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‚ÄĒ¬† COMMENTARY ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†¬†¬†

To go fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water.

It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. 

And it is discipline in the equality of men ‚ÄĒ for all men are equal before fish.‚Ä̬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ‚ÄĒHerbert Hoover‚ÄĒ
‚ÄĒThe Engineer President, and Avid Fly Fisherman‚ÄĒ

ūüźü¬†Welcome To My Thoughts On Fishing ¬†-¬† Our Planet¬†And Space Travel ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†¬†
President Hoover‚ĶHe was right about fishing‚Ķ ¬† I too like its solitude, it‚Äôs a chance to reason and think things out. ¬†I have been a soloist all my life, I follow my path, in some cases it worked out. ¬†Sometimes landmines‚Ķ I had great coaching from uncles and¬†acquaintances with invented patented products and successful import¬†businesses¬†‚ÄĒ¬† They were not content with mediocrity, they were¬†soloists too, gamblers, futurists and inventors.

I learned to read early, under a blanket with a flashlight so my mother didn’t see  me… somehow my curiosity watching, reading and learning.   And with the help and encouragement of two librarians who kind of adopted me,  I never went to the second and eighth grades, they advanced me and I never made the basketball team but coached it’s strategy and graduated HS at sixteen and two months.

Much of my site encompasses politics and frauds, that's what I do, but my recreation is sacred to me, it’s one of the few things not quite contaminated yet mentally,  but pollution is another story and  I find two kinds of people in this world, those who construct and those who destruct.  

Thats my segway¬†‚ÄĒ¬† Those who contribute and those whose¬†greed runs their world. ¬†We all have to be civil in our lives and not make our world a world of¬†criticism or¬†authoritarianism. ¬†Compare someones¬†ideas with a better solution, ¬†not a denigrating personal attack. ¬†Jeff Bezos said it¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†eloquently ¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†A large percentage of my site encompasses the bad, fishing encompasses the good and is my relaxation from seeing and experiencing the¬†pain and suffering some have contributed to this world. ¬†I apologize if you differ in thinking but then again we are all¬†entitled¬†to think, not all should be¬†entitled¬†to act.


ūüöÄ ¬†Space, the¬†Final¬†Frontier ¬†‚ÄĒ¬† It was best explained by Jeff Bezos on his¬†short exploratory trip to lower earth orbit . ¬†Before leaving for space, Bezos and his crew¬†‚Äú Told each other we love each other," .¬†‚Äú¬†It was a very emotional morning," he said.¬†

Bezos also talked to the crew about his early days with Amazon, founded in 1994, and drew a comparison between that experience and his Blue Origin journey. And he told the crew members he wanted them to understand the importance of the trip.  “ It is like the barnstorming days," Jeff Bezos, referring to the early days of aviation and the innovations that ensued. “ And that eventually leads to the 787."

Bezos also discussed pollution and climate change after his space trip, emphasizing his idea to offload the Earth's industrial production. “ We really have to move heavy industry and polluting industry off Earth," Bezos said.

He said he wants to make “ dirty polluting stuff" like “ chips and microchips" in space, but he added that the timeline might span over multiple decades. “ It won't be done in my lifetime," said Bezos, who is 57 years old. “  We have lots of problems on Earth," he said, specifically pointing to poverty, hunger, climate disasters and pollution. “ We have to work on the here and now and and we have to look to the future."

Last year, Bezos used his vast wealth to launch the Bezos Earth Fund, which focuses on the transition to clean energy and equitable access to healthy air, water, and land.  

After his flight, he announced that he planned to¬†give $100 million each¬†to CNN; contributor; activist; reporter; ¬†fighter for human rights, ¬†Van Jones and chef Jos√© Andr√©s ( My personal hero) to give away to philanthropic causes as they see fit. ¬†¬†"We've never just focused on the present or just focused on the future," Bezos said, reflecting on history and innovation. "If you don't focus on the future, then you don't have explorers.‚ÄĚ

Bezos said that Jones and Andres were free to do "what they want" with the money.  "They can give it all to their own charity," Bezos said at a press conference after his trip to space. "Or they can share the wealth. It is up to them."

The money, Bezos said, was tied to a "surprise" philanthropic initiative he wanted to announce called the Courage and Civility Award.  The award aims to honor those who have "demonstrated courage" and tried to be a unifier in a divisive world, Bezos added.

