June…

Yes, we have been quiet.  Although, we have been busy.  We have been crabbing, fishing, and all kinds of other odds and ends.  Yard looks really good, and for the most part, the weather has been pleasant.  Winter wood is nearly done.  Shed is full, and we have a couple more permit loads to get home for extra.

Since everyone seems to have fallen off the planet, we are making an adjustment.  Another couple of weeks here at home fishing, then off to somewhere else we go.  It will be a ton of work, as always, but a needed break from whatever is going on here.  Fall bookings are looking good, and we are looking forward to it.  So, with all of the hustle and bustle, that is why we are remaining under the radar…

For now, have a good summer, and we will visit from time to time.  Sara is now in charge of the online stuff, social media, website, and trip bookings…

Soon!  Very Soon!

Soon! Very Soon!

May Day…

Today is the 1st of May.  The un-official start to our summer season.  Of course, there all of the rallies, and gatherings.  Everyone wants something!  We want a nice summer.  Plenty of fish, good crabbing, pleasant weather, and time well spent around the fire pit.  As we head into summertime, we are seeing the first of the coastal Chinooks.  Crabbing has been really good, clamming is good too.  Just need our new boat to get back from the doctor.  She is getting a re-do, and all pimped out.

This weekend, we are going to lay low, and get our garden seeds planted, and the plot prepared.  Shop detail is going well, so will continue on that as well.  Next week, it is here fishy fishy!  Have a wonderful weekend…15

Shake It Til You Make It!

That is the slogan for the “Brian Grant” foundation…We have been super busy around this country, for sure…

Over the weekend, we fished in the “first annual”, Rick Leach Parkinsons Tournament.  Rick is part of our family, and Brian is a very good friend.  The river was, lets say, a little busy.  I could`nt resist, and had to do atleast one picture of the event.  Sara is going to do another post at her leisure, and do a photo album link to our social media sites…

For now, here is a shot of our skeleton crew!  Me, a ginger, and retired Navy dude, a young motor mouth kid, and a dude in a wheelchair!  How about that for a gangsta group?  We were loud, had good conversations and laughs, and had fun, with 1000 of our closest friends.

The Parkinsons Wrecking Crew! 2015

The Parkinsons Wrecking Crew! 2015

Good Gear…

From time to time, we come across some pretty cool things.  This is one of them.

We recently had some friends here, and became involved with Mustad America, in a small way.  Cannot Thank them enough.  What many don`t know, is that they have more than hooks.  Way More!

Check them out, and see.  Hooks, pliars, dry bags, swivels, tied rigs, fly hooks, knives, and a bunch more…And, make sure you check with the rest of our links, for more cool things.  We`ll give all a good mention as we head through Spring….

Gettin` Crabby with Mustad...

Gettin` Crabby with Mustad…

Way Back…

This was the first Chinook I ever caught in the ocean.  We were moored at Riverbend in Newport.  That place is now just a run down storage area now.  Full of junk, as it once was a booming marina!  That place was packed and super busy all of the time.

It was caught in the prop wash of our boat. Tokamo!  It bit a two day old anchovy, that had dried to the deck, with crappy line, and rusty hooks!  There you go, a shot from long ago, a blast from the past…At least there was a bright spot from time to time.  The rest is another story.blognewport#1

Spring Chinook

Spring Chinooks will be be here before too long.  They are in the bigger systems now, and the coastal fish will come after.  Most of them are a later return here.  Big, Fat, and Super Fresh.  Depending on where we are, and what we are doing, Crab too…If anyone wants to do a summer time gig, get in touch.  We have limited time to get them, so why not get on the calendar?

We have available space for Summer fish and sand, and a few spots left for the fall.  Please get in touch…blogfall2014#7

Blazin` Hot!

There have been a few updates to the site.  We have some new groups we have become affiliated with.  Another place for some really good glasses.  And super good people to work with.  We are very impressed.  Who knows, maybe someday we will design our own line.  We mentioned a new rod company, so we added the link to St Croix rods as well.  So, check them out.

Also, we have been big fans of good food, for most of our lives.  Last holiday season, we ended up getting ourselves a treat for Christmas.  It ended up being an amazing connection.  We found, what we believe, is the very best beef products you can buy.  And, the best dogs and sausages we have ever had.  Expensive, yes…Worth it?  Without question.  Dry aged, and blends of burger to die for.  Melt in you mouth, for real.  We ended up becoming well aquainted.  Please look at LaFrieda Meats.  Absolutely amazing meat, and again, fabulous people to work with, and ordering is super easy.

Now, over the years, we have become “friends”, with many.  So, no excuses for not finding what you want, when it comes to what we use around here.  Clothing, shades, food, skin care, and the list goes on…

If you would like to see what its like to have an amazing grilled burger, or steak on the river, we would be happy to show you.  The request has to be a couple of weeks before your trip, to ensure it is here, and ready for you.  This is by order only, and there will be an added fee to your fishing cost.  Again…More than worth it!  Besides, it gives us a chance to rest, and tell neat stories during lunch…

Going to be a very hot and uncomfortable week for us.  Nearly 100 each day.  No good!  Be safe, and try to enjoy atleast part of your week, despite the heat.

I Can Make It!

I Can Make It!

New Changes…

Well, it appears that there is no longer any secrets.  We find it interesting, how you say nothing, and all of the sudden, everyone knows.  Everyone talks behind your back, often, and yet, they follow you more!  People are so funny sometimes.

Anyway…I had major surgery at the end of March.  Two complete tendon tears, with 2 inch retraction in my shoulders.  I was released in ten weeks.  Pain is to subside in 6 months to a year.  That is one event.

We helped develop new rods for a company, and kind of got shut out of the mix.  If we become involved in the future, it is up to them.  So, during a search, and some conversations with some old friends, we were fortunate to get on the pro team for St Croix Rods.  Actually, pretty cool for us.  Something to experiment with, and learn.

Next, we were contacted again, to see if we wanted to become involved with Yo Zuri.  This is in the beginning stages.  They are going through some major changes, and asked us if we wanted to come back, and be part of the team.  Absolutely!  But, yet to be seen if we get treated well, and it becomes what it once was.  In the past, we met some amazing people, and got a couple of super good friends out of it.  Not to mention amazing line.  We shall see…

As we have mentioned before, our driver is out on our computer.  So, we cannot publish any “New” pictures at the moment.  With surgery, and a bunch of other issues, we have become even more poor.  We are going to get a new computer shortly.  Just trying to find the right one, for our needs.  Kind of important now, since we have a new camera, and Sara won a GoPro from an event at work.  Something else new, and to mess with.  That should be fun.

Now, in case you have`nt figured this out yet.  Things have been breaking, or we were forced into doing things different.  So, in the light of all of the events, and age.  We got rid of the power boat.  It served it`s purpose for the time being.  We re structured how the company is run, so why not go for it all the way.

We ordered a new one on June 6th.  D-Day!  It was supposed to be done by the middle of August, end of the month at the latest.  Well, as of this week, it is going to come home to us on the first week of September.  That, is going to be painful.  A whirlwind of work for a couple of days, and thrown right into the fire with the fall season.  Either way, it is expensive!  But exciting at the same time.  Our schedule is looking really good, with just a handful of days left to fill.  So, those that were given the option to come, and decided not to, you are going to miss out on some maiden voyages.  Oh, and a couple of TV shows too!

There you go!  By the time D-Day comes to the house, we should have a new computer, and will introduce her to the world.  For now, paying tribute to the old…Have a good weekend…

BYE!

BYE!

Sparky…

An interesting day.  Our Television connection has been restored.  New, and super clean and clear.  Amazing what you can get when you have huge problems, and get into an affair with the provider.  Nice to know, that you have to pull teeth to get things fixed, after 13 years as a customer.

As for the rest.  Stormy this morning.  Lots of close lightening, and big thunder.  Love those storms, but mostly a short rest from the big heat.  Heat has always been a problem for my family.  Never have taken it well, so it was nice.  A usual Sunday for sure, but added relief, and we ended the day mostly relaxing.  It would have been a good day to nap, but still having trouble sleeping.  A side effect, that is no good from surgery.

Going to be another hot week unfortunately.  With a lot going on.  Running to and fro, getting the last of the chores done as we can, and final prep for the fall.  Canning and bait coming up shortly.

Still messing around with programs, and hopefully soon, a new computer to get some new shots circulating.  For now, guess you`ll just have to deal with modified photos.  Kind of fun anyway.

Have a good week!  We will be busy…

Sky King!

Sky King!