my little blog here then, Bob shares this fine piece about how he and an old friend of his, met, shared great friendship and then, parted. Remembering...
Thank You, my readers, for letting me share this tiny piece of my sorely missed old fishing companion, with you to-day. Maybe you even have your own old fishing friend that You can remember to-day too? If they were at all to you, like Bob Jones was to me, then they most certainly deserve a few moments for a little thoughtful reflection, on your part. :-)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
If you've ever wanted to be a writer before, a blog lets you become one. If you've ever used a diary, to keep track of stuff in your life, you'll love a blog. Anyone can put together a nice blog, something that they can share with the whole blinkin' world. If you are an artist or a photographer, amateur or Pro, a blog can really help you get your stuff out there.
Remember, you are NEVER too old or too young, to start or to run, a blog. ;-)
Anyway, here's a link to a little blurb I did on Blogging a while ago on one of my other blogs...
What is a blog anyway?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Last year I wrote a post to do with that topic, on one of my other blogs about EDC stuff, at Kool Keys...Of course I'm sure you know that EDC stands for Every Day Carry and means just that. What's in your pockets or on your person on a daily basis? There are tons of Cool gizmo's out there these days so it would be neat for me to see or hear about, what You EDC. The best forum on the net is actually called, EDCForums and can be found right here. What do You EDC? Go check 'em out if you like gadgets and stuff. ;-)
That gizmo at the top of this pic is a "Lucky" Secure-A-Key that clips on my belt and has been a daily companion for a couple of decades now. It's just awesome! :-)
Friday, November 06, 2009
This little blurb is from a posting I did on my other blog in June. Back then I was just starting to get into Twitter and some of it's related Super-Apps but I knew a good thing when I saw one. In case You are not too into this Twitter thing yet, this little article just may help steer You towards a real good thing. Well, if you like Communicating as least. Or sharing pictures with friends, anywhere. :-)
Anyway, go have a read and see if these four powerful T's can help you in some way. They sure have been helping me. ;-)
Four Twittery things...
Tweet Tweet! :-) lb
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Lucky for me, I met Christine Cope online a little while back through our common interest in Fishing and Communicating about it. ;-) I usually recognize talented people when I meet then in life and this young woman stood right out from the start. Long story short, I've been admiring her and respecting her more as I get to know her more, through for instance, her generous Outdoorsy Tweets on Twitter, where this cool little Outdoor Lady is well known as, none other than,@Snagthis :-) Don't ya just Love it?
Even More treats for y'all to-day! If You like lookin' at great pics of real fine fish, awesome scenery and cool fishin' gear , hit Chris's Blog up right here at Christine Cope... and get ready to be Wowed! These are real fish you're seeing, caught from local-ish waters by real fisher people, who work hard for their success on the water.
Now, I don't know of him as well as I sorta know Christine but I think Justin seems to be able to kind of keep up with her most times out there. :-)
This then is Chris' photog and good fishin' bud, Justin, one of her many fishing friends. :-)
Jeepers Chris, ya got him lookin' pretty danged good there! Nice work! :-) Hey dude, this fishin' lady really handles that camera well. ;-) I think this series of shots you guys put together, at least, should be making the rounds out there in the Outdoor mags like Ontario Out of Doors and Outdoor Canada and of course Big Jim McLaughlin's must have paper too. :-) Seriously! What a great Bassing slash Photog team y'all make! :-)
So again my fair readers, to help share more really, really Good stuff across the net, I'm super glad to have Christine's fishing friendship and I'm thrilled to spread the word out there about her and other Girls who LOVE to Fish, when I can!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Such a tragedy...
While visiting this amazing young woman's Facebook page earlier on, I broke down in tears. Trust me, I don't cry often. :-( I really found myself filled with a deep sadness for Taylor, as I read some of the things which she had talked about as well as some of the responses from others, on her wall. :-(
The chances of this ever even happening are very slim and yet it happened. Coyotes do not usually attack full sized adults but then again, they're just animals. Probably very hungry, therefore desperate, animals. Unfortunately Taylor's story sheds a little more light on just how fragile and unpredictable, life can be, for any of us. Here's the story I put up on my little Facebook wall, right after visiting hers.
