• We spotted a couple more marlin and were able to throw a few baits in their direction but alas, it was not to be. I did however, manage to hook up with a good-sized bonito which gave me good practice working the "drag" system with the bottle. Essentially, the best way I have found to work the "drag" with the bottle is to use my left index finger to put pressure on the line as I point the bottom of the bottle towards the fish as it makes a run. The...

  • What a weekend!  I had an opportunity to join a friend of mine for a weekend of boating on Norris Lake in Tennessee. Fortunately, we were also able to sneak in a morning of serious fishing with a local striper legend, the Honorable Ezell Cox. Ezell (love that name!) was in the Marine Corps during the late 60's thru early 70's and later served as the Mayor of Tazewell, Tennessee. Now retired from normal and not so normal jobs, he part-times as a Striper fishing guide on Norris Lake and other...

  • Good times last Saturday at the Boone County (Kentucky) Fairgrounds! The "Fishing Frenzy" sponsored by Boone County Parks was the official kickoff for the Boone County Fair. It was a free event for kids 15 years old and younger, and boy, did the Parks Department team allow the kids an opportunity for a "reel" good time. This "catch and release" event featured a freshly stocked lake with huge, hungry catfish.  The largest I saw measured about 36 inches long and was landed by a young lady not much longer. She...

  • The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was an outstanding place to bring Reel Cool Fishing Bottles as we needed to travel light to get the most out of our experience. I just returned from an adventure with 25 of my favorite BSA Venture Crew members and leaders to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. Big Bone Outdoors, LLC sponsored this trip and gave every adventurer an opportunity to take a fishing bottle along, and I am happy to report much success. Northern Pike, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass were all caught on...