ABOUT ME

Experience

I have been camping and enjoying nature since I was an infant (no hyperbole).  I had the good fortune of having as my mentors a WWII veteran and active member of the Boy Scouts of America for 64 years as a grandfather (Russell) and a father (Gary) who was a scout (eventually Eagle Scout) at the age of eleven and an angler a few years before that.  My love and respect for nature, as well as a majority of my outdoor related skills, I owe to these men as fathers and scoutmasters.

I support an active lifestyle and approach to the outdoors.  Though one does not have to look far or hard to be rewarded by the splendor of nature, I enjoy overcoming the obstacles Mother Nature may throw at us in pursuit of nature’s bounty.  I believe that we sportsman are the stewards of the wilderness and have the honor and responsibility to exhibit and extol the virtues of conservation.  And while I do have a general love of nature and the outdoors, my primary love is fishing.

Fishing

My first catch was a Rainbow trout taken from Rattlesnake Creek (a tributary stream of the Connetquot River / Long Island, NY) when I was  three (3) years old.  The excitement that I felt that day has never waned and my passion for fishing has never waivered.  In fact, that passion grows with each adventure.  While I will occasionally find myself surf fishing, I spend most of my time fishing in freshwater with my favorite body of water being the Upper Delaware River.  Primarily a spin fisherman specializing in artificial lures, I have also been known to cast a fly rod. My favorite species to target are Smallmouth Bass, Trout, Walleye, and the Pike family but I am more than willing to go after anything that swims.  No matter the target or method, for me fishing is about the experience.  In the words of John Buchan, “the charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable: a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”

My Last Trip

Date:         15 December 2018
Location:  Upper Delware River
​Weather:  45 degrees / Overcast
​Water:      Clear / 37-40 degrees

The River played.  Evan (Sweetwater Guide Service), Vaughn (Chasing Trophy Fish) and I were treated to pretty fair conditions considering the original weather forecast.  We drifted from hole to hole hammering areas of transition with jerkbaits and soft plastics.  Slow was the name of the game with the cadence speeding up as water temps rose.  We boated 16 walleye (10 in the 18-21" range), three chain pickerel, three yellow perch, and countless fallfish.  Selective harvest was in full swing and we each took home a limit of walleye.  We were also treated to a Bald Eagle diving into the river and grabbing a meal (see my youtube page for the video).  The damage was done with 3.5" and 4.5" EOCs (and a prototype) by CTF, 4.5" PTL grubs, and Keitechs.  Tight Lines.