Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday Morning Coffee- July 11. Bass Finger Edition

Yawn, stretch, scratch, sniff, open left eye first. Is it okay to get out of bed? No choice, I have to leave for work in an hour, so I stumble to the kitchen and set the electric kettle to work, boiling water for our coffee. I'm going to drink a quart, so I don't know what you're going to do.

I got to looking at this site this weekend and realized it has gotten pretty sparse as of late. What can I say? I've been working, fishing and writing. I've also taken a bit of a hiatus here. When blogging feels like work it's time to step it on back.

I have been enjoying my summer- the fire, the heatwave, the insanity of the tourist season, my frenetic fishing between jobs, the successful release of the book by the Boyne Writer's Circle, grilled vegetables, light-seeking bugs in my house at nights, a couple of long drives in search of something not fish, and visits by new friends and old, some of whom I didn't quite connect with.

Beaver Island is everything you have read and more. I'm planning on spending a week next year, though mostly to write. With spotty cell service, worse internet, and a long trek back to the mainland, I can't think of a better place in the continental US to escape to.

What? Are you grunting at me? At this hour in the morning? You want me to shut up and show you fish pictures? Even though I Facebooked most of them?

Very well- here's half my summer in pics.

First- this was my one and only Hex fish. Tom Hazelton took the picture. I felt so guilty- I was trying to get him into a fish like this, but he kept insisting on taking turns. If you look close you can just make out the trees back-lit by lightning.

This was another fish with Tom, only he was two reefs away, and I had to shoot it myself.

I've fished brook trout with Alex Cerveniak and on my own, and I've made my way back to my flats and found fish galore. Never the ones I'm seeking, but always something to keep it interesting.

I have bass finger. Bad. Don't ever stick your finger in a bass' es is es es' mouth. I have these purple bruises where healthy skin should be, as if they start digesting those gobies the moment they strike. I'm serious- the skin is rough, and I have been in pain all day. Okay, so I'm a wimp. A purple-fingered, sore-elbowed wimp. I love smallmouth.

I got up this morning and saw that a fresh edition of Wednesday Nibbles is up over at Troutrageous!. Yours truly got a mention in it over one of my bass pics I had posted to Facebook, so Mike Agneta, this one is for you-

"ya, I am a sumo bass"

What should you expect here at Fontinalis Rising? Well, I have on tap an interview of guide Kelly Neuman along with some streamers to give away, and I have a review of Redington's Sonic Pro Zip-Front waders. Yes I like them, and I have more stuff to give away then. If you like my creative work, then check out the Green Issue of Blood Knot, and I have to say that I posted this hastily to have some fresh material up, as I have an article being featured on MidCurrent today. I think it's my best piece ever, so be sure and check it out. It will be in today's newsletter.

Okay, the carafe is empty and it's time to go to work. Have a great week.


  1. Nice. Posted by 4 am with lots of pictures! Lots of links! Lots of fish! Too many exclaimation points. (By the way, I hooked a big brown on the PM about a month ago, and then I lost it. So, I don't have any pictures, but... I've been enjoying my summer, too. Keep postin'!

    1. Thanks JZ. I will keep posting. You keep fishing.


  2. I don't know how you get anything accomplished or how you keep from turning around and meeting yourself coming and going! Keep posting buddy and we'll keep reading.

    By the way, enjoyed your story in Blood Knot!

    1. Thanks Howard, I'll do my best. Thanks for the BK props. I'm hoping life slows a little as the summer wears on.

      I always appreciate your comments. I think "if Howard is still reading my blog I must be doing something right".

  3. I have boycotted facebook, so I need you to continue posting your pics on here so I can live vicariously through you.

    1. Oh great Master- I guess I will have to be more diligent here at FR. Even if I am--- the most uninteresting man in the world. That's a Dos Equis joke by the way.

      Thanks for reading!

  4. I hope you're joking about feeling guilty. If it helps, I'll claim the assist, since you used my rod with my fly to hook it.

    What an epic night.

    1. Tom- you definitely get the assist. You had the fly. Come fish again, anytime.