Thursday, December 13, 2012

My First Fish

MY FIRST FISH, short film from norcal on Vimeo.

This great video was sent to me by my friend Dan Cockrum. Dan's son is Jason Cockrum and he is the one rowing the driftboat for his friend and his young son in the video. The video triggered a lot of great memories of my first fish ( it was a slightly smaller fish, a bluegill ). I was about the same age as the young boy. My grandmother loved to fish and my mother would take take her to a pond northeast of Modesto, in the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada, out near the village of Milton. I would tag along on these trips and these events eventually led me to a lifelong passion for fishing.

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Seeing the video reminds me of how thankful I am that my mom and dad took the time to help me fulfill my desire to fish. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Another Boat We All NEED!

Live in an apartment and want need a driftboat? According to the manufacturer, " the boat ships UPS, fits in a tiny teeny box "...

Inflatable driftboat? I want need one.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Escape From Summer: 110°F - 51°F Temperature Differential!

With home ( Modesto ) temperatures forecast to be 108°F+, we decided that a mountain getaway was in order! The ultimate destination was Crowley Lake ( which was pretty warm in itself ) but the plan was to arrive at Crowley in the evening and return the following evening.
As we made our way towards our destination, we noticed on the car's temperature sensor, that in Chinese Camp, the temperature reached a scorching 110°F! When we reached Tioga Pass, we were greeted by thundershowers and  temperatures in the mid 50's!!

With the Crowley fishing reported to be " epic ", it was not to be! I had only one strike Saturday evening and no strikes on Sunday fishing from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Others that we spoke to had similar results, however one of our buddies did land his first Crowley Lake rainbow, a 22" hog!

To delay our decent to hell ( the Valley heat ) we stopped to get my skunk off at Ellery Lake. We all caught a few and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the refreshing mountain air.

Our objective of escaping the Valley heat was achieved as the 50-60°F temperature that we were able to enjoy up towards Tioga Pass was fantastic!

The drive back down was beautiful with the thundershowers and the always majestic scenery of the " other " Yosemite.
Anyway, it was an enjoyable time! I guess I'll wait awhile before I go back to Crowley but I will go back this year!