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Whats the best Rod and Reel for Lipless Crankbaits
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What's Your Fishing Passion?
Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Catfish, Trout, Snapper, Snook, ETC
About Me
I love to fish. Back in Bowie TX, where I spent the first 7 years of my life, my mother would come pick me up after kindergarden with the fishin' poles in the back...and off we'd scoot to Amon Carter Lake for an afternoon of Crappie fishing. After we moved to Florida, we just couldn't seem to make the transition to saltwater. After dozens of failed attempts, we stopped fishing entirely. It wasn't till I was about 11 years old that some friends in the neighborhood introduced me to bluegill fishing with little balls of bread. We caught loads until the spot was all breamed out. Then one fateful Saturday, I saw Bill Dance Outdoors for the first time. Good ole' Bill got me itch'n to catch these green eating machines called Bass. I set out with what little I had for allowance to the K-mart across the street.

You know, I'd passed that Rooster Tail about half a dozen times before I finally picked it out. I can still remember it. It had a black and white polka-dot body...with a silver blade. I tossed that thing for nearly an hour before I finally felt my first take. I don't even remember if I set the hook. All I know and have known since then, is that the obsession was on, and I was hooked.

Since then I've caught so many bass all over this backward town...until slowly but surely, all the water I used to fish freely became the property of some stupid golf course. For about 2-3 years after high school, bass fishing and I broke up.

That is until I met a guy named Aniel. He was from Miami, and liked to fish, but had no idea about bass. This guy was asking me questions and it wasn't long before I was taking him out to my favorite stretch of shoreline. He was hooked. Later on, he bought a small John Boat. We putzed around in that thing for awhile...until he bought himself a proper bass boat. We fished for awhile here and there even as far as Okeechobee. We lost touch after he moved farther away...but I hear that he is riding around in a Nitro. Yeah...I started that.

Sometime after in 2002 I met a young boy named Sam in church. He was 8yrs old at the time and loved to fish...but had never caught anything but bluegill and the occasional bass. So I took him fishing and on his first outing, he caught a 5lb bass and was never the same again. He's 16 now and still goes fishing with me almost every week.

In 2005 I discovered fly fishing for trout. A trip to Wyoming put me on the East Fork of the Shoshone River...where I caught my first Cut-bow. I remember thinking when that fateful day had ended: "What have I done!?" Bass fishing takes a back seat to trout now. Living in Florida, I don't get much of a chance to fish for them...but at least once a year I manage to break away to Blue Ridge's lovely Toccoa, or Atlanta's Hooch'.

One day I will find a lady that loves to fish as much as I do. (Though we probably would never get anything done.) I would also love to move outta this miserable town and live somewhere else, where its cheaper to live and easier to enjoy the outdoors.

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The Art of Fly-Fishing

Recently I wondered about my obsession with fly-fishing. Some call it a sport, but I believe that fly-fishing is a true art.

The artists tools are as follows: The Canvas. The Pallette, Color, Brush, Imagination, and finally Creation or Realization.

How are these tools applied to Fly Fishing? Well, lets begin with the Canvas. A Canvas is the basis of any painting. It is the matter upon which colors can be applied and a brush finds resistance. In fly fishing, the canvas… Continue

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 4:39am — 2 Comments

Bass: Fishing in my neck of paradise

Welcome to my very first Blog about the much talked about subject of Bass Fishing! I have the distinct privilege of living in the worst possible place in the world to fish for bass: Naples Florida. Bout the only decent bass fishing in "Gods Waiting Room" (as we call it), is in golf courses. These however, are closed to the public, and if I could count on my hands the times Ive been kicked off of them, I would need to use my toes as well. Because of this, fishing for bass here is really… Continue

Posted on July 5, 2008 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

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At 9:40pm on May 19, 2010, Tammy Ennis said…
You asked me a little while ago about a picture i had on my page and I am pretty sure it was the one from Kerrville Texas right on the border by the town of Ingram on the northern end of the Guadalupe River outside San Antonio.
At 12:18pm on July 25, 2009, James Ovelmen said…
Snook get bigger, pull harder, and I know how to work a mangrove shore line much better than how to read a river. Plus, here in Texas we do not have any dry fly action, it is all size 18-24s on nymphs and emergers. It does not compare to a big snook blowing up on a popper or spook.
At 9:24am on July 21, 2009, James Ovelmen said…
Jon, the Trout down here in Texas are pretty big, but they are all stocked fish. I like living here in Austin, but I can't understand how you can complain about living in Naples. There is great Snook fishing. I would trade Snook for hatchery trout in a second.
At 8:08am on June 3, 2009, Ivan said…
Hi Jon,,, well dad just went back home,,, only here for a week and the weather was not the best so no fishing this trip but he will be back in a couple of months,,, would like to be able to meet up by the bridge and go fishing up there,, we will see,,, sorry to hear about your dad... that is sad..... we do enjoy every minute and it has only been a couple of hours but I already miss him and will be patiently waiting for his phone call when he gets home..
At 11:51am on May 24, 2009, don striper slayer said…
Hey jon A.Funny thing,i still got my polka-dot rooster tail....btw nice crappie.
At 7:29am on May 18, 2009, Ivan said…
Hello Jon and thank you for stopping by our page,,,Dad will be coming back down soon so hopefully we can do a replay of that picture... Last year was just unbelievable,,, full box and heading home before dark!!! that picture was taken three summers ago now........
At 9:12am on May 17, 2009, NoelDLS said…
Oh yeah that carp was more then I was expecting...I was wondering when he was going to get tired. I remember watching a show with Lefty Kreh & Skip. Lefty invited up to PA to fish for fresh water bone (I believe that's what he called them or reds). Well that's what Lefty called them and comparted them too. Anyway they were using 10 WT fly rod and shrip flies. He said that the carp in the area have calluses on their head from rolling rocks and searching for crawfish...You could see them doing it in the show too. Anyway that's going to be my next adventure to catch a carp...On a fly rod....I have a 9 WT so hope it works. Already got the flies too...LOL
At 11:42pm on April 14, 2009, Nick said…
Well if you ever make it over this way let me know and I will take you out and put you on some big bass. But it won't be long before they all start heading deep again.
At 9:56am on March 24, 2009, Fishingrl said…
yes new pics are up
At 4:25am on March 22, 2009, Fishingrl said…
love your pics...and enjoyed reading your profile....blessings

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