James Rickard

still lost in, West Virginia, UNITED STATES


Joined May 25th 2007

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Sometimes the best part of fishing is when you don’t catch anything but get a chance to see a sailboat silhouetted against a blue sky, listen to a bird’s song, or watch the beauty of a dragonfly as it skims across the water's surface.

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Some baits for trout

February 27th 2015 05:32
After catfish, it seems to me that trout are probably the most prolific fish in the world. I'll have to do a little research on that idea.

Anyway, as you can tell from the narrator in these videos, he's definitely not American or Australian. (I'm lousy with accents so, I'll just say "European" and change the subject!) Here's his take on the best baits for trout.



Here are some other baits.



Now, here's the same guy with his opinion on lures for trout.


I figure after all this, I might as well add my two cents:

This guys seems pretty cool so I don't think he's going to get too upset if I have to go against the glitter bait he's espousing. Fishing can be a local thing and it really shows up here. I have to admit though, I really thought PowerBait Glitter would be a killer. In fact, it works other places--just not around here.

Pink Salmon PowerBait
Around here, the most popular PowerBait is Pink Salmon. There are a lot of different colors of PowerBait and I've yet to find one that doesn't smell terrible but, if you're going to fish around here, Pink Salmon is the bait to use.

trout lures
A Super Duper in the middle flanked by a Panther Martin and a Rooster Tail. If they look used, that's because they are.
When it comes to lures, I try to keep it simple and stick with a few spinners and a spoon or two. As the videos mention, I really like the Mepps and Blue Fox spinners. However, I take it a bit further and use Panther Martin and Rooster Tail spinners also. Another lure that seems to work for several species of fish is the Super Duper. This just looks like a bent piece of metal but, if you try bending your own metal, you usually end up with a long day at the lake.

Kastmaster fishing lure
Kastmasters are a really good spoon to use. It looks like a hunk of metal but, it does the trick. Aside from different sizes, you can also find them in brass, silver, or copper. Another nice thing, several companies are making knock offs now so, you can find copies for just a couple bucks.




Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!






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Cheaters beware

February 10th 2015 00:35
You still hear about deflated footballs in the Super Bowl and you may pay a fine for poaching but if you cheat in a bass tournament you may find yourself in some definitive action and on the short end of the stick11at least that seems to be the case with the FLW.

A couple of anglers have been banned for life following a cheating incident. Here are the details.



Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!



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Where to put a worm bin

February 9th 2015 04:42
red wigglers
It's no secret that worms are one of the best fishing baits out there. AND in case you didn't know it, worms are extremely to raise. Finally, red wigglers, those little worms you may find digging in your flower bed or yard also make a great natural fertilizer.

All you have to do to get started is Google something along the lines of, "How to Raise Worms" and you'll get umpteen hits.

After all the excitement is over and you have your worms, one question is a little harder to figure out and that's, "Where should I put my worm bin (container)?"

A lot of folks keep their worm bins outdoors in the yard or in the vicinity of the house. This avenue eliminates any messes from accidental spills and usually moves any unwanted odor or mess away from your living area. The down side of the outdoor bin is that temperatures and conditions can be highly variable--as example--right now it's fairly decent around here but, as the weekend rolls into the week, it's supposed to get pretty funky with another snow storm predicted for the North East US.

When watering your worms, remember they need dechlorinated water. More importantly don't forget that the bin may become dry faster when itís placed outside in warmer months.With that caveat in mind, it's important to place the bin close to a water supply and include adequate drainage and air holes. One of your main concerns for keeping worms outdoors is the temperature. If possible, keep you worms in a shady spot with the lid kept closed during daylight hours and shoot for a temperature range of 55-70ļF. If you keep your worms outside, it's best to move them into some sort of shelter for the winter or even take them inside

To avoid some hassle, a lot of people keep their worms inside the home year-round. This allows for optimal convenience and more regulated climate. If this is the case, you still have some things to deal with.

If your worms are in the kitchen or basement, donít place them next to a refrigerator anything with a motor because it might create extra heat, noise, and vibration.

A basement can be the ideal place for worms since it is naturally cool and dark. Still, even in a heated house, the basement could grow too cold in the winter. A worm bin may be out of your sight, but doesn't mean you get out of checking it less often. Unfortunately, the dark, damp conditions often found in basements are excellent breeding grounds for mold so, it's important to keep an eye on your soil as well as the health of the worms




Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!





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Remember--Don't ice fish the river!

January 26th 2015 16:47
I've written about this so much, I thought I'd let it go but sometimes things need repeating...