Toronto singer dies in Cape Breton coyote attack
I also shared Taylor Mitchell's story with the people on Twitter this morning so that a few more folks could feel for this young woman with So much going for her, right up until last Tuesday. Go and read her Facebook stuff too, if you have a little time. You will see for yourself, just how her life plan, was working out just the way she wanted it too. You'll see that her goals were being met and she was really starting to make a difference out there, and get recognized for it. She was doing everything right folks.
We are all sort of like a burning candle I guess. We don't know how big or small that candle is, nor do we ever know how long it will burn. We also NEVER know exactly When or How, it will burn out or blow out, or get snuffed out. Therefore maybe, like Taylor, we should ALL perhaps try to live each day doing the stuff we enjoy the most because as we know, Life Is Short...
R.I.P.Taylor Mitchell! Thank You So Much, for the many wonderful times you've shared with us in the past. You have warmed many hearts and will warm many more in the future, as we listen to your gift to us all, your beautiful music...
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
What an interesting title and website...
While touring around the web a little tonight, looking for not necessarily Outdoorsy stuff, I happened to stumble onto this very different way of thinking, type of website. It could go a long ways towards opening the average public's eyes and ears, if it was passed along. So, I'm passing it on, to you, my gentle reader. Maybe You will care to share it as well. :-)
I Know It Is Possible To Live With Zero Money, Abundantly...
I've done a little of some of the stuff this man does, myself, so I can relate to lots of what he's talkin' about pretty well. He's got some great quotes which I've (coincidentally) personally used in the past, on there too as well as many hyper-links that will get you thinking, a little more...
Take a cruise over and see what I'm goin' on about, if you've got a few minutes to spare. ;-)
If you'd like to see what he's been up to, just check out his neat blog over at Zero Currency... and get a better feel for this interesting man...
Quite the concept, eh? Living a Happy and Fulfilling life, without the almighty dollar controlling your every move. Man, that's got quite a ring to it, for this ol' rebel puppy anyway. ;-)
Oh ya, one final thing. As always, Do Not be shy about posting a comment in here or on Any of my blogs, ever. I just LOVE to get input from folks like y'all! :-)
Have a good one,
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thanx to the planning of my two good friends, Jack and Arthur, I spent the past week-end with them, fishing the Mighty Ottawa River! Although I was sworn to secrecy by Captain Jack, about the exact spot where we were fishing, I can say that it was a number of miles downstream from Petrie Island. :-)
It didn't take long for Jack's Walleye tracking skills to put us on to some fish on his slick Eagle "magic box" out there in the 25 to 35 foot range. The current there is fairly strong and of course, I had nothing in my box that weighed more than a quarter ounce. So, like a good skipper would, Jack set me up with a heavier jig head, a cool white curly critter plastic body and dressed it up full tilt with a beautiful Emerald Shiner. Woa! Now that's what ya need out here, says I. :-)
The next flip into the wind and water, I let 'er sink on a semi-tight line and felt a slight ease-off with about fifty feet of mono out there. I lifted the rod tip slowly, keeping a nice gentle bend in it, until it showed that my set-up should be a foot or so off bottom. Just swimming there, slowly in the current. Tap! Bang! Bang! YA! Fish On! :-) The hook is well set and the fish is coming up nicely under control. Thrash, splash, thrash! Scoop! In the net like it's supposed to be done. Nice eater, what?
In all of the excitement that followed, I regret not getting a decent shot of Arthur's first ever Sauger. The good part is, I lucked out and Pentaxed him with his first ever Channel Catfish. :-) Mostly, the poor guy so far has had to content himself with some nice messes of Trout! :-)
To prove that there is indeed a healthy population of Sauger in the Big-O, my man Jack, reeled this puppy in and held it long enough for me to Digitize it for y'all! He's usually pretty quick about getting fish back in the drink or in the box so I'm pleased to see this pic turned out swell. :-) Nice one there good buddy!
One of the reasons I really love fishing the Ottawa River, is the variety of fish it holds. You never really know what you are going to catch, on any given day, at any given time. :-) How many of you have ever laid eyes on one of these fellas? Better yet, how many folks out there have ever hooked and landed one of these really neat looking fish?
