Tuesday, December 30, 2014
At Mile 14 I have the largest collection in existence of Kenai River lost articles....anchors, knives, pliers, seats and props etc. And so I should, after all I invented the sport of Marine Salvage. So it did my heart good to get to sleepy ol Mexico and find that I haven't lost my touch. Being the first on the beach every morning means that I get to high grade the shell piles and sort through the beach glass but boy oh boy did I ever hit the mother load with this find the other morning.
Yup....genuine Russian Navy marine grade binoculars. Now my friend Tony is like me, he reads a lot and knows his military history so I was a little disappointed when he discarded them as a kids toy. He has forgotten that the USA has always had a technological edge on the Russkies so be careful to not apply our standards to their products. I remember reading about the first Mig 21 that a defector flew to Japan and on inspection the USA guys were shocked at how primitive it's construction was. So I think it's the same deal. These guys came off a Russkie Nuclear Submarine that emergency dived with the binoculars outside because and American Coast Guard Cutter from Ice Station Kodiak had discovered them on the surface smoking cigarettes .....You remember the scene in the Movie....I jus vant to go to Moooooontaaaaana.....
Speaking of Tony we decided to do a black op for Christmas Eve, you know a secret gift to our building. Me and MPeasy had all the planning done but Tony is an operational genius. We mobilised at 0200 hours and within a half hour we had a message for our building and the entire world I guess. It wasn't long before everyone noticed it and I was reminded that in the early 70's some called it ' the foot print of the American Chicken'....mmmmm,,,,it's just simple peace and love I think.
So having worked with some candles me and MP were duly impressed when on Christmas night we saw UFO's floating past the house. In the beach lot next door some young Mexican couples were releasing these mobile luminaries. They really flew and MP said they were sent aloft in remembrance of loved ones gone. It was gorgeous and there certainly was something spiritual about this wonderful addition to our Christmas.
And here's a pic of our building taken from the beach on Christmas night. Everyone was in a great spirit and I have to say we had a wonderful, although quiet, Christmas. The next pic is MP and Sharon Radke at the band stand in the Plaza Machado which is all decked out for the holiday season. As you walk the Plazuela it has a European feel, Music over flows from many of the restraunts and it's about as cool a hand holder as me and MP have ever done.
So with Christmas over and Shark Team X on vacation we needed a project. So it was off to the Sierra Madres and the small town of Concordia to find a chair. The ride is just gorgeous and Tony wanted to find his way around the new Maxi Pista (pay road from Durango) so we killed two, maybe even three birds with one stone....I just forgot what the third bird was but I know we did it.
Concordia is the Chair / Furniture capitol of Sinaloa and maybe even all of Mexico. The Concordia rocker is a standard issue here in Mazatlan and you should be able to get one for about 80 bucks, depending on the day and your negotiation skill. Here's a whole line up of those babies and a pic of a custom model.
You drive the town of Concordia and every house has a wood shop building furniture, you can smell the cedar being worked, it's awesome . But also kind of weird in that there are few places to purchase furniture, that's saved for the little town of Messina just down the road where they have high end shop after shop. The town is perfectly clean , I guess this broom seller figured something out.
I guess I better print a pic of the church in Concordia. Most towns have one similiar but this anchors the town for sure. It has the square and band stand with city hall across the road and even the bank speaks to the history of this wonderful town, it's real for sure.
So me and MP here at Mile 14,425 would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year. I hope 2015 finds you all healthy and happy. I appreciate that you find what we do interesting enough for some of your time. So I'm sure you all know that this unique lifestyle we've honed out of this old world is largely due in part to my friends, the fish and the future....thanks to all.
And gawd dang it Tony.,...why'd ya have to go and do that to my Nikes.....that ain't #%&@^ funny !
OH....Team X went fishing as I went to Concordia. Just another example of Jeff's laws of life...." when your ship comes in....there's a good chance you'll be at the airport".
Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Fishing lends it's self to theories. It's the self made science of why this happens or when that happens and in a lot of cases when this or that doesn't happen, some people would call those excuses but not fishermen...We've heard them all. Waters to warm, waters to cold, waters to wet, waters to murky, waters to clear, waters to high, waters to low....you know. So then you also know what I'm leading up here to eh?...yup, it was a tough week of fair chase for your's truly and Shark team X. Locally here I caught just a few Toro. We were struggling so we fished new spots and the rewards were few . Here's a pic of the team and the only nice fish of the week...Mickey Mantle knocked it out of the park again, nice fish Slah.
Monday, December 8, 2014
As you can see I'm pretty darn lean. But in the truth in reporting department I have to tell you that I can't do the speedo shot I promised. For one thing I never hit my goal of 185. About 10 days before we left Alaska I hit 187 and just stayed there. It was strange because I had time and my training was going so good. So sorry about the pic....and ya know even if I had hit the goal MP told me the other night she would have exercised her veto power. One thing I've learned about gym muscles/ training...it doesn't necessarily translate into a better real life experience, after our first few days of walking mile after mile and casting and retrieving for 2 to 4 hours every morning I was a pretty sore dud. So I guess there's lookin at muscles and then getting it done muscles.
The other morning I met Ernesto at Sabalo point. We could see schools of pretty large predator fish on the sardines pretty good. I knew they weren't Roosters because it was sardine bait and not mullet. Many times I threw right into them with a top water and metal and these fish just won't bite. Finally I'm chatting with a couple (as luck would have it they were from Alaska) and as we talked Kenai I went through my bag and found the smallest heavy metal I had and made a prefect cast right into them. Instant, fish on. This fish I had hooked was strong. I told the couple from Alaska that when I landed it I'd bet he'd be 15 or 20 pounds.....well these guys are ultra strong. If a 5 pound tuna fights like that I can only imagine what a 40 pounder fights like. Amazing fast and strong. He's a Skip Jack tuna, my first one. They have a real dark dense and strongly flavored meat so I released him to the ocean. Now I know some of you detectives will notice the placement of my fingers....I was multi tasking and practicing a 'G' chord at the same time.
The next morning I passed up a chance to go destination fishing with Shark Team X. I just wasn't feeling good and wanted them to have 100% members along. I just have trouble getting acclimated here and I tend to run to hard at first. I had some tourista which I get often and the 75% humidity has me a little bronchial messed up.....So I just wandered out front and in the twilight of morning caught my first Roosterfish of the trip. It's not the biggest I've ever caught but I think it signals a great year for these fish, the surf casters holy grail. I've seem many of them to far offshore to cast to and the waters warm (day time temps are up to 85) so all the conditions are right for more.
I got that picture up at Marmol the other day. I'm a guy that's never to proud to borrow a nice fish for a pic opportunity. A lot of fisherman won't do that but me....I have no pride when it comes to catching, talking, chasing, eating or anything fish related, it's all good. From what 'm seeing here we are going to have a banner 2015 fishing season and some how or another I have the feeling that's going to be the same deal on the world famous Kenai River. I know one thing, you can't catch em without fishing for them.
And in the unusual department.....hows about this guy who works the dredge at the Marina's daily commute ?
And the pic below I took for the Dept. of Alaska Fish and Game. They seem to be all focused on 'invasive species' with the Pike and the Killer Elodea plants that could cause the end to natural life as we know it in the lakes of south central Alaska. Well if they had plants like this to deal with who knows what would happen....we'd need a special budget request, a management plan, a few scoping sessions and an Advisory Board and maybe find out....it's part of nature and ain't hurting a thing. In fact pretty darn impressive.
Monday, December 1, 2014
It was brutal getting here. Red eye flights are bad enough but add in a nice delay at LAX and it becomes painful. But we got through it an when I awoke Saturday morning I could hear music, a banda at 7:00 a.m. Well it was Mazatlan's yearly world class marathon race event and around here you don't do anything without music. I was drawn to it about a mile from my house...I love that tuba