Hotdogs, Hamburgers, and Hatch Charts

Hatch ChartMy wife and I are getting ready to take a trip north for a little camping and trout fishing, and a big part of the preparation is picking a location, pouring over maps, and gathering all the equipment.  Not the least of which is all the flies I expect to be needing.  But which ones should I be tying (or buying in some cases)?

We get this question all the time while standing behind the counter and unfortunately for us and the customer, there's no real simple answer?  "What are you fishing for?"  "Where are you going?"  "What time of year?"  We go through a whole list of questions and in the end might not even have the right answer because there are too many variables to consider.  Why is it so complicated in some cases?

The best way I've been able to explain it to anyone is like this.  Imagine you lived inside one square block for your entire life and over that time the only food you saw and consumed were hotdogs in January, hamburgers in February, hotdogs in March, hamburgers in April, and so on.  Would you know and trust that a pizza was edible if one showed up on some random day in September?  Of course not!  It might look interesting but by this time you've developed an instinct that hotdogs and hamburgers are food.  Therefore you might not be willing to trust your life to testing something different.

Well, fish in a small section of river see food in the same manner albeit on a slightly more complicated scale.  They've learned that the bugs inhabiting their world are food, and that those bugs transition through different life stages (nymph, emerger, dun, spinner, spent spinner) at specific times of the year or under certain conditions.  They instinctively know that an olive-colored adult Caddis shouldn't be on the water's surface at the same time as a Sulphur Spinner.  So guess what.  You better get the fly right, or at least in the same ball park if you expect to catch a trout sitting behind that rock in the middle of the Nantahala River.  Add in some small fish, terrestrials, other miscellaneous edible morsels and you've created a pretty complex menu.

Hatch charts like the one pictured are in effect a trout's menu for the year, identifying the bug species and color along with the corresponding fly pattern and size to remove some of the guesswork.  Various websites and books publish these charts to help us pack our boxes and stock our fly tying tables with things that might actually work rather than having to go through years of trial and error experimentation.  They can be an effective "guide" to what fish might be eating at a particular time of year and are indispensable when planning a trip into trout waters.  Saltwater anglers can create similar things but we're only dealing with fish and crustaceans for the most part.  You also have to consider that any fish smaller than the one looking for a meal could be considered food.  Hatch charts can go a long way towards ensuring a successful outing to an area you aren't familiar with.

So, the next time you're heading into a new region, consult with a local fly shop and browse through a few hatch charts before you spend hundreds of dollars and countless hours stocking your fly boxes.  That way you'll be well stocked with whatever's on the menu, whether it's hotdogs, hamburgers, or maybe even pizza.. 

Brian "Beastman" Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando


A Whole Different Kettle Of Fish

Brian"s HybridFishing in Florida can be quite a challenge regardless of how many fish we say inhabit the waters surrounding the state.  Everyone knows they don't have to eat on anyone's schedule other than their own so catching them may not be as simple as finding them.

One challenge I never quite took into account when moving down here was identifying the shear variety of fish in both fresh and saltwater.  There are dozens of species to catch with regularity and hundreds of others you just might luck into at one point or another, and just about every one of them has teeth or stickers that will bite, jab, or otherwise harm you if you don't know how to handle it.  But besides knowing which ones can do you harm, identifying which ones to keep for food purposes can be equally as difficult.

I erroneously identified the fish to the right as a Striped Bass whereas more properly it is a Hybrid Striper or Sunshine Bass (man-engineered Striper/White Bass cross).  A good friend of mine and fish authority corrected my error and gave me a few other tips on how to better identify the difference.  Thankfully, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission knows that it would be a common mistake and therefore sets the size and bag limits accordingly.  And that's the whole point of this article.  We need to know what kind of fish we're catching so that we know and can apply the fishing regulations accordingly.  Not doing so can adversely affect the fish population and possibly your pocket when you get caught.

I once caught a legal size Spanish Mackerel while fishing the beach in Marco Island, which I offered to a couple fishermen I'd seen rigging for sharks on the evening tide.  They graciously accepted the fish but were puzzled by its appearance.  "We caught a Spanish yesterday and used it for bait, but it didn't look like this.  Ours was kind of silvery, had lots of spots, a yellow mouth and a couple nasty fangs on the top and bottom jaw."  These gentlemen had caught, mistakenly identified, and then used for bait, a Spotted Seatrout which has a different size and possession limit than the Spanish I gave them.  We talked about their mistake and I suggested that they take a look at the book on Florida Saltwater Fish Species before using anything else for bait.

But it isn't just the saltwater fish we need to worry about.  The fresh are just as difficult with the original native species and then all the exotics that have invaded the waters over the years.  It can be a real trick if you don't do a little studying before hitting the water.  There are more than a half dozen fish grouped into the "Panfish" family alone, and numerous subspecies of bass to worry about depending on your location. 

All fishermen need to learn their species before hitting the water in order to avoid hefty fines as well as potential injury.  Pinfish earned their name for a reason and knowing the difference between a bluefish and mullet can save a bunch of stitches.  Being able to identify a mutton snapper and a red snapper will help to avoid large hits to your pocket.  Easiest rule of thumb for me has been "If you can't positively identify it, leave it alone and definitely don't keep it."

Brian "Beastman" Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando


Come find your own Island

Come and enjoy a unique island dining experience at Islamorada Fish Company where you can enjoy a 10,500 gallon saltwater aquarium filled with fish native of Hawaii or enjoy the warmth of our 12 foot fireplace. When Independence, Missouri turns warm, you can sit outside in our 125 seat patio overlooking an 18 acre lake with a waterfall. If you are looking to book a private party or hold a very important event we have two separate banquet rooms that seat 35 and 75 people and an excellent banquet menu for you to select from.  Islamorada Fish Company serves a variety of foods including seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta, sandwiches and delicious desserts. 


Starting January 15th through March 31st you can enjoy all you can eat fish and chips for $16.95.  We feature other promotional menu items throughout the year that will get your taste buds going.  Our experienced staff will ensure that your requests are accommodated to the best of our ability.  Here at Islamorada Fish Company we strive on quality product, friendly service and a truly enjoyable dining experience.  Please contact us at 816-795-4200 with questions, comments or banquet booking needs.



