Sometimes the best part of fishing is when you dont catch anything but get a chance to see a sailboat silhouetted against a blue sky, listen to a birds song, or watch the beauty of a dragonfly as it skims across the water's surface.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!
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.
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.
Here's a link some of you may appreciate. It's for an outfit called Angling International which is based in the UK.
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.
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.
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.