08/30/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little)
2.    Cream Cahills
3.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
4.    Slate Drakes
5.    Little Green Stoneflies
6.    Mahogany Duns

Most available/ Other types of food:
7.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
8.    Inch Worm (moth larva)
9.    Beetles
10.  Grasshoppers
11.  Ants

Fishing Information - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
When I first started fishing, about the only information I could obtain about it was from Field 'n
Stream, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield magazines. There were several books about fishing out at
the time but I wasn't able to obtain many of them until I was in my early twenties. I did read the big
three monthly outdoor magazines, cover to cover. Jason Lucas, fishing editor of Sports Afield was
my favorite writer. Another one was Jerry Gibbs with Outdoor Life. I will never forget years after I
had been reading his articles, getting excited about reading one he had written about me and my
instructional fishing videos. I had never met him at the time.

The next magazine I remember readying cover to cover was Bassmaster Magazine, published by
B.A.S.S. originator, Ray Scott. That was a few year later, in the late 1960's, when tournament
fishing was just getting started. I'll never forget the newspaper articles condemning him and the
tournaments he started. B.A.S.S. headquarters was located in Montgomery Alabama and I guess it
was only natural that the most complaints he got about the tournaments and publication came from
Alabama and nearby Georgia and Florida people. In fact, BASS tournaments were banned for a
few years on Lake Eufaula because of something they failed to foresee in their planning and rules.
Anglers were killing bass being released to cull their limit by sticking ice picks through their
bladders to keep them (they thought) from "signaling the other bass" holding on the same
structure that something was wrong. It took Scott and his crew a while to get all the rules ironed out
to prevent all the things anglers could come up with that adversely affected the resources but all in
all, they did a great job of it. I don't know of anyone more responsible for instigating "catch and
release" than Ray Scott. I am not a fan of Ray by any means. I've had my problems with him from a
business standpoint but he deserves credit for some of the good things he accomplished.

I guess you wonder where I am going with this, so I'll try to quickly get to the point. From
coast to coast, many bass fishermen complained the tournament anglers and information revealed
in Bassmaster magazine was destroying the lakes and rivers where they held tournaments
throughout the nation. Every time they scheduled a tournament, the complaints began. There were
always those that complained and tried to stop them from being held. The types of complaints were
so numerous it would take a book to cover them; however, it amounted to one thing.
At every
location there was always a certain group or class of guys that didn't want anyone else
fishing what they considered their water.
They didn't like the publicity of the tournament, the
tournament itself, or the articles that subsequently written about the fishing at that location. In fact,
there was a lot of
pure hate involved with the process of putting on the tournaments. It came from
a very wide range of people involved with fishing right down to the local fishermen.

In the late sixties and early seventies,
lake fishing maps came about. There were always maps
but these were designed to aid anglers with information about the lake. I'll never forget all the heck
raised by those who hated the fact that detailed map information was becoming available. Many
anglers considered certain coves, creeks and areas of the lakes and rivers to be their on private
fishing waters and didn't want anyone else to know they existed. "Let them find their own daxxxxxx
places" they would say. A few years later, topo maps that showed the contours of the lake bed
came available on some lakes. The people that opposed others having any information about the
lakes became even more critical. They would say things like "I spent years finding those dropoffs,
old underwater bridges and roadbeds and some XXXX wants to tell everyone exactly where
everything in the lake is".

The flasher fishfinder and later, the chart recording fish finders came out, again, mostly as a
results of Scott's B.A.S.S organization. Before that sonar technology was limited to the military and
commercial saltwater fishermen. There were thousands of fishermen that got upset about the
advent of fishfinders.
They felt like the underwater world of their honey holes were their
own private domains.

In 1980, I started the first ever nationally syndicated TV show on saltwater fishing. About the same
time interval, loran-c fishing charts started to appear on the market. They showed the location and
gave the loran-c TD coordinates of the public reefs. Notice I wrote "public" reefs, or reefs build to
help congregate fish for the public to fish such as old bridges and sunken boats and ships. That
too, caused many selfish fishermen, even including charter boat captains, to get upset. They didn't
want the information available to anyone even though the public paid for the reefs to be put there
in many cases.

I remember many charter boat captains and owners wanting to have me produce fishing shows on
their boats, yet at the same time, they wanted me to avoid giving out any information about where
we were fishing. I'm not referring to privately built reefs. I'm referring to general areas of offshore
water. They wanted me to leave my viewers in the dark so they would have to hire them to take
them fishing. I soon learned to refuse to deal with those with that type of self-centered attitude.
After a year or so of doing the programs, I ended up having my choice of guest or the best of the
best. It wasn't many years, that I was able to select who I fished with from the very best of the best
in North, Central and South America. Those outfitters, charter boat and guide services as well as
some tackle and boat manufacturers only interested in promoting their own self interest were
ignored. I learned quickly, and excuse me ladies and kids if you happen to read this, but I learned
very quick not to make a whore out of myself like many others have done regarding sponsorship. I
learned pretty quickly that fishing programs shouldn't be sales promotions for anything. I learned
quickly not to be involved with anyone that was against helping their fellow anglers and sharing
information. I have 46 instructional saltwater fishing programs and 19 fly fishing programs that tell
people how, when and
where to fish. I have four fishing websites that provide much info free.

For many years it has been just as satisfying and fulfilling to me to be able to help someone else
catch fish as to actually catch them myself.  By the way, that's one reason I don't participate in
anyone's fishing blog. If I did, I would probably be kicked off the list quickly because
I refuse to be
told what information I can and cannot reveal about fishing.

I have always been willing to tell anyone exactly where I fish and to recommend any waters (other
than private property) for others to fish.
You see, I leaned how to deal with that
disappointing part of the sport of fishing, arising from both self-centered professional
and recreational anglers, many years ago
. In some cases it temporarily cost me a lot of money
but in the long run, I feel that my efforts to always help others, from both a monetary and a
personal satisfaction basis, has paid off far better.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh