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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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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The Clam Hatch

Santee River, South Carolina – June, 2011 David is tinkering with his boat when I pull into the gravel parking lot at Hills Landing. But we aren’t launching here, just making a stop at the bait shop and restaurant overlooking the canal connecting lakes Marion and Moultrie. We go inside and I can’t help but […]

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The Death March

Mississippi River, Red Wing, Minnesota – August, 2009 “One, two, three.” Joy and I lift the canoe from the roof of our car, flip it right-side-up and carry it down the boat launch to the edge of the water. We load it with gear—rods, tackle box, tent, sleeping bags, cooler, bait bucket, paddles and anchor—then […]

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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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A Mixed Bag

Cannon River, Red Wing, Minnesota – April, 1995 Warm air wafts in through an open window, laden with the year’s first fresh smells of cut grass, the chirping of birds and the cheerful voices of children playing outside. It’s a t-shirt and shorts sort of day and I am buzzing with excitement to head to […]

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