A friend of mine had never caught a Bowfin bef…

A friend of mine had never caught a Bowfin before and had heard about me talking about how cool of fish they were. So we made a trip out to my favorite spot for them and cast out a few baits and found some eager fish

FVTU September Program

A Negative

I thought I better make my blood type public. That way, if I have another trip like tonight and you find me pale and unconscious by the side of the river after the mosquitos drain my blood, you can pass that info on to the rescue team.

Aside from the mosquitos using me to bulk up for winter, I had fun picking up where I last left off on Radley Creek. Enough time has passed since all of our rain that water levels are back down to normal. The sky was clear, but the sun is setting earlier now and so the fish were out and cooperative.

I caught eleven brown trout before climbing out at 7:30 when it got dark.

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

When I first started writing and posting pictures on the internet I wanted to make a real difference. As I started getting used to the way the internet works I found it harder and harder to post about things that were critically important to me, simply because there was a big stigma about those topics. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Currently suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, meaning we lose over 44,965 people each year. Even more frightening is the fact that suicide is the second highest cause of death in the age group of 15-29. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention set the theme of “The Power of Connection” trying to bring real conversations about mental health to the surface and destroy the stigma of these topics. Because if we were all honest, we have all struggled. Whether it is depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compusive disorder, eating disorders, seasonal affective disorder, being suicidal, and many other. We all have been affected by one of these, or are close to someone who has struggled with these. I will be the first to admit that I have struggled with many of the things in that list. But I want to take this moment to say there is hope. There is always hope. People do truly care about you and want to help you conquer this. If you are in a dark place, there are many resources to help you. The first step is always terrifying, but there are so many people, family members, doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, and so many others, who want to see you overcome this. If you need help please reach out.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

Crisis Text Line: text TALK to 741-741

Statistics from the CDC

Picture of Blue Catfish to get your attention 

We haven’t gotten any rain in far too long. Th…

We haven’t gotten any rain in far too long. The farmers like it because they can start harvesting the corn early. But us fisherman could really benefit from a few storms

A fun day wading the creek resulted in a good …

A fun day wading the creek resulted in a good number of Hybrid Sunfish and tiny Largemouth Bass

I took my kayak out on the Ohio River for the …

I took my kayak out on the Ohio River for the first time and did a little fishing

After all the Mooneye I have caught, I finally…

After all the Mooneye I have caught, I finally managed to land a Goldeye!

Anytime I find riprap with a strong current th…

Anytime I find riprap with a strong current these little Spotted Bass seem to be hanging around

A lazy summer evening on the river resulted in…

A lazy summer evening on the river resulted in a number of Skipjack Herring