I’m not looking for thanks or praise for what I did in the military. I’m alive, not dead.
What I am looking to do is effectively communicate the idea of what Memorial Day is really about. If you really care, you will go visit a veteran’s grave. Leave a note, some flowers or something else that is meaningful. Take your kids, talk to them about sacrificing for something greater than themselves and how important it is to remember that guy that did exactly that.
I have a shitload of friends that are not here with me today, and I would gladly trade any BBQ to have them back.
If y’all remember awhile back I was talking about my Macbook Pro and how awesome it is. So I’ve been playing with iMovie, its built-in movie editor. Holy cow is this thing powerful! Anyways, this is what I have come up with. Advice: watch it in HD and turn up the bass.
This is me saying “sorry” in advance for giving you the fishing fever. Enjoy!
Without delving into politics (because that is most definitely not what this blog is about) I have to hand it to Louisiana for protecting and enforcing our 2nd Amendment rights. Good job, Louisiana! I’m proud to live here. (Now get those danged property taxes down!)
If you didn’t hear (and shame on you if you didn’t) Louisiana citizens overwhelmingly voted in Proposition Two. This legislation solidifies our 2d Amendment rights with language such as:
“The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall not be infringed. But this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person. Any restriction on this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”
I had one particular fishing trip earlier this year at the end of July. This fishing trip was special for a lot of reasons. The prevailing circumstances that caused it to be re-booked as well as the “beer thirty” occuring at 6am that morning. (that had me laughing!) It was a great trip! Chris and Steve were great people. Catching a limit of trout before 11am helps, too.
A lot of what you see me write about has a lot to do with the overall strategy of locating hordes of fish (namely trout), rather than the tactical approach of what bait to use and what technique to employ.
Because of this you haven’t often seen me rant or rave about any particular lure. I have already covered this in a previous article about why I use Dockside Matrix Shads.
As a charter captain, it is my goal to put my customers on the largest school of the dumbest and hungriest fish in the known world. If you get onto a good bite, they will not care what you are tossing. That is what a lot of my articles are about and when you read them you should keep that goal in mind.
With that said, we have all had days where the fish would only hit one thing being presented a certain way. I will cover that, too!! Metaphorically speaking, lets pick up the large fifty dollar bills before we start pinching the pennies.
Not everybody knows about Campo’s Marina when they should. Situated at the end of Bayou Yscloskey in Shell Beach, Campo’s offers these things that will complete your arsenal to kick some trout ass. See why Captain Devin prefers to use this marina to support his fishing charter.
Many of these guys moved on to civilian life. Sam took a round to the head on one deployment and, despite losing a lot of brain tissue, made one hell of a recovery. Today he attends college and is a model student.
What to do for Veteran’s Day? I suppose one could go fishing. Isn’t that what we love to do in our free time? After all, it is a day off from work. So why not go fishing? But what if we took a second to actually focus on what this day is about?
In an age where our country faces hard times, maybe doing something for our own pleasure would be selfish.
You may have not heard about it, but a well known Louisiana resident has put a new vacation rental on the market. Connie Glockner, formally of Glockner’s Restaurant on Lake Road in Lacombe and mother of the Big Branch WMA, has brand new accommodations available for rent. But what makes this vacation rental such a formidable fishing and hunting camp?
My philosophy is that if one wants be a master of his craft, he must master the basics. One of the things I didn’t like about becoming a charter captain is the automatic brand that I know everything there is to know and that I do not need to learn anymore. Nay! While I certainly do my best, I still feel that everyday I have something new to learn.
So with that in mind, I decided to go “back to the basics” and write a post about basic terminology, so everyone is on the same sheet of music. This is going to be pretty down and dirty. If you have anything to add, then please comment and let us all know!
No, I’m not talking about the fishing reports you see me post on RodnReel and Louisiana Sportsman. I’m talking about my fishing reports containing every detail of my fishing trips. These are files I keep to myself, so I can fall back on that recorded information to enhance my fishing ability. They are set on an encrypted hard drive and backed up onto an Iron Key that will melt down if someone tries to steal the information inside. I joke that it is much easier to get my Social Security Number than it is my fishing reports.
This is something I take seriously. Know that this information is “close hold”! It’s top secret! I’m not going to give that information up, as I have worked hard for it. However, I do want to share with you what my report format looks like and how detailed it is. Here is a sneak peek of Captain Devin’s Fishing Reports.
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I notice a lot of people don’t keep fishing reports. If they had something to use, even if it were just a simple format, then they could keep track of their progress and enable themselves to learn more. In the military, using after action reviews helped us see what we did in an action, what we needed to maintain and what we could improve upon. Keeping fishing reports is similar. It’s the key to success!
Look for an article in the future with details and pictures about my fishing report formats!