This was one healthy looking and acting fish my friends. It's called a Mooneye and he had quite a few similarities to Trout, now that I come to think of it. A real sort of "pretty" fish, if you know what I mean, jelly-bean. ;-)
Of course what good trip doesn't end with a really good fish, eh? My friend, Walleye Jack, knows his stretch of this ol' river real well and comes up with decent fish even when others don't. Despite the stiff competition from Art and I, we never even came close to beating his best for the trip and as you can see here, it Was a Good'n!
Congrats on such a fine fish Jack-man! It was great being there in the Legend with you and Art, when that fatty came aboard! :-) Hey dude, we could pretty well send this shot to Ontario Out of Doors or Outdoor Canada or somebody. They like these kinds of shots for their covers you know. ;-)
Well, to make a long story a little shorter folks, this fine fishing adventure on the Ottawa couldn't have come at a better time for me. Yup, you got it. I just crossed another threshold in life. Birthday time again. Another decade has now come and gone. How else would a life long fisherman like myself, better spend his special day, than with special friends, on the water, fishing? Thank you Art! Thank you Jack! You've provided one of my best Birthday presents ever! :-)
You've helped to get my spirits rising again after going through a pretty rough last few weeks. Thanx to you boys, my attitude has risen more than a few notches and my positive energies have started to really flow again. Man, it's a powerful testimony of just what fishing and friends and fresh air, well mixed together, can have on this ol' Outdoorsy dude! <})))><
P.S. Mrs. Walleye Jack sure knows how to treat people like they are somebody! Gotta LOVE those country gals, eh! :-)
Have a good one,
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Larry's little Adpost ads...
If You find that you like the set-up with them, get one going on for yourself too. Remember, it's all FREE! :-) lb
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
O.K. so what do you get when you add the magic of the word Stren to the power and range of the word Shimano and mix it up really good, with a 20 year old Canadian fishing kid, that is just an amazing and dedicated young man? Well I'll tell ya right here and now, if you haven't heard already. :-)
You get Chris Johnson, the '09 Angler of the Year on the Northern Division of the Forrest L.Wood (FLW), Pro Bass trail, that's what! :-) No kiddin' here folks! This young man is Rockin' the Bass Fishing World
Hottest Canadian Basser!
What makes all this Really Cool to me, is that Chris is a proud young Canadian from Peterborough and this was his rookie year as a pro on the money trail. Now That totally smacks of Super-stardom to this ol' bush-puppy! :-)
Go and read the write up over on Dave Mercer's awesome website and check this Hot Canadian Stick out to-day...
Facts of Fishing - News - Young Canadian Wins AOY!
Being the First Canadian to do That, is Quite the record too! :-) Large ConGrats to You Chris Johnson!
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Tami Curtis Bassin'
As you may already know if you've been reading any of my blogs, or even my last post, I have a thing for Ladies who Love the Outdoors. As a matter of record, I've even been married to two of them! :-) These Outdoorsy inclined women, rank as high up there as it gets on my scale of what constitutes a really fine female. There is just something very, very powerful, to do with respect and admiration for what they are willing to put themselves through to be Outdoorsy types, that pulls me like high carbon steel to a magnet, towards these awesome girls.
Today I want to share another little Outdoorsy Lady with y'all. This sweetheart pictured above is none other than Tami Curtis, an amazing girl from Texas that catches Bass like she was born to. She's very consistent on the tournament trail and has been in the Winners Circle before too.
Here's a hyper-link to Tami's cool blog so you can see what she's been up to. Tami Blogs too... Oh ya, I almost forgot, she's on Facebook as well, if you want to look her up over there and maybe become friends too. :-)
Watch out for this young woman during the 2010 season on the FLW circuit. She's goin' places! :-)
Friday, October 02, 2009
If to-day you feel that you need a little inspiration in Your life, then don't wait a moment longer! Go and read about this most wonderful and awe inspiring woman, one could ever hope to meet on the road, right here.
Mildred Norman Ryder
Reading this marvelous write-up, got me Googling all kinds of "living without money" websites and there's tons of 'em out there! Eureka! Is this something that has been right up my alley for years, or What? Living on the fringe. Our daily adventures. How to be free! Peace Rules! Truth prevails, etc. etc. etc.
Yup, go check out this real story of a real woman, who did such an amazing job of spreading the Truth, wherever she went. The Peace Pilgrim has most certainly left us all, Much to chew on...
Peace Pilgrim Biography by Marta Daniels
Thanx go out to-day to all of You, for dropping into my little blog here on the web! I LOVE getting visitors! :-) lb
Monday, September 28, 2009
Time to test out some more lures...
Some Wicked Plastics...
Now does this stuff look real, or What? :-)
Had No trouble eyeballing these bad boys out there in the drink. I saw more strikes than I felt, because they were So easy to spot, even down three or four feet. :-)
Great to be down by the water again, to help me get my little brain set up in a more positive slant...
P.S. If You need some great one-on-one coaching and or guiding to help You get to where You are going, I'm here to offer my services to you. Available for days or half days. Just send me an Email and we'll work out the details. Your satisfaction is guaranteed, or you don't pay. Can't beat that with a big stick, now can you? :-) lb
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Just started to follow Kenny from Missouri to-day and I wanted to share this Wading story with everyone. Quite a little adventure, for an afternoon/evening fish! :-) Seems like he and I both have a lot in common. This great writing style of Kenny's just may make You want to follow Kenny too. :-)
Kenny's Great Outdoors: Wade Fishing - Enjoyable, And Rewarding!
Me, well I'm gone wade fishin'...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I posted a shot similar to this one on Twitpic earlier and it is now being seen on Twitter too. :-) Do You have a little coin collection going on out there? Wanna trade a few coins?
Here are some of my favs...
Some sweet metal...
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Al Lindner has been pretty well my main Fishing Hero for over three decades now and I'm still totally amazed at what this man has done, in the World of Fishing! I bought this sweet little Bassin' Book Bassin' with Al...
a number of years ago and it's helped me uncover many of the mysteries of how to catch Bass, many times. :-) I recommend this little pocketbook to any serious Bass Fisherman, anywhere! It has helped a lot of people catch a lot of Bass. :-)
I remember when Al first told us all about "back-trolling" and how you gained boat and lure control, using it, he opened up a few doors and channels in my mind about this whole Fishing thing. :-) The neat little plug in these pictures is the first crank-bait/plug, that I ever worked on to help make it catch more fish for me. It's an old Heddon Prowler, a floater diver lure which you can't even buy anymore, that I've re-hooked, with a single, treble hook on the belly hanger. No hook on the tail of this lure either. That makes it swim with it's butt ridin' up a little higher, and it's nose diving a little deeper. It makes it wiggle a little faster and wider too, with no weight on the tail section. Also it's WAY less dangerous when you're lippin' bass on this rig than it is with a normal crank-bait all decked out in treble city. :-)
Oh, here's a link to another picture of my favorite Tipi book, which I put up on Twitter through the magic of Twitpic, over at TwitPic which is a very Cool place, by the way, to download Your favorite photos and then have them sent to Twitter to add to your 140 character blurbs over there! It's totally easy, fast and powerful. As well, it's another FREE service to add to Your pile of Twitter goodies! and y'all know how I just Loves da Free stuff, eh! ;-)
Go check 'em out and see how You like 'em. I Love 'em! :-)
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Well, I for one, have had my share of back problems over the years. I KNOW just how much pain that can consist of and how it affects everything. How you walk, how you stand, sit or lay down, for that matter. Well, fellow sore back suffers, This idea looks like just what I have been lookin' for all these years!
I've experimented on my own body/back, with a few different things to ease my back pain and I've found that hanging for a few seconds from my doorway, seems to be the closest I've come so far, to this cool system. This Teeter unit looks a whole lot easier.
Anyway, check it out. Seems like a lot of happy people think it works pretty good on them. ;-)
Inversion Therapy for Back Pain - Do Teeter Inversion Tables Really Work?
Hmmmm. Any Teeter Dealers out there in the Ottawa area? :-)
Friday, June 26, 2009
Some Silver & Gold...
