Icy Roads, Blue Water, and Billfish

Tropical jungles and clear waters teaming with billfish were the furthest things from our minds as we fought driving sleet on our drive to Houston. This was not our plan, but Mother Nature had intervened. Every year for the past 6 years, our ManTrip group of twelve has made a fishing trip. These have ranged from […]

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The Duck…er… Deer Hunter

Recently, I wrote about the adventures of two successful young deer hunters. My own experience was not nearly so successful. While growing up, we moved around a lot and I never had the opportunity to go deer hunting. In my defense, I don’t think there are many deer in Chicago, Los Angeles, or Boston. But […]

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Offshore World Championship

The fishing was good this past year, though the weather did play havoc with some of the fishing tournaments. The Vixen team was fortunate to win the spring, Mississippi Gulf Coast Big Game Club’s Jeff Alexander tournament. This qualifies us to fish the Offshore World Championship down in Quepos, Costa Rica next April. Dr. Don […]

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Stupid Laws

First of all let me say, DO NOT move to Kentucky if you enjoy carrying ice cream cones in your back pocket. It’s illegal there. “Why?” you say. Well, evidently unscrupulous ice cream eating horse thieves used to stick a cone in their back pocket in order to lure horses away from their owner. They could then […]

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After 15 years, Ram Powell still producing… fish

Back in September, we headed south on Vixen on an overnight bluewater trip.  After a quick stop to catch bait, we proceeded on to the Ram Powell oil rig where I caught my first yellow fin years ago while fishing aboard the Nancy B with Guy Billups and Jim Lunsford. Roughly 100 miles offshore in 3,200 […]

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Letting Go

One of the toughest parts of being a parent is when it comes time to let go and give our kids their wings. I know it was for us. This post includes a letter that deals with our struggle. It was written to my daughter, Brittany, upon her graduation from high school. April 22, 2012 Brittany, […]

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A Night Lost at Sea

Ever spent the night floating in the ocean far offshore? Trust me, you don’t want to. We’ve all seen movies in which people are cast adrift miles offshore and contemplated the horror. But having actually done it, I can tell you that it’s more horrifying than you can possibly imagine. At least it was for […]

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Fishing for Big Game

Having fished the MS Billfish Classic the first weekend in June, we knew the fishing was likely to be slow and hard as we set out a week later to fish the MS Gulf Coast Big Game Club spring tournament. I like fishing our local club tournaments, particularly this one, dedicated as the Jeff Alexander […]

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A WHALE of a Fishing Story

We’ve encountered huge sunfish, manta rays leaping through the air, and enormous schools of porpoises. But perhaps the most special encounters are with WHALES… That’s right. WHALES. We’ve seen everything from small pilot whales to giant whales – with the huge flukes of their tales spread wide as they sounded. My friends always ask, “What […]

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Treasure Hunting for Black Bart’s Cache

Hunting for treasure is the stuff of dreams for most of us. It certainly was for my daughter, Brittany, when we set out in search of Black Bart’s treasure cache—not the type you might expect. ***[We’re fishing hard this time of year so this week I’m reposting an earlier blog in case you missed it.]*** […]

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