#92: ICAST, 2019

It’s time for our annual ICAST recap, including our favorite products, the craziest things we saw, Bill Dance, and the Trolling Motor Wars.

Plus, 2020 campaign slogans, FWC meetings, Alabama State Parks, and the nuance of drama in the Florida Waterfowling Community.

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#91: Eat Your Vegetables

This week, we play it (mostly) straight, with discussions around (again) spraying, Meateater’s take on Red Tide, upcoming meetings with FWC, and more.

Plus, our draft of Patriotic stuff, Betsy Ross, ICAST, and Kershaw knives!

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#90: The Road Trip Songs

Look.

It’s a 150 billion degrees outside.  It’s literally the dog days of summer.  We’ve talked about spraying and conservation and fishing lures and duck tactics and water quality until we’re blue in the face.

Why not take a 30 minute vacation with us this week, as we debate the best Road Trip Songs?

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#89: Deer Fangs, Zombie Mullet, and Python Hunters

The links:

Zombie Mullet in the St. Johns River

Aquifers under the sea

Deer with makeup and fangs

Python Hunters can use shotguns now

the Hired Guns of Instagram

Meateater buys FirstLite

Gov. Desantis Signs Largest Environmental Budget in Florida History

Travis’ Release – Fishing Brands Squabble – who owns rights to the upside down Florida Logo

Nate’s Keep – Crispi Summit GTX

Travis’ Keep Read – Chad Rischar’s 21st Century Conservationists approach

Travis’ Keep Watch – The new Yeti Commercial with 1000 Miles from Nowhere

Travis’ Keep Buy – Fundraiser for books – Drake’s Hunting Adventures

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#88: Back to Business

Seems like it’s been three weeks since we did something like this . . . How rusty can you get?

Pretty rusty.

Nate’s back to Fly-fishing, Travis recaps his DC trip, Emily picks fights with listeners and mathematics . . . plus, we go deep on the Live Target Mullet, Calico Jack Rods, Pizza Flavored Ranch Dipping sauce AND hat sales, major announcements about the live show, and more!

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Heroes . . .

Before Instagram and Youtube, Duck Dynasty and Meateater and Charlie Moore, before Facebook and viral videos and podcasts, there were heroes.

Not the kind in Marvel, or Justice League, or whatever the franchise du jour is . . . Real, honest to God heroes.

These were men that packed a metal lunchbox and drove ’83 Oldsmobiles and worked their 40 at the office or the yard or the site, then came home and kissed their pretty wife and, exhausted, helped with homework, or played catch, or watched the game.  Sunday’s were for Sunday School and church, and maybe, if you were real lucky and the paycheck had been kind, a trip to Morrison’s cafeteria or Quincy’s buffet for lunch . . .

But, on Saturdays . . . On Saturdays, these men were heroes.

Remember the time he took you and Billy Hester to the boat ramp at Lake Cannon and you guys caught bluegills off the bed as fast as humanly possible?  Bream bigger than your hand, slurping earthworms . . . that picture is still floating around somewhere, of you with your goofy t-ball hat and him, looking strangely like you do now, and a stringer full of fish and smiles . . .

Or how about the time you all chipped in for a dove field . . . $80 a person, 20 guys, and Mr. Baker planted the millet just like he had all the other seasons, but this year, well this year something just went right and the birds came in, wave after wave after wave, from every direction.

Can you remember him coming home with a Brittany from the classifieds in the paper?  He worked with Copper just enough to drag the pup to the quail grounds one Saturday, and, just like in so many paintings, there was a point, a flush, and birds brought to hand . . . You wondered how did he know how that would work.

There were nights at the trestle, snook after snook over the side of the boat, every bait resulting in a fish or a break off.  There were bull redfish and bull sharks, flounder and snapper and sheepshead and trout.

There was the trick to unhooking a catfish with a stick . . . Or how to remove a hook that had embedded into the skin . . . Turning a zara spook into a marionette and watching it dance 30 yards from the boat . . . Calling owls up to the campfire . . . Somehow, intrinsically, always knowing where the turkey would come out of the swamp . . .

How about the love for it, all of it, that he passed on to you . . . the yodel of a gobbler bouncing off cat-faced pine trees, sounding like it was right in front of you and all around you at the same time . . . the blue on a redfish tail when it caught the sun just right, a blue not like you’d find in any crayon box, heck, maybe not anywhere else in nature; electric and soft at the same time.  The way he could tell, at 125 yards, that those were redheads or wood ducks or herons, and how calm he stayed as they approached.