Well Rapped, or what, eh? :-)
Truth be known, if I had to pick only one crankbait (plug) out of my boxes, to fish with all day, it would have to be This particularily sweet little puppy, hands down! No guff here friends. I know this lure, intimitely and it's totally hand-tweaked for maximum efficiency, as you can well see in this picture. :-) Yes sir, Rapala's Shad Rap is my money bait, if I just have to catch a few fish, of any species, that eat minnows!
These shades are also Top Notch outdoors equipment that are a large part of my EDC stuff. That's Every Day Carry, for those folks not familiar with the abbreviation. Surprisingly perhaps to some, these well fitted and drilled hole frames, polaroid lenses and rubber nose pieces , add up to less cash than a spool of good line. I've had these Tortoise shell jobbies for three years now and still Love'em! :-)
Here's a pair of real cuties that have certainly earned their keep in this man's tiny tackle boxes. The boy on the right is the smallest Big-O made, to the best of my knowledge. IF it is still being made, even?
Two Bad Boys...
And now, I'll leave you with a good read, formulated by one of my favorite woodsmen/writers/teachers alive to-day...
Tom Brown Jr. Some of the stuff Tom shares with his readers could only have been done by Grandfather! What an amazing man he was!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Woa! Just found this old semi-forgotten web-page five minutes ago through Google and I grabbed the source code for it because I'll have to re-do it. Maxpages, the guys that gave me the Free web hosting for this page, no longer exist, as such. :-(
I tried to get in there a few years back to edit this web-page but that didn't happen. So, I hope to re-create it, using my original source code and maybe even turn it into a Squidoo Lens or Hubpage. :-) However, until I get that done, here's the hyper-link to SurvivalStop , my first Survival related web site.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Marcia and Hanna Rubin...
Well my friends, here's another Awesome Bassin' Gal for ya to check out! Presenting, the lovely Marcia Rubin, seen above with Hanna, her teen daughter, who she brought with her on a week long bonding trip, to fish for cash in the Big Leagues! Lucky Girl! :-)
Trust me! This Bassin' Lady is set to go places! Maybe Hanna will even follow in her Mom's footsteps? Ya never know... :-)
Check out this fine Fisher-Woman's website at The Reel Lady... to-day and see if You don't admire this perky little Bassin' Missy like I do. ;-)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
If You fish Large Mouth Bass, you'll benefit from reading my ol' friend's well written piece on using the Senko style plastic baits, in this case a Wave, Tiki-stick! I, like Pete, love to tinker with and tweak lures to make them work better under varying conditions. I own very few "stock" lures anymore. :-)
This particular article shows y'all a nice and easy trick, that can work for You too. Enjoy!
Fishing with Tiki-Sticks, Bass Fishing Tips, Hints and Advice
P.S. I saw a LM in the 3 pound plus range along the shoreline @ my secret Ottawa fishin' hole yesterday. Hmmm, I have to wonder how long she'll be safe around there. There are some large 'Lunge, known to frequent these same waters. Also it's pretty easy to see her shallow nest now from the newly raped and pillaged shoreline down there now that it looks like a freakin' lawn. ALL of the previous shrubbery, is GONE! Thank you very much, NCC. NOT! :-(
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Did I ever mention that I like to sketch, for lack of a better word, the odd time? Well, I do. I don't know just how many old notepads I have laying around here but each and every one of them has at least a few sketches in it. Nothing very fancy or even particularly good, mind you, but just simply a few ideas that I've put to pen, none the less. Most of them involve terminal tackle but sometimes other stuff is drawn out on impulse or to show someone an idea or how something would work or whatever.
So anywho, here's a peek at my sketchin' style, or lack there of, depending on Your point of view, of course... :-)
So there ya go. :-) Do any of You, do any sketching?
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The Hunters Wife | Lovin Every Season - Outdoor Humor Enjoy! lb
Well, I loaded her up and headed her out on a mission...
In search of Zen...
Holly Mackerel, half an hour later, Here it is...
O.K., O.K., so this particular Zen spot was pretty easy to find... :-)
Surrounded by Zen suddenly...
More edible beauties springing to life here too...
Wild Leek Harvest...
...and a healthy handful of Wild Leek Zen to bring home to boot...
Do You have a Zen spot?
Life is good!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Sweet little Sticklebacks...
