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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Let's revisit glass minnow tubes

October 21st 2014 02:33
Back in the day, lures were pretty simple. Colors, if there was more than one, were highly contrasting and patterns were fairly simple when compared with today's machine designed and painted fish getters.

minnow tube
This is a fairly typical design. Note the size.
However, one of the most unique fishing lures from yester-year had NO color. As fragile as glass my be, back in the 1890's someone got the idea to give it a whirl as a fishing lure and started selling glass minnow tubes.

Detroit Minnow Tube
A variation on the theme. When's the last time you saw a lure in a box like that?
The idea behind the minnow tube was fairly simple. Simply drop in a live minnow, fill the tube with water, insert the cork or screw on the lid and cast away. A byproduct was the curved surface, coupled with the water inside, which worked as a magnifier and made the minnow look bigger. As for scent--well, the history books just don't talk about that!

Glass minnow tubes were first patented in 1893 by Henry Welch. From then on, different lures were crafted by various companies--all with the same idea-- protecting live bait so one minnow could last all day.

Detroit Minnow Tube
It's 100 years old. Here's a 1914 Detroit Glass Minnow Tube.
Owing to the fragility of glass, original examples of glass minnow tubes sell in the $450-$600 range. Reproductions are available for around $30-$40.



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Saving the Eagle

October 15th 2014 16:43
Sometimes the best part of fishing is just being outside and communing with nature.

Even if you don't fish, you've probably seen a big bird diving at the water's surface and coming up with a fresh fish.

Here's a similar account. This time it's an eagle, the fish in question is probably a large salmon and things didn't go well for the eagle.
golden eagle





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Great shark image, by luck

October 8th 2014 22:38
Since I don't live around any shark waters, I'm always drawn to shark reports. And while I'm no longer Pixel Pete when it comes to photography, I know an F-stop from a bus stop so, if two of my passions come together like they did this week, I try to keep up on the story.

Amanda Brewer, who teaches art to elementary school students in New Jersey, was able to capture a National Geographic worthy shot of a great white shark during a recent trip to South Africa.

You can get the details here.





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Shark vs. shark

October 2nd 2014 13:34
Here's something I thought was pretty cool--raw footage of a shark attacking another shark.

This is a great white going after another great white with none of the CGI or re-enactmenst like you often see on Animal Planet or Discovery.

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Gators in Da 'Burgh

September 25th 2014 14:51
alligator
It's not that uncommon to hear about a bull shark heading up a river to be found in unusual places. On the other hand, it's not every day you hear about alligators being out of their usual habitat. That is, until now.


Here's a link my daughter sent me reporting a very possible gator sighting near Pittsburgh, PA.

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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!


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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.

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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.

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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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Recent Comments

Comment by James Rickard
on Saving the Eagle

October 17th 2014 00:35
Symbol of the country and all of that sort of thing. People always say I'm some kind of pinko because I like to point out the founding fathers originally thought about using a turkey instead! True story!!!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Great composition and alignment in photography

October 15th 2014 17:17
I just realized something as I was looking at this and seeing what could be done differently. I still like photography but what good is composition and all that with all the photo shopping and manipulation you can do with digital images?

I still like the shot, though! *L*

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Comment by James Rickard
on Great shark image, by luck

October 10th 2014 00:53
20??? Not a lot of difference between that and a few cents.

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Comment by James Rickard
on Cop asks woman he stopped, has she found Jesus

October 8th 2014 22:48
I live in a VERY small town and everyone thinks I'm going to Hell for my belief. They think it would perfectly okay to begin the day with the Lord's prayer but, " the liberals" (their words) took prayer out of school. Needless to say, these same people are AGAINST separation of church and state but, these same people would be the first to complain if a (God Forbid) JEW was hired and mentioned Hebrew beliefs! What would happen if it was a Muslim? It's a slippery slope!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Cop asks woman he stopped, has she found Jesus

October 8th 2014 22:40
Here's another example of why the Church must be kept out of this sort of organization.

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Comment by James Rickard
on Shark vs. shark

October 8th 2014 22:24
I never though of it until you mentioned it, with all the talk of shark sightings the past year or two, Australia has been pretty quiet!

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This opinion never makes it with the bible bangers. Trust me, I know. However, if they would get their heads out of the sand they would realize if you're in a large area, and suddenly your kid is taught by someone with beliefs the total opposite of yours, say Muslim vs. Christian, they would see the value of these laws!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Gators in Da 'Burgh

September 27th 2014 02:46
Gotta admit Michael 2, one of my guilty pleasures is watching Swamp People on the History Channel.

Choot--choot!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Gators in Da 'Burgh

September 26th 2014 12:40
Good advice. Now I shudder to think of all the times I fished around dusk and saw something going through the water and figured it was a beaver or muskrat.

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Comment by James Rickard
on A break from fishing

September 25th 2014 15:11
If Viet Nam and even fighting the Japanese taught us anything, it's that fighting a different mind set is difficult at best. They don't seem to put the same value on human life that we do. Part of me says we have to go slow and steady because of these differences but, another part says blow 'em to Hell and make life safer for the rest of us. And yet, I can't see nations coming together to do something like that. Further, I can already see a big question raised on the news channels within hours of the action--does this make us any better than our foes?

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