JR Sutton

General Manager

Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant


Time to Plan for Boating Season

Whether you are planning to clean or tune your existing boat or you are in the market for a new one, Bass Pro Shops is your one-stop boating source.  We carry all types of boat cleaning supplies and products to get that hull and deck in pristine condition.  At Bass Pro Shops' Marine Department find quality parts and lubricants you need for that 2 or 4 cycle engine and all-important gear oil for that lower unit.  In our salt-water environment, don't forget to re-grease those wheel bearings on the trailer!  Our Certified Service Department can take the hassle out of tune-ups, electronics and equipment repair and installation, and we can even replace or upgrade your existing outboard!

For those looking for a new boat, Bass Pro Shops' "No Haggle, No Hassle" pricing policy assures that prices are the same everywhere and guarantees the best price possible!  Our boats have the best warranty in the business and are backed by Tracker Marine Group, American's #1 boat manufacturer.

From Tracker Marine riveted and welded jon boats to our offshore deep "V" Makos, and in between, Bass Pro Shops has the perfect boat for you!  Choose from the offshore Makos, skinny-water Mako skiffs, Nitro and Tracker bass boats and deep "V" aluminum boats, Suntracker pontoons, and Tahoe inboard and outboard runabouts!

Not interested in powerboats?  Check out our full line of Ascend and other kayaks.  Our "sit-on-top" kayaks are equipped for all types of fishing and our "sit-in" kayaks are ideal for serene paddling, cruising the waterways, and camping.

Don't let another season pass you by without getting on the water!  Come by Bass Pro Shops today and checkout our 2016 lineup or shop for new, but last year's models!


Photo by Ryan Cox taken on Black Creek near Freeport, Florida from one of our SunTracker pontoons.

Gary Feduccia



Backcountry Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Yes, the rumors are true, the fishing in Islamorada is Fantastic, no matter what time of year there is always something to do somewhere you can go something to catch and all through 2015 the guides here at World Wide Sportsman have stalked up some more that impressive catches.  They have won numerous tournaments and placed in many more.  They have taken countless folks young and old from every walk of life on trips of a lifetime.  Our clients return to the dock with lots of responses from tired hands and arms giant grins and just outright excited.  Many return with fish, some to take or send home using Islamorada Fish Company shipping service.  Many take their fish to their favorite restaurant a great deal wind up going to the dining room or bar next door or up at Zane Grey.  Some hang out go around the property or in the store and yak with other folks that fished that day of with many of the crew around here.  Most all know about fishing around here!  There are many things to do and y many more to go but, they all leave with a smile.  The last month of 2015 I expect no less and for 2016 I hope even more folks will come down and take all this in.  So much to do, so much to Catch.  We would like to Thank, everyone who has made 2015 a successful year, and welcome those who want a Saltwater Adventure.  This is the Place!  Merry Christmas, and a Fantastic New Year.  Catchemup Captain Ron

There are lots to do and lots to catch, and Fun to have, no matter what the weather. Backcountry Fishing Report provided by Captain Ron Brack (305)393-7448, out of World Wide Sports Bayside Marine, Islamorada Florida. If you would like to get out on the water stop by World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina and book your trip for your adventure today.


Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar coming to Savannah!

Bass Pro Shops and Mako Boats Present the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series

February 6, 2016…Savannah, GA
The Armstrong Center
Armstrong State University
13040 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

With exclusive After-Party at Bass Pro Shops Savannah for attendees!

Please join us in welcoming the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series to Savannah on February 6, 2016!  George Poveromo and his team of local and national saltwater fishing experts will deliver over 5 hours of fishing knowledge and tactics in this fun-filled seminar environment.  You will also be able to check out all of the latest gear from saltwater fishing industry leaders.  Tickets also include a bucket of goodies and a chance to win some fantastic door prizes!  An exclusive After-Party will be held across the street at Bass Pro Shops from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for seminar attendees!

Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series

$55.00 ticket includes:

Over $ 200 in Value, plus chances to win thousands of dollars’
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  • Five hours of fishing instruction from leading national and regional angling authorities!
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Fishy Facts: Tuna

So it has been a while since I got really “salty” with one of the Fishy Facts blogs. In fact, I haven’t focused on a saltwater fish species since April! Shame, shame, shame. But I am looking to correct that this month, with a look at what may be the most well known and most consumed saltwater fish out there: the tuna! So sit back, take a Dramamine pill if necessary and we’re full steam ahead into the world of this amazing fish!

Tuna are a saltwater fish that are well known for their fast-speeds and delicious taste. There are several species of tuna including: Albacore, Blackfin, Bigeye, Longtail, Yellowfin and Bluefin (which has three different species – Atlantic, Pacific and Southern). There are other species of tuna, but the ones listed are the most common.

Most tuna are shaped the same, streamlined and sleek for impressive speeds and two closely spaced dorsal fins on their backs. They mostly vary physically by size and coloring. For example the bullet and frigate tuna average a little over a foot in length, whereas the Atlantic Bluefin tuna averages over six feet! There is a correlation between the larger the fish the longer they are known to live for, but unfortunately there is a similar trend of the larger the fish the more endangered it is. These fish also live in massive schools which can breathtaking to see in action.

For centuries, tuna have been a prized fish for consumption and catching. Their immense strength and impressive speeds make them an awesome sport fish. I had the chance to do an overnight tuna trip out of California many moons ago and my forearms have not burned as much as when catching some yellowfin. (And that includes comparing to reeling in a 175lb Mako shark on a fly rod.) Commercially, tuna are one of the heaviest fished stocks out there. Due to the increase of human consumption we are depleting these animals quickly.

Over the years, there have been several developments put into place to hopefully help tuna populations. There are size and amount limitations on these fish in certain areas. And fishermen have learned what kind of tuna repopulate quicker. For instance, the skipjack can bounce back much faster than harvesting Bluefin tuna. Some people are also trying to farm raise these fish from eggs, much like any other fish-farming process.

When sport fishing became so well documented and publicized, by the likes of Zane Grey and Ernest Hemmingway, there was almost an “arms” race to catch the biggest fish. Fishermen sought out the largest fish and went through grueling fights to land them. Some battles take over an hour’s time. The largest Atlantic Bluefin tuna caught in 1976 and weighed 1496 pounds. But these kinds of catches will probably never happen again as these giant fish probably no longer exist.