Now, I've gotta ask ya, are these little 3 Spine Sticklebacks Cool, or what? :-) They are some of the neatest examples of Outdoor related Art, that I've seen in a long time and I'm happy to share them with You to-day, right here, Hot from my fellow Flickr shooter, HappySleepy. What do You think of them? Leave a little comment in here if you like as well. :-) Don't be shy now...
Thursday, April 09, 2009
So, a lot happens in a couple of weeks, this time of year...
This little sweety is, for the second Spring in a row, the first plant to appear in local flowerbeds. I admire the Crocus because I have even seen it coming up beside little patches of old snow and ice. Talk about a pretty little tuffy! :-)
Then, out in an old abandoned farm-site, I came across my first little patch of Day Lilies for the year, which I sampled immediately. :-) These fantastic annuals can be prepared a number of ways and can even be eaten raw, in salads. Here, the tiny shoots are ready to eat on the hoof, which, I did! :-) It's great to see them coming up again, after that heavy winter we just lived through...
A few days later, my old friend and yearly Spring tonic ingredient, the Wild Leek, pushes it's way through the hardwood forest floor to begin it's new spring life cycle again...
These lovely little wild plants are well known all over the world as Ramps and there are even Ramp Festivals celebrated by hundreds every spring in many parts of the country, they're that good. :-) Have You been out there lookin' for your free fresh food feed yet? Are You, a Leek Hunter?
I'll be headin' out tomorrow for another gander out in the wilder ares of Ottawa to see what other choice wild foods have come up since I was out last...
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Advanced Coin Shooting...lb
I did a little blurb about this great detecting book a couple of years ago, over @ THunting.com on their neat Forum, to help others find more stuff. I KNOW this book is good enough to talk about again, in here, to-day. So, check to see if you can get it from a library or perhaps a book seller. It is starting to get old already ( copyright 1981) and it was published in a pretty small run, so it may be a little tricky to track down, but SO worth the effort expended.
If You are one of those that think you already know about all there is to know about finding coins and jewelery with a detector, then You Really need this man's advice and tips. Patrick shares many innovative things with his readers and his writings caused my coin take to triple the first month I started putting his powerful info to use.
Oh ya, take a poke around THunting dot com's Forum, if you like Treasure Hunting, Metal Detecting and Historical relics. You'll find some very interesting people over there, and every single one of them is into this amazing hobby.
Chow 4 now,
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Fleck WeedWader Spinner-bait
This hot little puppy is a high quality fishing lure, built exclusively in the United States Of America, for starters. You'll notice the ball bearing swivel that spins it's blade at even the Slowest retrieves looking like a flashing light almost. The blades on the snap can of course be changed at your whim with the sweet little snap attached to the ball bearing swivel. That is a real nice feature if you like to tinker with yer fishin' shit. ;-) Ooops, I mean stuff. :-)
Many long armed spinner-baits can do this little "collapsing" trick, but not too many Bassers utilize it much. I LOVE this feature because it makes slippin' this baby into my shirt pocket, a breeze for when I have to go grey or camo! Also, by holding the back blade and letting the lure hang, this sweetie pie, hangs exactly horizontal, as in perfectly balanced. This killer piece of lead and steel can even be used as a semi-slack line, drop bait, whereupon it slays 'em! :-)
The reason there is no skirt on this WeedWader is, I hardly EVER use any type of skirts, as such, any more. There are just way TOO many deadly plastic critters out there these days, that will blow your skirt right clean off ya if ya marry them to Your S-baits. Pick Your favorite creature or curly tail or craw-body or whatever you already have faith, or should I say Confidence in? Thread it on and watch out. You can take that to the bank too! :-)
Oh ya, one more thing, this little high-test Spinner Bait weighs only 3/16 oz. so don't try to toss that on yer level wind bassin' rig. This is true Spinning gear folks. I use it on 8 lb mono that I watch like a hawk. With a light reel attached to a light action fast taper rod, this lures flies. Great for pitchin' and flippin' as well and I've even caught Walleye's on it "strollin" in fifteen feet of water with a live minnow affixed to it's razor sharp hook. :-)
What kind of Fishing Hardware do You love? Are You a Spinner-bait specialist of sorts? There will be plenty more pictures of various different fishing hardware in here in future installments...
Have a Big one!