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.  Because of them, I believe that sportsmen (and women) are stewards of the wilderness.  We 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 though I have started the exciting journey towards hunting.

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; my passion for fishing has never waivered.

I spend most of my time fishing freshwater.  My favorite body of water is the Upper Delaware River.  Primarily a spin fisherman specializing in artificial lures, I also enjoy fly-fishing and will occasionally cast from the surf (saltwater).

My favorite species to target are Smallmouth Bass, Trout, and Walleye but I am more than willing to go after anything that swims.  For me, fishing is about the experience and exploration.

“Fishing isn't entirely about fish... Casting into the water is like asking a question and somehow an empty hook is still a satisfactory answer."
~ Steven Rinella

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.