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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Eel lives to be 155 years old!

August 16th 2014 16:24
European eel
Here's a story I couldn't believe.

An eel died in Sweden last week and it's believed to be 155 years old! That's pretty incredible for any creature in the wild but, this eel didn't live in the local water hole. This animal was dropped into a well to rid it of insects.

The big question on everyone's mind is, "Was the eel that old?" Eels of that species, Anguilla anguilla, usually live to be only 10 or 20 years old. However, one must remember this eel lived in a cool well and away from known predators. A similar eel lived to be 80 so, it's not entirely out of the question.

Fish biologist hope to dissect the head and find out the exact age of the creature.




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Sharks turning up in Louisiana

August 15th 2014 16:04
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The other day this blog talked about Americans embracing their sharks. Unfortunately, that's truer than imagined because a seven year old boy has been bitten in Lake Ponchatrain down in Louisiana.

Maybe people are starting to know a little more bout sharks because they're saying the shark in question is probably a bull shark and that makes sense.
It's a little unusual but, with shark sitings on the rise all over the American Coast, it's not that surprising.

Here's how the story showed up on the local news.

Here's some information about bull sharks in Lake Ponchtrain that hasn't been amended yet.



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Google vs. Sharks

August 14th 2014 16:24
When the next big wave of technology hits and people get weary of their smart phone or tablet, Google will probably go the way of Kodak. Until then, it looks like Google is doing its best to keep things in working order as this story outlines.

Read all about it!




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I would have paid money to see this!

August 6th 2014 17:38
Here's an account of an Australian Crocodile battling a bull shark.

There have been varying opinions on the outcome of a shark/crocodile confrontation so, I'm not gong to spoil the story and let you in on what happened. Just keep in mind the croc is 80 years old and missing a front leg!

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A rod to do it all

August 2nd 2014 14:34
With prices the way they are these days, it's not uncommon to try and get one fishing rod that will take care of most of your fishing.

With that in mind, I eagerly dove into this article from North American Fisherman.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Comment by James Rickard
on Making a fortune?

August 21st 2014 14:13
WELL???? I don't even count my Orble money in the greater scheme of things any more!

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on Eel lives to be 155 years old!

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on Best photography of the day!

August 16th 2014 13:22
Good grief! Things must have gotten shuffled the last time my browser made one of those automatic updates! I don't even remember how to fix it.

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Comment by James Rickard
on Sharks turning up in Louisiana

August 16th 2014 13:19
Although this is far from the first shark bite in the U.S., people have been a little shook up because it was inland and also took notice since it was a little boy. People would really freak if we had another Matawan Creek, New Jersey incident like they did back in 1916.

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on Best photography of the day!

August 15th 2014 16:10
I had a couple of funny captions until I found out what the picture is really about.

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Comment by James Rickard
on I would have paid money to see this!

August 9th 2014 13:19
I've seen CGI mock ups with great whites but this, having a bull shark and the real thing, proves which is more likely. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often!!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Did you know that?

August 6th 2014 22:36
This is semi-related. When they were selling something on the radio, I heard the average American fills between 12 and 13 prescriptions a year. I'm either awfully healthy or awfully cheap!

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THAT SUCKS! That's about like my income but, you post a LOT more stuff than I do! You deserve better.

On the other hand, that's one of the big reasons I'm not posting much and when I do, it's often a link to another story on the web.

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Comment by James Rickard
on A rod to do it all

August 4th 2014 21:02
Great? You just don't live here!

Your comment reminds me of the fishing scene(learning to swim?) scene from the John Wayne western, Hondo!


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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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