Saturdays were full of snacks, of Vienna sausages and powdered donuts and Pepsi made with real sugar and tasting coffee straight out of the thermos.  Folded up baggies with PB and J’s, so soaked in Granny’s blackberry jelly that your fingers would get sticky on the outside of the bread.

In a time when the world seems to have tilted just a hair too far off it’s axis, when virtual reality has somehow supplanted reality, when boys seem to endeavor to stay boys as long as possible, isn’t this the time to remember those men?

Before there were Xboxes and Nintendos, Google and iPhones and WaypointTV, before there was HeviShot and Mojo’s and surface drives, there were heroes . . .

We usually called them “Dad.”

Happy Father’s Day!

#87: Things Fishermen Like, a Redux

Remember our first episode?

A little less than 2 years ago we took to the airwaves and forever changed the face of podcasting (note: we didn’t say we changed it for the better) . . . with our first episode taking a tongue in cheek view of Things Fishermen Like.

In light of our summer break, we decided to revisit our initial list, as well as add a few new items to the discussion.

Don’t worry, though – we all still hate Kenny Chesney!

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#83: Almost About Fishing

This week, we take a run at some of our favorite non-tackle accessories on the boat – well, at least Travis does!

Plus, we chat about the recent viral raccoon on a boat video, the merits of a lease vs. hunting with your buddies, new hubs for the trailer, and our upcoming vacation!

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Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

On Teachers and Legacy . . .

Mrs. McCarty had this contest.

It was 4th grade, and it was me or Carey Corbett, and the idea was to see how many of Florida’s counties we could name.  We tied.  Then we had to name the county seats.  Carey won.  But I gave her a heck of a fight.  We read a Land Remembered and studied the Seminole Wars and Flagler and Plant. It was that year that I realized that I loved Florida, that I understood her, that she came easy to me.

Mrs. Long accompanied us to the PEER center, a local wildlife rehab facility.

The first pine snake I’d ever seen, a scavenger hunt through the boardwalked swamp.  As a 6th grader I possessed only a handful of real skills: I could blush on demand within 50 feet of Jessica George; I could recite the batting averages of the ’84 Cubs; and I felt at home in the woods.  My teacher saw that, and encouraged it in me.

Mr. Partain complemented me on the in depth project I did on wood ducks, and another on bobwhite quail.  Mrs. Turner encouraged me to write the way I wanted; sure, I’d need to write to a standard to pass the tests in other classes, but she told me not to lose my own voice.  Mr. McGuire told us to chase what we loved, and to always have fun, to never stop being who we were supposed to be.

Mrs. Kurz placed the roots of math that I would never use, but that helped sprout logic and reason.  Mrs. Hough talked about her love for Florida’s barrier islands.  Mrs. Ordian taught discipline, my first “D” in an elective, for failing to practice the violin up to her standards.

Mrs. Brantley. Mrs. Carpenter.  Mrs. Buckley and Zotti and Parker.  Mrs. Farthing, who encouraged my writing more than anyone I’d ever met.

Looking back, I don’t know if any of my teachers hunted, or fished, or had any impetus to affect conservation in any way.  I don’t know if they cared about water quality and hunter recruitment and seatrout regulations, about nutrient loading and spray plans and migratory birds.

The butterfly effect is this bizarre idea predicated off the premise that a buttefly flaps its wings in Africa, and 2 months later a storm hits Florida . . . In simplest terms, it’s long term cause and effect.

I don’t know if my teachers knew the long term effects they’d have on a scrawny 11 year old, a clumsy 13 year old, an awkward 15 year old . . .

But they did.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of one of these teachers, some lesson they taught, now rote behavior.

As a dad, I recognize even more the importance of what goes on for 7 hours every day.  There’s never been a more important time to be a teacher . . .

To those who get up every morning at the crack of dawn, and plant themselves in a garden they’ll never see . . . day after day, year after year, student after student . . . to those who poured into that crazy kid all those years ago or pour themselves into his crazy kids today . . .

“Thank you” doesn’t quite seem enough . . . We can only hope you know how much it means . . .

#82: Summer Reads

Is Cast and Blast Florida your source for wedding planning?  We tackle the potential of this idea, plus a draft of our favorite fictional moms.

Plus, we take on the new trout regulations, what books we want to read this summer, Seth Rogen, and we finally make a rod recommendation!

Links:

Hunting Trips of a Ranchman and Wilderness Hunter by Theodore Roosevelt

Emily’s ridiculous “Sexy Fairy” pick, A Court of Thorns and Roses . . .

The Longest Silence by Thomas McGuane

The Tenth Legion by Tom Kelly

All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Outlaw Gunner by Harry Walsh

Beyond Fair Chase by Jim Posewitz

Kerplunk by Patrick McManus

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Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram