#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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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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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
E-mail Travis to book today . . .

Connect with the gang on social media:

Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#81.5 – Casselberry, FWC, and the Future of Duck Hunting

Here’s what we know about the recent ban on waterfowl hunting inside the City of Casselberry, Florida . . . Our conversations with FWC, the non-profits, stakeholders, and where do we go from here?

Forgive the rambling, quick edit – we wanted to get this information out to you guys as quickly as possible . . .

Check out our new “Conservation Isn’t Convenient” T-shirt . . .

Follow Cast and Blast Florida:

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
E-mail Travis to book today . . .

Connect with the gang on social media:

Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#81: Where’d Everybody Go?

Quick hits this week while Nate takes a week to go fishing, Emily takes a week off, and Travis does his level best (read: worst) to keep the show alive!

Check out our new “Conservation Isn’t Convenient” T-shirt . . .

Follow Cast and Blast Florida:

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
E-mail Travis to book today . . .

Connect with the gang on social media:

Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#80: The Magazines

Florida Sportsman.  Field and Stream.  Garden and Gun.  Modern Huntsman.

We’ve taken on the herculean task of ranking our top 9 outdoor magazines – hear our list, and let us know what we missed!

Here’s the piece Travis discussed in his release, regarding the unmanaged growth our state is facing . . .

Here’s the article about the 10 year old squaring off with the shark!

Here’s the link to Brene Brown’s website . . .

Check out our new “Conservation Isn’t Convenient” T-shirt . . .

Follow Cast and Blast Florida:

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
E-mail Travis to book today . . .

Connect with the gang on social media:

Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#79: Happy Hour on Drafts

This week, we tackle two drafts for the price of one!

First up, what is your favorite sandwich?

Then we tackle our favorite apps for hunting and fishing . . . Tides, Weather, Accessibility, Licensing, and . . . Music?

Check out our new “Conservation Isn’t Convenient” T-shirt . . .

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
E-mail Travis to book today . . .

Connect with the gang on social media:

Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#77: So You Wanna Come to Florida

This week, we spend a few minutes discussing some ways to sneak in an outdoors break on your Florida trip this summer, be it a vacation to the theme park or beach, or a quick morning session during that tech conference in Orlando!

Plus, we chat about the Keith Olbermann/Turkey fiasco in our “Release” . . . We draft our favorite Sports Movies of all time in honor of Opening Day . . . Tina from accounting calls in to the show . . . and we chat Rinella’s new Stars in the Sky documentary . . .

Check out our new “Conservation Isn’t Convenient” T-shirt . . .

Come hear Travis at Salt Pines in Tampa on April 9th (free – register here)

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
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Connect with the gang on social media:

Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#76: Superlatives

Remember high school?  Cutest couple, most likely to succeed, getting your head shoved in a locker?

2 outta 3 ain’t bad.

This week, we take a shot at our favorite outdoor superlatives, including beef jerky, Power-poles, and Joyce’s Dock!

Links:

Sand County Almanac – by Aldo Leopold

Nate’s Bino purse/harness

Come hear Travis at Salt Pines in Tampa on April 9th (free – register here)

Follow Cast and Blast Florida:

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
E-mail Travis to book today . . .

Connect with the gang on social media:

Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#75: March Madness

We don’t actually discuss basketball this week – instead, we chat about Duck’s Unlimited’s new CEO, Adam Putnam; what white butterflies have in common with tarpon; hats; and, turkeys.

Plus, Em worries about hemispheres, Nate and Travis crush on Rinella, and we save a marriage before it even starts.

Here’s the link to the article Travis discusses in Keep and Release.

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Follow Cast and Blast Florida:

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
E-mail Travis to book today . . .

Connect with the gang on social media:

Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram