GoPro Video: An Angler’s Joy

The fall bite is officially here. With “Albie fever” showing up along the Southern New England coast, it’s hard to ignore one’s passion for fishing.  I live with a few crazed fisherpeople, who can’t see or think straight with every fishing story passed along. Where is the bite? What are they eating? What time of day? What tide? By boat or from shore? And that’s just the mania of the saltwater fisherman.

Brent, like many of the crazed freshie fisherpeople, don’t rely on a seasonal bite along the salty coast as the freshwater seems to offer a longer season. Brent is a pro who admits the travel to the venues is the hardest part of his pro-fisherman job. But I can think of a long list of fisher friends who would gladly drive days and miles trailering the fishing boat to find the bite. Brent, as a family guy, might be getting tired of the travel, but as is the secret with most working parents, getting the family behind you makes the challenge and the time apart more bearable.  And before he knows it his son will be begging to come along, to be his boat driver or his hook baiter… to just be with dad. Lucky Brent. Poor fishies.

Here Fishy, Fishy: How to Throw A Castnet

Recently, as I have sailed, kayaked or even swam around the harbor here in Bristol, I have noticed and had conversations about the amazing amount of baitfish that is around right now. The little guys are in massive schools on the surface and their fins are above the water, making it look like a school of grass growing or even a little school of sharks training for their big moment when that giant fin circles a helpless swimmer…cue the Jaws music. And then the BIG fish you really want to catch lunges up towards the bait ball on the surface and makes the big splash that lets you know he’s there and he’s hungry. But not for what you’re serving… these baitfish balls are too easy and apparently, too tasty!

Such is the battle of the fisherman who chases the fish in his sleep and plots his attack on he big guys down deep. You see, being married to a fisherman has it’s benefits (late nights and early mornings with the whole bed to myself), one of which is the osmosis of knowing how-to cast and jig, bait hooks, tie lures onto crazy knot-resistant line and throw a cast net. Wait – no – scratch that last one – the cast net is an utter mystery to me: how the heck anyone can throw a giant net on top of schooling fish and A. get it to lay out the right way and B. have it capture anything on retrieval is beyond me. I get it in theory – but to throw it and get it to work right is an art and takes plenty of practice. I tried throwing the net in the backyard after watching the technique said fisherhusband used and thought that it didn’t look that hard – and ya know what? IT IS!

So watch this video and get to your schools of baitfish with your castnet in hand (or bucket or bag – it’s heavy and odd to transport) and have a throw or 10. Let us know if this video helped your success rate with catching… and with throwing. Cause as we know fishing is easy – catching is not. But if you can make this big net scoop up numerous fish, then you’ve succeeded.  Good luck!

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How to Tie 3 Common Fishing Knots

A few years back, a fish-whisperer named TJ worked for JD. While he was here we called on every one of his fishing talents to better serve the world of fisher people. So as the waters warm and the worm hatches and other telltale signs of fishing season appear, we turn again to the sage TJ for advice on how to tie great fishing knots that won’t leave you with a snapped line or a even worse….a slipped knot! If fish could “flip you off” and laugh as they swam away from your shoddy knot, you know they would.

Dreaming of Fishing…


Candy for Fisherpeople on Clearance in the JD Store! 

Here fishy, fishy…. Are you DONE with winter? Were you one of the crazies (like Our pal Brian, JD Call Center Guru pictured below) who drilled holes in the ice and took advantage of the hard water?  If so – powa to ya! And if not – well then hone your hooks and spool your reels and come by JD for some sweet deals on fishing gear. The blues and bass will be running before you know it! And we can’t wait!

And well, if you can’t wait, call us up (800-423-0030), ask for Brian and find out where he’s honing these babies…doesn’t he look proud? Or is it frozen? Either way – COOL! (literally)