Monday, February 28, 2005

Weekend Update

Spent the weekend in Charlotte, N.C. , the place where I grew up. The primary purpose was to attend the largest rodbuilding show in the nation, but also to pick up my new wheels, to see Pat Green in concert and to hang out with my great buddies from South Carolina, Scott Lee and Jason Peavy. Jason also brought his friend Kevin-another great guy. My friend JP came down from Winston-Salem for the show and the concert and brought the car I bought from him. Pics of the car will soon be posted-it's a great ride- a low mileage '98 Ford Expedition in immaculate condition. No more oil slicks in the driveway-no more praying that I will actually arrive at my destination-more trips to SC because I can actually drive 85 mph down I-95. It's got the three most important features-a towing package for the boat, a 6 disc CD changer and rod holders inside the car. More to come-got called into court.

J.P. told this chickadee that if she stayed on the bull for 8 seconds, he would build her husband a fishing rod for free-hope he enjoys it! Posted by Hello

Scott conversing with a couple of South Carolina residents. Posted by Hello

Pat towards the end of the show. Posted by Hello

Have you ever taken a picture and for the life of you can't remember why? Who the hell is this and why did I waste a pic? She looks proud of her first beer-Honey, it's a Bud Light, is that good? Posted by Hello

Pat Green with squaw! Posted by Hello

House band and line dancers-not one man on the floor Posted by Hello

Bet you wonder what happened the Captain and Tenille Posted by Hello

Pat Green with 3rd degree "guitar face" Posted by Hello

You can take the boy out of Clemson, but you can't take Clemson out of the boy! My best buddy Scott! Posted by Hello

Back of my shirt-it takes a confident man to wear pink Posted by Hello

Pat F#@$$^%&g Green! Posted by Hello

Pat Green and friends-us! Posted by Hello

Me, Pat Green, Scott and JP-Where the hell is my right hand? It's a man thing! Reminds me of one of the greatest courtroom quotes ever-"your honor, it looked like a penis, only smaller.!!!!!Posted by Hello

Coyote Joe's-Charlotte NC Posted by Hello

Jason-Where the hell did you go? Kevin- you're a great guy, it was great meeting you. Sorry you had to get caught up in Jason's personal "death spiral." He gives the appearance of being in charge, but it's only a very sad act!! He's the "oldest" 28 year old on the orb. He's the "magnesium man"- starts fast, burns bright but flames out quickly!! Shelf life-16 hours!! Pace my boy-pace!! Great to see you again,Jason-you bring a smile to my face always!Posted by Hello

Cowboy wannabees Posted by Hello

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Heading to Charlotte Tomorrow

The weather this winter has been especially bad. On the coast here, it's not the bitter cold that finally beats you down-it's the struggle between the allure and beauty of the surrounding bays, sounds, ocean and marsh and any protracted inaccessibility. This is my fifth winter here and by far the longest, most arduous and exasperating. Sunny days have been habitually windy and cold and warm day's are windy and rainy. This is the first winter down here that we haven't had a prolonged stretch of warm sunny non-windy days that allow you to get out in the boat and be comfortable on the water. It's also been the first winter that the fishing has come to a complete standstill. If you could get out, the only thing you would catch is possibly a spiny dogfish.
Most years the fishing here is a year-round proposition. The species arrive at a regular time and on a regular basis. You can tell that May has arrived not by a calendar but by the fact that the surf temperatures have reached the low 70's and the spanish mackeral are jumping everywhere. They remain along with the bluefish, flounder, red drum and everything else until mid-October when boats and captains from all over the east coast come to flyfish for the false albacore-a beautiful, but inedible lightning fast fish that peels line off your reel as if you had hooked a car on the interstate.
I've posted a couple of pics below this post. These fish are around and accessible until mid-December, replaced by the large striped bass and the much prized bluefin tuna. The striped bass are usually all over the shallow waters of the Cape Lookout shoals and an average fish will weigh about 35 pounds. I posted a pic below of one caught last January 1 that weighed in at 40 pounds. The bluefin can go as large as 500 pounds and can bring $12.00 per pound from Japanese buyers. One fish can make a great winter for a commercial fisherman. The drawback is that you need a large boat with the gear to land one of these beasts so it's primarily a charter captain's game.
January and February, most years are great for sightfishing for redfish in the gin-clear shallows and mud-flats and for speckled sea trout at the various rock jetties and back in the marsh. This fishing is usually good enough to carry you into the spring without sending you into fishing withdrawal. This year-nothing. I haven't heard of anything caught by recreational fisherman. A friend who fishes hard every day has come up 0-for-February. I have managed to keep busy building rods for some customers, some friends and myself and I'm off tomorrow to Charlotte for the annual Fly Fishing and Rodbuilding show. The show starts Saturday morning but I'm gonna meet some friends tomorrow night to see Pat Green at a place called Coyote Joe's. Live music, cold beer and lot's of it and poking around a convention center full of fishing rod components and fly fishing goodies-It's not fishing, but it's not damn bad either. See you Sunday night with pics. Have a great weekend

False albacore-Hold on! Posted by Hello

False Albacore busting bait Posted by Hello

Jeff with false albacore Posted by Hello

Striped Bass Posted by Hello

Jeff and Scott with false albacore Posted by Hello

Museum of Bad Album covers

Truly horrendous stuff from the past. James Lileks could have a field day with this stuff.

Link from Pursuit of Happiness at via Vodkapundit at

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Spinning rod-Hate to sell it, it's so pretty! Enjoy it Frankie! Posted by Hello

Another view Posted by Hello

Close up of handle-wood is Chotke Viga turned on lathe Posted by Hello

Four piece spinning rod for customer Posted by Hello