Gary Graham's Blog

Critter Control
Spend much time is Baja around the water and you are sure to encounter a few critters ... things that sting and bite. Although not life threatening, many of them are threatening enough to make you realize that to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Jellyfish can be found on both sides of Baja – along the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, on the beaches and in the water. The most prevalent of the jellyfish are the small ones called aguamalas by the locals.

THE MOST PREVALENT of the jellyfish are the small ones called aguamalas by the locals.

Harmless enough looking, these small critters can put a big hurt on anyone who comes in contact with them, either in the water or even on the beach. Purplish in color, they can usually be spotted along the high tide line.

People often make the mistake of riding their ATVs along that high tide line, unaware that the dead jellyfish can get caught in the treads of the tires and get flung onto both driver and passenger, resulting in nasty stings.

Recently an angler on a hot Baja afternoon jumped off his charter boat onto the pier, and then off the pier into the clear, blue water -- right into a school of jellyfish drifting on the surface.

His howls of pain pierced the throaty rumble of the diesel engines of the boats. Writhing in pain the young man screamed to a Mexican kid standing on the pier. "Do something!" He shouted as he pointed at a red can of gasoline, “Pour some of that on my arms!” Only to scream even louder as the eager-to-please Mexican kid did as directed. While the poor guy was miserable … I suppose he would have been even less thrilled if the kid had used the local remedy and peed on his welts, or maybe not.

The best solution for jellyfish stings and almost any creature that stings or bites has been Benadryl spray, gel, cream and/or tablets in that order. Get spray or gel on immediately, and take at least 2 Benydryl tablets if you are an adult.

Stingrays tend to be more prevalent on the Sea of Cortez side of Baja. Brown or tan, they tend to blend in with flat sandy bottoms and usually hang out in groups. They are sometimes buried in sand. In calm water, just a little bit deeper, they can be found lying still on the bottom.

THEY ARE SOMETIMES buried in sand. In calm water, just a little bit deeper, they can be found lying still on the bottom

With barbed spines near the base of their long whip-like tails, stingrays are capable of inflicting wounds on whatever part of the 'target' they strike. Since most people surprise stingrays with their feet, foot injuries are the most common.

Since most waders shuffle their feet when walking forward in the water, stingrays will do their best to get out of the way. If stung, however, venom enters the bloodstream and the pain is sharp and immediate.

In all my years of hanging out on Baja beaches, I have had only one "stingray incident" where I was stung. Sam Talarico, an outdoor photographer from New York, Don Sloan, a friend from Montana, and I were in the middle of a photo shoot on a Baja beach.

I was shooting underwater shots of a small roosterfish while Sloan guided the fish in front of my camera lens. Not paying any attention to where I stepped, I felt something squirm as I took a step, followed by a sharp pain shooting up from my foot.

I knew exactly where I kept my Benadryl spray in my ATV gear bag and I also knew I could get to it quicker than either of my companions. Only after I was at the bike smearing gel over my heel did I turn and explain that I had been stung.

I sat in the shade of a palm palapa for a few minutes waiting for the pain to subside but soon decided to leave the other two to finish the shoot. Although it was only a couple of miles back to Rancho Deluxe, I don’t even remember the ride back. As I clamored up the few stairs to our porch, Yvonne met me with a puzzled look on her face. Neither of us had encountered this creature before, so insisting I lie down with a cold compress, she sat down at the computer and googled stingrays.

A few minutes later she was back at my side with a couple of Benedryl tablets and directions for me to soak my foot in a pan of hot, hot water. Within an hour or so, that did the trick and I headed back down the beach to find the photo shoot.

There are Sharks in Baja waters, of course. However, in all the years I've been fishing, I've only seen one near the beach and I was standing on dry land and considered myself pretty safe.

Snakes. The captains offshore talk about sea snakes, and I have seen a few of what I assume were snakes in the water, but, they quickly swam away … long before they were close enough for me to film or get a good look at

Then there are the fish bones, dead puffer fish, shells and sticks that litter the beaches in some areas … Be Aware! Not exactly critters, they can cause pain as well.

Benadryl spray, gel, cream and tablets mentioned above are worth carrying in your First Aid kit for any of these emergencies. We have found them to be invaluable when critters collide with people.

Cousins Surf Fishing Round-Up

Pier anglers hooked and lost several 30- to 40-pound yellowtail
The fall bite on barred perch may be underway reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. The perch are starting to show in good numbers at East Beach, Carpenteria, Gaviota and Goleta. The fish have been running from 1 to 1¾ pounds. Gulp! Sandworms in bloody or camo are hard to beat fished Carolina style. There is still a mix of short and legal halibut and short and legal white seabass off Graveyards Goleta and Campus Point. Lucky Craft Flash Minnows in grunion and smelt patterns have been working well.

MALIBU — There have been some rumors of bigger perch starting to bite off Oxnard and Ventura beaches reported Ginny at Wylie’s. The first Uptown Perch Derby will take place on Saturday. This should give us a good idea of where the perch bite is. The reef bite has been the best bet locally. Anglers soaking squid have been scoring a mix of cabazon, grass rockfish, calico bass and sargo. There are still plenty of corbina around but they are off the bite. What few halibut that have been caught have been shorts. Lots of bonito splashing around the pier.

REDONDO BEACH — The guys willing to make some casts with the hard jerkbaits are catching a few legal halibut and the occasional striped bass reported Pete at Just Fishing. Two stripers in the 6- to 12-pound class were reported taken off Torrance Beach. Hermosa has also been kicking out some fish. Anchovy pattern Flash Minnows have been hot. Lots of bonito in the harbor and off the pier. Krocodiles and splasher rigs with green and white feathers have been working best.

SEAL BEACH — The calico bass bite has been good off the harbor jetties reported Jimmy at Big Fish. The fish are suspending off the base of the jetties and taking bloodworms. Heavier string is recommended in the rocks as some fish are pushing 4 pounds. There have also been some quality cabazon in the mix despite the water temperature. No halibut were reported this week. There are still lots of corbina but few biters. The bonito have been biting like gangbusters off the Seal Beach Pier.

COSTA MESA — Some legal white seabass have been taking the hard jerk baits off the Balboa Penninsula reported Ketchum Tackle. Dick Devil from Santa Ana checked in a 20 pound fish taken between the piers. A yellowtail was also reported taken out of Newport Harbor. The pier regulars reported hooking and losing several yellowtail in the 30 to 40 pound class.

DANA POINT — Bloodworms have made up for the lack of crabs reported Ivan at Hogan’s. The croaker bite has been excellent in the harbor and off the Doheny jetty. Anglers are reporting a mix of yellowfin and spotfin with the occasional sargo or sand bass. Some of the spots have been pushing 5 pounds. The corbina bite has been tough. There are plenty of fish but no biters. A few fish have been hooked on cured ghost shrimp. The night bite for leopards and rays has been good at Doheny.

OCEANSIDE — The croaker bite continues to shine reported Walt from Pacific Coast. Anglers are reporting multi-fish days on a mix of yellowfin and spotfin. The lagoons are a bit warm so the beach and jetties have been best. Bloodworms have been the best bait. The corbina bite has stalled with few crabs to be found. There are not enough crabs to hold the fish. The yellowtail bite on the Oceanside pier continues strong. Most of the fish are firecrackers but there have also been a few tankers in the mix. A sierra was rumored to be taken off the pier.

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

Merit McCrea's Blog

The deal of the century
Fall is the absolute best time of the year for offshore fishing. The bite is on and there are lots of openings in the charter fleet.

As summer crowds wind down the offshore bite continues to ramp up, the local waters, warmed from the summer sun, continue to warm well into fall. It’s a lot of thermal mass, and it takes lots of time to heat, and once warm, temps continue to ramp up, even though the daily heat input diminishes.

Surprise, suprise! The warm water bite is best in the fall, and actually oceanographic drivers make winter waters warm. It’s not till spring, say March when the oceanic chill sets in. March, April and May are the cold months. And June is not to warm really either. This is what creates SoCal’s famous “June Gloom.” But I digress...

In the sport fleet, open party trips may seem crowded still, in the fall. This is only because folks get concentrated on certain days and boats. Everyone wants to go Saturday, Bigger landings only book each run one boat at a time. Smaller landings may limit their offerings.

But often those weekday open-party trips will leave the dock with only a few folks on board, a wash for the boat owner, but still a day’s work for the crew. Everybody in this industry loves to fish, so they go. Boat owners like to keep their crews in work, even if it doesn’t due much for the bottom line.

