the fish gods took pity on me.
bamboo rods, it took a smooth relaxed casting stroke. you cannot force or push a bamboo rod. instead you have to go through your casting
stroke, almost in slow motion, and just “let it cast” itself. at least that’s what i tell myself when i’m casting
one. when you step aside and just let it
do its thing you will unlock a magical sweetness not duplicated anywhere else
on the face of this earth. the rod
instantly transforms from a useless limber stick to a magical wand that will do
anything and everything you want it to in both fresh and saltwater... and do it
extremely effortlessly! this thing was
Sweet (with a capital s), i wanted to sneak away and run off with it. the seven mile walk/hitchhike home would have
been worth it. fortunately for james, i
couldn’t stop casting it. james also
makes a 8883
salt special single hand rod that i also got to fish (craig already has
one). this rod would be absolutely
perfect for sight fishing duties here.
the fishing. almost forgot about
that. this winter, despite it’s recent
ugliness, has actually been really good.
here we are in the beginning of february and there are lots of bones
around. in the few hours the four of us
fished, we hooked a bunch of fish and according to sean, monday was the
same. so they are definitely out there
though the conditions would suggest otherwise.
james’ bamboo rods also performed very well fighting bones. the 4/5 wt. switch i was fishing handled a
six to sevenish pound bone (in some pretty gnarly reef) with no problem at
all. the fish never got into my backing
and was still kicking hard when i tailed and released it.
if you are interested in owning one of james’
masterpieces click here for a link to
his website and contact info. be
forewarned, james has about a year and a half long waitlist for his rods and that
list is getting longer by the day. so
get in line (behind me) quickly if you want a crack at one in the next few
james reid 4/5 switch bent.
"bamboo" deano bent.
yet another notch in deano's bamboo.
craig thought he hooked a fish. then he thought it was a rock. it turned out to be a nohu or scorpion fish. watch out for those spines!
i got this little bonus weke (goatfish)...
and, of course, more of these guys.
after the sun sank below the horizon, the gods treated us to an absolutely ridiculous sky.
what a way to end a great day with good friends both old and new.
not enough bones for you yet? click here to see the rest of the week.