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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After the flack Discovery Channel received following the pseudo-science fare of Megalodon, some sort of crap about purported mermaids, and another screwed up affair concerning a guy getting eaten alive by an anaconda, a fellow by the name of Rich Ross took over as president of the Discovery Channel and promised no more of this made up nonsense.

So, what really happened to all that bogus footage? It's been showing up on Animal Planet under the guise of "Monster Week."

Before people think I've gone over the deep end, Google "Discovery Communications" and you'll see Discovery owns both Animal Planet and another delightful little dittie known as Destination America, the home of another insult to intelligence known as Mountain Monsters.
Since this blog centers on fishing, all I'm going to say about the buffoons on Mountain Monsters is they make me ashamed to have moved back to West Virginia.

On behalf of many former viewers, let me just say, Get it together, Discovery. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what you're doing.



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





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These days it's not uncommon to hear about gun control or outright weapon bans. On the other hand, you don't hear a lot about people wanting to ban fishing tackle. Until now!

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced that fishing tackle will remain on a list of consumer products that may be subjected to a regulatory process that can lead to a ban of items containing lead.

It's pretty hard to pick up tackle these day and not see the warning, "This product contains lead, a chemical known in the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm." Now we know why it's there. (BUT if anyone can explain why the same warning is on plastic lures or brass swivels, I'm all ears.)

bank sinkers
There's no doubt that carelessly used lead is a bad thing. However, despite years of efforts, there still is not a suitable, cost effective alternative. Tungsten often comes to mind but, after losing a few tungsten sinkers, you've probably shot your fishing budget for the month if not the whole season. Concrete, rocks, plastics and even tin are some of the other substitutes. While all of these efforts are commendable, some of the offerings have been, at best, laughable.

U.S anglers can take heart in the fact that, quote, "In 2010, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that lead weights do not pose an unreasonable risk to wildlife and in December last year, President Barack Obama signed a budget bill that prohibits the use of federal dollars to ban lead fishing weights." Personally, I grew up watching TV and I know there's a tree hugging, green blooded Perry Mason somewhere who's going to jump all over the word "unreasonable."

California has been called "the movie capitol of the world" but, it has never been known as a fishing mecca. This observation my be further cemented by a chilling statement in the source for today's blog, "Experts believe regulations that could follow the DTSC’s assessment will be extremely costly and may encourage manufacturers to flee the Californian market."



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A Highly Recommended Link

May 14th 2015 15:48
hadmade fisherman logo
Anglers are often an industrious lot. If you fall into that category, here's a link you'll probably enjoy.

This is a link to Paul Adams's Handmade Fisherman channel on YouTube.

On a personal level, I can say I've learned so much from this channel. Some of the stuff, I already knew but, more importantly, I learned a few things not to do or not to tackle ideas before I have the right equipment or tools. Further more, even if you run across something you're already making, it's always nice to see how somebody else does it. Maybe you'll have your convictions confirmed or you may get another view point.

Most importantly, this guy makes enough projects that his finished products look professionally made as opposed to most of us who make one thing and then get off on another tangent a few weeks later.



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



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Here's an absolutely scathing review of the Ambassadeur 6500S.

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YEP! The Big C

May 7th 2015 15:32
It's been confirmed. A fish caught a few weeks ago from a river in Pennsylvania has tested positive for cancer.

Cancer in animals is not that uncommon. However, the thought of actually eating a contaminated animal is more than most people can handle.

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The topic of fish, fish hooks, and fish pain has been around, seemingly, for ever. Although this blog has made efforts to explore the topic, you have to consider what someone once said--"We're at the top of the food chain." If you buy into the idea that humans are just a higher form of animal, that statement makes even more sense.
pumpkinseed fish

One big reason for all the controversy is that there is simply no definitive study out there. On a personal level, I had hoped this German study would shed some light on the subject but, it mainly states too much we already know. (And why something this old showed up on the Web yesterday is beyond me!) On the other hand, it outlines some of that information in scientific terms.

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More Spybaiting

April 24th 2015 14:40
Not too long ago, this blog mentioned the rise of spybaits in the U.S.

The crew over at Wired2Fish have picked up on the tactic and added their two cents here.

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oar fish
It's not every day you find an Oar Fish. In fact, only five of the sea creatures have washed up in the area where this one was found during the past 150 years with the last one being cited in 1998.

Granted, it looks like someone simply painted a board and made the news but, the crew at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre are pretty hard to fool.

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Overrun by goldfish!

April 10th 2015 19:37
goldfish

A lake in Colorado is nearly bursting its banks after an explosion of goldfish that well meaning pet owners have dumped there!

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A sign of the times

April 9th 2015 14:37
Marianne Huskey

It's finally happened. A female angler has been named Angler of the Year by a major tournament organization--in this case Anglers Insight Marketing or AIM.

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Comment by James Rickard
on Why do I bother?

May 27th 2015 03:55
It's REALLY weird--I was just sitting here, thinking the same thing and then I clicked onto this. WHY??? Loyalty... responsibility to readers?? I don't know. It certainly isn't the money!!!!!

I can't figure it tho-- my MODIFY button came back but I still can't see ads on your blog when I use Firefox.

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Comment by James Rickard
on No more bullsh*t? It just got moved.

May 26th 2015 18:19
And it's WARM here...That difference between the hemispheres was really driven home a few years ago when I watched an Aussie film, Black Water, and the students had Christmas vacation in summer!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Quick Hits, May 15, 2015

May 15th 2015 16:52
On the topic of Deflate-gate--do I think Belichick is a cheater? I certainly do but, I also think there have been cheaters since the inception of the NFL. Further more, I firmly believe there are other cheaters out there. I just don't think Belichick is very good at it.

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Comment by James Rickard
on 鴛鴦

May 13th 2015 04:48
Goes to show Orble doesn't even know what's going on!

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I still can't get over this. The only thing I can say is this will show you what NOT to get!

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Comment by James Rickard
on YEP! The Big C

May 8th 2015 02:22
Thanks katyzzz. There are so many things you hear about and then, it just fizzles out. I was amazed to find a follow-up to this story,

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Despite all the pious and self-righteous tones, these Religious Right fanatics are the same ones who say, "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." And then they pull the trigger!

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Comment by James Rickard
on Rare Oar Fish washes up in New Zealand

April 19th 2015 03:47
Ever notice that if a rare fish "washes up" it's cool but if a ball player is "washed up" it's a bad thing?

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Comment by James Rickard
on A sign of the times

April 15th 2015 14:27
Better luck next year! *LOL*

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Comment by James Rickard
on Overrun by goldfish!

April 13th 2015 03:57
Strange you're saying that. I was just talking to my mom today and her cat will NOT eat fish. Go figure-and I had them all ready to go!!!

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