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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Link to the Mitchell Museum

March 28th 2015 01:48
Mitchell 300
Did you know the first Mitchells were unpainted? That's one thing you can learn from this link.

People who have been reading this blog very long know what a sucker I am for old Mitchell reels.

Here's a real good link I found a few years back.

It's a link to a site called the Mitchell Reel Museum. I don't look at it every day but, it's always informative because it's constantly evolving and the information is often updated. For instance, I used to say I had a Mitchell from 1949--turns out it's from '51. It still has a little history!

Check it out now and then visit again in three or four months. If nothing else, you may like the pictures!

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


Fishing for musky

March 24th 2015 05:01
Many anglers think muskies (muskellunge or Esox masquinongy) are a cold weather fish and and only go after them in the late fall, winter, and early spring. All I know is that I used to fish a hole where I caught them in the middle of summer. At any rate, since it's early spring around here, it may be time to head out for some BIG fish.

When it comes to fishing for musky, I like to use a wire leader, since muskies have teeth, and make sure it's at least around a foot long. Some people like to use something like 100lb. mono but, mono-filament that heavy is a little hard to find. I team up my leader with a decent line. I've heard that 20 lb. is a minimum but I use a 65lb. braid. After that, use a decent baitcasting reel on a fairly heavy rod. You have to use a rod for your type of fishing. I'd say you'd probably want to go with either a med. heavy or even heavy rod because it's not uncommon to find musky over 40 inches. I've seen people let their surf fishing gear double for musky and that seems to work pretty well.

bucktail spinner
For bait, BIG is the key--live fish 6-8 inches work. Don't even bother with worms or shiners unless they are really large. It depends on the local forage but, I've even seen anglers pull out a gold fish and koi for musky bait! Spinners like the one pictured are another popular musky bait. Personally, I prefer these and either go with something having a 3/0 treble hook or change them to my liking. Ducks, water fowl, and even snakes are on a musky's menu so, don't be afraid to try lures resembling these animals if the bite is slow.

musky fish
This is fairly typical of what you find.
Muskies have been called "the fish of 1,000 casts so, If you don't catch anything, join the club. I'll fess up and admit that I've never caught one when I was trying. Like a lot of other anglers, I've only hooked up with a musky when targeting something else like bass or catfish. I've caught them using 2 inch lures and even on light-weight trout rods. Trust me when I say both occasions did not go well!

Finally, if you do hook up with a musky, try and keep it out of the water as little as possible. These apex predators are slow to reproduce and many areas have restrictions on catching them and may go so far as to allow only catch-and-release.

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


New line from Power Pro

March 21st 2015 23:44
Many anglers swear by Power Pro line. Usually, I'm part of the group that figures all the line from major manufacturers will fill the bill but, I've been a Power Pro fan since back in the day when they were still including a cutter on the box that saved a lot of scurrying around looking for a knife or scissors.
The days of "cutters on the box" may be over but they still make a decent line that more than adequately fills a reel if a good braid is needed.

Recently, the R & D crew at Power Pro released a new version of their already great braid utilizing Spectra® HT Fibre – described by its makers as "... the world’s strongest fishing line material of its size."

Sure, sometimes it's hard to separate advertising hype and fact but, if you need a braided line, I'd put my money on the counter for this new Power Pro without thinking twice. If you're fishing the surf, after big muskies, or bass are hiding in the soup, this is the way to go.

Here's a press release so you can read a little more.

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


Catfish Line Review

March 17th 2015 21:19
Catfish Line
Anglers are often a frugal lot. Whether it comes down to using old spark plugs for sinkers or using home made lures, if there's a way to cut the budget, guys have tried it.

When it comes down to your line, it's hard to save if you change line yearly as recommended. If cat-fishing is your game, you can save a few bucks with South Bend's offering called, simply enough Catfish Line.

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Shark kill stirs outcry

March 11th 2015 14:26
Some Florida anglers have found themselves in hot water after landing a 600 pound mako shark.

A mako growing to 600 pounds is fairly large by any standards and many are outraged that the group killed the shark rather than practicing catch and release.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Recent Comments

Comment by Jame Rickard
on Link to the Mitchell Museum

March 29th 2015 05:15
Fish is good brain food. I learned that from watching the 3 Stooges!

BUT, it reference to the question--I don't THINK so. I may be wrong. I've never run across anything pertaining to the museum.

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Comment by James Rickard
on Catfish Line Review

March 19th 2015 03:46

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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Comment by James Rickard
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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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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