March 22, 2015


Take it easy big fellas, no, I did not find any morels along Route 394 in Chicago's south suburbs. Though I have it on good authority that they are there.


I'll get back to morels.


The racket of robins erupted all around as Lady and I set off before dawn. Beneath their...

March 19, 2015

Many of us have similar stories when it comes to the memory of that first bass that hooked us on fishing or that special place that we went to that triggered our fishing evolution. These events were the trigger that caused a mutation in our bodies to obsess over weathe...

March 19, 2015


I expected both old clay pits to be open by this morning, but the south pit was still more than half frozen.


Why? How? I whine, therefore I am.


Yes, the photo looks drab. The end of winter is drab.




I stretched out an extended ramble because I thought it w...

March 18, 2015



Lots and lots of preparation takes place when travelling to exotic destinations.  For my upcoming trip to Suriname I probably have repacked at least 10 times.  The first item was to find an adequate means of transporting about 8 rods.  Many airlines have limitations...

March 18, 2015

STRAY CAST: Kris Bryant is like that kid who makes his dad take him along on dad’s get-away fishing trip.


(This site and our outdoors media company are named for the Stray Cast, which...

March 18, 2015

The first duck since the ice came whistled off near dawn. I think it was a wood duck by the sound of it--I could not see it in the half light--when it flew off the the east side of the north old clay pit.

 Wood ducks are one of my favorite birds. In part because the mal...

March 15, 2015

The ice on the town pond turned gray over the last day, punk ice.


Naturally, at least for me, it took me to the classic life and death question posed by Clint Eastwood in ``Dirty Harry'': `` `Do I feel lucky?' Well, do you punk?''

In the case of punk ice, I think the qu...

March 14, 2015

New for 2015, Shimano has come out with the ALDEBARAN casting reel. This reel weighs a mere 4.7 ounces which makes it the lightest in its class. The small palming body makes it perfect for bass guys to pitch and flip. It comes with a gear ratio of 6:5:1 and has 9 + 1 b...

March 14, 2015

A wall of avian sound--cooing of mourning doves in all idrections, robins from trees and lawns, blackbirds and grackles in trees and flights by the dozen overhead, a few Canada geese cackling in the distance--washed around me and Lady, our family's mutt, as we rambled...

March 13, 2015

STURGEON BAY, Wis.--With nearly a week to think about it and with two days of smoking whitefish

under my belt, here are a few things I learned about handling whitefish rom Green Bay, from the

depths to the smoker.

Before people start calling, that is a photo taken on Day...

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