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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A look at some antiques lures

July 28th 2015 15:35
Here's an interesting link that came to me the other day.

If you like old fishing lures, this is for you! It's amazing how labor intensive it must have been to produce some of these lures! And, you have to remember these lures are from back in the days before everything was made from plastic with computerized machinery so, you're looking at wood and metal.

Aside from the lures, get a load of the boxes. When is the last time you bought a fishing lure that came in a box? Those days are long gone!




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Discovery Channel's Shark Week came and went without much fanfare from this bolg. To be honest, after last year's pseudo-science about Megladon, I decided to give it a rest although the folks at Discovery promised to clean up their act.

Evidently, Discovery's act hasn't been cleaned up enough for the folks over at GrindTV as this link will attest.

On a personal level, although I didn't watch much of Shark Week this year, I was disappointed because what I managed to see was mostly "this shark does that and can grow this big." I'd rather see conservation efforts or someone catching sharks with a fly rod. I guess it all boils down to the fact that I really won't be satisfied until I see footage of a Chinese deli getting busted for selling shark fin soup!





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Here's a weird little story about some new fish that have turned up off the coast of Australia.

Researchers were searching for nursery grounds of larval lobsters when they came across a cluster of volcanoes and then, got a bigger bonus when they discovered the new fish. Granted, the fish is really small and hardly anything you want to go after with a rod and line but, it's nice to know they're out there.





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Sharks in hot water!

July 12th 2015 16:46
Since Shark Week is coming to an end, it somehow seems fitting to have found this article about sharks swimming in the hot water around volcanoes.

These actions are totally baffling to scientists. One thing that's even more puzzling is that these aren't unheard of sharks. These are hammerheads, silky sharks, and rays--pretty common marine life!

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Don't forget a first-aid kit

July 11th 2015 14:55
It never hurts to have a simple first-aid kit when you go fishing. A lot of people are going to be rolling their eyes at this warning but things happen. Aside from getting a hook in your finger, it's not that uncommon to slip on a slick bank or cut yourself on a piece of glass or jagged rocks and then, who knows what kind of infection may develop?

A first-aid kit doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, you can probably get everything you need from your medicine cabinet. On the other hand, you can buy one but, I'm not crazy about a kit with rubber gloves and if I require stitches, I figure I'm beyond a simple fix.

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More North Carolina Sharks

July 4th 2015 04:07
Since it's 4th of July weekend here in the States and in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the release of JAWS, maybe we ought to take a little time to recognize the real life shark horror going on off the coast of North Carolina.

If you've ever looked for sharks' teeth on NC beaches, you quickly discover it's not a hotbed of shark activity although the area is definitely along the migration route for several shark species. Despite this, North Carolina is stealing the spot light from California and Florida and making the news every few days. In fact, this link even relates a tale of a brave soul grabbing a shark by the tail!

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The Arbogast Mud Bug

June 24th 2015 17:14
Arbogast Mud Bug
I'll be the first to admit this thing has seen its better days.


Most anglers who have done much fishing are familiar with the Arbogast Jitterbug. Many of that group are also familiar with another Arbogast creation: the Hula Popper. And part of that group probably knows the Tin Liz started it all clear back in 1927.

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Liberty dime, silver dime
The other day I was looking for images of jigs and ran across this neat photograph that, I think, was on Ebay.


Unless you're familiar with older US coins, you may not realize how small the jigs in the picture truly are. Those old Liberty Head dimes were only about 1-1/2 centimeters or less than 3/4"! Also, Liberty dimes were silver as opposed to modern dimes. I know there's a collector out there somewhere who would snatch this up in a minute.

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Salmon sharks and terror in NC

June 15th 2015 15:35
It was a wild weekend for shark activity in the US. Two kids were attacked in North Carolina and River Monsters mentioned a shark found in Alaskan Waters that is warm blooded as opposed to the cold blooded creatures usually found in oceans, lakes, and rivers.

Salmon Shark
This may look like a Great White but...
Resembling their relative, the Great White, salmon sharks prefer to feed on Pacific salmon, but their diet also includes other bony fish.

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Invasive fish headed for Oz?

June 5th 2015 20:13
Here's an article I ran across today about a walking fish possibly heading for Australia. Unlike a lot of the doom a gloom articles that accompany reports of walking fish, this one doesn't speculate about the Walking Perch's attack on Man or include warnings about what may happen to Fluffy or Spot. Rather, what this fish actually does is flex its gill plates outward if swallowed and suffocate the predator.

Although the fish is in the general region of Australia, the big question for scientists and ecologists is, "If it will get there?" Knowing how things work these days, perhaps a better question is, " When will it get to Australia?"

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Comment by James Rickard
on Is Shark Week going down the crapper

July 22nd 2015 03:25
Maybe if you have a really, really bug safety pin?

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You know how it is--those Adcents checks are so infrequent that I can't afford a proofreader any more! *L*

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Comment by James Rickard
on Sharks in hot water!

July 16th 2015 14:14
Totally forgot about that hemisphere thing. Not much of a summer here--rain nearly every day!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Don't forget a first-aid kit

July 12th 2015 16:26
Always hard to explain that one in the ER!

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Comment by James Rickard
on More North Carolina Sharks

July 7th 2015 02:13
Sharks bite but they seldom actually EAT a person so, we must not taste that good. On the other hand, shark steaks are pretty good--a texture somewhere between beef and regular fish.

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Comment by James Rickard
on The Arbogast Mud Bug

June 26th 2015 04:36
The last on was about a year so, I'm not getting too excited.

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Comment by James Rickard
on Good composition in a fishing photo

June 21st 2015 04:13
I'll get my big Orble check either this month or next month!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Salmon sharks and terror in NC

June 16th 2015 05:09
I was thinking the other day, what a tight group this place used to be. Now....

Oddly enough--just as I was heading out this evening, I heard there was another attack about three hours before this just a few miles away. The way this story keeps popping up, I'm wondering if this is one really bad shark, ala JAWS, or if people are getting caught in
some sort of super-migration.

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Comment by Anonymous
on No more bullsh*t? It just got moved.

June 16th 2015 05:03
I wonder if there's anyone at Orble TO know any more!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Palm Tree Stretch

June 15th 2015 15:22
Nice shot. Did you take it? Where?

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