There are a number of boats that sit at the dock during the week, while the bite is Richtoring full-tilt offshore. It’s a regular, perennial fall occurrence. Some boats run commercial trips. Fall legends, stories of glory, gallantry and barley-survived-it jackass stupidity, are woven into the fabric of sportfishing history.

But by far the best opportunity out there, is, as always with such things, often overlooked. Weekday charter ops are there for the taking. Boat owners and crews are standing by on a fleet of 50- to 70-foot charter boats, all up and down the coast, watching the landing’s ¾-day and ½-day boats sail. Once caught up on the Summer’s missing sleep, they would love to be out on the water, rather than scrubbing bird poop and oiling rails.

For natural-born leader and organizer types, and the folks on their charter master’s list, it can be a windfall. A last minute weekday charter can be had for week-day off-season price. And the fishing is oh, so much more than sculpin, whitefish and cods at this time of year, especially this year.

If that is you, if you have already completed the season’s charters, booking that one-more-trip, can easily be the most memorable and exciting trip of your charter season. It’s “Let’s Make a Deal” time if you can get a group together for a last minute, fall weekday charter.

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Merit McCrea is saltwater editor for Western Outdoor News. A veteran Southern California partyboat captain, he also works as a marine research scientist with the Love Lab at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute. He can be reached at:

Maximus heading to P.V.

SAN DIEGO — Even though we are just now coming into one of the best fall offshore seasons of the century, the Maximus has an appointment with destiny. Already the big fish are biting out of Puerto Vallarta, where destiny lay. Western Outdoor New will be there too, with our sponsored trip in April.

This summer season was a complete success said Owner and skipper, Capt. Keith Dennet. In previous seasons Dennet has docked the boat for the summer, but this last one, he brought her up to San Diego. There she not only was re-fitted with a brand new sonar, tuna tubes for baiting the cows in Mexico and a complete refinishing, but ran a full summer offshore season from Fisherman’s Landing.

MAXIMUS CREW HAULS aboard a nice yellowfin, well over the 200-pound mark for Steve Worabel of Bishop, far right.

Her P.V. season begins Oct. 28 and runs to May 5, 2016. In June she will be back on-line at Fisherman’s. Dennet hopes to start her California season with tanker seabass fishing and huge halibut that move into local waters along the coast, and yellows at the islands. Hopefully, the big blues will not be far behind. This season’s abundant 40s and 50s should weigh in at over 100 pounds.

Down in P.V. the yellowfin tuna bite has already begun, and there are two distinct grades of fish on the chew right now, said Capt. Keith. The cows are already present, with good numbers of fish from 150 pounds on up into the mid 200s. Plus, there were bunches of 80- to 130-pound fish currently biting as well.

The fish were showing up top, and effective baits included both caballitos (bigeye scad) and squid, (Humboldt). In addition, Dennet was hearing about good numbers of both black and blue marlin, dorado to 60 pounds and wahoo too.

The boat specializes in fly-in, fly-out fishing for the big cows, and all the right terminal tackle is available. Rod and reel use is part of the package, all the right stuff in show room shape. Trip lengths range from 2.5 to 6.5 days. Though his season was pretty fully booked, he held aside 3 open party opportunities and said often there is a spot or two that open up on charters.

Plus, we at WON have a sponsored 3.5-dayer scheduled for April 17 to 21. This season the boat has all new 100- and 130-pound class gear – 15 sets of each. The 100s are custom Seeker 2x4s paired with Accurate ATD 30s. The bigger setups are Seeker’s new 6463 4x with Salty Dog grips and paired with Accurate ATD 50s. Anglers need only get themselves to the dock at Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta, adjacent to the yacht club.

For anglers wanting to join us on our sponsored trip, contact Ben Babbitt at (949) 366-0726. The cost of the 3.5 dayer is $1,540 and includes everything but tip and extra terminal tackle. There will be 12 anglers on the 65 footer.

CHRIS HENDRICSON OF San Clemente didn’t have the largest tuna on last season’s WON sponsored Maximus trip. It taped out to just under the 300-pound Super Cow mark. Capt. Keith at right.

