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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Archer takes shark

July 26th 2014 21:09
Here's a neat story about a guy taking a shark with a bow.

I've embarrassed myself by bow fishing but know one guy who is actually pretty good at it and regularly uses his bow for carp.

Personally, I didn't even know something like this sport existed but, if you think about it, people fly fish for sharks so, why can't they use bows?





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shark

People in Australia or South Africa are probably shaking their head over this but, it's BIG news in the U.S.

CBS This Morning ran this report this morning. (Imagine that)

It's refreshing that locals are actually embracing the presence of sharks rather than jumping to hasten their demise ala JAWS.






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How much food are we wasting?

July 21st 2014 00:33
Bycatch, unintentionally catching the wrong fish while targeting another species, presents some alarming numbers.

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Although I'm always suspicious of Yahoo's reporting, here's an article they ran a few months ago.

After a little digging, I was more depressed when I found another article, this time from March and not Yahoo, putting the worldwide total as high as 40%.

Sometimes fish are simply thrown back into the ocean whether dead or alive. Yet, in countries where labor is cheap, Latin America, some of Asia or Africa, the bycatch is sorted out and sold as food. This makes sense to me.

Coming from an area where strip mining pays the bills for a lot of people, I'm certainly not going to get into a conservation debate. Sure, it's a bad thing but, bleeding hearts have to realize you can't just throw a switch and mandate that current practices stop immediately. And you can't quickly and simply change the way things have been done for generations. Alternative jobs??? Working at Wal-mart ain't gonna pay the bills!!!

You want an answer? I'm smart enough to know I don't have one. Opinions??? They're like the nose on your face--everybody's got one.


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Write off the missing diver

July 18th 2014 03:11
I must be getting jaded because I don't view Animal Planet, History Channel, Discovery, or Yahoo with the same respect I used to have for them. Yahoo was the first to go and then the others did one thing or another that made me shake my head and wonder, "Why?"

After GrindTV ran this story, you can pretty much add them to the list. Of course, they're closely associated with Yahoo so, you have to question their TRUE news gathering abilities.

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Tips to keep minnows alive

July 14th 2014 00:16
When it comes to minnows, keeping them alive, even 24 hours, is, too often, a losing proposition.

On the other hand, there's no denying they're pretty expensive so, it's nothing to be ashamed of no matter how it turns out.

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J Knot beats out Blood Knot

July 9th 2014 00:39
When it comes to tying line to line, I've been going with the Blood Knot longer that I care to admit. Although the Blood Knot is a little hard to tie, I've stuck with it because it looks pretty cool if you can tie it and it is a pretty good knot. However, that may have to change because on the Knot Wars segment of the season finale of North American Fisherman featured the J Knot knocking off the Blood Knot.

North American Fisherman is one of the better fishing programs on TV because you won't sit there half an hour watching guys fish. Although you'll see fishing action, you'll learn a little about tactics, equipment, conservation, and, thanks to the Knot Wars segment that has been going on the past few years, how to tie some good knots.

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Great white shark
We're gonna need a bigger boat!

Saturday's report of a Great White attack off the California Coast really comes as no surprise although shark attacks, especially those of Great Whites, are rare.

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Fish take over mall

July 3rd 2014 00:49
No doubt you know someone who has a koi pond. And who among us has walked along the waterfront and spied a school of catfish so large the fish are practically rubbing fins? And who hasn't been to the mall in the past few weeks? Now, imagine all three of those scenarios combined and you get an idea of what happened at an abandoned mall in Bangkok, Thailand.

In an apocalyptic scene, fish were found living in a deserted mall in Bangkok, Thailand after it caught fire in 1999. That's right--1999. Evidently, the mall wasn't in a prime real estate area!

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If you're like me, it's not much of a thrill to make simple soft plastic lures that are flat on one side. Sure, you can buy a set of molds and the whole injection set up but, unless you're going to be making several lures, that option may be cost prohibitive.

Here's a really great Youtube showing you how to make your own injection molds, how to use them, and the finished product.

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Sometimes you're too close to a subject to think of all the angles. This was pointed out to me the other day when someone asked me the difference between salt and fresh water.

Everyone has a good idea what salt water is. Basically, it's the ocean or deltas and tributaries not far from the sea. If you've ever swam at the beach and accidentally gulped in a mouth full of ocean water, you know what I'm talking about. The constant wearing away of rocks, coral and general contaminants, including decaying fish and other biological matter, makes the water salty. In fact, I read somewhere that the ocean's salt would create a layer about 500 feet thick--that's about the height of a 40 story building.

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Comment by James Rickard
on A doughbait recipe

July 31st 2014 00:58
Good for you! After I wrote this I saw some guys using a bait made from Frosted Flakes (any kind will do) soaked in cherry pop. Let the concoction start to dry and form the paste into balls around your hooks and then let them dry completely. They're like soap--a local thing--some places it works and in some it doesn't.

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Comment by James Rickard
on Americans are embracing their sharks

July 24th 2014 00:59

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on Tadpoles, Canada

July 22nd 2014 23:01
When Emmanuelle Vaugier was on on TAHM, I was ready to start the local chapter of her fan club even if Tinashe Kachingwe had bigger boobs. Also, I THINK she (Tinashe Kachingwe) was on one of the first episodes where Charlie takes Jake to the supermarket.

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Comment by James Rickard
on U.S. shark attack off Califoirnia Coast

July 10th 2014 17:20
I hear ya there! One of the sickest feelings I ever had is when I was wading in the ocean, water only up to my knees, and felt something brush my leg.

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Comment by James Rickard
on This is why I care about water

July 9th 2014 23:35
Thanks. The ads are supposed to pop up at random. If you see something you like, you'd better click it because if you come back later and try to find it, you may have quite a search!

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Comment by James Rickard
on 100 Years of WWI from History

July 9th 2014 23:15
Cool!! A LOT of work went into this post. Some people look at the American Civil War as the first "modern" war. I can see their point but everything was just "theory"--rifled fire arms--aerial reconnaissance from balloons. WWI gave us real horror, as you mentioned, gas, tanks, fighter and bomber aircraft. I've often thought WWI is a forgotten piece of history. I"ll have to check out this DVD.

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I'm white but, I remember as a kid, in my Sunday School class, causing a stir when I told them I thought Jesus was black.

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Comment by James Rickard
on 39 years of JAWS

June 23rd 2014 21:02
It gets better-- I used to have two friends who actually SWAM in the shark cage at the Aquarium to clean it. They always fed the sharks ahead of time and had no problems in the five years they did it.

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Comment by James Rickard
on Bird Photography - some startling pictures

June 22nd 2014 19:57
Thanks--I'm always a sucker for bird photos or landscapes!!! (maybe I'm a traitor to my gender?)

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