The Northeastern US is getting slammed with a blizzard as I write this. After the snow stops falling, some people may be tempted to venture out and try a little ice fishing. However, as much as I like to fish, you have to remember to stay off those rivers this time of year. Here's why.

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Frilled shark netted in Victoria

January 20th 2015 18:42
The problem with ABC feeds is that it takes a few seconds to know if you're looking at something from the American Broadcasting Company or the Australian Broadcasting Company. On top of that, I must have woke up in a fog because I kept thinking, "Where is Victoria?"

Be that as it may, an ancient looking frilled shark turned up in the waters off south-eastern Victoria.

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Live frog jumps out of fish

January 15th 2015 22:05
It's no secret that fishing is always a bit easier if the fish are feeding and your bait is what the fish like.

An angler in Australia took that one step further. Believe it or not, a frog jumped out of the throat of a fish he had just caught!

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Ugly Stik GX2 Review

January 6th 2015 01:22
Ugly Stik GS2
It's been quite a while since Shakespeare introduced their second generation Ugly Stik, the GX2. This review may be a little late in coming but I wanted to see how the rod held up in both hot and cold temperatures as well as monitoring its condition over time.

While the Ugly Stick has always been one of the better trade-offs in angling, many have yearned for more sensitivity in the rod. Finally, the introduction of the Ugly Stik GX2 has addressed that very problem.

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Increase hook-ups with spybaiting

January 2nd 2015 00:09
You've probably heard of spy planes and spyware. How about spybaiting?

Spybaiting originated in Japan somewhere around 2006 - 2008 when anglers began experimenting with sneaky techniques incorporating lures that had less action in order to coax a bite from finicky bass. Odd though it may sound, bass fishing is pretty popular in Japan and anglers there noticed the super clear waters gave bass a visual advantage that more or less negated the things that made lures such as jerkbaits, spinners, or crankbaits successful.

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What to do with that old Christmas tree

December 31st 2014 18:17
Now that the new year is looming and my mates in Australia are already in 2015, a lot of Christmas trees are coming down and people are trying to decide what to do with them.

If you live close to your favorite fishing hole, you may want to throw your old tree in the water and give the fish a new place to explore.

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New split ring tool

December 28th 2014 00:08
If you got a few dollars for Christmas and it's burning a hole in your pocket, you may want to look at a new split ring removal tool called the Wedgie from Red One.

There's hardly an angler out there who hasn't changed out a hook or two along the way and a tool like this may make it easier. I made a special effort to provide a link to their page because it only costs $11.99 USD on Paypal. This is a heckuva lot better than breaking your thumbnail and trying to use a knife blade to open a spring ring is an invitation to disaster!

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Comment by James Rickard
on The greatest sportsman on earth

March 2nd 2015 19:58
Good call. I live in the US and I've still heard of de Villiers. Ya gotta remember--this is NOT a cricket country!

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Comment by James Rickard
on The End of Cancellation As We Know It

February 9th 2015 04:45
Great post!!!! Spot on with your observations! (In my opinion)

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on Remember--Don't ice fish the river!

January 30th 2015 06:13
I hate the cold.Those lakes get mighty cold--I don't see how they do it!!!

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on Frilled shark netted in Victoria

January 23rd 2015 05:02
I though it looked a little feminine.

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on In Search of Aliens

January 20th 2015 18:47
This would would be the perfect gift for the right person! I like the individual programs but those
marathon sessions can get a bit much with all the theories. Is it possible I can love the program and shy away from this collection?

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on Live frog jumps out of fish

January 17th 2015 01:33
I guess instead of fish 'n' chips it's fish 'n' frog legs!

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I used to be a photographer and you cannot get in trouble for photographing people in the course of every-day activities--especially when it's a public place. The gray area pops up when they are easily identified in the photo or they really stick out (as in not a crowd photo.) All I know is that I'd either own this town or tie them up in litigation for the next 20 years!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Flashy Feathers

January 11th 2015 02:23
What a breath taking photo! So many people take animal pictures that just look like a glob of color but, with proper lighting and exposure, you get textures and subtleties of color just like this. It hard and you shoot off a lot of shots you trash, but it's worth it.

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Comment by James Rickard
on Wista 4x5 Field Camera

January 10th 2015 06:10
Damn this Orble outfit! Tonight I'm using IE and the ads are showing up!!!

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on Wista 4x5 Field Camera

January 10th 2015 06:10
Damn this Orble outfit! Tonight I'm using IE and the ads are showing up!!!

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