Bob Vanian's 976-Bite Hot Bite

Tuna, dorado, wahoo ... even blue marlin!
The past week of offshore fishing saw continued great fishing going on for a mix of yellowfin tuna, dorado, skipjack, yellowtail, striped marlin, blue marlin, and wahoo. The only negative to report has been some sloppy weather which has discouraged some Skippers from fishing the yellowfin tuna that were biting out at the Cortes Bank and from fishing the striped marlin bite that provided excellent fishing last weekend for boats fishing the back side of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands.

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The hot bite areas for yellowfin tuna have ranged from the 14 Mile Bank in the Catalina Channel on down to the offshore banks outside of and below the Coronado Islands. The current good bite areas are the 14 Mile Bank, the 267 Spot, the end of the Steamer Lane below the 14 Mile Bank, the 277 Spot, the end of the Ridge below the 182 Spot, the 224 Spot, the 302 Spot, the 371 Bank and the Upper Hidden Bank. Wahoo have been popping up in some of the same areas as the good tuna fishing is being found and also within the area 4 to 12 miles off the stretch of coast between Dana Point and Solana Beach, the 9 Mile Bank, the Coronado Canyon, the 425 Bank and the 500 fathom curve outside of and below the Coronado Islands.

The yellowfin tuna have been ranging in size from 4 to 35 pounds with most being the football sized 5- to 12-pound fish. The dorado have been mixed size fish that have ranged from small throwback sized fish on up to 35 pound bulls. Most of the yellowtail have been falling within the 1 to 8 pound range. The wahoo have ranged in size from 25 to 80 pounds.

The yellowfin tuna have mostly been biting from kelp paddies with an occasional trolling strike, sonar mark or spot of working birds leading to action as well. Once tuna are located, productive baits and lures have been anchovies, sardines, Megabait style iron, Shimano Flat Fall iron, Shimano Colt Sniper iron and popper jigs. The best chance for a troll fish has been using cedar plugs, Rapalas, Halcos and assorted feathers.

When using anchovies, it has been best to drop down to using 15- and 20-pound test live bait outfits and fluorocarbon leaders. Using a small sinker and a size 2 or 4 hook has also been a good way to go when using anchovies for bait.

It has been great to have wahoo around and they have been a highlight fish for those fortunate enough to catch one or more. Captain Andy Papworth of the 6 pack charter yacht Prime Time with Prime Time Sportfishing reported about a crew trip that they made on Monday to specifically target wahoo and blue marlin. They did not have any luck with the blue marlin but caught as many wahoo as any boat I know of in a single day this season in putting together a catch of 5 wahoo, 13 yellowfin tuna and 8 dorado. Two of the wahoo came from open water trolling strikes and 3 were associated with 3 different kelp paddies. Four of the wahoo were troll fish and the fifth was caught on a Colt Sniper iron jig that was tied to monofilament line. The fish miraculously got hooked in the tip of the mouth and avoided having the mono come in contact with the wahoo's razor like teeth.

Papworth said that 4 of the wahoo were similarly sized at 55 pounds and that the one that was caught on the Colt Sniper jig was a 25 pound fish. The Prime Time has caught 6 wahoo this season with a 71.4 pound wahoo also within their catch on Saturday. They have had their wahoo action in scattered locations while fishing around and below the 425 Bank.

Captain Jason Reese of the 6 pack charter yacht Hi-Count with Point Loma Sportfishing has caught 5 wahoo so far this season with 4 of them coming on Saturday's 3/4 day trip where they fished the area of the 425 Bank and below. The four they caught on Saturday weighed 35, 40, 50 and 60 pounds.

Reese reported getting a single jig strike on a Marauder for the first wahoo of the day and when they put the Marauders back out and resumed trolling it did not take long to get a double wahoo trolling strike. They got one of the two out of the double and lost one when it came up out of the water and shook and was able to create some slack in the line and throw the jig. Reese continued to work the same area where they got the double jig strike and before long they got another double on the troll and were able to boat those to fish to end up with a catch of 4 wahoo and 12 dorado for their 3/4 day trip.

Private boater Jason Beyer reported fishing outside of North Island on Monday morning and catching a 55 pound wahoo on a orange tiger striped color pattern Marauder. He worked the same area and hooked a second wahoo in the afternoon that unfortunately came unbuttoned when it swam straight toward the boat well into the fight. Beyer felt that if he had kept the boat moving ahead at 1 to 2 knots of speed it might have prevented the loss of the second fish. Their excitement for the day was not over as they saw a 400 pound blue marlin as they were going over the 9 Mile Bank. They had a Mean Joe Green marlin jig in their trolling pattern but the marlin did not bite.

Captain Joe Cacciola of the Sea Star with Sea Star Sportfishing reported about fishing an offshore 3/4 day trip on Thursday. He reported fishing his way to the 209 Spot from Oceanside but finding nothing but empty kelp paddies. The fish were reported to be biting well for boats fishing between the 267 Spot and the 14 Mile Bank so Cacciola continued to fish his way up the line. He finally found a productive kelp paddie while 2 miles southwest of the 267 Spot and it paid off with a good bite on a mix of yellowfin tuna, skipjack and yellowtail. They had one stop shopping from the kelp paddie and caught 50 yellowfin tuna, 35 yellowtail and 7 skipjack. The water temperature was running 75 to 76 degrees and they had nice bait to work with in a mix of 3 to 5 inch sardines and small mackerel that were mixed with a few pinhead sized anchovies and sardines.

Striped marlin fishing was very good over the weekend for boats fishing the stretch between Yellow Banks on the back side of Santa Cruz Island to the Flats area on the back side of Santa Rosa Island. The Flats area off the back side of Santa Rosa was the best over the weekend with lots of striped marlin found biting around spots of breezing mackerel. One boat was reported to have had 14 releases over the weekend and another had 8 releases on Sunday. The weather has been rough up this way during the week with most Skippers choosing to wait until the weather improves before fishing the area.

Blue marlin have made up a lot of the news of the week of fishing with what I am estimating to be 2 to 3 blue marlin being caught or caught and released most every day during the week. The blue marlin are often encountered in the same areas where tuna are biting with the 14 Mile Bank, the Steamer Lane outside of the 14 Mile Bank, the 267 Spot, 209 Spot, 9 Mile Bank, the Coronado Canyon, the area out the west of North Island, the 302 Spot and 371 Bank being areas where blue marlin encounters are regularly being reported.

Most of the blue marlin are being caught on the troll and the Mean Joe Green color seems to be getting a good percentage of the bites. On Thursday two blue marlin were also caught on bait. One was caught by a Skipper who was fishing solo for yellowfin tuna and was in a tuna stop between the 14 Mile Bank and the 267 Spot. The tuna suddenly balled up under the boat and a moment later a big blue marlin swam by. The Skipper quickly hooked a freshly caught dead yellowfin tuna and dropped it in the water and was able to hook and land the big blue marlin. He fought the fish for a few hours solo and then at least one boat in the area put someone aboard to lend a helping hand in gaffing and boating the fish.

The second baitfish blue marlin caught on Thursday was caught on a Spanish mackerel that was dropped back behind the boat when a blue marlin appeared behind one of the trolling jigs. This fish was hooked while fishing a couple of miles below and inside of the 302 Spot and it was the second blue marlin that they had released that same day. Earlier in the day they had caught and released a blue marlin while fishing off North Island on a course from the lower end of the 9 Mile Bank to the 302 Spot. That fish bit on a Mexican Flag color marlin jig. Blue marlin are so rare in our waters that I doubt that any boat has ever had a 2 fish blue marlin release day while fishing local offshore waters out of a Southern California harbor prior to this catch on Thursday. I am not 100% sure of the name of the boat but I believe the boat that caught and released the 2 blue marlin on Thursday was the Pen Island.

Another likely blue marlin first ever off the Southern California coast was the catch of a blue marlin on Tuesday by an angler that was fishing solo. This fish was caught just inside of the 209 Spot and was estimated to be around 350 pounds.

Bill Holmes of the Our Toy was out fishing on Sunday with Chris Lapham aboard Lapham's boat Snooper and reported catching a 394 pound blue marlin while fishing outside of the lower end of the 9 Mile Bank. The amazing thing about this catch was that it was made in 1.5 hours on 30 pound test line. The fish bit on one of Lapham's custom homemade jigs and was caught in an area where there was a lot of life in the way of birds, bait, porpoise and whales. Lapham had a fantastic weekend of fishing in also having caught 2 wahoo on Saturday while fishing the region of the 182 Spot and the lower end of the 9 Mile Bank.

The spectacular 2015 fishing season continues to amaze! I hope you have a chance to get out fishing and participate in the fun.

