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Adventures in Canal fishing - The White Sucker (Catostomus commersonii)

When I was around 10 years old we vacationed at these cabins on a lake and while most were content to soak a worm on the lake, I knew I had to make the most of the two weeks I had to fish so I explored the stream below the lake spillway.  It was in this little stream that I saw my first "Sucker fish".  My brother and I had never seen them before so we tried drifting a worm to them but as soon as the split shot on the line hit the water they would spook and go a million different directions to later regroup and refuse our offerings.  While we caught many Bullheads, Bass, Bluegills, Fallfish, and even a couple of trout out of that section of water we never did catch a White Sucker which were the biggest fish in that stream.

This was one of those small streams that in the area didn't attract from what we could see any anglers, forgotten along with an old dump and the collapsed remains of a shack that I was told was once a Dancing Hall,  and judging by the trash this would ha…
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"And let there be light" -- Plug and play supplemental back up lighting

When I replaced my 1998 Jeep Cherokee with a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee I knew there was going to be an adjustment period.  I was going from a vehicle that was the most stripped down version (Jeep Cherokee SE 2DR 4.0L manual transmission) to a vehicle that was the most feature loaded vehicle I have owned.  Another thing I had never had before is tinted windows.  The factory tinted windows on the Grand Cherokee are dark,  I mean welding helmet dark.  This coupled with the pathetic factory back up lights in the tail lights made it difficult to see behind the vehicle.

I needed a solution that required the least amount of cutting and wiring that would give me additional lighting when backing up.  I researched improving the existing back up bulbs but there really wasn't much I could do without taxing the circuit they are on or potentially melting the housings.  I then thought of an LED light bar. Here is the step by step installation that I did, the best part is I did not have to cut into…

Expanding the scope of the blog for the better

I started this blog a number of years ago when I was super focused just on fly fishing and rod building.  My fishing areas were very local (walking distance) to me and didn't require much travel or preparation.  I still regularly fish these spots but I have branched out to fishing other places farther away which require more preparation, vehicles, and watercraft.  I remember reading the books and articles from back in the 50's and 60's of people car camping and going out into remote places in old military Jeeps and fishing.  When I was a kid in the 80's I was still riding around in one of those surplus Jeeps with the Ranger that patrolled the Federal Wildlife Preserve across the street from my house.

  A little over a year ago while looking for a new Jeep I stumbled upon the Overlanding community over at  Expedition Portal and it made me want to go out farther from home and fish different places.  So going forth you will be seeing some fishing Jeep articles, reviews and…

A solution to those limited access fishing waters

Monster Fish - SMP Films