Whether a fisherman or not, we must all do our part to help protect tuna populations and their environment. Figure out what you can do on a local level to help impact the global scene. A very interesting read on this subject is a book called Tuna: A Love Story. It can be very scientific at times, so it might be a hard read but it is well worth it.

So here is to you, the might torpedo-like tuna! May you continue to swim in our oceans and be a staple on our dinner plates! Until next time!


Former Fishy Facts:

Grayling Northern Pike Rainbow Trout Largemouth Bass Peacock Bass Walleye

Billfish Dolphinfish Crappie Catfish Bull Shark Tilapia Smallmouth Bass

Brook Trout Bow Fishing Bowfin Common Snook World Fish Migration Day

Yellow Perch American Paddlefish Cutthroat Trout Striped Bass


Fishy Facts: Striped Bass

One of my absolute favorite things about working here are the fish feedings. We have three large aquatic homes for our fishy friends (I don’t like to use the word tank, unless talking about military history). There is a saltwater exhibit in the Islamorada Fish Company. Our Trout Stream gets fed every day at 1:30, and people can even help feed the fish if they are there early enough. And the big show takes place at our Main Tank, which gets fed Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM and Tuesday at 6PM. One of my favorite fish to watch during the Main Tank feedings is definitely our striped bass. Those guys SLAM whatever we toss into the tank! They are extremely fast and voracious predators, and just look cool. And for that reason they will be the star of this month’s Fishy Facts blog!

My love for the striped bass goes back years before I even entered my first Bass Pro Shops. For some reason, I had always been keen on catching this one. (Sadly, I still have yet to.) I honestly think it is their impressive size and cool coloring that gets me about them. They are a longer, streamlined fish with mostly silver-gray coloring and distinctive black stripes. They use their streamlined body to reach impressive speeds, which always make for an exciting fight.

Striped bass are believed to be able to live over twenty-five years and on average grow up to 40 inches. The largest (scientifically) recorded weight for one is 126lbs! (I put in there scientifically, because I am sure some old-timer somewhere has caught one larger than that.) They are native to the Atlantic coastline of North America, but have been heavily planted elsewhere. They are anadromous fish, which means they live in both salt and fresh water.

Pretty much since there has been a history of people living near these fishes native area, there has been a history of catching them. They were an extremely important food source for early colonials. The love of these fish has grown with us as a nation from the beginning and the striped bass is now recognized as the fresh water state fish for three states and the salt water state fish for four states.

Like most fish, the striped bass has several common names given to it. These names include:  striper, rockfish, rock, linesider and pimpfish.

Striped bass are a prized sport-fish, due their powerful fights and delicious taste. There are numerous ways to fish for these, and is mostly dependent upon the area you are in. I personally love the idea of catching a landlocked striped bass while they slam a boil and then catching one while surf-fishing in the ocean. (A boil is a common term used to explain when a bunch of larger fish start attacking a ball of baitfish towards the surface of the water. With all the activity it looks like the water is boiling. Looking for birds attacking a certain spot on the water is also a good indicator of feeding action.)

Many times with these blogs, we have to cover the current condition and any conservation efforts to protect the fish. Sometimes they are not the most opportunistic. But in this case, we have great news and a perfect example of groups coming together to protect our beloved fish. In 1982 the striped bass population had declined to below 5 million. Thanks to multiple sources of resources, effort and support the population grew back to 56 million striped bass by 2007! This is a clear example of how everyone can work together for something bigger than themselves.


Former Fishy Facts:

Grayling Northern Pike Rainbow Trout Largemouth Bass Peacock Bass Walleye

Billfish Dolphinfish Crappie Catfish Bull Shark Tilapia Smallmouth Bass

Brook Trout Bow Fishing Bowfin Common Snook World Fish Migration Day

Yellow Perch American Paddlefish Cutthroat Trout


Backcountry Fly Fishing Association Presents "The Legend Series"

Steve Huff"The Legend Series" highlights some of the pioneers of the fishing world, and the Backcountry Fly Fishing Association along with Hell's Bay Boatworks is bringing a true industry trailblazer, and Florida Keys expert to Orlando to teach us a few things that will make our time on the water more productive and maybe a little more enjoyable.  Flip Pallot was set to be the original speaker for this event but will not be making an appearance due to unplanned circumstances.

Captain Steve Huff is one of those guys that seems to have seen and done it all when it comes to fishing and exploring the Florida Keys and the Everglades, which is saying a lot considering how many square miles of land and water we're talking about.  He's professionally guided for over 47 years (almost more years than I've been alive) and surely has forgotten more about saltwater angling than most of us will ever pick up by fishing only on weekends and holidays.  He along with Del Brown developed the Merkin Crab which is undoubtedly the quintessential permit fly that also produces well on species they hadn't even planned on, ultimately proving the versatility of the pattern and the ingenuity of the designers.  Steve has led numerous anglers to tournament wins in the Gold Cup, the Islamorada Invitational Bonefish Tournament, and the Islamorada Invitational Fly Bonefish Tournament, as well as many world record tarpon, bonefish, and permit including a 41 1/2 specimen on 8 lb tippet.

Captain Huff's inventiveness and constant search for perfection has proven invaluable time and again when the industry has asked for his expert guidance in developing more advanced flats skiffs, bow platforms, knots, and a myriad of other flats-fishing essentials.  He developed the Huffnagle Knot (I just got the connection) for joining light class tippet to a heavier bite or shock tippet, which is absolutely necessary when pursuing large tarpon such as the ones he chased in the Homosassa region on Florida's Gulf coast.  Steve's 186 pounder back in 1977 would have eclipsed the standing record by more than ten pounds but he never submitted for recognition because he felt that records should be left to anglers.  That's just the kind of guy he is.

Captain Steve Huff was inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame in 2010, for his many contributions to the sport, but you'd never see this gentleman, whom many would consider to be "The Guy," hold himself in higher regard than others that enjoy the sport.  Humility, commitment, and enthusiasm are evident every time he welcomes an angler onto his boat, and he's surely converted more than one conventional-tackle angler to the fly rods as a patient and adept instructor for the Florida Keys Fly Fishing School.

I'd highly recommend taking a little time out of your busy schedules to attend the presentation.   

No-motor Zone RedfishSpending the night of September 10th with the Backcountry Fly Fishing Association at "The Legend Series" sponsored by Hell's Bay Boatworks is your chance to hear the stories first hand while possibly learning a few things that'll make you a better angler.  Becoming involved in a club made up of a bunch of guys who share your love of fly fishing, fly tying, or just spending time on the water can't be a bad thing in itself.  The club helped me to develop as a fly angler, ultimately leading me to writing about and sharing my love of the sport.  I'm no John Gierach, or Norman Maclean when it comes to storytelling but we all share something in common with Flip and his friends, and that's passion.

Make plans to spend the evening with Steve and some new friends (and possibly some new fishing partners) on Thursday, September 10th.  It's sure to be a gathering you won't soon forget.

Brian "Beastman" Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando 



Reel for speed like a boss with Accurate!



With another great season upon us, there’s no better time to upgrade your gear as Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga. We have now have in stock Accurate’s new reel The “Fury”.  It is their newest addition to their line-up and their first single drag reel.  These reels, like their “Boss Extreme” counter parts, are made of 6061 T6 billet aircraft aluminum for lightweight and strength. They feature a very simplistic design with stainless steel gears, wet drag for smoothness, and an ergonomic rubber handle that fits perfectly in your hand.  The “Boss Fury” line of reels are offered in single speed in gear ratios of 4.1 & 6.1, and 2-speed models featuring a 3.1:1 low and 6.1:1 high for the 400 and 500 models, and 2.2:1 and 5.1 in the 600 model.  The line capacity of the “Boss Fury” reels are: 400 model – 20LB mono 300 yards, 40LB braid 400 yards, 500 model – 25lb mono 300 yards, 50LB braid 425 yards, 600 model – 40LB mono 300 yards, 65LB braid 450 yards. These reels were designed with fishermen’s needs in mind. If you are chasing Tuna, Dorado or trying to catch your first White Seabass, the Boss Fury has a size to meet your fishing needs at an affordable price.  Currently Accurate is currently having a contest, “#Fish the Fury” that started July 11, 2015 and will run until September 28, 2015.  Visit  Also listen to Ben Secrest of Accurate explain what you need to know about these reels at

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Offshore Fishing Report World Wide Sportsman, Islamorda Florida

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report!  The weather this week has been absolutely beautiful!  This forecast is supposed to carry on throughout the weekend, so it should be great for boats of all sizes.  The sun has been shining, seas are calm, and the current has been smoking up the road.  These are all great ingredients for fishing, and it has been really nice, with the fishing being no so shabby either!  The fishing report from the deep ledge on the Swordfish grounds has been decent.  Some fish being caught each day, although, nothing to crazy on the sizes.  The majority of the fish being caught have been under the 150 pound range, with the biggest part of them in the 50 to 80 pound range.  Some nice fish for the table, or just nice to let go of to grow up a bit.  The bite has been decent all up and down the line from Marathon to Key Largo.  In a little closer the Dolphin fishing has been a bit tough, but we have been making it happen each day.  Not a lot of bigger fish around with the calmer seas, but some nice gaffer size fish mixed with a lot of smaller fish.  We have been managing around 20 to 30 nice keepers each day, but have had our share of “shakers” throughout the day.  It appears that the last few days the bite has been on the shallow side from 450 to 700 in and around the large mats of Sargasm weed that has been coming through with the Gulfstream.  There have been some fish out in the deep, but the past few days the best of it has been in these depths.  The birds haven’t been flying too heavily, but there are some around and on fish.  The Humps have been producing good numbers of Blackfin Tuna, with a lot of Skipjack tunas mixed in.  Plenty of sharks, and a fair bite of AJ’s and Almacos on the bottom. 


The wrecks have been pretty good this week as well, with some nice Mutton Snappers, and a few Groupers.  Still a few King Mackerel around and a lot of Barracudas perusing these areas, with good numbers of Bonita too.  Plenty of action to be had while drifting or anchoring, and live bait has been the ticket!  Pilchards have been the bait of choice, with Cigar Minnows as a close second choice.  That is all that we have used this week, but you can bet that Ballyhoo and Speedos will work excellent as well. 


The reef still continues to produce as the Yellowtail Snappers and Mangrove Snappers have been happy with the greener water on the reef and the abundance of current.  The bottom bite in these areas has seemed to slow down a bit where the Groupers and Muttons are concerned, but the Mangroves have been very generous.  The sharks have been happy as well when the Snappers get chummed up, so be prepared to deal with the tax collector.  All in all the fishing is good, and should continue through the weekend.  If you are going Dolphin fishing, you might want to consider an afternoon trip to increase your chances.  There have been better numbers during the late part of the afternoon, rather than during the earlier part of the day.  Either way there have been fish, but the sizes have been a bit better after 3:00, and there is still plenty of sunlight to stay until the evening.

Well, that is it for this week! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. Fishing report provided by Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 out of World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina, Islamorada, Florida. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!

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Catching Tuna Like A Pro

Bass Pro Shops Associates & Offshore Angler Gear vs. Yellowtail Some Fishing Associates from Bass Pro Shops had the opportunity to test out our Offshore Angler Tightline and Frigate Rods and Reels aboard the, “Gail Force” out of San Pedro. The ¾ day trip destination was Catalina Island in hopes of cashing in on the hot Yellowtail bite. With rough early morning conditions they were able to land some nice Calico Bass. As the clouds broke in the afternoon and sun came out the last spot of the day produced some great Yellowtail action.

Bass Pro Shops Fishing Associate Travis Provencher took top honors with a 20lb Yellowtail. “It was a great opportunity to spend a day on the water with fellow associates and catch some quality Yellowtail” said Travis. “These Yellowtail put up some great fights and taught our associates why you need rugged durable gear out there.” Bass Pro Shops Fishing Associate Andy Sepulveda on his first Saltwater Trip quickly learned about fishing for Yellowtail when he caught his first weighing in at 17lbs. He was fishing an Offshore Angler Frigate 6000 Spinning Combo. “These Yellowtail really test the drag in your reels and even though it took me awhile to get the yellowtail in the combo held its own” said Andy. “I was so tired after the fight, but the experience of the fight I just wanted another so I put on new bait and got my line out there as quick as possible. To learn more about the gear they were using and read customer reviews please visit the following link:



Hitting the Road to Adventure

Brook TroutThirsting for something new is something many anglers have to fight if they want to maintain any type of marital harmony, but every once in a while we need to give in and depart upon a quest for new and yet to be conquered pursuits.  For me, it’s been freshwater trout and smallmouth.  You’d think they would have been some of the first species I chased with a fly rod, however, seeing as how saltwater was the first environ I chose to enter, rainbows, browns, and brookies seemed too far away to hope for.

Soon though, I’ll be soaking my toes in a cool mountain stream as I ply the bubbling water for fish I’ve yet to encounter because after many years of crying and begging, our bags will be packed and rods rigged as my wonderful woman and I head north to the Pisgah National Forest in search of new and exciting adventure.  My packing started weeks ahead of our scheduled departure (as is normal with an obsessive compulsive), and I’ve now reached the point of stacking clothes and pre-staging the camping gear.  Sleep has been difficult and it will only get worse as the day draws closer and my dreams fill with glorious beauty and much needed seclusion.Brown Trout

Part of the fun has been the gathering of intelligence, albeit limited in my case according to certain fellow anglers and close friends.  I’ve burned up the Internet for hatch charts, stream flow data, campground locations, and everything else you can imagine the traveling angler might need before venturing forth, and I surely hope all the preparation proves fruitful considering how much of a pain in the neck I’ll be if I don’t get the chance to land at least one of the intended fish.  The timing isn’t quite right for a high degree of success but beggars can’t be choosers when the fishing time’s limited.  “Plan carefully and execute violently” is my motto.

Two four weights, a six weight, numerous lines, and boxes stuffed with Hare’s ears, Princes, Pheasant Tails, Stimulators, Caddis, Light Cahils, Hoppers, Ants, Adams, numerous types of streamers, and many other miscellaneous pieces of tackle are packed and ready to be deployed when the time arrives, but the calendar just doesn’t seem to move along quickly enough.  She’ll have to put up with another week of manic preparation before hitting the trail, but it will all be worth it when we’re standing alongside a deserted stream somewhere in North Carolina looking for that first fish to reveal itself.  God help us all if the first cast of the trip finds its way into a tree or some other type of obstacle.

Rainbow TroutExpanding our horizons and getting out of our comfort zones on occasion provides the spice of life, and fishing in general or searching for more and more species, gives us a good reason to keep testing our boundaries.  It doesn’t always have to be an exotic location that entices us to leave home since every new adventure helps us grow as anglers.  Maybe we’ll learn something about ourselves at the same time.

I’ll hopefully have something good to report once we return, but the trip will surely be a success regardless of how many fish are actually landed. 

Brian “Beastman” Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando


Offshore Angler Frigate Spinning Rod and Reel Combo

Offshore Angler™ Frigate® saltwater spinning reel is a masterpiece of design, performance, and rock-solid durability. This versatile warrior is built on an all-aluminum frame, with a carbon fiber-reinforced composite rotor. A specially-formulated, American-made Ocean Silk lubricant is designed to handle the rigors of saltwater fishing. The spool is forged, double-anodized aluminum, with a braid grip arbor to prevent slippage. Carbon fiber and Teflon® drag stack slows battling game fish with firm, smooth, pressure. Inside, you'll find 8-bearing system that includes Powerlock™ instant anti reverse that imparts ultra-smooth and stable performance, and the stainless steel main shaft provides a rigid and durable core. We've designed the Frigate to be the toughest, smoothest saltwater reel you can find. When you use it, we think you'll agree.

The Frigate Rod is built to handle the brutal conditions that saltwater fishing can bring. The blank is a hybrid of 24-ton carbon and fiberglass, with great response and just the right amount of flexibility. Stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts prevent saltwater corrosion, and the EVA foam handles are slip-resistant and lightweight.

Reel features:

  • All-aluminum frame
  • American-made Ocean Silk saltwater lubricant
  • Braid grip, forged, double-anodized aluminum spool
  • 8 bearing system including Powerlock instant anti-reverse
  • Stainless steel main shaft

Rod features:

  • 24-ton graphite/fiberglass hybrid blank
  • EVA handles
  • Stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide rings

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Potluck Fishing in South Florida's Freshwater

Peacock BassI can’t even begin to tell everyone how lucky Floridians are when it comes to fishing opportunities, but I’m quite sure readers of my Blogs and newsletters are quite aware of how many chances we have to hit the water and the incredible variety we enjoy throughout the year.  South Florida holds a special place in our hearts, mine especially, and I sometimes wish I didn’t live 200 miles from some of the best fishing anywhere.

Scott and I just returned from another stupendous trip to the region, hitting more water than ever while fishing over a wide variety of habitats and cover types including clear and deep canals, residential lakes and retention ponds, tannin stained sloughs, and Scott even took a few casts into the saltwater side of a water control gate to land his first puffer on fly.

Mayan CichlidOur trip started at 2 AM Sunday morning as we departed my house in northeast Orlando, ultimately reaching our first stop, a Denny’s, somewhere close to Pembroke Pines to fuel up for the coming day and to outline a plan of attack.  Location number one was only a few miles away according to my phone’s map application, so we took our time getting there, and it proved to be a wonderful residential pond full of willing peacocks.  They were schooled up and smashing small baitfish, so we just had to lob a few Polar Fiber Minnows into the fray, and it didn’t take long to land a half dozen feisty fish and essentially destroy the first fly of the trip.  But you can only hit them so hard and we had plenty of ponds to explore.  One of my favorites, an unassuming section of canal along Flamingo Road proved to be productive for a very nice peacock, and a good bunch of mayan cichlids.

Three more stops including one of our best producing municipal parks yielded a very good number of cruising and bedding fish that were very willing to smack the living daylights out of a well presented fly, but we were careful not to over pressure the bedding pairs so as not to adversely affect their spawning activity.  Besides, sometimes it’s just too easy to pick what’s essentially “low hanging fruit.”  We finished off the day with our traditional “first-night pizza,” a much needed shower, a drink or two, all capped off by rapidly falling asleep while sitting up watching a movie.  Seven miles of walking, 11 hours of fishing, and essentially being awake for 40 hours sure can take it out of you.