"We need unifiers and not vilifiers," Bezos said. "We need people who argue hard and act hard for what they believe. But they do that always with civility and never ad hominem attacks. Unfortunately, we live in a world where this is too often not the case. But we do have role models."

Jones, accepting the award, said that "sometimes dreams come true.‚ÄĚ ¬†"You bet on me and I appreciate it," Jones told Bezos, later adding that it was money for him to "give to others who have a similar spirit."

Andr√©s, who has poured his life efforts into feeding those in need around the world, said that the award itself ¬†‚Äú Cannot feed the world on its own.‚ÄĚ ¬† "But," Andr√©s added,¬†‚Äú¬†This is a start of a new chapter for us."

The philanthropic initiative from Bezos comes as he and fellow billionaires such as Richard Branson, the Virgin Galactic investor, face criticism for spending their wealth on space tourism.  Bezos has previously been criticized for not contributing more to philanthropy, but has donated billions of dollars in recent years to causes including climate change and food banks. 

SIDEBAR:¬†¬†¬†Critics have said that the world's richest people should work to improve the conditions for people here on Earth, instead of flying off into space. ¬† Bezos and supporters of the space programs, however, have countered that both are possible. ¬† And have placed more finances than anyone else in projects for the planet which is the people. ¬†So my words to the critics are¬†‚Äú¬†When you stand before God, what have you done for the¬†people‚ÄĚ. The Reptilians offer¬†nothing but blamesmanship.

And most of the critics, nothing but political hacks and sycophants like¬†Johnson¬† Gaertz,¬†Green¬† McCarthy, Jordan and Gohmert, have done nothing but bitch¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†How¬†did¬†these people get elected. ¬†It‚Äô¬†simple they¬†feed the ignorant, ¬†the ignorant want to hear for their own failings, but they vote and the their state gets bupkis. ¬† ¬†( BUPKIS ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†Jewish¬†word¬†meaning¬†‚Äú¬† absolutely nothing‚Ä̬† ¬†used in a sentence.¬†‚Äú How much truth does Donald¬†T-RUMP¬†tell‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄĒ¬† BUPKIS¬†‚ÄĒ¬† The hallmark of the Reptilians who steal and lie more than they contribute ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†¬†usually¬†brought¬†forth¬†in a made up conspiracy of falsehoods, mid-direction and super lies,¬†T-RUMP¬†taught them that, ¬†and he learned it from Hitler ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†¬†He was a good student and the Fourth Reich was born.

Make America Great!


Its time to eliminate trash Reptilian politicians by any means possible ¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†they stood by, made false witness and 614,000 Americans died, thats negligent homocide under T-rump they polluted our waterways and ruined much of our forested land with top removal of coal, phosphorous and other chemicals, ¬†they are killing your kids future because of their greed and selfishness for power. ¬† They are taking away voter rights. ¬†If you don‚Äôt believe this free crainial lobotomies are offered by the¬†Gremky-Freebish¬†Cranial Institute‚Ķ¬† Call today for an immediate appointment.

ūüźü ¬†Back To My World ¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†I should have been labeled the¬†‚Äú Junkmeister‚ÄĚ ‚Ķ ¬†In my later years I had somehow accumulated lots of parts, gadgets, stock and gizmos from stores that went under, almost a garage full and dreaded the day of atonement for my sins when I needed my garage back.¬†¬†It finally¬†happened. ¬†

Many of the gizmos you find in my photo sections from high-speed slide scanners, custom built rigs and DIY gadgets were put together from this stockpile of human failures, scraps and refurbished for the market from my personal junkyard.  

Several of my attempts at building fishing tools and gadgets worked as well, surprising me more than  anyone else.  As good as the more expensive decorator additions sold on the market at least for a beginner such as myself.  I have nothing against retail tackle stores, for those whose wallet supersedes the costs.   I could get lost in them for days, but half the fun of building something is just that.   Using your stuff on hand and being successful with it is the second half.   It’s not about frugal, it’s about challenge and winning.

So this added ¬†site started when I retired and finally¬†cleaned the¬†garage. ¬†Much of this fishing sport is not rocket science, equipment wise, the science and the art that is in fishing is understanding the patterns and processes of your adversary‚Ķthe simplified brain in that fish. ¬†Yes, my favorite dig is ¬†‚Äú Yup, that fish brain sure outsmarted you‚ÄĚ.¬†

The five hundred dollar rod in the hand of a neophyte will not catch more fish than the 49 dollar Ugly stick if the fisherman knows his quarry better.  Ups-manship is well promoted in the tackle industry which parallels the profits on high end gear.

