San Diego

San Diego, California – March 7-13, 2018 My friends Ben Cantrell (check out his blog here) and Ruoxi Li moved from Illinois to San Diego in mid-2017, and basically left me an open invite to visit. After strategic discussions with Ben in late 2017, we decided on March. It would be a great time for […]

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Mazatlán

Mazatlán, Mexico – October 14-21, 2017 When George Brinkman called me in the middle of summer 2017 to invite me to come down and fish with him in Mazatlán I told him I needed to save money for my planned 2018 Africa trip. By the end of the same phone call, during which George presented […]

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Appalachia and Back Again: A Labor Day Weekend Adventure

Ohio & Central Appalachia – September 1-5, 2017 The forecast for Lake Superior Provincial Park did not excite me: highs around 55 degrees and lots of rain. So, instead of driving 250 miles north into Ontario for a long weekend of solitary camping and hiking in dreary wet weather I started my trip by traveling […]

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Anglins Pier

Florida Revenge Tour

Southern Florida – January 19-28, 2017 I would love to return to many of the places I’ve visited but when selecting vacation destinations I tend to choose places I’ve never been before. This trip was an exception. I’d already fished in the Florida Keys and Everglades in 2011, which resulted in 22 new species to […]

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Lifelist Angling the Peruvian Amazon: An Expedition Report

This article was first published in American Currents, Publication of the North American Native Fishes Association (Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2017). Visit nanfa.org for more information. Amazon River, Peru – August 4-18, 2016 The Amazon. Home to over 5,600 species of fish, the world’s largest river system is a dream destination for many anglers […]

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Botany Bay

Monsters in the Surf

Botany Bay Beach, South Carolina – May, 2012 When the 4am alarm buzzes I feel no temptation to hit snooze. Not on a rare shark fishing day. Joy brews coffee, sizzles bacon and packs lunch while I load fishing gear into our Toyota Corolla. We gobble up our breakfast and hit the road. It’s dark […]

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Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand – April 21 to May 2, 2006 The sights, sounds and smells of Chakapong Road spill into the ground-level breakfast buffet lounge of Sawasdee Khaosan Inn. Humid air, laden with vehicle exhaust. The noise of tuk-tuks, tour buses, honking taxis and the muffled, multilingual exchanges of Thais and tourists crowding the sidewalk. An […]

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My Dinosaur Swamp

Pickerel Slough, Red Wing, Minnesota – July, 2003 Fluffy willow seeds drift like snow through the muggy summer air, alighting atop the chocolate-brown surface of Pickerel Slough. My once-white socks are sopping wet and an accretion of stinky black muck smothers my tennis shoes. Gnats swarm my face as I kneel in the spongy mud […]

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Spring Trout Fever

Hay Creek, Red Wing, Minnesota – April, 2003 The air is chilly but the sun is shining bright in a clear blue sky this early April morning. I toss on a Minnesota Twins cap, slide polarized sunglasses over my prescription glasses and wiggle into my fishing vest, which contains a multitude of pockets holding a […]

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Chasing Flags

Frontenac Pond, Frontenac, Minnesota – January, 1996 From the living room futon I groggily open my eyes and see Dad in the kitchen, making strong coffee under the dim yellow glow of the oven hood light. It is early, and it is dark and cold outside, but we are going ice fishing so I get […]

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