Green SeverumMonday saw an early morning drive a bit further south to one of the best canal systems in the region.  This particular one sees a lot of pressure but the fishing can be very good at some point along its path if you can find it.  We covered a good portion of the canal reachable by foot and caught some decent sized fish, but the biggest peacocks I’ve ever seen refused to commit to the bite despite taking some pretty good shots at them.  We wondered if they were more in the mood to spawn than to chase food.  Overall, the fishing was a little off what we’ve seen in the past with fewer mayans and less peacocks on the structure than normal.  Runoff, temperature, sunlight, love, who knows what the reason for the less than spectacular fishing.

The highlight, or should I say low light, of this part of the adventure was an exceptionally lucky cast I threaded through the cover across a small pond alongside the canal.  There was an immediate flash as the line snapped satisfyingly tight to something much more immense than anything I expected.  I screamed “THIS IS A BIG FISH!!!” as I firmly set the hook and struggled to winch the monster out of the cover, through the lily pads, and across the pond, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to happen as it became embedded in the obstructions between us.  Recovery took a few minutes after breaking off the leader and re-rigging with trembling hands and a pounding heart.  Tarpon, snook, monster bass, peacock…  We’ll never know.

OscarThe final location of the day was right alongside a busy thoroughfare and although we always think it’s going to be over pressured and the fish more skittish, we caught another five or six beautiful peacocks and a spotted tilapia before the fading sunlight made sighting the fish and remaining in contact with the fly difficult.  It had been a long and successful day, totaling seven more miles of hiking and 10 hours of fishing.

MudfishWe visited a number of spots alongside the Tamiami canal during our last day of fishing, and were lucky enough to find a great variety of fish including oscar, spotted tilapia, mayan, stumpknocker, bluegill, largemouth bass, gar, and the rarest of the bunch, the green severum.  Scott was able to legitimately hook and land one by jumping in on a pair I’d worked long and hard to entice, but I returned the favor by absolutely slamming the Oscars and by landing a mudfish (bowfin) before him.  He did land one though in the eleventh hour and deserves congratulations on checking another one off the list of fly-caught species.  We just happened to pull over to the side of the road and discover a canal where we could sight fish to cruisers with limited obstructions and good water clarity.  All we had to do was accomplish a decent presentation and a good battle was sure to ensue.

I had the opportunity to re-learn a valuable lesson we should all take to heart when fishing in Florida, and that’s the fact that there are alligators everywhere (especially in the Everglades region) and they’re HIGHLY attracted to the disturbance caused by struggling fish.  I had two close encounters with our reptile friends approaching a little too close for comfort, but none of us was injured so I guess “No harm, no foul,” is the motto of the day.  I can claim to have landed a six footer on eight pound tippet and a size 10 topwater fly.

American AlligatorOverall, we enjoyed one of the best fishing trips of our lives without having traveled to a far off land and spend thousands of dollars trying to get there.  Although I didn't get to check any fish off the "To Catch List" there's no way the trip could have been any better since the weather was nearly perfect, the fish cooperative (for the most part), the flies effective, and company top notch.  He drives, I navigate, and we both catch more fish than should be realistically permitted.  This trip is becoming something of a tradition that I hope will continue for years to come.

Brian “Beastman” Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando


Fishy Facts: Common Snook

In the effort to break up the alliteration of Fishy Fact blogs starting with the letter B (brook trout, bowfishing, billfish, bowfin, bull shark) we are going to the letter that follows it! We are also getting out of the freshwater realm for the first time in a number of months. April is a month for change right? Sure. Any who, let’s take a closer look at the common snook!

First off, you would be surprised at how many times I have used the “Add to Dictionary” feature on “misspelled” words according to Microsoft Word. Maybe they should get some more fishermen and hunters involved for their next platform, because it’s getting ridiculous.

Second any who for this blog, a record, the common snook is a prized saltwater game fish. It is also called robalo and the sergeant fish. There are several species of snook, and this one is one of the largest. They can grow to over four and a half feet but are more commonly found at three feet shorter than that.

I remember hearing that the uglier the fish (or at least the less colorful) the better it tastes. Now I am not calling the common snook ugly, but its coloring is quite drab. It has a grayish-silver color to most of its body, except the long black line that runs lengthwise on its body. During the spawning season though, some of its fins will turn a bright yellow.

If that rumor is to be believed about taste and appearance, it holds true for the common snook. It is a delicious fish but special preparation must be taken. Remove the skin before cooking otherwise an unpleasant taste will occur.

Beyond their desirability for taste, these fish put up a great fight! My best friend’s dad caught some down in Florida and loved every second of it. He loved it so much; he bought car-magnets of the fish and added them to his ride.

These fish tend to spawn from April to October. The common snook will move out of the open-ocean and into near-shore waters with high salinity. After the young are born they mature into juveniles and move towards more brackish water. Slowly but surely they eventually move out into the open ocean and continue the circle of life.

Snook are predators. They will opportunistically take on prey, but what is cool is that their prey changes with them. As snook grow larger they will actually start pursuing larger prey. They simply want to pursue prey that will provide them the most nutrition. Any reports of cannibalism with these fish are few and far between.

These fish are preyed upon by larger fish and other marine predators. Once of their biggest killers though is weather. These fish are very susceptible to changes in temperature. In 2010 there was a large cold snap in the snooks’ native range. In one area of Florida it was estimated that close to 97% of the snook population died because of it. Luckily a ban on commercial snook fishing took place and fishermen began to strictly practice catch-and-release fishing on them. This helped the population grow and has allowed the ban to be lifted. There will be another study done on their population this year.

People love their snook and will do what it takes to keep them around. This should be an example for all sportsmen. Conservation must come first, as without it we won’t have anything left.


Former Fishy Facts:

Grayling Northern Pike Rainbow Trout Largemouth Bass Peacock Bass Walleye

Billfish Dolphinfish Crappie Catfish Bull Shark Tilapia Smallmouth Bass

Brook Trout Bow Fishing Bowfin


Who Stole Spring?

