Fishing http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/fishing en My New Year’s Resolute Optimism http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/my-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolute-optimism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>A triumph of hope over experience</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>The 18th century English writer Samuel Johnson got it as right about New Year&rsquo;s resolutions as about his original subject, marriage. That thought struck me as I attempted to set personal goals for the New Year, hoping these meet with more success than usual.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I&rsquo;m going to have to exercise to increase my energy and endurance throughout the winter if I am to mount the kind of fishing campaign I intend to begin in just four short months.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/my-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolute-optimism" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/messy-tackel-box.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="77" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/my-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolute-optimism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/my-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolute-optimism#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:21:49 +0000 bayweekly_master 36361 at http://www.bayweekly.com Chesapeake Down Time http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chesapeake-down-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Fly south for angling adventure and comfort</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Icicles hang off my skiff, parked on its trailer in the side yard, as leafless tree limbs thrash the skyline and an icy rain falls, mostly sideways. It&rsquo;s a grim picture, unless you adopt a southern perspective.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;With crude oil under $50 a barrel, airlines are reviving some sweet deals for an angler with a yen for warmer climes and gamer fish. Florida has some fares under $70 (Fort Lauderdale, each way). Even San Jose, Costa Rica, can now be economically reached, often for under $300 round trip.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chesapeake-down-time" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/sailfish-122216.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Already tired of the cold? January and February are great months for catching ­sailfish and warmer weather in Florida and Costa Rica. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chesapeake-down-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chesapeake-down-time#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:04:25 +0000 bayweekly_master 36225 at http://www.bayweekly.com Gifts for the Sport in Your Life http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/gifts-sport-your-life <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Sure-to-please choices</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve tried to choose a gift for the sport in your life, the dedicated angler, canoeist, hiker, shooter or sailor. And you&rsquo;ve failed.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The look in an aficionado&rsquo;s eye on opening a present naively intended to enhance the enjoyment of a particular sport is a dead giveaway. Just what am I going to do with this? Next &mdash; but too late to mask the eye movement and expression of astonishment &mdash; come effusive explanations of just how special the gift is and how much it is appreciated.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/gifts-sport-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/WP-electronic-flare.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="114" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/gifts-sport-your-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/gifts-sport-your-life#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:42:32 +0000 bayweekly_master 36215 at http://www.bayweekly.com Rockfish Season Cooling Off http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rockfish-season-cooling <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Adjust your dress and technique, and you might still catch one</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>This is the end my friend, the end.<br /> It hurts to set you free.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rockfish-season-cooling" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/winter-kayak-fishing.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="40" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rockfish-season-cooling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rockfish-season-cooling#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:13:09 +0000 bayweekly_master 36082 at http://www.bayweekly.com The One That Got Away http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/one-got-away-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Four faults that lead to lost fish &mdash; and how to correct them</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>That moment is clearly etched in my memory. It was early evening as my skiff softly coasted into a deserted shoreline. I was a long cast off a small tidal pond outlet at the first stages of a falling flood. Firing a top-water plug to just a foot or two off the sand, I gave the lure the slightest pop. A mighty swirl engulfed the bait, and my pulse went sky-high.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/one-got-away-0" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/rusty-hook-111716.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="74" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A rusty hook will get bites and strikes, but a fresh, sharp hook will always get the fish. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/one-got-away-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/one-got-away-0#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:41:46 +0000 bayweekly_master 35745 at http://www.bayweekly.com A Recipe for Fall Fishing Failure http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/recipe-fall-fishing-failure <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Give yourself plenty of options for catching stripers this time of year</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>I knew exactly what I wanted to do. With ice in my cooler, a couple of bottles of water and a box of surface lures, I headed out just before sundown for the mouth of a nearby tributary. Planning a top-water assault to repeat a recent evening&rsquo;s triumph, my hopes were high.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/recipe-fall-fishing-failure" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/rockfish-lure-collage-110316.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="120" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/recipe-fall-fishing-failure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/recipe-fall-fishing-failure#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 07 Nov 2016 16:10:23 +0000 bayweekly_master 35539 at http://www.bayweekly.com The Rise of the Spinning Reel http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rise-spinning-reel <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>You&rsquo;ve got a treasure; take care of it</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in the mid-1940s, the advent of the spinning reel made angling a popular America sport. Spin reels opened up light-tackle fishing to millions for the first time. The easy-to-use casting mechanism allowed anglers to throw their line, lure or bait a good distance without worry of tangles.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rise-spinning-reel" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/spinning-reel-anatomy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rise-spinning-reel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rise-spinning-reel#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:40:37 +0000 bayweekly_master 35431 at http://www.bayweekly.com Playing with their Food http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/playing-their-food <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>When the rockfish wanted to wrangle, I was more than ready</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Trepidation is the condition of being uncertain of a situation&rsquo;s outcome to the point of anxiety. Trepidation was also an apt description of my mental state as I prepped my casting rod and checked the three-quarter-ounce surface popper I had chosen to begin my quest.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/playing-their-food" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/netted-rockfish-102016.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="65" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/playing-their-food" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/playing-their-food#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:24:50 +0000 bayweekly_master 35330 at http://www.bayweekly.com Can’t Get Out to Fish? http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/can%E2%80%99t-get-out-fish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Give your tackle a good cleaning</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>As much as we hate to admit it, this year&rsquo;s fishing season is winding down. It&rsquo;s suddenly colder, a lot colder than just a half-month ago. Fall&rsquo;s remaining weeks will be punctuated by periods of frustrating, unfishable, windy weather. However this forced downtime can give the wise angler a head start on winterizing tackle.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/can%E2%80%99t-get-out-fish" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/cleaning-fishing-rod-101316.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/can%E2%80%99t-get-out-fish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/can%E2%80%99t-get-out-fish#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:55:54 +0000 bayweekly_master 35230 at http://www.bayweekly.com The Angler’s Birthday Gift http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/angler%E2%80%99s-birthday-gift <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>For my youngest&rsquo;s 24th, a hard-fighting false &shy;albacore</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>It has been quite a while since I heard a reel drag shriek. I had to go to Florida to hear it &mdash; not once but three times in minutes.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;My youngest son, Rob, was holding the protesting rig as a powerful fish departed at speed. Harrison, my next oldest at 27, was live-lining a small pilchard farther down the pier when his reel also began to wail as line ripped off the spool.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/angler%E2%80%99s-birthday-gift" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/guys-with-false-albacore.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="61" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Matt Dekroeger, Robert and Harrison Doyle and Vinny Keitt with their false albacore catch. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/angler%E2%80%99s-birthday-gift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/angler%E2%80%99s-birthday-gift#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:19:02 +0000 bayweekly_master 35010 at http://www.bayweekly.com