Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Support this venture

The Boyscout camp at Bayport Virginia aka Jamaica VA.

I spent most of my childhood in this area and there could not have been a better use found for this property.

Truly a tour of Bayport, this program gives your Scouts a chance to sample the different programs that are offered at our High Adventure Base. The following days/activities are part of the Bayport SamplerProgram:

  1. Waterman Program (Fishing)
  2. Cope & Climbing
  3. Canoeing or Rafting
  4. Equestrian
  5. Small group sailing with a recreational focus

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sabiki rigs and Crappie

Tried a Sabiki rig today for bait fish in a pond and found out they make a super Crappie jig.

I just lightly bounced it up and down near structure holding a big school of Slabs and kept pulling them in. My partner kept asking if I had another rig with me, unfortunately I did not, but will try different sizes and combos in the future.

Go have some fun with a kid and a Sabiki!


Monday, June 9, 2008

Hunting, fishing, and the outdoors are good for kids, who knew?

Ivy League endorses hunting:

Show researchers a young hunter, and they'll show you a future environmentalist. The Cornell study found that children who hunt, fish or play in the wild before age 11 are more likely to grow up with deeper understanding and respect for nature.

Domestic outdoor activities like gardening also positively influence adult environmental attitudes and behaviors, but their effects aren't as strong.

When kids become truly engaged with the natural world at a young age, the experience is likely to stay with them in a powerful way, shaping their environmental path, Cornell researchers say. Interestingly, participating in scouting and other formalized outdoor education programs has no effect on adult attitudes toward the environment.

From the Great Falls Tribune

Great Falls, Montana Sept 06

Monday, June 2, 2008

Virginia's Record fish

Any ideas on molding and casting insects

Update 06-04-08:

We're making progress:

Thanks to Chris Dunnavant at DGIF:

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I found this but am unsure on how to get it out of the mold.

I could make a mother and then recast with this method I guess. What material should I cast the mother with, metal?

Any thoughts?


This section is from the "Henley's Twentieth Century Formulas Recipes Processes" encyclopedia, by Norman W. Henley and others.
How to Make Castings of Insects

The object—a dead beetle, for example —is first arranged in a natural position, and the feet are connected with an oval rim of wax. It is then fixed in the center of a paper or wooden box by means of pieces of fine wire, so that it is perfectly free, and thicker wires are run from the sides of the box to the object, which subsequently serve to form air channels in the mold by their removal. A wooden stick, tapering toward the bottom, is placed upon the back of the insect to produce a runner for casting. The box is then filled up with a paste with 3 parts of plaster of Paris and 1 of brick dust, made up with a solution of alum and sal ammoniac. It is also well first to brush the object with this paste to prevent the formation of air bubbles. After the mold thus formed has set, the object is removed from the interior by first reducing it to ashes. It is, therefore, allowed to dry, very slowly at first, by leaving in the shade at a normal temperature (as in India this is much higher than in our zone, it will be necessary to place the mold in a moderately warm place), and afterwards heating gradually to a red heat. This incinerates the object, and melts the waxen base upon. which it is placed. The latter escapes, and is burned as it does so, and the object, reduced to fine ashes, is removed through the wire holes as suggested above. The casting is then made in the ordinary manner.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Bermuda Fishing

If you are planning a trip to Bermuda and want to experience some the best offshore fishing in the world contact:

Gringo Charters
Just one hour away from the fishing grounds, this 31-foot custom JC is fully equipped for offshore fishing. Chum for yellowfin and blackfin tuna, or troll for wahoo, dolphin and blue marlin - whatever baits your hook. Our season runs from April through November with the marlin bite peaking in June, July and August. Contact Capt. Joey Dawson at 441-295-3500, 441-504-3474 (boat) or 441-295-8053 (fax).

Capt Dawson is down to earth, honest, and a direct descendant of the original inhabitants of Bermuda.

You will have the time of your life and return for more!

He also plays lead guitar in a local band that is available for gigs.

Ahhh the good life!

My #1 Boy!