I once compared the lure board where all those 7.99 and 8.99 lures abound in¬†different sizes and colors, to dog food. ¬†Dogs don‚Äôt read and might care less about the box the food comes in, but dog owners do and there is a box for everyone. I learned that one manager of a Pet Store made a tiny hole in the bottom of a box that he was overstocked with and when people walked into his store with their pet, the pet went straight for the display and the smell of the Dog Food box with a invisible hole in it. ¬†Clever, deceiving, probably illegal ¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†but clever...

ūüźü ¬†Less is more‚Ķ simple‚Ķ¬†when you have less you use it more! ¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†

My spare garage, and twenty years of junk netted piles of good working sized steel, Brass, Copper and Aluminum left.  Five miles away was the metals junk yard and found the ORVIS store ten miles away.  I found all my Penn Reels and Rods buried in the garage.  They were like new.  I had put them away with care.  My metal at the junkyard especially brass, aluminum  and copper fittings bought me just enough for a good quality fly rod and reel kit to add with, from ORVIS.  I was back into fly fishing.  With four spinners,  two Fly rods, my Sabiki bait Golf Rod, extra reels I was loaded for bear.

I bought the Orvis 7/8 weight as I live in Tampa Bay and with an abundance of salt-water wade-able bays, shoreline and flats and fruitful Trout, Snook, Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Cobia, Ladyfish, Mackerel, Flounders, Grouper, Snapper, Baby Tarpon and Shark.   Thats for a serious wading game day on the flats.  Sunup by seven and with Florida heat,  lunch and a cold beer at eleven before a heat stroke. A few things will kill you here, sunstroke, drowning,  gators and sharks.  My friends with boats had all kinds of off-shore heavy stuff gear so no need to bring more than one two piece lighter rod and small gear.

I had three boats before I was 35, but too much work. ¬† I gave up on boats, being that they are a hole in the ocean you fill with money. ¬†I had a¬†greater¬†dream ¬†and found out the truth, the sky is bigger than the ocean and that hole is bigger. ¬†I bought my first of four planes ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†¬†

So I did and flew for 32 years… I just swapped trips in my plane, they paid the charter and I went along onboard for the boat fishing.  My plane covered the state pretty quick, and we fished the East coast,            one hour away and Key West,  which is 217 NM direct from Tampa in under two hours.    I drove the flying bus and they paid my share for the charter and hotel.   Had some great trips.

ūüźü ¬†Summer Weather ¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†Don‚Äôt Like The Weather ¬†‚ÄĒ Mother¬†nature is a bitch ¬†‚ÄĒ give her ten minutes and it will change¬†‚ÄĒ¬†¬†Living¬†fifty yards from ¬†garage door, ¬†are the ponds on the golf course‚Ķ For three months It‚Äôs been ultra hot, dry, water¬†levels are down and algae. ¬†Some times a Bass, and small¬†ultra lite fly or spinner fun at times. Amazing how they can live with all the chemicals Golf Courses use.

Then the drought ended ¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†warnings¬†of ¬†a rough¬†Hurricane¬†season which turned drought into fifteen days of horrendous thunderstorms. The lead was¬†‚Äė¬†Hurricane ¬†‚Äú¬†ELSA Update‚ÄĚ ¬†06/08/2021: ¬†Hurricane Tropical Storm Elsa eliminated the dry¬†season¬†an/d now we are into the¬†hurricane¬†season. ¬†Almost two weeks of afternoon summer thunderstorms¬†roaring¬†across the state.

So Far 07/19/2021¬†‚ÄĒ¬† Tampa Bay Has Burned Or Landfilled 1,100 Tons¬†

Of Dead Fish Off The Beaches And Estuaries This Red Tide  --

ūüźü ¬†Red Tide Scourge ‚ÄĒ¬†We were lucky, really lucky, ¬†no one died and not a lot of¬†damage. ¬†No boating, but these tropical storms create wind violence 30-40 mile gusts, tornadoes and enormous amounts of rain and that did not ¬†break up the¬†‚Äú¬†RED TIDE‚ÄĚ ¬†( Some thought it would by turbulence but it backfired‚Ķ)¬†

A patchy bloom of Red Tide organism, in the ocean ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†¬†Karenia¬†brevis,¬†had persisted on the Florida Gulf Coast. Over the past three weeks,¬†K. Brevis¬†was detected in many samples. ¬†Bloom concentrations were observed in ¬† Pasco County, Pinellas County, ¬†Hillsborough County, ¬†Manatee County, and three from Sarasota County.¬†

With rain everyday the soil gets saturated and when the aquifers load up the fertilizer chemicals and only God knows what else people use on their lawns overflow into the ocean.  Instead of the storm breaking the Tide it nourishes it with that great fertilizer.   Florida is basically built on a very porous foundation which is why we have sinkholes, underground rivers and aquifers.   And dead fish showing up on our beaches...

On my golf course, our resident birds, Cranes, Muscovies, Mallard ducks and Fishing Falcons and Hawks tell us the health of the ponds, and they are doing well since we moved a nuisance gator away when he got aggressive.  They are protected and do not harass them, stay away from them.   We had the state handle the nuisance one.  He has a new home. 

Florida has lakes inland streams, and just a few miles away, a beautiful mangrove shoreline with all the best saltwater species in attendance and a fridge with cold beer not too far. A small Yeti is a good idea.

Some of the best bridge fishing in Tampa Bay and the inshore and offshore near Pasco country is excellent trout country on silver mullet colored  L& S Bait company, MirrOlures,  during May, and April.   I live next door to them…Their plant is located two minutes from me by mountain bike, 1/3 mile from their plant. They manufacture some really cool lures,  very creative lure making knowing fish and nature and get results.

ūüźü¬†¬†Safety¬†Reminders ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†

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  • Today it is 93 Degrees and About 77% Humidity. ¬†You will dehydrate just standing still, you need both Hydration and skin protection, fifty is a good start, our sun burns go¬†off the charts, many wind up in the hospital, and will get you to the ER a lot faster than you might think. ¬†

  • Dress for success and that¬†means¬†breathable heat¬†changing¬†clothing, and out on the water the tanning time is half as the water acts like a lid on a pot and burns twice as fast off -shore. The beach is the same, a sun multiplier. ¬†¬†With my recent heart condition, and age ¬†I have to watch things fairly carefully but I am doing well so far. ¬†I am home before twelve.

  • Almost every Captain I know wears long sleeves, wicking shirts, hats with a neck or¬†face¬†protector, polaroid glasses and a water bottle. ¬†I don‚Äôt know too many Captains out there every day who buck the sun‚Ķ They know the damage it can do for you. ¬† All of the fishing stores and shops sell¬†approved wear for the angler, look cool and be cool.

  • Waders that I have are modified with quick releases, ¬†no buckles, even on the flats I have and wear a personal protection life jacket, ¬†fifty nine dollars can save your life‚Ķ¬†does not get in the way and a quick release on my belt with fishing gear with a short hookup to my¬†protection¬†device ¬† if I have to ditch it. ¬†Neither interfere with fishing and they way weather and tides change here in Florida, its important.

  • Warning: ¬†If smart do not wade after the sun heads down, few know that Tampa Bay, Florida is the great birthing area for many specie of sharks who deliver at sundown ¬†in the shallow coastal darkness many frequenting both coastal and¬†intercostal¬†areas. ¬†Especially the beaches. ¬†You name the specie it lives here, some part time, not whites, ¬†but bulls and hammerheads., pointers, white/black tips, nurse,¬†thresher¬†, spinner and others. ¬†Read¬†the¬†regulations¬†again about what you can harvest and what you can‚Äôt. ¬†These laws change so make sure you have a current brochure handy or on your cellphone for your area and harvesting regulations. ¬†The fines are not small ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†¬†

ūüźü¬†Harvesting ¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†¬†Handle game fish carefully and release and let them grow up and reproduce. ¬†¬†I have a cooking session on this site; ¬†I prefer Fresh Grouper, Snapper, Tilapia, Salmon and Tuna cooked in a variety of styles including Fish Tacos‚Ķ I know where to buy and have a fishmonger friend and he has his own boats, I trust him. ¬†All kinds of¬†legal snappers and once in a while some exotic comes along‚Ķ ¬†I do harvest when the rules and regulations permit it for my own consumption. ¬†

But this has been a tough year for me health, age and weather wise, and anyone who does not believe in global warming, mostly idiots and morons of a lower class like Neanderthal or Cro-Magnon,  should consider a lobotomy.  The weather has done as much harm as wars have done...

