Archive for the ‘Fishing’ Category

Yearning for the sea

Despite the fact that I’ve spent most of my life living in the middle of the country, I been fortunate enough to visit both coasts several times in my life. When I was really young, I got the chance to see the ocean up in the Northeast (New York) then for several years we visited my grandparents out West in San Diego.

Later on, several friends and I went to Daytona Beach for Spring Break our senior year of high school. The last time was over twenty years ago (wow, it’s been that long!) when I went back up to Northeast again, this time to Cape Cod.

Anyway, I’ve always been drawn to the ocean and so when I came across this article and video on what they call “ghost nets”, I knew I had to post them. Ghost nets are nets left by fishing ships, nets that will continue to kill animals for many years to come.

The article is entitled “The Unseen Slaughter Under the Sea” by Taylor Hill and the video is entitled “Watch Divers Free Sharks and Other Marine Animals Caught in Deadly ‘Ghost Nets’” by Todd Woody, both over at Takepart.

One last note, what do you do with those old nets? Check out this article over at Remodelista entitled “DIY: Pot Holders Knit from Ocean-Tossed Twine” by Justine Hand. FYI, she does sell them as is noted towards the end of the article. I’m planning to this Christmas. They’ll make a great gift.


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Okay this story hit sort of close to home. As a kid, I loved to fish but as I got older, I sort of started siding with the fish. My three kids are the same way. They like to fish up north at our cabin but only as long as we can catch and release. The story is entitled “The Last Fish” by Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati over at Care2.



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Mother Nature at her best

Okay, it’s been a while since I posted more than a couple of articles but since I found myself relating to each of these articles, I thought I would go ahead anyway.

The first two reminded me of our family cabin up north and fishing.  In the first one, it seems the fish got the better part of the fisherman and it’s about time. The story is over at GrindTV from Yahoo! and is entitled “A Hooked Marlin Sinks a Fishing Boat? Well, Something like That” by David Strege.

This next article is for my dad. While I’ve never gone ice fishing myself, I know he did and so I thought this ones’ for him. It’s entitled “Fishing Is Just Not the same without a Very Cold Brew” by Joe Barrett at the Wall Street Journal.

This third one is for the game of hockey, a game my family has been following since my brother first started playing organized hockey back when he was around twelve years old. Go Blues! Oh yeah, the article is “RinkWatch: How backyard skaters are monitoring climate change” by John Platt at the Mother Nature Network.

The fourth one reminded me of a time I was outside on my way to work waiting for the bus when I saw what must have been hundreds of birds flying off in the same amazing way. It was quite a view. This article is also over at the Mother Nature Network and is entitled “Stunning ‘bird ballet’ interrupts ad shoot” by Russell McLendon.

This last one reminded me of a great book I read, The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare. I remember him talking about Whale vomit and how much it’s worth and apparently this guy got really lucky. The article is “Man Finds (valuable) Whale Vomit on English Beach” by Mike Krumboltz.

Happy reading!


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Northern lights

Yesterday my daughter and I were sifting through some pictures to use for her “Student of the Week” poster and one of them was of my mom and the two older kids roasting marshmellows over a campfire by our cabin. Lately I’ve seen a couple of articles on Minnesota and so I thought I would post those tonight.

First up, in a town near our cabin (Walker, Minnesota) there is a festival just for the Worlds Ugliest Fish and here’s a link to a little video that I found on Yahoo this morning about the aforementioned festival.

I also found this article on the ice fishing up north on Lake Minnetoka over at the New York Times entitled “The Warmth of Winter is Casting a Chill on Ice Fishing” by Monica Davey.



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Going back in time

First let me just say that my previous post Follow the Moon was in fact suppose to come before the one entitled “Funny how these things happen“. Oh well!

That said, going back again to the book I’m reading, Four Fish by Paul Greenberg,  I have come across another uplifting article on salmon entitled “Extinct Salmon Discover in Japanese Lake” by Julian Ryall at National Geographic.

That leads me to a couple of other articles on another of the four fish, Tuna. They are “Anglers Are in Dire Straits Along Istanbul’s Bosphorus” by Marc Champion at the Wall Street Journal and “Tuna’s End” by Paul Greenberg at the New York Times. I may have posted on this last article before but perhaps it bears repeating.

Interestingly enough, this last article falls under the subject of whales and whaling at the New York Times. Hmmm…


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While we’re on the topic of the ocean and…

Since the ocean is home to one of my favorite animals, the sea turtle, I thought hey, here are a few articles I’ve compiled on them lately.

This first one is some good news to one of the sea turtles most dangerous foes, man. It’s entitled “Ruling on Longline Fishing Aids Turtles” by Cornelia Dean at the New York Times. It’s about time.

These next three (yes, three) are all about one of our sea turtle friends in particular, the Hawskbill and all written by Rhishja Larson at EcoWorldly. They are “849 Endangered Hawksbill Turtles Rescued in Vietnam“, “Rangers of Indonesia’s Thousand Islands Marine Park Work in Isolation to Monitor Hawksbill Turtle Nests” and  “Performance-Based Conservation ProgramHelping Hawksbill Turtles in Nicaragua“.

We also have one article on another sea turtle, this one the Olive Ridley entitled “Brunei Releases Olive Ridley Turtle Fitted with Transmitter“, again by Rhishja Larson at EcoWorldly.

For those of you (like me) who don’t have a favorite, we have one more article for you called “Bahamas Outlaws Killing of All Sea Turtles” . Yes, again at EcoWorldly but this time by Derek Markham.

Finally, a little closer to home,we have just another example of our our friends remain imperiled. The article is “Miami Beach’s Sea Turtles Threatened by It’s People”. It shows us how there is still work to be done to help them.



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Summer days

I heard at my son’s IEP today how he wanted to write a story about fishing and his summer vacation. On that intro, here are a couple of stories about fishing, the old fashion way, by hand.

The first one is “Still Trout Fishing in America” by Michael Wolcott at the High Country News.

The next day, this article came out. It’s a little more local. It’s entitled “Hand-Caught Catfish Inspires Youthful Memories in Arnold” by Christine Byers at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Oh, if it were only summer again!


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