03/09/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3.   Quill Gordon Mayflies
4.   Blue Quill Mayflies
5.   Little Brown Stoneflies (some almost black)
6.   Little Black Caddis (American Grannoms)
7.   Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
8.   Midges

Early Season Strategies - Part 7
I goofed yesterday. I trusted my computer far more than I should have. I use four
different computers, all connected to the same keyboard, mouse and monitor. I just
flip a switch to change from working on one to another and the one monitor keeps
me from having to move physical locations.

Yesterday, when I instructed my website to download, I swapped to another project I
have going. I never looked back to that computer until early this morning. It didn't
download, rather warned me I didn't do some things required for it to download. I
went all day without being aware of it. The next click on the mouse was almost as
bad. It erased the unsaved article. Sometimes you can out smart yourself with a
computer. You can do the same thing fishing.

Some of you probably think I went fishing. I wished I did. I would have been just
about as well off because everything I touched yesterday, didn't come out right. It
was just one of those days.

As I write this, I am reminded that's the way it goes sometimes with the fishing. You
cannot always expect things to turn out the way you expect or the way you desire
things to turn out, even when conditions seem perfect. In spite of all of the
technology and knowledge one can come up with, things don't always go as
planned. There is still a lot of luck involved with fishing. That is really what makes it
interesting and usually a lot of fun. Sometimes it isn't so much fun. Off the top of my
head, here are some times I remember that didn't go right for me.

1. The first two attempts to video a bottom fishing trip for snapper in 1980, when I
was the first person to do that for television, didn't turn out right. We caught about a
hundred pounds of red snapper each day. The cameramen, two different ones from
a local Pensacola TV station, got sea sick. I almost gave up. The third day I had a
program.

2. The same year, I caught over a hundred largemouth bass in the Mobile Delta to
find the cameraman failed to record any audio, only video.

3. I better get off the TV stuff or I could write a book. So, I will mention one of
hundreds of tournaments I fished. That is another book or two.
I remember a SAA national championship tournament held at Ft. Lauderdale, I
worked all year to qualify for by points from six other saltwater tournaments. This
was in the mid 1990s. Only one fish of each species listed could be counted as
points in the championship tournament.
The sailfish were the most difficult. I got the sail the first hour of the first day. The
amberjack, snapper and grouper came before noon. I was on a roll to win. I knew
blue marlin were a long shot but thought I could get a yellowfin tuna by running to
the gulf stream because I had spotted some the day before in practice. Rick Carrie,
my mate and I, ran offshore and started trolling Softheads through some diving
birds. We hooked up and on 30 pound class standup tackle, I fought a fish for
almost two and a half hours of my eight hour day limit. Big yellowfin dive on light
tackle and are tough, tough. The problem was, It was a large 400 to 500 pound
hamerhead shark worth nothing. I went from first to tenth place.