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It is my goal to provide you timely and accurate information in these reports containing news from right off the water. If you require more details that include the specific location of where catches have been made, I refer you to the daily Member’s Reports at . Those Member’s Reports contain additional specifics that include latitude and longitude coordinates and other descriptive references about where and how fish are being caught. Make the most efficient use of your precious time on the water with the use of timely and accurate information.

Jonathan Roldan's Blog

Don’t be afraid to not catch fish
“How can I be a better fisherman?”

I get asked all the time. What’s the secret? What do I need to do? How can I catch more fish?

The obvious answer of course is, “Go fishing!”

The more the better. You won’t get better watching fishing shows at 6 a.m. sitting on your living room couch with a bear claw, cup of coffee and your bathroom slippers. Like anything else. Put in the time.

Of course, everyone wants to catch fish. I’ve been fishing all my life and probably fish more in a year than most anglers will fish in a lifetime. I’ve run a fishing operation for 20 years.

And I still have so much to learn! There is not a day on the water that I don’t learn something new.

I consider myself more than above-average-for a fishermen. Just a tetch. On a good day. And some days are better than others.

However, the fish has a brain the size of the tip of my finger. With all my fancy gadgets, hi-tech wizardry and supposedly big evolved-brain (my wife laughs!) the fish usually get the better of me.

The day that every cast to every kind of fish,produces a strike,every time. And it happens all the time in any waters or conditions, is the day I will know I’ve mastered the art.

That’s not likely to happen.

But, that’s what makes fishing fun. There are so many variables that go into making that fish open it’s mouth. And there’s a completely different art to getting the fish to the boat once he’s on the hook, too!

It’s actually the guy who tells me he’s “hardcore” and acts like he knows everything that gets me the most nervous. They are usually in for the biggest let-down if the fishing isn’t up-to-par. And also the biggest subsequent meltdown and tantrum-thrower as well.

Obviously, it’s never HIS fault. Plenty of blame. It’s the bad captain. The bad outfitter. Bad boat. Bad moon. Bad bait. Never just “bad luck.”

Look. Everyone wants to catch fish. That’s the whole point. That’s why we go on these vacations. To catch fish.

But, if you want to get better…if you want to take it to the next level…if you really want to be the guy they say, “Man, that dude (or gal) is the hot stick…”

Step outside the box.

Sure, you can do what everyone else is doing. And you’ll catch fish. And you might get better at however it is everyone else is catching fish. But, to get really better, take a chance.

Okay. Catch a fish or two. Then do something different. If the bite is wide open is a perfect time to try something different.

If everyone is using bait…heck…anyone can catch fish on a live bait. Try switching to iron. Or a a rubber swim bait. Or a top-water popper. Something that no one else is using. Or that you have never tried before.

You would be surprised how often the guy trying something different gets the biggest fish. Ask guys who throw iron!

Go to lighter tackle. Or, walk on the wild side and whip out a flyrod or really hit the edge and use fresh water gear like a bass rod, spinning rod, flipping stick or noodle rod.

Or ask your captain or guide to fish for a fish species that no one else is catching. What’s the worse that can happen?

You may NOT get it right the first time. But, you have to take the chance.

Don’t be afraid of NOT catching a fish.

Whatever you’re doing might not work. Throwing iron or a lure for the first time, might feel awkward and dangit, you hate those time-wasting backlashes. You might feel weird being the only one not hooting or hollering like the other amigos who are bent on fish. They might look at you like you’re a kook.

But resist the temptation. Keep at it. If something isn’t working, tie on something else.

If everyone is fishing the surface, go deep. If everyone is deep, try something on top. Work that water column. Different fish feed at different depths! Everyone using blue and white lures? Drop down the pink lure for grins and giggles.

I had a friend who was a dynamite rock guitarist. He played with Sammy Hagar and some big stars at Cabo Wabo in Cabo San Lucas. He was quite the star down here.

But, he told me he never got better until he tried a little country, a little jazz, learned some blue, dabbled in finger-playing on an acoustic guitar.

He said it was hard at first sounding like a cherry newbie. But, it made him a better guitarist and a better musician. It gave him new perspectives and appreciation. It also got him more gigs because he was now more versatile.

Fishing can be like that too.

Don’t be afraid of the sour notes. Don’t be afraid to not get bent. Don’t be afraid to grab something different out’ve your tackle box and open up all kinds of new possibilities.

You’ll get better. Guarantee it.

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