The depression is still festering in my soul since we returned from the Deep dark southern badlands of Louisiana. All I have left are videos and pictures to remind me of what a great fishery they have. There is a light at the end of the Depression tunnel. A return after bulls in February and the plans for an annual excursion.
On August 31, 2012 the world lost a great son. A senseless act of crime has taken away a quite legend amongst West Virginia Musky fishermen. The state has lost a officer. JADE has lost his owner. A mother and father have lost a son. A sister has lost a brother. A niece has lost an uncle. And the Musky have lost a great friend.
What saddens me the most is that I didn’t get to call you friend but for a shot time. We will all miss you….R.I.P.-Donkey!
O-How I love to fish from a boat, preferably with some HoEs but usually it’s a stick party. It’s amazing how I hate to even think of wade fishing anymore, miles of walking followed by more miles walking back. I end up carrying around way to much stuff since I’m used to carrying everything I might possibly need to catch anything from bluegill to great white sharks. Anymore when I look at a stream, I’m looking for possible way to navigate through it in my raft or John Boat. I guess it’s part of the evolution, I’m looking for big fish. Big fish need big water. If your gonna fish big water, then you gotta be able to cover lots of water and what better way than from a boat.
Where do I begin with boats? Rafts in the 1-man, 2-man, 3 man versions. Wooden drift boats, fiberglass, composite plastics, or aluminum. It all depends on what type of water your gonna fish, how good your are behind the oars or if you can run a prop or jet motor. There really is no boat that will work in every type of water. If I had to choose something it’s would be one of the Towee boats or New hog island skiff, but still there are streams that I have fished where only a raft will do.
I’ve also come to realize that boats with a motor, A.k.A. “motorboats” come with way to many rules and regulations. ”Thankfully I’m old enough not to require a boater safety exam, but you can get your Virginia Boating License online here. But I have bought me a shiny new whistle and 3 four dollar life vests that I don’t have to wear. I can’t wait to go to the DMV and get all these fancy tags and licenses, I’m sure it will only take a few minutes.