Author: Fishful Thinker

Fishful Thinker – Frozen Fish Fun

By Chad LaChance It’s cold out. 17 degrees to be exact. I was born and raised in Florida – south Florida even – so it’s no shocker that I dislike cold. My disdain for cold weather is well documented amongst my friends, so much so that fun terms like wuss, sissy, and wimp are used to describe my handling of the chilly days afield. Yet I go, albeit sometimes begrudgingly, because my inner sportsman refuses to let big, bad Mother Nature rob me of even one minute of time experiencing the best part of living, namely interacting with the...

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Fishful Thinker: Tools

By Chad LaChance It’s the ability to use tools that separates Man from the apes. Take away a human’s tools and we’re hosed, basically regressing to pre-caveman levels of effectiveness at surviving at all, much less keeping our coveted spot at the top of the food chain. Tools, clumped collectively under the technology banner, are what allow us to succeed at just about anything we attempt, assuming we do indeed succeed. From simple hand tools like a hammer to today’s crop of smart phones, technology – not the dog – truly is Man’s best friend. And it could be...

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Fishful Thinker: Hyperphagia

By Chad LaChance Hyperphagia. It’s the word of the day, or month, or season even. What’s it mean, you ask? It means bears are consuming 20,000 calories per day. It means squirrels are digging up every bulb you just planted. And it means baitfish have become the dominant force in fishing, and by that I mean if you don’t follow the omnipotent bait schools, you’re not likely catching trophy fish. What hyperphagia really means is an increase in appetite due to external factors. For today’s lesson, the external factor is the impending harsh reality of winter and the meager...

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Fishful Thinker: Dining Al Fresca

In my mind, September kicks off hunter-gatherer season. Don’t get me wrong, around my house we’re always considering the edibility of anything we grow, catch, or shoot at, but for whatever primal reason, early fall puts a sense of urgency to the whole concept. Never mind that we’ve been dining on fresh fish and garden pickin’s all summer; now it’s cooling down and feeding up for winter ain’t just on the minds of the very fish and game we pursue, it dominates my subconscious as well. When it comes to cooking and eating fish and game, I have a...

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The Fishful Thinker: The Line On Lines

By Chad LaChance Classic emailed question: “What kind of line do you use?” Standard answer: “In what application?” Friends, there is no cut and dry answer for that question these days! Today’s angler has an almost overwhelming variety of line types, weights and colors to choose from which is great; that way we can match our line to our fishing. It’s also a bummer, because deciding exactly which line will help you catch more fish can be very confusing. Many take a head-in-the-sand approach and fish with whatever happens to be on their spool. Not me. Nope, I take...

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