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Ok, just one question. Who stole Spring?  It seems I remember snow, sleet and cold blowing  rain just a moment ago.  I'm not Rip Van Winkle. I didn't sleep through it.  It's late March and it's 84 degrees outside.  Spring is supposed to have brisk mornings followed by brilliant rays of sunshine that melt away the gloom of Winter, not cranking the air conditioner to full blast to fend off the heat.

  What does this have to do with fishing? Well, pretty much everything at this time of year.  The four most popular fish, largemouth bass, crappie, sandbass/hybrids,and catfish use the cool of Spring to do their spawning.  If the water temperatures soar above the optimal for our favorite species, they will most likely have an abbreviated spawn. What does that mean?

First, and most importantly, it means if you want to catch fish during their spawn you better get cracking.  The largemouths were just beginning to get into their pre-spawn patterns when that frozen blast knocked the bottom out of water temps. It also caused the the water  to rise into places it hasn't been in three to four years. Combine these conditions and just when poor mama bass was just about ready to drop her eggs and go into defensive mode  Mother nature threw her a curve.  It also muddied up the water in the areas they prefer to lay their eggs. These thee factors changed not only where you might want to look for them, but what you might use to catch them.

  Lots of folks traditionally creep lizards or crawfish soft plastics through likely places. With the water deeply stained by sediment  you pretty much have to hit that big spawning female right in the nose to get her to react.  So far this season we're getting  good reports from fishers who've added lures that both represent nest poachers and either vibrate or click to their usual collection of "normal" Spring offerings. If you let the fish know that potential danger is near the nest with bass jigs with rattlechambers, like the Bass Pro Shops Rattling Enticer  Jig  you will surely let that trophy bass have something to zero in on.  You can also try slow rolling a colorado-bladed spinnerbait around fairly shallow, stained water, that  is close to cover and deeper water. A couple of good choices in spinnerbaits are the Bass Pro Shops Lazer Eye Tandem Spinnerbait or  add a selection from Booyah Spinnerbaits. The best selling bass lure right now has been the all new Bass Pro Shops Chatterbait. This new bait comes in a number of colors, but there is one called bully bream that I can't wait to try out!

  Crappie fishers have been hitting good numbers and the photos I've seen recently show a lot of big fat "slabs".  The water temperatures haven't been as critical on the crappie population as far as their spawn...yet. Crappie usually hang in deeper water around cover like brush piles until the water temps reach between 52 and 65 degrees. Hopefully the shallows where they love to lay their eggs will clear up in the next week. When it does, all you waders, float tubers and paddle-powered fishers need to be ready to pounce !  The air temperatures will warm the water quickly if this quick warming trend continues so be ready.  For now the best results have been on crappie jigs. All kinds of color combinations have been flying out the door. If you want to know my personal'll just can't go wrong with the Bass Pro Bumble Bee in Monkey Milk color for deeper water.  Switch to  black and chartreuse when they do move up shallow.

  For our minnow dunking friends the reports have been good too. Don't wait til the last minute to get your minnow bucket, aerators, dip nets, hooks and bobbers . The spawn may be abbreviated this year. Don't miss any of it waiting to gear up.

 Attention sandbassers and hybrid hunters!  The recent rains that have raised our lakes with water, pretty much emptied our area lakes of huge numbers of sandbass and hybrids.  Yes, as the water from the feeder creeks pouring into the lakes, the sandbass head upstream looking for moving water in which to lay their eggs and fertilize them. Sandbass don't make nests, they are actually programmed to do all their reproductive rituals in moving water so get out your mud boots and find a good feeder creek. Running water is good, but creeks that are fast moving and swolen by rain are dangerous and the fish tend to scatter. Remember that hybrid stripers are a mix of sandbass and saltwater stripers. They can't reproduce, but they did not get that memo and travel along with the sandbass into creeks and rivers.

  I found a really good creek stomping sandbass chasing, dependable, strong, smooth reel. It's actually a Crappie Maxx spinning reel. It's drag is smooth and strong enough to handle the strong sudden smash of a hybrid when adjusted properly.  One great lure selections for sandies in the creeks are the Blue Fox inline spinner, either silver or blue with the number 2 blade. Another is any one of a group of soft plastic three inch minnow imitations mounted on a 1/16 or 1/32 jig head. Bounce these offerings off the bottom and as close to the channel as you can. Hang on!

You'll have to hurry on the sandbass/hybrid action to. As soon as the water temp in the lakes and the stream temps are equal the sandies won't bother making the trek upstream. They will simply spawn in the lake off windy sandbar points.

 Catfish have not been as affected by the rising warming water too much yet. They're still going to be found fairly shallow. Their spawn is right around the corner, as a matter of fact, it may be accelerated by warming waters.  Here are a couple rules of thumb for you. Generally speaking...I say generally... blue cats tend to hit fresh dead shad. Get a cast net and a bucket and probe boat launches to get your fresh bait.

Channel cats seem to prefer stink baits, also called "prepared baits."  The big flatheads lean toward prefer to munch on bream (sunfish) .  Get some worms, crappie nibbles, small hooks and go "perch jerking," to garner goodies for these monsters.  Don't forget you'll need size appropriate hooks too. Catfish in the "eater" class usually take baits that can be mounted on 3/0 hooks and smaller, while "trophy cats" require a larger, stronger hook to handle their lockjaw grip, weight, and fighting ability. Come in soon to get outfitted with the Catt Maxx rods and reels for all the cats you want to catch, it's an extremely dependable outfit that doesn't cost you an arm and a leg.

  So it doesn't really matter where Spring went. What matters is that you get busy, get equipped, get informed and get on the water.

 Bend a rod for us!
 Bill Sankey
Fishing Lead
Bass Pro Shops, Garland Tx.


in shore salt water like a boss!

Inshore Saltwater Heats Up As our local waters heat up and we prepare for another El Nino our Inshore Saltwater Season is already in full gear with everything from Yellowtail, Rock Fish and Calico Bass being caught.

Come in and visit Bass Pro Shops where our associates can fit you into the right gear from our Offshore Angler lineup featuring models such as the SeaFire, Ocean Master and Frigate that will meet any angler’s needs for their inshore fishing trips. Visit the link below for more information on these great products:

Bass Pro Shops Trout Event March 30th-April 12th It’s that time of the year to start gearing up for the opening of the Sierra’s Trout Season. Come visit Bass Pro Shops as we host our Trout Event Sale which will feature many great Bass Pro Shops trout items on sale. During this event we will also feature seminars on April 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th featuring Pro Staffers from our local lakes that will cover everything you need to know about trout fishing. Check our website for times of seminars or call (909) 922-5500. Join Pete Marino April 18th and 25th for Fishing the Bass Spawning Season Come join our own Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff Member Pete Marino as he discusses techniques for the Spawn Season. An accomplished tournament angler and local guide Pete show you everything from rods, reels, line and baits that are must haves for any angler fishing this season. These seminars will start at 2 p.m. at our main fish tank. Visit the link below to learn more about Pete Marino.



Shark Fishing In Hampton Roads

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The Chesapeake Bay is one of the most bio diverse places on Earth, which gives us rich fishing waters across the entire region.  This includes the numerous species of sharks.  While most sharks are undoubtedly caught from piers or boats, surf fishermen have also caught some trophy specimens over the years in Hampton Roads.

                Most successful shark fishermen use cut bait or live baitfish on bottom rigs or the slightly-more-effective Fish Finder Rigs.  As most sharks hang out beyond the crashing surf, having a rod and sufficient weight to cast beyond the breakers and keep your bait out there is essential.  Effective rod lengths vary from 8’ to 15’ depending on the water conditions and the weight being used.  Weight will depend on the current at your specific location but usually is 3-10 ounces when surf fishing (10 ounces is really heavy and more suited for the rough waters of the Outer Banks, NC).  Pyramid and surf sinkers are most effective when trying to ensure the current does not drag your bait back to the shore.  All of this equipment can be found at most any tackle shop or your local Bass Pro Shop.

                Sharks can be caught in almost all locations in the Chesapeake Bay, even in unexpected places such as the Potomac River.  However, sand sharks are by far the most common shark species that is encountered in our area.  This relatively small species is plentiful throughout the Bay and even into the shallower parts of the ocean.  Probably the best place to surf fishing in Hampton Roads is at Sandbridge in Virginia Beach.  Sandbridge is actually on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Bay and provides the habitat and food sources for these sharks to flourish.  It provides similar conditions to the Outer Banks, which is known for having some of the best surf fishing on earth.

                Shark fishing can be very exciting, especially when catching numerous specimens or rather large ones.  Also, if prepared correctly, sharks can provide delicious and plentiful meat.  Before getting started, the only things you will need is a Virginia Saltwater Fishing License and to take a look at the Virginia regulations for shark fishing, which can be found here and here, respectively.  Hopefully, this is enough information to get you out there fishing, and, more importantly, catching sharks from the surf.

Good luck fishing!

James “Blake” Sexton

Fishing Team Lead

Bass Pro Shops #18

Hampton, VA


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Capturers of the Outdoors: Zane Grey

In so many ways the outdoors can provide us with the greatest memories in the world. Whether it be the old family camping trips, a hike where you proposed to your spouse, the first fish you caught or stargazing under the night sky in fresh air there are so many reasons to celebrate being outside. The beauty alone of the outdoors will take some to extreme lengths possibly to see a rare sight or capture it for generations to come. A while back I had the Game Changers reoccurring blogs, all about those who have changed how we connect with nature. One of them was about Ansel Adams, and no one can deny how well he captured the outdoors on camera. The practice and art of capturing the outdoors has been going on for generations, whether it be in book, art, film, song or almost any other form of medium. This was the inspiration for this series of blogs: “Capturers of the Outdoors”. We will take a look at influential individuals who saved and stirred a bevy of emotions and memories we have by capturing the outdoors in some manner. To start us off will the famous writer, Zane Grey.

Zane Grey was born in Ohio in 1872. He was born a Pearl Zane Grey but dropped his first name as he never was a fan of it. He however was a fan of almost all things considered American at the time that included baseball, history and fishing. He was most avid though about being a writer. He tried his hand at dentistry for a while but wanted nothing more than to be a writer.

Like many of the greats, Grey went through several failures before reaching success. Several of his first writings were rejected by publishers. This did not help that Grey suffered from depression and other mood swings. Once he began writing in the Western genre, he found success. His novels focused on topics like Western Expansion, Manifest Destiny and other such subjects. His first bestseller was The Heritage of the Desert from 1910. Two years later he wrote his most well-known book Riders of the Purple Sage.

Riders of the Purple Sage would not only be Grey’s best known book but also his best-seller and one of the all-time best selling western genre books. It made him a household name. This book would spur a movement for more western literature, keeping imagery and stories from the Old West still alive for generations to come. It was even adapted into a movie giving a new medium to the work. It has been remade countless times and for many it is the quintessential western story. No library collection is complete without a copy of it.

From the success of this book, Grey was able to afford his true passion in life of fishing. He spent as much time as possible fishing wherever he could. He bought a boat that he would take lengthy adventures on. He helped make big-game fishing what it is today. Saltwater fishing was a huge part of his love affair with the sea and caught many prolific fish throughout his time. There are now even a few tournaments that bear his name.

All the while he continued writing, mostly contributing to Outdoor Life magazine. Some stories were true, others were fictional and some seemed to be a little bit of both. There is a great book out there called Best of Zane Grey, Outdoorsman. It is a collection of hunting, fishing and other outdoor tales. It also offers some facts about the writer’s life that many may not know about. Like how he tried to start a Dolphin Club that would work in the same way as a fishing club but for harpooning dolphins. Or how he “battled” a whale shark while on a sea-faring trip looking for a “sea monster” in the Pacific Ocean. Probably the best thing though is how he tried to write off all of his hunting, fishing, sea-faring and other outdoor trips and gear as tax-deductions because they were so important to his writings. He even went in front of the Supreme Court!

Zane Grey loved the outdoors and it is beautifully portrayed in his writings. The fact that he wrote not only about outdoor sporting for many years for magazines but wrote novels on a genre that is so entwined with the outdoors and open-air country. He truly was a capturer of the outdoors.