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Fishing for Fun

Saturday May 11, 2013

Just hope everyone is fishing for fun these days.

Making a Difference

Sunday December 23, 2012

This holiday season is once again driving me to look back at my life. And the question I always end up asking myself is, did I make a difference? Read more...

A Final Goodbye

Monday December 17, 2012

Ron catches an American shad

This is my last blog post.  Today is the last day you will hear from me directly folks.  All of my articles are still here on the site and will be for quite some time.  So you can read and reference them as you always have.  Thanks to all my faithful readers and followers over the years.  Hopefully my replacement will take up right where I left off and not only continue, but make improvements to the site along the way.  Watch over your kids folks.  Take them fishing.  Teach them to fish and be outdoors, not stuck in front of a TV or computer game.  They are precious and you need to take care of them.  Fishing is  the best way I know to accomplish that, and About.com is the best place to learn how to be a better fishermen and a better parent.

My About.com email address has already been closed off, so one final - so long!  I shall miss each and every one of you!  Merry Christmas and may God bless all of you and your families.

It's Sheepshead Time!

Tuesday December 11, 2012

Photo © Ron Brooks

Fall means many things to many people. It's a time for leaves to drop and to witness the wonderful colors of nature. But in my world fall always brings about memories of crisp morning runs to a set of jetties or rocks, and a warming morning catching sheepshead... Read more...

Finding a Fall Fishing Day

Saturday December 8, 2012

Photo © Dan Uelk

Fall weather can be good one day and bad the next. For fishermen, that means picking the right day to head out. Some of us can't pick and choose any day, so we end up taking what we can get. But if you can pick your day, pick it wisely...

It's Time to Say "So Long..."

Thursday December 6, 2012

Photo © Ron Brooks

I have been blessed!  I have been the guide here on About.com's Saltwater Fishing site for almost 15 years.  It has been a thrill, but the time has come for me to hand the reins over to someone else.  Lots of issues are causing me to step down, the major one being my wife's current battle with cancer.  I've made a lot of friends, met a ton of people, and tried to share my fishing knowledge with all of you.   I have had a ball!  Almost 15 years!  It's been quite a ride for me.  Since 1998 I have been sharing my fishing experiences and knowledge with people around the world.  I will find it difficult to wake up every morning and not be checking and updating my site.

About.com is a great compilation of people - over 900 of them - who have a passion for their subject and a desire to share that passion with the world.  I will miss my friends at About.com, and I will  miss all my online fishing friends who email me regularly, and faithfully read my work.  I have so many people to thank, and the first in that thank-you line is Ronnie Garrison, About.com's Freshwater Fishing Guide.

Photo © Ron Brooks

Ronnie is the man who got me started not just at About.com, but also writing for several outdoor magazines.  Ronnie - you are the man!

A new guide is standing in the wings to take over and provide new, fresh content and answers to your fishing questions.  I've made my recommendation, and the selection process is underway.  Until then, you will still see the site updated and you will still receive the weekly newsletter if you are subscribed.  So, hang in there!  And when the new guide is announced, I encourage all of you to welcome that person the way you always welcomed and encouraged me.

Praying to the Tuna Gods

Thursday December 6, 2012

Photo © John Beall

One person I fished with stands out more than any other. We served our country together and became best friends. Over the past thirty years we have stayed in touch and managed to fish together quite a few times, even considering the distance between us. This particular trip was a tuna trip out of Southern California.

Winter Fishing Results

Sunday December 2, 2012

Winter fishing has set in around everywhere. King mackerel are being caught off south Florida, and sailfish are jumping in the boat down there. Farther north, vermillion snapper and black sea bass are cooperating in huge numbers on near shore wrecks and reefs... Read more...

Choosing the Right Terminal Tackle

Friday November 30, 2012

Bottom fishing, whether inshore or in deep offshore waters, necessarily means making a choice on the terminal tackle you plan to use. Many anglers catch fewer fish as a result of a poor choice or no choice at all. The right choice depends on the fishing situation at hand... Read more...

A Big Bull for John

Wednesday November 28, 2012

We ran probably 10 miles off the reef, past the southbound shipping lanes and toward the middle of the Gulfstream. Southbound ship traffic always runs just inside the stream to avoid it's six-knot northerly current. Northbound traffic rides the middle to take every advantage of the extra push. We found a small weed line of Sargasso and put out our baits... Read more...

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