Spin Fishing and Trumpets



  • I was in my garage earlier this evening. I have a pull up bar out there and in between pull up reps I was regarding my one-man canoe. There was a time many years ago when a good friend and I were a marathon canoe racing team. The one-man canoe hanging on the wall is one thing that connects me to that time. Sadly, I have lost contact with my good friend and teammate.

    Thoughts about my canoe led me to memories of fishing from it earlier this year. The spring, summer, and fall of 2019 was not much for my fishing. Really, about all I have to show for it is correspondence related to a speeding ticket (my first in 20 years) I got while on the way to a favored lake. But this thought progression triggered memories of my favorite spinning rod and reel.

    My favorite spinning rod is a medium-light graphite job that I have had for a decade or two. The reel, though, is an old Mitchell 300. I do not remember a time when I did not have it. Each spring during my first fishing outing, and after a few casts, the rod, reel, and I pretty much become one. I cast with confidence and accuracy, and the simple joys of fishing are rekindled inside me.

    I have been practicing in recent days with my beautiful early 1960s restored LeBlanc 707 Sonic, which is a fine trumpet. For some reason, I pulled my Severinsen from the closet and practiced with it this evening. Almost immediately I was reminded of all of the reasons why I consider it to be "the one". I use it with confidence and accuracy, and the joys of trumpet playing are rekindled inside me.

    For those few of you that have read this ramble to this point, I must confess a few things. I am not a good fisherman, but I really enjoy time on the water and plying my favorite rod and reel. Likewise, I am not a highly skilled trumpet player, but I really enjoy playing that old Sev.

    Happy Holidays, folks.

    Jim



  • Honestly fishing is just about my favorite thing to do. Then brass
    I always fish no mater the season.
    So far this year I’ve probably birds nested my bait caster a hundred and fifty times but I still fish with it.
    Plenty of spinning gear too! Definitely more convenient at 2am in the bank of a river than my bait casters.
    I’ve really been wanting to get into just using a hand line and gorge. I really dig a more primitive fish or hunt. Anyone can catch with modern gear



  • I still use a spinning rod for throwing spinners, spoons, and twitching jigs.

    For bobber fishing, bobber dogging, etc. I have moved to bait casters almost exclusively, especially from a drift boat. You don't need super long casts in this kind of fishing (though I can reliably cast a bobber and egg rig 50' or so an rarely get a birds nest) and the ability to let more line out or stop the freespool with one hand, and a lot faster than flipping the bail on a spinner has made me a convert.

    I do use a spinning setup in the surf, and most of my bass fishing involves a spinning rod/reel.



  • @djeffers78 said in Spin Fishing and Trumpets:

    I’ve really been wanting to get into just using a hand line and gorge. I really dig a more primitive fish or hunt. Anyone can catch with modern gear

    My gear may not be all that modern, but I can assure you that I can get skunked with it!😖



  • I went fishing with my father-in-law and one of his friends, years ago. I looked at the fish flopping around in the boat gasping for air, slowly asphyxiating. Last time I went fishing.


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    @Kehaulani said in Spin Fishing and Trumpets:

    I went fishing with my father-in-law and one of his friends, years ago. I looked at the fish flopping around in the boat gasping for air, slowly asphyxiating. Last time I went fishing.

    Ha! I guess some people are more sensitive to "fish death" than others.



  • @Comeback
    Your post brings back warm memories of my youth where my Mitchel 300 was my favorite go to reel whether it was for fresh water Blue Gills or salt water Bluefish. I have owned fishing equipment of every imaginable configuration in my time. I even had a charter fishing boat in the Florida Keys for 12 years. In spite of this, if to this day if I had to own one reel, it would be the Mitchel 300.
    I also have a respectable Trumpet / Cornet / Flugelhorn etc. collection. Today, if it came down to limiting it to one instrument, it would be my High School Mt. Vernon Bach. For me, overall, it plays far better than most of my other horns.

    @Kehaulani
    I understand how you feel about fishing. For many decades I have tried to limit myself to “catch snd release” fishing with the exception of when appropriate, keeping enough fish for one meal. Any non plant based foods that we eat with the exception of dairy, unfortunately suffer a similarly unpleasant demise. I have never been a hunter, and I would have similar emotions that you had with fishing, if I hunted. In my case, I guess I bury my head in the sand, although for short periods of my life I tried plant based living. It wasn’t bad. It just was not practical.



  • Oh, fishy, fishy!



  • @Kehaulani said in Spin Fishing and Trumpets:

    Oh, fishy, fishy!

    Don't fish do scales?



  • Do fish swimming in caves only use minor scales?



  • Little known medical fact: Do diabetics realize the microfiliment test we use for detecting advanced diabetic neuropathy is #10 fishing wire?


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