James Rickard

still lost in, West Virginia, UNITED STATES


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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 break from fishing

September 19th 2014 14:12
I'm going to take a break from fishing and congratulate my Aussie friends for thwarting terrorism Down Under!




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

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Another good link

September 18th 2014 01:44
Here's a link some of you may appreciate. It's for an outfit called Angling International which is based in the UK.

Angling International
I've been reading the online version about six months and I'm not going to lie and say I read every word but, it's sort of interesting and you get a taste of how they catch fish in other countries. Along those lines, you find brands such as Zebco or VMC that are internationally known. The inverse is true as well, and you may learn a thing or two and read about companies you never knew existed.

On a lighter note, I'm going to warn you not to start ordering all the cool equipment you see. A few years back I started to order a lure that was only available in Australia. Unfortunately, shipping to the U.S. was $23! I don't know if that was U.S.D. or Australian but, either way, I figured 23 bucks on a seven dollar lure wasn't a smart move.




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A fisherman's tale

September 12th 2014 14:43
Don't you just seethe with envy when some guy is recounting how he landed this or that big catch of the day? When you consider all you hear about the tall tales anglers sometimes tell, you have to wonder. That's one big reason you don't see a lot of pictures of "catches" on this blog. With all the photo manipulation out there today and all you can do with Photoshop, unless I'm there to witness something up close and personal, I always have my doubts. Maybe that's why my mantra is, "I'll believe it when I see it."

It's easier to believe stories about fish I didn't catch--like the musky that bit on trout bait.

But, I did bring him to the surface!

After he broke the 4 lb. line, I threw in a rubber worm. Unfortunately, it was on mono line without a steel leader. You can guess what happened. After that, I decided to call it a day.

jitterbug fishing lure

And then there were the Rock Bass that kept biting on Jitterbugs not much shorter than the fish. Maybe they were learning how to feed?

How about wanting to catch a shark in the worst way only to catch rays. It was a long night!

Looking back, I'd say my favorite catch was a bicycle I snagged. Maybe I should have gotten a picture of that?




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






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There's red and there's red

September 6th 2014 14:00
Remember back in the day when red line was supposed to be THE thing? The idea behind the hype as pretty simple—fish couldn’t see the line, and if your line is invisible, you’re going to catch a gazillion fish.

BUT look at it a different way-- while many line manufacturers claimed their red line was practically invisible, at the same time there were hook companies claiming their red hooks to be THE ultimate hook because fish could see them and home in on the red.

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Walking fish? Who'd a thunk it?

August 29th 2014 10:48
Maybe they had some extra time at the lab or maybe they've watched too much Syfy. Anyhow, three researchers at McGill University have raised fish to walk on land.

I see HORROR MOVIE written all over this!

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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.

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Sharks turning up in Louisiana

August 15th 2014 16:04
bull shark

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.

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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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on Best photography of the day!

September 19th 2014 14:15
I've seen people do this, watch a lot of TV, and read about it but, I'm still leaving my shoes on!!

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on There's red and there's red

September 12th 2014 14:04
I everyone on Orble clicked each others ad...wait--we're not supposed to talk about that kind of stuff are we???

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Comment by James Rickard
on Good photography - not just a picture

September 4th 2014 00:56
I don't know about "good" but, I know an F-stop from a bus stop! *G*

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Comment by James Rickard
on Good photography - not just a picture

September 3rd 2014 13:27
Great shot! Nice play of light and dark and the people give a sense of scale. This reenforces the idea that a strongly composed shot will work for B&W as well as color.

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on Walking fish? Who'd a thunk it?

September 3rd 2014 00:32
I have a witty reply but, I'd better hold off! I'm sure SOMEONE will be offended! *LOL

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on Whale Sharks, Okinawa

August 23rd 2014 17:33
How I miss going to the aquarium since I moved, although it was noting like this! Look how small those people are in relation to the glass!

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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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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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