Episode-2055- Fishing From Bar Ditches to Big Water

Blacktips on the Beach, A Day of Fun and Good Eating if you Choose To Keep One or Two.

Time for a fun and easy going show today.  I am so sick of politics and economics and people being screwed by the state, how about we just talk about fishing today.  Yea they make you buy a license to do it but those are pretty cheap right?

Anyway I find there are generally two types of people when it comes to fishing.  First there are people that love it and second there are people who have yet to try a method of it that they love.  Seriously so many people I talk to that don’t like fishing say things like….

  • Its boring – Response, you don’t know how to fish
  • It’s too hot – Response, don’t go when it is too hot
  • It’s too expensive – Response, you are doing it wrong
  • I can’t find a place to fish – Response, tune in to today’s show

Saying you don’t like fishing to me is like saying, “I don’t like beer” you just haven’t found your brand yet.  Fishing can range from sitting in the shade with line in the water enjoying a beverage and almost hoping nothing bites to a wilderness adventure where hiking in is the hardest thing you do on the entire trip.

My wife said often she didn’t like fishing but when I introduced her to small river small mouth everything changed.   Standing in the crystal clear moving water about thy deep in an old worn our pair of shoes and cut offs on a July day, catching 100+ bronze brawlers in a single day changed that for her.  To the point where I was the one saying “okay time to go” and she was the one responding with “wait, one more cast”.

Today I just want to talk about fishing in a variety of ways, how to find spots to fish, what to try to simply get started and even a bit about the advanced electronics currently being installed in my boat, can you say automation?

Join Me Today to Discuss….

  • Why humans tend to enjoy fishing
    • The primal drive
    • The reward factor
    • The fact that you never really know what will happen
  • Finding places to fish
    • Just pay attention and look around (situational awareness)
    • Google maps/earth
    • Talk to people at stores, bait shops, etc.
    • Yes forums and online (lowest results of all, except when you network)
  • My go to rods and reels
  • Some Fishing Stories and Techniques from 35 Years of Fishing
    • Minnows with a bread bag
    • Fishing with flowers
    • Sharks at Jax Beach and Sanibel Island (the swimmers ran away)
    • Mudfish and golden shiners
    • Hand-lines and Ditch Eels (actually Amphiuma)
    • Sticks and trout
    • Floating worms
    • Small River Bronze Backs
    • The Hell Pet technique
  • New electronics for my boat and what they do together
  • Why I love both high and low tech fishing

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12 Responses to Episode-2055- Fishing From Bar Ditches to Big Water

  1. Sean in Florida

    Hope you have a great birthday tomorrow Jack. Thank you for all you do and have done to help so many to learn, build new skills, and achieve more Liberty in their own lives. Thank you brother.

    Sean in Florida.

  2. Lol….Got over 20 rods, a boat, an ice shanty, a pier cart and more gear than is really right….but this gal just hasn’t found the right beer.

  3. With respect to this quote: “I am so sick of politics & economics & people being screwed by the state — how about we just talk about fishing today. Yea they make you buy a license to do it but those are pretty cheap right?” — PERSPECTIVE: A fishing license is a prima facie evidence of BigGov over-reach. Please recall this DEFINITION: “A License is government granted permission to do that which is illegal, immoral or a tort.” The fish are claimed property of BigGov & license is designed to thwart your primordial, God given right to forage for a living.

    • Modern Survival

      I actually don’t have anywhere near the problem with something like a fishing license as I do with say most other taxes.

      First you only pay if you choose to use it. Second many fish regulations don’t apply or frankly are not really enforceable on privately owned waters.

      What I mean is you can and damn well might be cited for hunting deer without a license on your own property. However if you have surface water 100% on your property it is YOURS, you are not going to be cited for fishing there.

      Translation, fishing is mostly done on land that in the days of old would have been called “the commons” something must pay for their management. And some mechanism must prevent over harvest. Can we do that without a state, bet your ass we can, but right now we have one.

      And again it is voluntary, if you don’t want to hunt or fish you are not forced to pay for the management of the game I pursue.

      Also in 1993 I came to Texas and started fishing. That is 24 years, in those 24 years I have never once been asked by a warden to provide my fishing license.

      So I am going to put fish and game management way at the bottom of the list of the State’s evil doings, still evil but sort of like shoving someone to skip a place in line evil, rather than many other evils akin to say burning a barn full of puppies and kittens!

      • I agree to a point….. but it’s ironic how we use licenses to fund the fish and game, so they can pay a game warden to check our licenses. Hmmm.
        Personally, I think it’s my god given right to kill one elk, one deer, one antelope, catch 5 fish a day, and kill game birds without some douche at the capitol telling me I can do it.
        I agree it’s not as agregious as other state nazi tactics, but it’s still a revenue source that is unwarranted.

        • Modern Survival

          What if I think it is my God given right to gill net all the fish in the river, to hunt the elk to fund my restaurant and to kill 1,000 deer a month to sell as dog food?

          If the right is “God given” where exactly did God set “limits to population and consumption”?

        • Spr61@netzero.com

          Maybe common sense would have been a better term than god given. The limits I set fourth are enough to sustain. If some dipshit thinks it’s reasonable to take 1000 deer a month or gill net all the fish, then I guess we would need to find that guy and have a “side talk”. Police our own ? Maybe the “frozen fish” technique ?

        • Modern Survival

          See though I went to the extreme to make a point. So is 5 deer too many, what about 7? Who decides?

          This is what people don’t get about anarchy, there would still be a system of governance (ie rules) just no rulers.

          You’d need some research done, how many hunters, how many deer, reproduction rates, etc. No one is gonna do that for free! There is going to be some cost to be able to take part in use of the “commons” and frankly if the private sector could do as good as Texas Fish and Game does for 50 dollars a year all in for everything down here, I would be pretty happy.

          FWIW if you put a high fence around your property and make sure no deer are on it, then you say buy in deer even white tails and other game fish and game doesn’t have shit to say about a license, seasons, bag limits, etc because it becomes your property.

          I actually think things like Fish and Game Policing is already close to a true anarchy save that there is no competition. In an anarchy groups would band together and select their own company to provide said services over their own commons, etc. Simply put the earth can’t sustain a population of 4-5 billion “hunter gatherers”, but that is another problem all together.

  4. great show Jack…reminds me when I was 16 in Michigan and since a creek hit the road edge I realized I could float my canoe in there to a “private” lake with only two houses on it (I had checked Michigan law before I did this and you are right about the water rights). I caught the biggest slab black crappies that day with a friend. The lady comes out and asks us “how did you get in here” and we just said we paddled up the creek in the canoe. She was a bit puzzled, but let us fish. What a great day.

  5. Growing up in Alaska I’d never even met a fish/game warden, much less ever being asked for my license or checking the number of fish I caught. It’s not too bad now, but not nearly so carefree. Fast forward to last week on a camping road trip through northern Mongolia, one evening a fellow camper gave us a gift of 5 fish (some type of local grayling I think) caught from the stream we were all camped by. He gave them as a gift because he didn’t really know or have a good way to cook them, and he thought I was Russian and cooking fish. I asked him (well with my wife’s help since my Mongolian is still terrible) how much a license costs here, and he just smiled, shrugged, and said “don’t have one”. It’s not QUITE anarchy (for all I know it’s just foreigners need permits/licenses), but the frontier ‘feel’ and relative impotence/distance of the State made me feel a little like being that kid fishing the lake by my dad’s cabin in the Mat-Su Valley again.
    (BTW we were probably as unprepared as he was for cooking fish, but I MacGyvered the whole cleaning/cooking operation with a cheap pocket knife, a plastic food container cut apart for a makeshift cutting board, the little packets of oil and seasoning from a package of Ramen noodles we brought, and our little butane cookstove. The presentation wasn’t the prettiest, but still turned out awfully tasty…)