In our never ending efforts to present cutting edge home made fishing technologies, the MFN Department of Aesthetics and Do-It-Yourself-ism, would like to present the following awards:
#1: For sheer aesthetic beauty, excellence of design, and eco-friendly recyclability, this crab snare by bay area artist and crab man par exellence, Morgan Raimond wins first prize.
#2. For sheer volume of production, not to mention excellence of design, how about these rockfish jigs by legendary bay area fisherman (and recent nightsmelt bag-man) Loren Wilson:
#3. I see a lot of ghost shrimp pumps, but every now and then when I see a really nice one (or two), I have to stop and take a photo. This guy had the best pumps of winter 2010. Dude didn't speak much English so I didn't get his name... looked at me like I was a lunatic for wanting pix of his ghost shrimp pumps. Anyway... here they are... dig the copper tubing:
#4. I think I have made it fairly clear over the course of this blog how I feel about that pesky, worm ridden, distant, distant, distant cousin of the true smelts: the jack smelt, (aka: "basura fish"). Nevertheless, I tip my hat to those who have perfected the art of catching them. And I have noticed a new(ish) trend amongst the jack smelt pier contingent: mooching rigs. In the past, the usual manner of fishing for these guys was the old float-sabiki-sparkplug rig. But lately, everyone is mooching. Meaning, throwing out a sinker and then sliding the sabiki down on the float, or awkwardly casting the whole mess out at once. Anyway, the first people I saw doing this in 2010 were Mr. and Mrs. Nguyen, on a pier in the great south bay. They were evidently tired of having their bobbers blown around by the wind--something that does not happen so much with a 2-4 ounce sinker anchored in the mud. (I realize the Nguyens did not invent this technique--though it's at least nominally possible someone with their surname did--nevertheless, they seem to have popularized it of late, and everyone is using their set up. So here it is):
How Not To Make A Fishing Video:
(Two Smelt or Too Smelt?)
So I haven't made a video in a while... and if you watch this one you'll see why. Frankly, it's been a matter of content--or the lack thereof. By which I mean to say I've been exploring all the different avenues and intricacies of skunkhood... don't believe me? Check it out:
Woops, forgot to credit the greatest rawk band of them all: Ween. From the title track of their epic 1997 release: The Mollusk.
I think maybe my rap name should be, Two Smelt (or Too Smelt?).
And that's going to do it... sitting here at 4:00am because something tells me this lovely downpour is spring's last breath--and I wanted to sit here and meditate on it... Anyhoo... tune in next time for bigger fishes (Yes, I finally got my halibut!)
From the cold, clammy storehouse of a tiny, flavorful mollusk, this is Lombard Of The Intertidal, signing out.