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:         11-14 August 2018
Location:  Belgrade Lakes Region
​Weather:  74-80 degrees / Cloudy
​Water:      Clear / 82-77 degrees

The annual trip to Whisperwood Lodge was well worth it as always.  Spent a total of 22 hrs on the water and averaged roughly one bass per hour (all keeper sized except one) with a handful of feisty chain pickerel for good measure.  The majority of fish landed came on 3.5" PTL Food Chain Tubes (Susky Slayer & Kitchen Sink) while the largest bass were all caught on bladed jigs (chatterbaits) by Carolina Custom Cranks with a PTL 4.5" Grub trailer (including bass pictured).  The second largest bass was caught on a BHO Turbo Bullet bladed jig.  Alot to be excited about as this was a new technique for me and new areas were explored/re-discovered.  Looking forward to 2019 and hoping the one that got away (I saw it and it was not a stump) is sitting where she cut the line on cover (I totally should have backed out with the trolling motor).  Tight Lines.