07/24/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.     Cream Cahills
2.     Cinnamon Caddis
3.     Slate Drakes
4.     Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
5.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6.      Inch Worms
7.     Grasshoppers
8.     Ants
9.     Beetles






Fishing Tales - Really Blowing Money
I'm running a little behind today and want to get out early to check the streams in the park
and make a few cast, so I'm making a re-run fishing story. I wrote about this a few years
ago. I also wrote about losing my billfold by falling in a hole on the Gallatin Rive in a recent
fishing tale article. Doing so reminded me that it wasn't really the first time I lost my billfold
fishing. Like the Gallatin River story, in this case I was able to find my billfold, but unlike
the Gallatin story, it was empty.

This happened several years ago when I was fishing an SKA Kingfish (King mackerel)
tournament. My fishing team consisted of Bill Hudson, Lloyd White, and Rick Carrie. My
twin, 225 HP engine, 25 foot Ranger saltwater, center console headed out of Pensacola
Pass, Florida, at about fifty knots just at the crack of dawn. We had a flat calm sea, as
flat as the Gulf can get, which is not at all typical of the pass or inlet into Pensacola Bay. If
you wonder how I can remember that, it's easy. That is as fast as it would run in calm seas
loaded with four people and 200 gallons of gas. The boat had a rocket launcher with a
seat in front of it that was just wide enough for two or three people. Lloyd and Bill were
standing left and right of Rick and I. We were sitting or learning back up against the
launcher seat. The seat is about billfold high when you are standing up. You don't really
sit down on these types of seats when you are running the boat. In normal seas, you
wouldn't be able to stay on the rocket launcher seat at all. If you did manage to do so,
your feet would be up well off the deck. Most of the time, you just lean up against that type
of seat.

All of a sudden, when things seemed to be going prefect, Rick snapped his head around
and yelled something like, "what was that". Thinking something was bad wrong, I pulled
back on the throttles. The last time Rick did that, I lost one of my Cannon electric  
downriggers overboard. That happened a few months earlier when we were fishing a  
sailfish tournament off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Rough seas caused it to
bounce off the coverboard, but that's another story. This time Rick said something like, "I
saw a flash of something fly by my head". Everyone else, including me, said they didn't
see anything. About the time I started to power back up, Rick said, "Hold Up". He spotted a
bill that was under the recessed area beneath the lockers at the stern of the boat caught
up in the deck overflow trough. It was about to go out the drain hole into the water. A scary
thought suddenly hit me. I reached for my billfold to discover it was gone. At about the  
same time, either Bill or Lloyd spotted my billfold caught up near the edge of the stern
lockers on top of the saltwater wash-down hose. When one of them handed it to me, I
immediately discovered that it was completely empty. There wasn't a single bill of any kind
in it.

Well folks, when I fished most of the saltwater tournaments I fished, I usually carried quite
a bit of cash. I always paid all of the expenses for my crew as well as my own, including the
boat expenses.  I didn't let my crew pay for anything. In addition, I always shared any
winning with them.

Ranger Boat Company re-reimbursed me for entrance fees and some of the boat and
travel expense, but I handled much of it. I had all of our boat fuel cash (some remote fuel
locations don't take credit cards and if so, if we have to refuel during the tournament, it
took additional time to pay by credit card. At that time, it cost about $300 to $400 bucks to
fill up a 200 gallon tank at marina dock fuel rates. It is scary to think that now it would be
closer to $700  to $800, but that's getting off the subject. There were two tournament
fishing days to go, plus I had to get the boat back to my home in Panama City, Florida. Of
course, there were things like food and drinks for the boat as well as other meals. I don't
remember the exact amount of cash money I had in my billfold that day, but I'm absolutely
positive it was several hundred dollars and mostly in $100.00 bills. I think it was about
$700 or $800 in one-hundred dollar bills and change.

I can well remember looking back behind the boat. As far as I could see there was a line of
bubbles where the boat had run in the slick water of the Gulf. One reason I can remember
it well, was due to the fact that is highly unusual. There's usually a two to four foot sea.
That morning it was slick enough to water ski. We were almost out of the sight of land. I
wanted to go on since the tournament fishing time was underway, but they talked me into
slowly running back down the line of bubbles to look for the money. I well remember Rick
saying that he had dropped money in the water before and that it would float for a short
time. He was exactly right. Some of the bills had sank down just below the surface in the
clear gulf water before we reached them, but once we spotted the first floating hundred
dollar bill, we quickly begin to find more bills nearby. Every time anyone spotted a bill, we
all would yell, "be a hundred'. The cash was floating in line with the bubbles and really not
that difficult to find.

I had a tuna tower on that particular Ranger. It had a small engine control console on the
tower. The person in the tower, Bill or Lloyd (I don't remember which) first spotted the bills
and they were able to back the boat right up alongside the money. Rick would pick the
bills up with the edge of the gaff as the boat eased back down the foam line. We didn't
move fast but not very slow either, because we knew it was slowly sinking. If I remember
correctly, we got it all back but $200 bucks or so. I do remember that I got most of it back,
thanks to my "Lone Ranger" crew. I was so disgusted, I wanted to go on because we were
losing tournament fishing time. Getting most of the money back was nothing short of
unbelievable. The word "lucky" isn't a good enough description of it. It was incredible. I've
always been pretty good at blowing money, but this is the only time I can remember getting
most of it back.

I always knew the rocket launcher seat tended to push my billfold up out of my pocket. I
had spotted it out of my pocket but still lying on the seat before that event occurred. I
usually wore either Tarponware clothing, or Ranger Boat clothes, both of which furnished
me plenty of shirts, jackets, shorts and pants. I think all the pockets had either zippers or
buttons. I know my Tarponware clothes had zippers but that didn't mean I always kept
them zipped.

The Tarponware company made excellent clothing for saltwater and freshwater fishing.
The company was located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but the clothing was designed for
saltwater fishing. This was back in the early 1990s, The company sent me a dozen or so
complete outfits each year. I'm not sure if it is the same company Simms now owns or not.

From that point on, I kept my pockets closed  - that is, in the boat. If you read a recent
fishing tale I wrote, you know that I didn't keep them zipped or buttoned up a few years
later on the Gallatin River.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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