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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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.
Cheat lake




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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.

Here's what ABC had to say.




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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!

Talk about matching the hatch! You can get the details here.




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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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Sometimes all you need for a good day on the water is a few hooks, some fake worms, and a few sinkers.

You may not want to stick all of that in your pocket but, it doesn't make a lot of sense to carry a tackle box with you.

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Researchers have discovered a new fish living at over 26,000 feet--in excess of 5 miles!

Here's a full report along with pictures and video.

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Do you use Pradco lures?

December 17th 2014 20:46
Ask a lot of anglers if they use Pradco lures and they answer, "What the heck? I've never even heard of Pradco!"

In reality, PRADCO came into being in 1960 as part of Plastics Research and Development Corporation and produces various outdoor gear such as scents, game calls, tree stands, as well as other equipment in addition to fishing lures.

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Recent Comments

Comment by James Rickard
on Frilled shark netted in Victoria

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

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Comment by James Rickard
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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Comment by James Rickard
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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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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Comment by James Rickard
on Wista 4x5 Field Camera

January 10th 2015 06:08
A view camera really makes you feel like a photographer. Back in the days of film, they even used 8x10 view cameras. Film could be pretty crappy but you just made a contact print for an 8x10 picture so it still looked pretty smooth. AND PLAYBOY centerfolds used to be shot using an 11x14 view camera!!!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Ugly Stik GX2 Review

January 8th 2015 01:19
They make a lot of different versions of this thing, and I know a lot of people that use them.

It just came to me that the old versions are pretty good. I wonder if you can pick one up on the cheap at a garage sale or something like that?????

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Comment by James Rickard
on Artwork provided by the tide

January 7th 2015 05:50
I'm far from the desserts and beaches these days but, another cool shot is to catch the shadows created by sand ripples in dunes.

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