There is no form of fishing I am better at than bottom fishing in the ocean. And here in the West, that means rockfish (rock cod) and lingcod. Here’s how to catch more, from gear to technique, to little tricks and tips that have helped me over the years.
Hunting and Fishing Stories
In this episode of Hunt Gather Talk, I talk about scouting. Yep, scouting for wild game, for places to fish, or to forage plants, sea creatures or mushrooms. It’s all about the spot. I have my spots, you have yours. How did we get them? By putting in miles.
Finding your equilibrium is a natural part of any endeavor, and hunting and fishing is no different. We all have that urge to fill the freezer, but what do you do once that freezer is full? My thoughts on finding balance in this pursuit of ours.
Images of hunters or anglers holding up their quarry evoke strong reactions in those who don’t hunt or fish. And while hunters have been making these images since long before photos, the advent of social media has put them in front of non-hunters like never before.
If there is a more unloved game bird than the sea duck, I don’t know what it is. Treated as if they were puddle ducks, they earn that bad rep. But take them as they are and sea ducks can be good eating. Here’s what you need to know.
No other small game animal has evaded me like the blue grouse of the Western High Country. But persistence, and a healthy bit of luck, can pay off — even at 8500 feet.
Pukeko. Such a cool bird, yet so unloved by the New Zealanders. We hunted and cooked a bunch of this cross between a pheasant and a coot on our trip to Kiwi Country, and learned to love this fascinating game bird.
The professional mushroom pickers call this time of year Winter Pick. It’s a time of abundance here in Northern California, a time when you can conceivably come home with 20 different kinds of edible mushrooms. It’s my favorite time of year.