NOTE:  Round barbless hooks avoiding stainless ( see new Florida regs and suggestions) hooks for saltwater use for easy release and no injury to the fish…

ūüźü¬†Scams¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†Before a new sheriff in agriculture came on the scene, the big signs on the restaurant sidewalks told us of the great¬†catch of¬†the bay today. ¬†

  • ‚Äú¬†Bullsh*t ¬†it was catch of the day somewhere else in the world‚ÄĚ, ¬†either frozen or been on ice. ¬†Today almost nothing in the shrimp or pond grown fish produce is US based. ¬† Shrimp is the¬†Indonesian¬†Peninsula, Eastern China Area, Thailand, and India and If it is cheap we‚Äôll get some from the¬†Klingons and Romulans served with green cheese from the man in the moon.

  • Recently we played mad scientists with some grads from USF, and tested some of the frozen shrimp. ¬†If I repeat the results, I‚Äôll be on the death list from some countries. ¬†Cook¬†thoroughly , some of the illness fellow travelers like¬†‚Äú¬†Sal Monella‚Ä̬†¬†hitch hiked and some like Ms. Listeria don‚Äôt¬†succumb to freezing.

  • ¬†Because prior to COVID-19, ¬†for years the fresh caught fish food industry wasn‚Äôt exactly Kosher at times, a big lie and that, ¬†‚Äú The Fresh from the Bay¬†might be from some bay in Indonesia. ¬†Scallops made from Shark and Skates, fish passed off as¬†something else and you were charged for snapper or grouper, our two most popular table fare beside salmon and tuna.

  • Restaurants were notorious for lying‚ĶIt became a statewide investigation, also¬†helped get rid of a corrupt idiot of an Agricultural¬†Commissioner for Florida and if¬†you go to The Food Court on this site,¬†read about restaurant games here. ¬†I am quite well hated as a food¬†critic,¬†must be because or due to the fact I tell the truth.¬†

ūüźü¬†¬†I Got Into Lure Building Both For My Spinners And Fly Gear ‚ÄĒ¬†

  • I¬†ordered a lot of small items to fill out my return to lure building, a giant part of my site with a couple of fresh approached and Do-It-Yourself ways to save money and increase your stash. ¬†The goal of my site is to give you choices. I enjoy dealing with .
  • Jan‚Äôs Net Craft is¬†excellent for Lure and Rod building, and so is J.Stockards‚Ķspecialists in Fly Fishing‚Ķ and they have excellent tutorials and most of the secrets are really out in the open. ¬†
  • These are also Good¬†Places for the unusual parts¬†‚ÄĒ¬†Where and what to buy if you are fortunate enough to enjoy the¬†personalization building your own. ¬†So I inquired of big names in Fishing Parts that sold retail on line, ¬†plus I do a lot of business with Amazon. ¬†With gas¬†attempting to rise again to the four dollar mark, I see more from Amazon.

ūüźü¬†¬†Over 65¬†‚ÄĒ No License Needed ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†But There are Some Rules ¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†Florida is a great state for older fisherman, sport, catch and release people. ¬†Bonus: ¬†If you are a resident over 65 no permit or license is needed, either for fresh or salt water. ¬†

But you must have Valid Florida ID or if you are a tourist go to the state website and get the tourist card with you.  Certain other collectibles in the water, scallops, etc you might consult the regulations.  

Also some species, you may catch but you cannot retain them, there are many seasonal species. And even over sixty-five you might have to register for certain fish, it’s not a cost to you, its more for the specie watchers who determine the heath of our fish populations.  For example…

ūüźü¬†Artificial Flies¬†‚ÄĒ¬†

Artificial flies are of several types; some imitating an insect (either flying or swimming), others a bait fish or crustacean, others attractors are known to attract fish although they look like nothing in nature.  

And then there is the last group, those that attract fishermen and attach themselves to their credit cards…

I go to¬†auctions and Pawn sites looking for used gear and can safely say,¬†‚Äú No harm came to the fish, the fisherman‚Äôs wallet took a hit‚ÄĚ. ¬†

Flies can be made either to float or sink, and range in size from a few millimeters to 30 cm long; most are between 1 and 5 cm.

Artificial flies are made by fastening hair, fur, feathers, or other materials, both natural and synthetic, onto a hook. The first flies were tied with natural materials, but synthetic materials are now popular and prevalent.  Flies are tied in sizes, colors and patterns to match local terrestrial and aquatic insects, baitfish, or other prey attractive to the target fish species.  And they are available in midge, almost flea size to enormous streamers in salt water.