Is Songslinger And What's Up With That Name?
Kind Of Gear Do You Use?
Come This Site Never Changes?
Don't We See Pictures On This Site?
About A Message Board For Shoreliners?
Got Something Against Boats?
I Go Fishing With You?
is a company, a concept floating around in cyberspace. I am not
Songslinger but this is the site I created. The name comes from the
days of my youth when I became
to the fact that guitarists were mostly gunslingers. Before we
make music together we had to know who was the better
It's also a play on words: good songs linger. I'm a
Get it? Bad pun.
Okay. I was born and raised in a rural community 30 miles west of
Chicago. My first fishing pole was a broken piece of metal from a
roof antenna with kite string. With it I caught my first fish, a
hefty catfish, called a "bullhead" back in the Midwest. There
several farm ponds and lakes within walking or bicycling distance,
a judge's back property where the bones of a mastodon were
Later I fished the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, and the Boundary
Waters of Minnesota and Ontario. I lived in the heart of the
Mountains and then came to California for a week's visit. I never
went back. That was 33 years ago.
Kind Of Gear?
Daiwa or Shimano
spinning reels on Shimano or Ugly Stick poles for just about everything
except sturgeon and sharks. Then I use Penn reels on Tiger
My feeling is, I'd rather have a battle than an easy time of it. Line
basic: P-line, Ande or Maxima, depending on the situation. I
use line over 25# test. I don't like braided lines(unless for
on conventionals) or wire leaders or sinker releases. Rarely do I
use sliding sinkers because I've found it is harder to practice catch
release when a fish swallows a hook. I hate gaffs and will only
a treble hook rope gaff in severe cases. Lures of choice include
Rat-L-Traps, Big Hammers, Krocodiles, Hair Raisers, and Kastmasters in
about that order.
Doesn't This Site Change?
just slowly and subtly. I'm not doing much with it anymore,
though on rare occasion an article gets put up.
Aren't There Pictures?
don't like my graphics? I appreciate good fish photos and think
look fine on bait and tackle shop walls. This isn't a scrapbook,
however, it is an active database. To me, that's what the
is all about: information. If others want to erect home pages
to grandchildren, girlfriends, or rock stars, fine. This is a
where you can find out what you need to know before you go out for a
angling. Tides, winds, weather, trends--they are all here in one
place. Not many fishing sites have that information handy.
I know, I looked around for some time before I realized I would have to
make up my own general resource page. It made sense to have it
and easy to access. Hence the origin of this site.
Don't You Have A Message Board?
In California board is up to the task of providing a forum for
on piers and off. Ken Jones the founder and Rich Reano the
have been more than accomodating. I don't feel called to create
maintain a message board on this site, though I'd certainly encourage
to start their own. The more the merrier.
seven years later: I think less is much, much more. Talking is
You Hate Boats?
Just jet skiers. The truth is, there are many conscientious boat
operators out there who respect the water, observe safety, and treat
with a reasonable degree of courtesy. Unfortunately, there are
who do not. Some of them are overtly contemptuous towards
fishermen and go out of their way to denigrate and/or hassle
Some of them are writers, too, and make no effort to include us in the
politics and business of fishing. Boat chauvinism is rampant in
If you don't believe this, check out most fishing pages and reports on
the Internet, or the various angling organizations.
shore though I do acknowledge the fact that boat anglers do very
But it takes forever to hitch up the trailer, drive to the launch, put
the boat in the water, and head out somewhere. I could have been
fishing by then!
here is a shot of me waiting with infinite patience as an outrigger
canoe slithers past my prime
plugging location. See? I don't hate boats.
I Go Fishing With You?
I really am not much enthused about fishing with other people.
are exceptions--and I hope these guys are reading this now--but they
few and far between. It's a hassle having to fish within the
of another person's time frame; I'd much rather come and go as I
And I'm not saying my standards are perfect, but I do have strong
concerning nature and the habit of good conservation. Pack it in,
pack it out. This is non-negotiable. I'd prefer not to fish
with smokers. Or drinkers. I like wine, but when I fish, I
fish. It's just stupid to taint the purity of the experience with
to say that I don't enjoy encountering a fellow fisherman by
I've had some great times that way, swapping stories and sharing
And I've learned quite a bit from other anglers. But honestly,
isn't a hobby, it's a way of life.