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2ND ANNIVERSARY SURF FISHING DEER HUNTING REPLENISHES FOREST GETTING DOGS IN SHAPE HEROS ON THE WATER WEATHER FORECAST FOR BOATING CHARTERING A FISHING BOAT SALTWATER FLY FISHING HOW TO EL NINO BRINGS NEW FISH SURVIVAL VIDEO WIN A WHITETAIL HUNT RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE 1 ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & Made with 100% Real Cheese AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT STYLE 1.00 COUPON CLICK HERE 2 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM www.gordoscheesedip.com VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM Win a hunting trip with Country Music Legend GRAB YOU R GRAB THE GUN AND GORDO S Lorrie Morgan and son Jesse Keith Whitley No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Winner will be drawn 9 15 2014. Official rules may be obtained at www.gordoscheesedip.com. http vimeo.com 97828882 NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. 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(d b a Kachwa Food Group) 5366 Dixie Industrial Highway Morrow Georgia 30260. 3 FEATURE STORIES TIPS ON CHARTERING A FISHING BOAT August is prime vacation time and for many people this means going fi shing. If you re planning a saltwater fi shing excursion you can either fi sh the surf (see our feature on this very subject in this issue of the Outpost) or go out a few miles in a boat. For most anglers who get the opportunity to fi sh the ocean one or two times a year it makes more sense to charter a fi shing boat rather than owning one. PAGE 23 CANINE CALISTHENICS Have you ever wondered why we have a tendency to call dogs whose name we don t know Fido Have you ever met or seen an actual dog named Fido Me neither. So what causes magazine headline writers to call canines Fido We got to the bottom of this Fido conundrum by doing what we do for every reference question. We Googled it. If you want to learn the answer read on. PAGE 40 SURF FISHING If you re lucky enough to live within driving distance of an ocean or don t mind packing all that gear and jumping on an airplane to get there great fishing awaits. The first thoughts many anglers have when saltwater fishing is mentioned is chartering a boat and heading out to the great wide open seas. If this is your preference check out our article on chartering a boat in this issue of the Outpost. PAGE 32 4 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TABLE OF CONTENTS WEATHER STATION 13 FISH MAY PROTECT AGAINST ALCOHOL 19 RECORD DRUM GAME OF DRONES RECIPES URBAN SURVIVAL 21 28 SUMMER COCKTAILS DEER HUNTING 48 17 EL NINO 30 HOW TO STOP 47 A BEAR ATTACK GEAR 64 73 55 HEROS ON THE WATER HOW TO... HUMOR 60 66 81 82 PHOTO OF THE MONTH BACK WOODS 84 GUIDES MUSIC 76 88 5 HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN 6 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM W W W . T H E O U T P O S T L I F E . C O M 25 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 7 The Outpost Magazine proudly supports the production of and we encourage our readers to do the same In the Mind of the Maker Click here to SUPPORT the making of a truly special movie http mindofthemaker.co support You build it in your mind. Your brain is your computer. Edward Couvillier master boat builder in the mind of the maker A movie about memory imagination and building a boat. BOATBUILDER FILMS PRESENTS A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY C.E.RICHARD IN THE MIND OF THE MAKER c KRISTI GUILLORY & DANNY DEVILLIER e MISTY TALLEY g BRIAN C. MILLER RICHARD p JOHN DUREL j JOHN DUREL & C.E.RICHARD a C.E.RICHARD AND CONNIE CASTILLE k C.E.RICHARD 8 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Editor s Letter The Romans referred to the dog days as dis caniculrs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the Dog Star because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky. The term Dog Days was used earlier by the Greeks and even showed up in Aristotle s Physics According to Wikipedia the Romans sacrificed a red dog in April to appease the rage of Sirius believing that the star was the cause of the hot sultry weather. Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time the Sea boiled the Wine turned sour Dogs grew mad and all other creatures became languid causing to man among other diseases burning fevers hysterics and phrensies. While you re out in your boat casting for bass you might need something to keep you mind occupied. How about idioms No not idiots. Thinking about them will just make you angry. Idioms. These are those words or expressions where the figurative meaning is not the literal meaning. I m fascinated by these rascals FOR EXAMPLE YOU VE HEARD THESE IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS ALL YOUR LIFE. It s raining cats and dogs. You re pulling my leg. Better keep an eye out for that. Oh no You spilled the beans. We can barely keep our head above water. You need to use a little more elbow grease to get that clean In what demented state did some big-thinker a couple hundred years ago come up with the term elbow grease What IS elbow grease These American idioms drive people who speak English-as-asecond-language nuts What you mean I no pull you leg Every language has its own idiomatic expressions and those used by Chinese French Spanish etc. are just as ludicrous as ours. Which brings us to the month of August in outdoor sports. My friends we are smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON ON THE DOG DAYS We all know what that expression means. It s hot (as the country song says it s too hot to fish...and too cold at home ) to the point of making everything and everybody move a little slower. While we can still fish there s no college football no bird hunting no deer hunting no duck hunting. Even the dog doesn t want to go outside and these are HIS days for Pete s sake. It s too damn hot and he s gotten lazy over the offseason. However what you might not know is the expression the dog days of summer is not based on lazy dogs but rather is based on astronomy and history. A quick glance at your favorite search engine tells the tale. NEWS YOU CAN USE As you contemplate the dog days of summer elbow grease and why your electric bill is 500 we have hot news you can use for your walk on the steamy side of life. We ll introduce you to an expert on fishing the surf some Heroes on the Water saltwater fly fishing the effects of El Nino on West coast fishing a cold six-pack of How-to s hunting tips GEAR recommendations Outpost music and how to get your hunting dog in shape for bird season (in spite of the dog days of summer) plus a whole lot more. Have we told you lately that we love to hear from you Well we do. Shoot us an email and tell us how we re doing. I answer every one of them. Later Art Young Editor The Outpost email me at art theoutpostmagazine.com 9 FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS I just read your cover story article on 50 Best Tailwaters. Just wanted you to know that you did an outstanding job and it was a great article. Thanks Terry 2nd AnnIvERSARy ISSUE I get your mag on line and I like it. I don t know how it began but I enjoy it and ya lls contribution. I m a 52 year old life long hunter fisher guy in Alabama. IF you ever get this way stop by I ll take you hunting. I got some good spots. Also would consider writing a piece for Outpost. I am currently a land broker well have been for 20 years got a B.S. and M.S. from Auburn in Wildlife and Fisheries. Keep up pretty well with Populations in the South. Later Mike 50 BEST TAILWATERS FAVORITE BBQ JOINTS WYOMING WHITETAILS WHY BOATS SINK FISHING ELECTRONICS Congats on your first two years. Oh and I must confess I mostly just look at the pretty pictures. KAYAK FISHING Mike My favorite is the tips on the rattlesnakes but like the BBQ as well. Might add Slopes BBQ in Sandy Springs GA to that list. Frank Atlanta GA Congrats guys Two years and this thing just keeps getting better and better. Look forward to seeing it every month Sam Marietta GA MUSKIES GETTING TOO BIG HOW TO RATTLESNAKE SAFETY SURVIVAL VIDEO SUMMER DRINKS RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE THE OUTPOST Gorilla Marketing LLC 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Art Young Editor in Chief Contributing Writers Art Young Jason Martin Photo Credits David Brown Jason Martin Flickr Commons Darcie Arahill Brooke Thomas Kirk Driscoll Burnt Pine Plantation Art Young Sandy Earle Stonefly Press Heros On The Water 10 THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2014 by The Outpost Media Group Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. 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Shoot BetterTM carbonexpressarrows.com 12 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST WEATHER STATION BUOYWEATHER.COM CREATES A CUSTOM WEATHER STATION FOR BOATUS MEMBERS For nearly 50 years the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has worked to provide boaters the services and resources needed to enjoy their time on the water. Thanks to a recent partnership with Buoyweather.com BoatUS now offers its members another resource accurate marine forecasts right on its website www.BoatUS.com. Members can access weather by logging on to their individualized my.BoatUS.com page and then it s as simple as pointing to a spot on a map to get an up-to-the-minute three-day forecast. The weather widget contains all of the information boaters need to safely enjoy their time on the water including wind the latest swell size wave period weather radar current sea-surface temperature and access to the most comprehensive list of weather buoys on the Internet. Users can also set up a list of favorite locations for easy searching as well as customizable weather alerts. If more info is wanted BoatUS members receive a 10 percent discount on a Buoyweather Premium Membership which includes a seven-day forecast and full access to Buoyweather s global forecasting tools both online and via Buoyweather s free mobile app for iTunes and Android devices. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 13 THIS PARTNERSHIP ALLOWS BUOYWEATHER TO EXPAND As all boaters know weather is the number one determining factor when planning a day on the water or an extended trip said Charlie Levine Editor and Publisher of Buoyweather. Through this partnership we can provide all BoatUS and BoatUS Angler Members with accurate marine weather both inshore and offshore as well as on the Great Lakes. This is a great partnership for Buoyweather.com. It seems like my family has always had a membership to BoatUS and it s gotten us out of a lot of jams. We re honored to be working with BoatUS he noted. The partnership with BoatUS has helped the Buoyweather staff expand their weather models. Buoyweather provides accurate marine forecasts for every ocean on the globe but their team of forecasters and developers have expanded the model to cover inshore waterways such as the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound to meet the needs of BoatUS Members 14 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Working with BoatUS has helped us improve our product and provide over half a million boaters with accurate marine weather noted Levine. We re looking forward to a long relationship with this great organization. Buoyweather.com s global network of Virtual Buoys deliver quality marine forecasts for all coastal and offshore regions of the world. Using this information Buoyweather.com provides accurate seven-day marine forecasts for any specific GPS location in a simple easy-to-understand format. Thousands of marine surf and fishing sites around the world link to Buoyweather s marine forecasts. To learn more about Buoyweather visit www.Buoyweather.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 15 16 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM EL NI O BRINGING UNFAMILIAR FISH TO WEST COAST Hold on. August could get weird on the water. The weather forecasters want you to be prepared to find some strange fish in your net especially if you live on the U.S. West Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Service (NOAA) predicts that El Ni o will likely begin by August and many say that warm water temperatures will bring unfamiliar fish species to the West Coast. Anglers in California can expect fish normally found off the coast of Mexico such as yellowfin tuna and dorado and even other exotic species such as striped marlin and hammerhead sharks. UPWELLING OF COLD WATER IS REDUCED WITH EL NINO In non-El Ni o years upwelling of deep cold ocean water brings up nutrients that lie near the bottom. Fish living in the upper waters feed plankton that are dependent on these nutrients noted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Kelp forests also depend on cool nutrient-rich water for survival and growth. An El Ni o reduces the upwelling of cold water off the coast of the Americas. When this happens fish either die or migrate into areas where they ll find more to eat. The last large El Ni o occurred in 1997-1998 and a mass of albacore greeted California fishermen. Although the signs for a monster El Ni o seem to be fading some scientists still predict a strange and productive season for anglers. There have been reports of swarms of anglers hunting for yellowtail dorado and other more exotic fish on Orange County s Dana Point. Saltwater fishing is becoming so productive that anglers who usually do not fish locally are now applying for California fishing licenses. The Fish and Wildlife Department is warning anglers however that they could see an exodus of white sea bass and California halibut from the area. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 17 WILL EL NINO END THE DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA Some California residents are also optimistic that the rains from a strong El Ni o could alleviate one of the state s worst droughts in recent memory. Unfortunately forecasters are not seeing a strong enough event for this to occur. While ocean-going anglers may be able to enjoy brisk fishing freshwater anglers are seeing grim conditions. The latest drought report from California found that about 82 percent of the state is now in a state of extreme drought and 36 percent is in the highest category of drought severity. With such drastic conditions it will take a significantly strong El Ni o to bring any relief to California. 18 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST RECORD DRUM YOU CAN T BEAT THE DRUM IN NEW YORK Whether you call them sheepshead or drum they re not supposed to be a big as the one James VanArsdall caught on Lake Ontario. On June 14 VanArsdall pulled out a 26-pound nine-ounce fish to break the New York state record. According to the state s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) the 33.5-inch drum surpassed the previous record by over two pounds. According to the DEC VanArsdall s catch marks the second New York state record fish in the past three months. In May Eric Lester brought in the secondheaviest freshwater fish in the state s history when he caught a 60-pound inland striped bass. The Drum are Beating Out a Rhythm This latest state record is another great example of how New York continues to provide excellent fishing opportunities and they continue to grow under Governor Cuomo s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. From the Great Lakes to Long Island and everything in between the possibilities are endless for eager anglers. Freshwater drum sometimes known as sheepshead are named for the sound the males produce while swimming. This drumming sound is music to the ears of freshwater anglers. Drum are also the only native freshwater fish in North America that produce planktonic eggs which drift with the current. Due to this sheepshead can be found in many rivers and lakes as far north as the Hudson Bay and as south as Guatemala. Anglers may note that freshwater drum are usually nocturnal and can put up quite the fight when hooked. 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While sportsmen and conservationists rejoiced many view the growing population with concern. In states like Indiana deer numbers proved to be nearly unmanageable as early as the 1990s. In state parks where hunting was not historically allowed the appetite of burgeoning deer populations drove out native plants like trillium lilies and tree seedlings. Subsequently plants that are inedible to deer took up shop and deer began to starve. THE TREES AND PLANTS ARE REGENERATING In a press release from Purdue associate professor Michael Jenkins said We can t put nature in a glass dome and think it s going to regulate itself. Because our actions have made the natural world the way it is we have an obligation to practice stewardship to maintain ecological balance. Hunters were initially brought into Indiana parks in 1993 to help manage the population and in less than three years the practice proved so successful that most parks in the state opened to controlled hunts. Jenkins said the result of two decades of hunting was positive especially among the plants in the park. In a 17-year study researchers found that the number of herbs such as asters violets and goldenrods has increased by 20 to 35 percent in the 108 plots surveyed. Tree seedlings rebounded by as much as 13 percent in some areas and grass cover has also increased by one to three percent. While these may seem like minor improvements Jenkins said that the recovery is vital to the long-term health of state forests. The return of native vegetation also discourages more exotic and detrimental plants from taking root. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 21 With heavy populations of deer tree seedlings often don t have a chance to survive he explained. In those situations the forest could lose its ability to reproduce itself and eventually cease to be healthy. We saw a striking improvement in the quality and diversity of the forest understory in state parks compared with conditions before the hunting program said Lindsay Jenkins another researcher on the study. The deer management program is having a clear beneficial impact on Indiana parks and could serve as a good example for nature preserves with overabundant deer in other states. More and more communities are now turning to bowhunting as a method to control populations that venture a little too close to urban areas where the deer pose a threat to motorists and can spread disease. WHY DO LARGE MUSKIES CANNIBALIZE THEIR OWN In most lakes in the state food is abundant so why are muskies eating their young Muskies have voracious appetites and it is not uncommon for the fish to gulp down frogs small muskrats or even ducklings. Biologists say that there might be more to the fish s feeding habits than they know. Even with this decline in the populations the DNR biologists are not concerned...yet. Nobody produces quality fish like we do said Tim Goeman DNR regional fisheries manager. Over the past 10 to 15 years Minnesota has become a destination for muskie anglers. We have people coming here from all over the country to fish muskies because it s the best fishing you ll find. Anglers from nearby states come for the large muskies. A 2008 study by the DNR and the University of Minnesota found that roughly 14 percent--about 100 000--of the state s anglers are muskie fishermen. They may be getting fewer bites but when they get one it s a whooper. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton recently signed legislation that will increase the minimum keep-size for muskie on most inland waters from 48 inches to 54 inches. 22 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TIPS ON CHARTERING A FISHING BOAT August is prime vacation time and for many people this means going fishing. If you re planning a saltwater fishing excursion you can either fish the surf (see our feature on this very subject in this issue of the Outpost) or go out a few miles in a boat. For most anglers who get the opportunity to fish the ocean one or two times a year it makes more sense to charter a fishing boat rather than owning one. Since most people don t charter boats every day some tips on this subject might be in order. As with just about anything when handing over cold hard cash to the captain of a fishing boat it s a good idea to follow some protocols. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 23 PLAN YOUR TRIP If possible book a fishing charter boat at least two weeks in advance. During popular fishing seasons and even in the off-season quality charter fishing boats are often booked in advance. Sometimes a boat will be available at the last minute due to a customer cancellation but why bet the trip on getting lucky It s a good idea to start researching well in advance and to contact at least three charter boats before making a choice. Fishing guides suggest that you don t choose a boat according to price or availability. Cheapest is almost certainly not best. Find out what the going rate is and expect to pay at the higher end of the scale for an experienced top-notch captain and boat. They also suggest an angler should not be put off if the chosen captain is not available on the day that s the first pick especially if it s a weekend. Good charters are usually booked well in advance and if you choice of skipper is available on lots of Saturdays and Sundays you should be suspicious. CHECK OUT THE BOAT AND CAPTAIN BEFORE CHARTERING The most accurate way to get a reliable read on a charter boat is to ask around among friends who fish the area being considered. A glowing recommendation about the captain and crew on the charter company s website is far from objective. Even the people at the marina may not be the best folks to get a recommendation from because they likely have personal relationships with each captain and crew. Fishing guides and boating websites suggest that it s a good idea to check out a captain s credentials. It s amazing how many un-licensed people try to play captain. And in other cases you ll find a captain who has his Coast Guard certification but didn t bother to get a state license which is only required in certain areas. If the captain has no licenses it s a good idea to move to the next candidate. 24 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE BOAT S FISHING STYLE IS IMPORTANT Don t forget to ask each charter boat the type of fishing they offer. Since some charter boats offer bottom fishing trolling or some a combination of both it s important to clarify the day s fishing objectives and match this to the boat that offers this type of service. It s best to ask the price for each type of fishing the length of time your charter is for what species of fish are you likely to catch and the amount of deposit required. It s also important to find out who might be joining you on the trip. Find out how many people are scheduled to be on the boat at a time. Party boats can have 20 or more people on a single trip. You should always check the boat s policy on fish. In some cases the captain takes a cut of the catch and sells it. This means the angler will be expected to kill everything he catches. This might not be acceptable for a catch-andrelease angler. Determining if the crew on the boat clean and filet the day s catch is another element of a checklist. Sometimes there is an extra charge for this and sometimes not. Usually the boat supplies ice for the cleaned fish but this needs to be arranged before leaving the dock. Knowing who s in charge of bringing food and drinks the charter company or the fisherman is also extremely important. The quickest way to ruin a great day on the water is to suddenly realize (at about noon ) that there are no provisions. COURTESY IS KING It s also important to show the proper courtesy for the captain and his crew. This involves showing up at the dock in plenty of time before the boat is scheduled to depart. It is also common to tip 15 to 20 percent if the service on the boat has been good. The usual protocol for this involves giving the tip to the captain and allowing him to disburse to the rest of the crew. Renting a charter boat for fishing doesn t have to be a hassle and it doesn t have to cost a fortune either. Taking a little time to investigate the options and clarifying all of this before making a deposit will go a long way towards an enjoyable trip. Follow Darcizzle Offshore Here https www.facebook.com darcizzleoffshore fref ts WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 25 WWW.THEOUTP 26 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM POSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 27 EATING FISH MAY PROTECT AGAINST ALCOHOL-INDUCED BRAIN DAMAGE If you ve consumed a lot of alcohol over the years you might want to start eating more salmon in order to ward off dementia. A study by researchers at the Loyola University Health System found that eating fish specifically fish high in omega-3 fatty acids may prevent damage from alcoholrelated dementia. The study detailed how the compound found in fish oil called omega-3 docsahexaenoic acid (DHA) can protect against alcohol-induced inflammation and the death of neuronal cells. Fish oil has the potential of helping preserve brain integrity in chronic alcohol abusers said Michael Collins one of the study s authors. At the very least it is unlikely that it would hurt them. 28 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM MAYBE YOU COULD CONSIDER DRINKING LESS TOO Mr. Collins was quick to warn that although fish oil may prove vital in fighting brain damage caused by alcohol abuse the best method is still moderation. We don t want people to think it is okay to take a few fish oil capsules and then continue to go on abusing alcohol he said. Scientists have long known that the consumption of omega-3 fish oil can benefit human health and another study published earlier this year suggested that a steady diet of fish oil could lower an individual s chance of developing Alzheimer s disease. In the second study red blood cell samples were taken from over 1 100 women as part of the Women s Health Initiative Memory Study. The women returned for MRI scans eight years after the initial blood samples were taken and scientists discovered that participants with the highest level of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood also retained the largest volume of their brains hippocampus areas. The hippocampus is one of the first parts of the brain to be damaged by the onset of Alzheimer s. THE RATS WERE THROWING EM DOWN Collins and his team found omega-3 oils can be good for brain health but in this case as protection against deterioration caused by alcohol abuse. While there were no human participants in this study Collins and his fellow researchers used cultures of adult rat brain cells for their experiments. They exposed one group of brain cells to high concentrations of alcohol and subjected another group to the same level of alcohol plus omega-3 docsahexaenoic acid. The group with the fatty acid exposure exhibited 90 percent less inflammation and cell death than the group exposed to just alcohol alone. It should be noted that consuming too much fish oil can lead to long-term negative side effects especially depending on an individual s pre-existing health conditions. The most widely available source of omega-3 fatty acids are fish like halibut mackerel salmon and swordfish. Fish oil is also commonly found in capsule form as a dietary supplement. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 29 How to Stop an Attacking Bear - LEAVE IT TO BIEBER Just how annoying is Justin Bieber s pop song Baby Apparently it s irritating enough to scare an angry bear away. According to news reports Igor Vorozhbitsyn 42 almost died after a brutal mauling by a bear in Russia s Sakha Republic. His face was left badly scarred and he received multiple laceration wounds as a result of the attack which occurred during a recent fishing trip. The angler had left his car and was walking towards a familiar fishing spot when the bruin surprised him from behind. To Vorozhbitsyn s shock he was quickly overwhelmed and knocked over by a large bear. The angler recalled the bear clawing at his face arms and torso before his phone rang playing Justin Bieber s song Baby. The noise apparently scared off the bear which fled towards the forest. THANK GOD FOR JUSTIN BIEBER S HORRIBLE POWER POP I couldn t believe my luck Vorozhbitsyn said. Smartphones have frightened bears before. In 2013 a visitor to Churchill Canada was able to escape a potential deadly mauling by surprising the bear with his cell phone s bright screen. Experts say that unexpected noises or lights can be enough for a bear to stop its attack. As for Vorozhbitsyn he said he was very lucky that the phone rang when it did. He also clarified that he was not the one who put the ringtone on his phone even though it saved his life. I know that sort of ringtone isn t to everyone s taste but my granddaughter loaded it onto my phone for a joke he said. As a public service for Outpost readers here is Bieber s song Baby. We strongly suggest that all outdoor sportsmen and women download this tune on their mobile devices in case of an emergency. This annoying song could save your life https www.youtube.com watch v _qrhPTeDeGo 30 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF ISSUE XI ISSUE II ISSUE III THE SEEING IS BELIEVING SUNGLASSES REVIEW UTPOST WADE FISHING THE SURF THE NEW LAKE EFFECT ON FISHING WOMEN WITH WEAPONS WILLIE NELSON HEROES HOW TO KEEP A HUNT ING DO G IN SHAP E IN TH E OFFSEA SON ALL HAIL KING MACKEREL READING STREAMS HOW TO TRICK TOMS TALKING TURKEY RECIPES TAXIDERMY HUNTING AXIS DEER CATCHING CRAPPIE CATFISH RECIPES BETTER BANK FISHING PLUS FACEBOOK FLASHBACK & BLACKBERRY SMOKE They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GO AHEAD. CAST A LINE AND REEL THEM IN WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 31 32 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON SURF FISHING A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR AND ANGLER DAVID BROWN If you re lucky enough to live within driving distance of an ocean or don t mind packing all that gear and jumping on an airplane to get there great fishing awaits. The first thought many anglers have when saltwater fishing is mentioned is chartering a boat and heading out to the great wide open seas. If this is your preference check out our article on chartering a boat in this issue of the Outpost. However you might be surprised by the variety of species and heart-pounding fun of fishing the surf. Whether from piers jetties or in the surf this type of fishing can be as challenging as you want it to be. Whether you ve never tried surf fishing or you ve been doing it you entire life if you love to fish you will likely enjoy a new book by David A. Brown called Sportsman s Best Surf Fishing. Not only does the author offer a vast number of tips and techniques for surf fishing he gives outstanding insights on the coastlines and surf fishing locations throughout the United States where you can catch any saltwater species. As such it has been called a how to and a where to for surf fishing. DAVID A. BROWN WITH SNOOK photo by David A. Brown A lot of people learn by reading and some learn visually The savvy folks at Brown s publishing company Florida Sportsman obviously took to heart the old adage that one picture (or this case one DVD) is worth a thousand words and they included an entertaining DVD featuring the author explaining surf fishing. This was a brilliant move and when we talked to David about his new book we asked him about the DVD for Surf Fishing. photo by David A. Brown WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 33 photo by David A. Brown I WAS AMAZED AT THE ACCESS TO FISHING FROM THE SAND This DVD series is the first time we went to a narrative format he said. In the past the publisher has used interesting TV clips about the subject matter. However in this one they had me on the beach almost interview style. I got to talk to the camera as if I was talking to a buddy in the surf. As a writer you think one way but as a host you think a whole different way. It forced me to start looking at what I really love about surf fishing and what I like about being out there on the ocean he noted. In many ways Surf Fishing is a very entertaining how to book and this process is enhanced by the DVD and the hundreds of action photos. A lot of people learn by reading and some people learn visually David noted. We wanted to be entertaining and engaging to people who have done this a long time who have great experiences in the surf he said. At the same time we wanted to engage and interest those who are novices or maybe those with children who want to get involved in fishing but don t have the stamina of fishing all day on a boat. We are in no way implying that fishing from a boat isn t productive. In fact I do most of my fishing from a boat. With this type of fishing if you can reach the water you can fish in the surf he said. photo by David A. Brown 34 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The Outpost How did you get involved in surf fishing It literally dates back to my childhood. It was just a little family camping trip to Placida Florida and I was in no way personally engaged in fishing yet. My uncles took us out for some simple surf fishing. They caught a few fish from the canals and jetties but then we fished from the beach for sharks and other things that I was not even aware of at the time. It stimulated my interest. I d always heard about the fun of off-shore fishing but I thought it s so far away and out in the ocean. I was amazed at the access to fishing from the sand. I learned that great fishing is not always far away from shore. Sometimes those fish are right under your feet. You d be surprised at how many impressive sportfish are swimming in the surf. Right along that surf zone off the jetties or off the piers a plethora of opportunity exists there. You just have to learn how to reach them where to set up and what the fish are looking for. You talk about listening to the water to pick your spot. What does this mean That s a quote for one of the most important resources for this book and he s more than a resource he s a friend. His name is David Gill. He s a great fisherman from Florida and has won many awards for community activism teaching kids to fish and the like. photo by David A. Brown photo by David A. Brown IF YOU WANT TO GET CONSISTENT IN SURF FISHING UNDERSTAND WHAT THE OCEAN IS SAYING He told me if you walk up to the water and you just throw anywhere you may get lucky. It s like going to Vegas. You may or may not get lucky there. However if you want to get consistent in surf fishing understand what the ocean is saying. By that he means to look for the bars and the troughs where waves form the hills of sand. Watch how they change during the day. They will change in positioning and density. Look at the wave height how they are crashing against the bars. Also look closer at the water s edge. Run-outs are the most important thing to consider here. There s a little trough offshore and they are going to funnel those waves through the bars. photo by David A. Brown WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 35 Waves don t come in and recede in a single flat sheet. They come at different angles. They twist and turn and they re shaping that bottom the whole time. Just like bass fishing in freshwater all those contour points in the ocean create ambush or feeding opportunities for fish. They re going to funnel the crabs and shrimp through those contour changes. Any contour change off the beach will be reflected by a run-out on the beach. Any deeper trough will funnel the water. If you ever see a wave come up and you notice a little rapid out in the water that represents a little trough that s going to concentrate fish. So pay attention to the run-outs and any backwash waves where a wave tarries so long that another wave comes on top of it. When this happens it stacks up that wave wall and a little muddy area occurs and this indicates some kind of contour change off the beach. Listen to what the ocean is telling you. Based on its characteristics it s going to funnel you to the high activity areas. Know that this activity area is going to change throughout the day and will inform you to move down the beach a little. If you pay attention to those cues you re going to get more out of your surf fishing adventure. A CAROLINA RIG ALLOWS YOU TO ROLL WITH THE SURF OR PEG THE LINE If someone is just starting out surf fishing is there any kind of best tackle to use or is this based on the type of fish you want to catch It comes down to your level of experience. The most experienced surf fishermen have really tweaked their rigs. For example there are multiple ways to tie a fish finding rig based on the weight placement leader and a bunch of other factors which we outline in the book. However if you want to go out on the surf probably the best all-around rig to use is a Carolina rig. It s basically a line weight a couple of beads a swivel a leader and a hook. This type of set up will catch big red fish off the Outer Banks of North Carolina or surf perch off the coast of California. The Carolina rig allows you to roll with the surf or peg the line with a weight into a trough. photo by David A. Brown 36 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM photo by David A. Brown 37 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 39 If you want to just hunt the beach use a Carolina rig and judge the weight based on the current (you may need 4 to 6 to 8 ounces of lead). Usually if you need more than eight ounces of lead it is too rough to fish anyway. However in nice placid surf say the northern Gulf or California you might want to go down to a half ounce or one ounce weight. The second type of rig I suggest is a double-dropper. It s essentially a weight on the bottom and two dropper loops with hooks hanging off the edge. This gives you a chance to vary your bait presentation. You could put crab on one hook and clam on the other or whatever the local bait is. You can also put a little pill-float on the top one. So when the weight is on the bottom and the lower loop is lower the top loop will raise up because of its buoyancy. This allows you to test whether the fish want the bait high or low and what types of bait they re hitting. Then you dial in what you want to do that day. photo by David A. Brown IF YOU RE A MORE ACTIVE FISHERMAN GO ARTIFICIAL Let s talk a little more about bait natural or artificial. Do you have a favorite for surf fishing It s going to come down to what you re targeting. If you want to target pompano whiting or redfish you want to use some kind of meat-based bait such as crap or shrimp. I would say you can t go wrong with the local crab clam or shellfish mussels or shrimp whatever grows locally. Any of these will get interest from these fish that are running the beaches looking for crustaceans primarily. If you want to get more adventurous say the Montauk (Long Island) and New England area where the guys are fishing for stripers most of them are throwing big surf bugs sub-darters something that looks like local species. Go to your local tackle store and simply say what do you catch locally First they re going to tell you what species are available and some of these are seasonally distributed. Secondly they re going to have a good selection of species applicable baits. For beginners wanting a nice family fishing trip I suggest you go with natural baits. Fling the bait out there. Plant it on the bottom. Go have some fun on the beach and wait for the rod to bend. If you re a more active fisherman you like to walk around and engage the fish go artificial because you can cover more area and your can target your cast. For example if you see birds diving that suggests bait fish and possibly game fish. This would be an area to target with a popper or subsurface swim bait or shallow running plug. 38 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM photo by David A. Brown You also want to consider your skill level. If you don t have the endurance to throw a big plug all day long put a piece of meat on the bottom and you re going to catch some fish One of the great things about the book was its showing places to surf fish around the country. Do you have a favorite place to surf fish I might be able to dial in a few favorites but there are so many people who have helped us with this book from all over the country that I might offend someone. What I like to do is fish different places and get to know different beaches. I enjoy places with piers and jetties. Going back to my saltwater past when I first came to Tampa to go to school all I knew to do was to get to piers and I had a great time. I got to observe the surf from an elevated angle and this helped me with this book. If I had to pick a type of fish it would probably be from piers and those piers are distributed all over the country. A really cool set up is to find a place with jetties piers and surf combination. Where can someone purchase Surf Fishing The easiest way is to go to www.floridasportsman.com . The DVD has more of an entertainment angle and the book is more encyclopedic in nature. Definitely get out there and learn the principles that work for you modify them for your local scenario and above all take family and friends fishing because you re always going to learn more in a group and you re going to have a great time doing it. photo by David A. Brown WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 39 CANINE CALISTHENICS KEEPING FIDO IN SHAPE 40 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.GUNDOGBROKER.COM Have you ever wondered why we have a tendency to call dogs whose name we don t know Fido Have you ever met or seen an actual dog named Fido Me neither. So what causes magazine headline writers to call canines Fido We got to the bottom of this Fido conundrum by doing what we do for every reference question. We Googled it. If you want to learn the answer read on. In the meantime August means we are in the dog days of summer (for the derivation of this term see below). With the sweltering heat scorching anything uncovered the last thing a hunter wants to think about is getting some exercise and losing a few pounds. This also goes for a hunter s best friend his dog. Unfortunately that eager-beaver dog who jumps into the pickup at 4 a.m. and remains in constant motion through hard dry cactus country or swimming in freezing water can get out of shape during the spring and summer months just like his owner. And as unpleasant as it may be for the slow-moving hunter the off-season summertime is the time to get a dog back into hunting shape. EVEN PETS ARE GETTING FATTER Many veterinarians have been warning pet-owners of the growing trend toward obesity among dogs. There s a book entitled Chow Hounds that s good reading for any hunter who wants to keep his dog in shape. The book notes that pets gain weight and experience weight-related diseases such as heart problems for the same reasons that human do too many carbs and calories and not enough exercise. In 2009 a poll of the membership of the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention made up of animal clinics and about 1 000 veterinarians found that 45 percent of the dogs in their care were overweight or obese. Obesity was defined as weighing 30 percent above their ideal weight. THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Where did this expression originate According to Wikipedia the Romans referred to the dog days as dis caniculrs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the Dog Star because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 41 THE OUTPOST CANINE CALISTHENICS is also the brightest star in the night sky. The term Dog Days was used earlier by the Greeks. The Roman sacrificed a red dog to appease the rage of Sirius believing that the star was the cause of the hot sultry weather. Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time when the Sea boiled the Wine turned sour Dogs grew mad and all other creatures became languid causing to man among other diseases burning fevers and hysterics. Watching a well-trained hunting dog in their prime work a quail or pheasant field or retrieve a downed duck or goose from a semi-frozen pond is a thing of beauty. It s hard to imagine that these high-energy type-A animals could get out of shape. However it happens more often than not. Here s why. Hunting season is about 3 to 4 months in length. This leaves 8 9 months of off-season rest and very little recreation for dogs. Most hunting dogs become a part of the family and this means spending a lot of time curled up on the couch watching Animal Planet and snagging a few table scraps that the toddler in the family casually tosses on the floor. Since there is no doves or ducks to retrieve there is little or no aerobic exercise to keep the dog lean these hard-charging canine athletes get fat. As with humans there are only two ways to keep a dog in shape diet and exercise. How does one determine if a dog is overweight and out of shape Vets suggest this approach If after putting your hands on the dog if it is impossible to feel the ribs or spinal vertebrae because of a thick layer of fat the dog is overweight and is not ready for any strenuous exercise including and especially chasing after wild game. On the other hand if the ribs and vertebrae are obvious to the eye the dog might have a parasitic infection and need immediate attention. If it is easy to feel the ribs and vertebrae the dog is probably in good condition. PROPER FEEDING OF A HUNTING DOG It is a well-accepted practice to refrain from feeding a dog prior to hunting or before off-season exercising. A full stomach can stress a dog and result in irritation of the digestive tract. It is also well-known that dogs need more food and even fats during the hunting season. However even though the dog will continue to want these high-fat meals they should be reduced when the season ends. Veterinarians suggest that hunting dogs should be fed once a day in the late afternoon or evening but not within 12 hours of a hunt or vigorous exercise. Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia is a recurring problem among even the fittest hunting dogs. Many trainers will bring along high-calorie snacks to keep up their dog s blood sugar level. 42 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM AREN T HUNTING DOGS HEALTHIER Dogs that are suffering from hypoglycemia can have symptoms of staggering disorientation and they can even experience seizures. Old-school hunters suggest putting a little corn syrup ( Kayro ) on the gums of a dog that seems to be having problems with low blood sugar. There are many low-fat healthy dog foods available at any grocery store and hunters are urged to consult their vets for the best food mixture for their specific breed. Unfortunately there is no easy way to bring an obese dog back to his optimal hunting weight. However eliminating table scraps and special treats from his diet is an important first step. An overweight dog can be prime candidate for fatal diseases such as diabetes anal gland disease cardiovascular overload osteoarthritis and respiratory problems. WHY DOGS ARE CALLED FIDO As noted earlier most of us have never had a pup named Fido. So why the heck did this name come to represent all dogs It s actually an interesting story. Dr. Stanley Corren a professor at the University of British Columbia wrestled with this penchant to call all dogs Fido. His research might surprise you. The linguistic origin of the name Fido is easy to trace. For instance the University of Notre Dame Latin dictionary defines fido as to trust believe and confide in and several books on the origin of names defines it as meaning I am faithful . In other words it is equivalent to calling a dog Trusty or Faithful . However the enduring popularity of the name as a representative of all dogs comes from its identification with a well-loved celebrity. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 43 THE OUTPOST CANINE CALISTHENICS TRAINING CAMP FOR FIDO That celebrity was one of our greatest Presidents of the United States Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln was starting out as a young lawyer he adopted a goofy looking pouch of undetermined lineage and he and the dog became fast friends. He named the dog Fido. The future President was said to experience periodic bouts with depression which made it impossible to work and the only thing that would get him out of his funk was playing with Fido. When the Lincoln family moved to the White House after winning the election Mary Todd Lincoln thought Fido should stay home in Illinois and live with friends of the Lincolns because he was such a messy dog. Unfortunately this meant that the President would not have his best buddy on hand when he was dealing with the most stressful experience any person could experience The Civil War. When the mass media of the time (newspapers and magazines) learned about Lincoln s dog Fido they gave this human-interest story lots of play. As a result many people started naming their dogs Fido and over time it became the generic equivalent for all dogs. Since upland bird season and duck season are just around the corner you and your hunting buddy had better get crackin. Most hunting dogs need six to eight weeks of pre-season training in order to get into hunting shape. Dog trainers and vets suggest that that these training sessions start slowly no more than 15 to 20 minutes in the morning and the evening. The type of hunting dog will determine the type of workout. Retrievers are similar to sprinters on a track team. They need muscle training to be able to quickly pursue the game and the rush back usually through thickets or vegetation-clogged water. Upland pointers and flushing breeds don t need as much muscle power but rather need cardio-vascular conditioning to build stamina. Building muscle strength for retrievers can be accomplished by keeping a leash on the dog with some tension and encouraging him to pull the trainer along a road or path. Muscle strength for both retrievers and pointers and flushing dogs can be built with lots of off-season swimming and accompanying the owner on jogs. The most important aspect of exercise training is to continue to give praise to the animal for accomplishing the challenges of the workout while avoiding the giving of high-calorie treats. The dog s nails should also be clipped regularly to avoid potential tearing and their pads should be regularly checked to make sure that they are not damaged. Additional off-season roadwork will help to toughen these paw pads. OTHER ADVANTAGES Training a hunting dog during the off-season is highly beneficial to both the dog and the owner because a healthy bond can be built between the two. Come hunting season the well-conditioned dog will be in good health and ready to take on the rigors of pursuing wild game. In addition to the endurance that is built in the off-season this training will result in an enhancement of command responses. There are few things more powerful than the bond between a hunter and his dog and the best time to build this is with off-season training. 44 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 45 46 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST GAME OF DRONES GAME OF DRONES OUTLAWED IN NEW MEXICO If you were thinking that a drone might be a cool way to roundup some wild game think again. Especially if you happen to be hunting in New Mexico. In June the New Mexico Game Commission voted 5-1 to prohibit the use of drones in harassing wildlife or assisting in the harvest of game animals. Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles are seen by many in the hunting community as an unfair advantage and a violation of fair chase ethics. Colorado was the first state to ban drone use for hunting when it outlawed the practice earlier this year causing other states to consider similar regulations. Alaska and Montana quickly followed suit. Although it is not known exactly how many hunters use drones to scout or track game animals hunters in New Mexico say they see more aircraft in the skies every season. UNFAIR CHASE We ve got what we call fair chase and I think we re getting to the point where using drones and so forth doesn t give the animals a chance said Bill Montoya Game Commission Vice chairman. It s not sportsmanlike. Hunters caught using a drone under the new regulations will face fines of up to 500 as well as the risk of getting their gear confiscated and license revoked. The ban is largely supported by hunters including sportsmen s organizations such as the Pope and Young Club Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) and Orion The Hunter s Institute. HOW AND WHY ARE DRONES USED According to leading outdoor sports organizations these aerial vehicles can fill a variety of roles that give its operators a decided advantage. An unscrupulous hunter or outfitter might use these powerful machines to scour a mountain range looking for a bighorn ram or harass a pronghorn herd across the distant prairie to hunters. They could also be used to flush waterfowl off ponds to waiting hunters. New Mexico was not the only state eyeing changes to its drone policy. According to the Associated Press Vermont is also considering prohibiting drones for hunting and Idaho and Wisconsin already made minor changes in existing regulations. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 47 SALTWATER FISHING ON THE FLY Saltwater fly fishing off the Florida Keys Oregon or Washington coasts North Carolina coast Guatemala the Dominican Republic or any other ocean in the world has gained enormous popularity among anglers who would normally get out the tried-and-true casting rig to fish the saltwater. The reason for this increase in popularity is self-evident. It s the challenge of pulling in a large fish on a small fly rod and reel. There are saltwater fly fishermen such as guide instructor Jake Jordan who works the Florida Keys who have caught giant blue marlin or sailfish on 20-pound tippets. Because of the weird physics of this sport before heading out with that fly fishing rig that you use to catch trout in Colorado or Georgia you should get some background on the process. While freshwater fly fishing has been around since the 1800 s saltwater fly fishing saw its beginning in the 1950 s. Anglers began catching game fish on the flats of the Florida Keys and as far north as Chesapeake Bay. Now fly fishermen pursue game fish species from red drum and bonefish to marlin and tuna all over the world. Guides note that the best way for anglers who are new to saltwater fly fishing to practice techniques and catch fish is to pick the places with few challenges to fly placement. These locations include inshore beaches salt ponds locations on rivers that flow into an ocean from jetties and flats that are wadeable. 48 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM CHOOSING THE BEST FLY FISHING RIG FOR SALTWATER As with conventional fishing when choosing the rod line and gear for saltwater fishing it s important to determine the fish you want to pursue and the conditions that these fish will be found in. Bonefish are different from marlin and they both take different flies rods and catching techniques. After deciding on the type of species that are to be pursued the angler should go to a fly fishing shop fly tackle department at the big-box sporting goods retailers fishing show or get online to research the type of gear he she needs. Saltwater fly fishing guides never fail to point out the difference between conventional fishing and that using a fly rod. With the spinning or casting rod there is a weighted lure or bait that pulls the line off the rod. However fly fishing involves casting a weighted line that has a windresistant fly on its business end. It will take someone who is used to casting a conventional lure a few tosses to get use to tossing a weighted line and fly. Knowing the likely species and their habitats will help the angler to determine the size type and mass of the flies necessary for catching them. This will also determine the size and weight rating of the fly rod. Repeating the obvious a fly rod that is used for inshore fishing for sea trout or flounder can be a lot lighter and have less tensile strength that one that is to be used for hauling in tarpon or tuna. BONEFISH Fishing for bonefish with a fly rod is one of the most exciting forms of saltwater angling. The bonefish can weigh up to 19 pounds (8.6 kg) and measures up to 35 inches (90 cm) long. It is silvery in color with dusky fins. The bases of the pectoral fins are yellow. It lives in inshore tropical waters and moves onto shallow mudflats to feed with the incoming tide. Adults and juveniles may shoal together and they may be found singly or in pairs. The bonefish feeds on benthic worms fry crustaceans and mollusks. Flies which mimic these live baits such as the Bonefish Gotcha are the best lures to use. The Bonefish Gotcha fly is known worldwide for its ability to produce results in saltwater fly fishing. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 49 THE OUTPOST SALTWATER FISHING ON THE FLY SPECS OF THE BONEFISH GOTCHA FLY Shallow bead chain eyes medium sink rate. Tailing Plastic bead eyes slow sink rate. Deep Non-toxic metal dumbbell eyes fast sink rate. Tailing tan shallow tan sizes 4 6 8. Pink shallow size 6. Deep tan sizes 4 6. Weed guard The best places to catch bonefish are ledges dropoffs and clean healthy seagrass beds These will yield abundant small prey such as crabs and shrimp and. Bonefish It may follow stingray to catch the small animals they root from the substrate. The leaders in saltwater fly fishing tend to be shorter and heavier than those used in freshwater fishing. This helps the angler to turn the larger flies over and the heavier tippet will be more abrasion resistant. It s interesting to note that saltwater fish tend to be less wary that freshwater fish because they live in rougher water. Therefore the leader doesn t have to be as fine as that used for fooling trout in a bubbling mountain stream. TARPON Another challenging fish to bring in with a fly rod is the tarpon. The two species of tarpons are Atlantic tarpon) and the Indo-Pacific tarpon. The Atlantic tarpon is found on the western Atlantic coast from Virginia to Brazil throughout the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean. Both species are found in both saltwater and freshwater and habitats usually ascending rivers to access freshwater marshes. They are able to survive in brackish water waters of varying pH and habitats with low dissolved Oxygen content due to their swim bladders which they use primarily to breathe. They are also able to rise to the surface and take gulps of air which gives them a short burst of energy. Tarpons grow to about 4 8 feet long and weigh 60 280 lbs. They have dorsal and anal soft rays and have bluish or greenish backs. Tarpons possess distinctive lateral lines and have shiny silvery scales that cover most of their bodies excluding the head. They have large eyes with adipose eyelids and broad mouths with prominent lower jaws that jut out farther than the rest of the face. Tarpons jump up out of the water when hooked making them very challenging to catch. The best flies for catching Tarpon are about 2 3 inches long tied with materials that are soft so the flies have more action and look alive. Rabbit strips soft chicken hackle and turkey marabou plumbs are popular. Some new soft synthetic furs are popular too. THE BEST FLY RODS AND REELS Experts such as Jake Jordan opine that the best saltwater rods will run in the 7-weight to 12 weight class in lengths from about 82 or 92 inches or about 10-feet. A short fighting butt (permanent or detachable) is also a good addition for dealing with heavier fish such as marlin. Because of the corroding tendency of saltwater the rod guides should be stainless steel and the wrapping coated with epoxy rod finish. A saltwater fly fisherman will need a line capacity of at least 200 yards with 20 to 30 pound test backing. A reel with a palming rim and a good drag system will also help the angler in catching and bringing in these larger fish. 50 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Many fly fishermen use a fly called the Seaducer. It is under 3 long on a 1 0 SW hook. Good standard basic colors are white yellow black orange and tan. Many patterns will have a red collar on the front of these basic colors. Barring on the fly does add a realistic look to many patterns. Grizzly hackle died is nice for a natural barred look. Check it Out Resource for Saltwater Fly Fishing If you re interested in saltwater fly fishing and have never done it you should definitely do additional research before hitting the waves. There are many good places to get instructions and more tips on gear. One of the highly respected groups for this sport is the International Federation of Fly Fishers and you can find them at www.fedflyfishers.com Saltwater fly fishing is perfect for the angler who likes a challenge and enjoys being around the ocean. Plus fooling the big fish is even more fun than fooling little fish. KNOT ON MY FISHING LINE Because of the force exerted by a saltwater fish after being hooked one of the biggest challenges for a fly fisherman pursuing these big boys is the strength of the knots. While everyone has his own theory about the best knots for fly fishing it s advisable to take another look at those knot-tying books or website before that tough tarpon hits your line and pops the knot. There are many online resources for the best saltwater fly fishing knots. Hitting the search engine of your choice and looking for these knots is a good place to start Albright knot Arbor knot Surgeon s knot Blood knot (aka Barrel knot) Improved Clinch knot Perfection knot Nail knot Duncan knot Surgeon s End Loop WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 51 52 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Win a hunting trip with Country Music Legend GRAB YOU R GRAB THE GUN AND GORDO S Lorrie Morgan and son Jesse Keith Whitley No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Winner will be drawn 9 15 2014. Official rules may be obtained at www.gordoscheesedip.com. http vimeo.com 97828882 NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. 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According to the organization s website Heroes on the Water helps our Nation s warriors and veterans from all branches of the United States military unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. What looks like a day trip of paddling and fishing is in fact something much deeper and long-lasting. The non-profit organization founded in 2007 allows participants to receive basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction angling clinics and paddling classes for participants with skill sets ranging from beginners to the most experienced paddlers. One of the men responsible for this program is the founder and executive director Jim Dolan. We asked him how this brilliant combination of physical and emotional therapy got started. I m a Texas bass fisherman and been doing it since I was a kid said Jim Dolan. I got into coastal in-shore fishing about seven or eight years ago and I couldn t afford a big bass boat or big bay boat he laughed. After I saw a bunch of guys running around in kayaks having fun my friends and I said we want to do that Since we were all vets he noted we thought hey let s do something for vets. We started out working with the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio which is the Walter Reed of the South WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 55 and is where many amputees and burn trauma patients are sent when they return to the states. We took some of those guys out fishing and realized that this is a pretty cool thing to do Seven years later Dolan is still amazed by this idea. We had an ahha moment on our fourth outing and we realized that we HAD to do this for vets he said. There was no choice The Outpost The homepage of Heroes on the Water has some extremely compelling results about your program. They show that you ve completed almost 10 000 warrior days and over the course of your program you ve had a 78 percent reduction in stress 77 percent reduction in hyper-vigilance and 63 percent reduction in avoidance behavior. What do these metrics mean for veterans Jim Dolan We help these veterans unwind and until they unwind they can t get better. The things like stress or hyper-vigilance are some of the things they are dealing with day to day. We hear reports from guys who have come and fished with us saying that after the outing they had the first night of good sleep they d had in a long time. These metrics come from a program we have in Florida and not only are they getting these numbers from them they find that the vets are staying in the program 25 to 30 percent longer than they were before they went out kayak fishing. The beauty of our program is that it s local and we can do it all over the country. All I need is a bunch of trash-talking kayak fishermen I don t need doctors or lawyers or therapists or anybody else. We just go fishing. This results in major changes in people s lives. Tell us about avoidance behavior. What does this mean for vets A lot of our clients have trust issues. They don t like being in big crowds of people. This is particularly true of those who have had post-traumatic stress brain injuries. It takes them a while to trust folks. 56 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM We provide a kind of family picnic atmosphere where it s just a bunch of people having fun and hanging out. We only ask basic questions and our participants like this. It s a good time for lots of folks including ourselves and the volunteers. The lines are rapidly blurred between the volunteers and the participants and that s the way we want it. We show them that we don t care what s the matter with them...we just want to go fishing When a soldier comes back from combat what are the worst problems he or she has to deal with The average guy we see was blown up in an explosion. So they have some physical obstacles to overcome. Some have lost limbs. There are a lot of spinal injuries shoulder joint issues and soft-tissue injuries. There are also a lot of traumatic brain injuries. When you go through an explosion your brain gets rocked and many times damaged. This means it takes our participants a while to process information. They tend to speak slowly and some stutter. Plus there is post-traumatic stress from losing body parts very similar to the problems first-responders experience. It s a wide gamut challenges and one of the biggest is the tendency of military people and guys in general to say there s nothing the matter with us This is even more the case with female soldiers. Women tend to want to be helpers and they take care of everyone else but themselves. It s tough for these former soldiers to say I have something wrong with me. We try to deal with this by keeping it really simple. We show them that we don t care what s the matter with them...we just want to go fishing. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 57 and see a bunch of trash-talking fishermen and that s the environment many military men grew up in. So they feel comfortable and the brain starts to relax. (3) They are put out of the water where they are in charge doing their own thing and the brain really starts to relax. (4) Finally they re seeing and smelling the natural beauty of being on the water. This causes the brain to open up to very positive powerful memories overriding the bad stuff. It s the KISS principle. We keep it simple. The beauty of what we re doing is that it doesn t cost a whole lot. How do you raise money to finance all of the activities Why did you choose kayak fishing instead of some other type of fishing Kayaks are inexpensive. Instead of spending 50 000 on a bass boat I can buy 100 kayaks. They re easily transportable compared to the smaller bass boats or even a canoe. Plus I can put someone individually out on a kayak where they can think about themselves and what s going on around them and they don t have to think about another individual on a boat. The kayak is just a tool but it s a major tool in what we do. Going back to our ahha moment we had a guy who had a brain injury and did not want to get out on the water. He stuttered a lot and was slow in processing information. He remembered how he had been before the injury and he knew what he was like now and he didn t want anybody to see this. Well we finally got this guy out on the water and when we pulled him back in four hours later he couldn t stop talking about all of the things he had experienced. He was talking at a rapid clip for about 20 seconds. Then all of a sudden we all realized (including him) that this was a major change. He told us he had been a Brook Army Medical for two years and he had not been able to talk the way he was doing now He then said I have hope. We all just looked at each other and thought what just happened The kayak is a very effective tool. I asked a neurologist in Dallas why this was working and he said we were doing four things. (1) We were getting them out of their day-today situation taking them out and doing something different. We all need to do that. (2) The participants come out 58 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM It s been pretty amazing. There are a lot of kayak fishermen and a lot of patriotic outdoorsmen out there who see what we re doing and they all want to help. These guys have been on foreign soil protecting us and outdoorsmen want to give back something to them. We have a lot of third-party events tournament and other fishing events where the producers of the event turn the proceeds from the event to Heroes on the Water. We have tournaments in Houston Jacksonville Sarasota and many other places. We are also seeing foundations and grants coming through for us. So it s a lot of things working for us. The beauty of what we re doing is that it doesn t cost a whole lot. If someone gives us 10 it makes a huge difference. I can put somebody on the water for about 50. We re expanding our reach. We just got connected with an organization of federal employees Combined Federal which has taken two years to reach. This group is similar to the United Way but for federal employees. What can someone do to support your work There are a few things. You can go to our website www.heroesonthewater.org and notice that there are 40 chapters around the country and we have chapters in Australia and England too. Outpost readers can find a chapter near them and volunteer to help with the events and fishing. We always need some good solid volunteer help. That s one of our biggest challenges. We re looking for people who want to give back and make a long-term commitment to this program. https www.youtube.com watch v RcZuQXn4KSY They can also donate online. We love people who can donate 5 or 10 per month. When you have a guy say you ve saved my life it changes you. That s the kind of difference you can make. http heroesonthewater.org how-to-help donate WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 59 R U TP O ST G EA 60 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The Bomber Long Shot Gets Your Line WAY Out there Whether you re surf fishing or casting from a boat the Long Shot is a sure bet for saltwater anglers looking to do battle with giant toothy predator fish. Engineered with a special advanced casting system in which the big rattle rolls to the end of the bait then back into position when the bait hits the water the Long Shot casts farther than other similar lures a big benefit when casting to schooling fish or from the surf. O The wide swimming action mimics a damaged baitfish - a strike trigger for all species of gamefish. Another characteristic that sets the Bomber Saltwater Grade Long Shot apart from the rest are the regionally specific color patterns and decoration. Whether you re fishing off the Texas coast or big water anywhere there s a color pattern that fits your needs. Finally if you ve created a lure that saltwater predator fish want to eat it better be strong enough to handle the battle time-after-time and the Long Shot is up to the task. It comes equipped with 4x Saltwater hooks and saltwater grade heavy-duty hardware. LONG SHOT A SURE BET FOR SALTY PREDATOR FISH. Advanced casting system for super-long casts even into the wind Wide-swimming wobble mimics a confused easy-to-catch baitfish Tough saltwater-grade components Cutting edge region-specific color patterns The Long Shot is available in three sizes and weights. The 5-inch version weighs in at -ounce and dives to 3 feet (5-feet when trolling). The 6-inch Long Shot is 1 3 16 ounces and the big 7-inch version weighs 1 -ounces. Both the 6- and 7-inch Long Shots dive to 4 feet on the cast and up to 8 feet when trolled. The Long Shot is available in 10 prime saltwater color patterns. For more information go to www.bombersaltwatergrade.com If you d like to win great gear like this keep watching The Outpost Facebook page for more details. Just LIKE the page and watch for the contest. O Firm Footing with Korkers K-5 Bomber Wading Boot A NEW BOOT FOR THE SERIOUS FISHERMAN. The K-5 Bomber is designed to withstand the rigorous demands of professional guides and hardcore anglers who are on the river day after day. With a special focus on durability and support Korkers created a 5-Ply Fit System designed to lock the foot in place and provide supreme support around the ankle. Friction-free rolling lace guides and lace-lock allow for bi-zonal tensioning providing a truly customized fit. The K-5 Bomber offers an enhanced EVA midsole protected stitching and a 3D-molded toe and heel cap ensuring durability and longevity. Hydrophobic materials and internal drainage channels reduce excess water weight and promote faster dry times. The K-5 Bomber offers an adaptable traction outsole system OmniTrax for customized condition-specific traction performance and extends boot longevity because soles can easily be replaced. The OmniTrax Interchangeable Outsole System has proven itself to be an indispensable feature for any angler working multiple river systems any angler that travels and any angler concerned about not spreading invasive species. Korkers works closely with a network of professional guides from around the world to help develop test and refine our products. These new innovations are the direct result of input and feedback from professional guides with thousands of hours on the water. The K-5 Bomber strengthens what we feel is the most complete and performance packed line of wading boots the fishing industry has ever seen says Brian Chaney CEO and Director of Sales. The suggested retail price for the Korkers K-5 Bomber is 110.00 Korkers are available from Cabela s Bass Pro Shops and other fine retailers. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 61 U O TP ST G EA R R ST G Waiting for That Buck Has Never Been More Comfortable The Browning Shadow Hunter Blind Chair is read to roll TP O U O You don t need that clunky folding chair anymore This blind chair is perfect for hunting in a permanent blind or to be used in a pop-up hunting blind on the ground. The Shadow Hunter blind chair features a silent 360 swivel seat that is equipped with a sturdy base and a TechMesh seat with a backrest for exemplary comfort. When hunting on uneven ground the Shadow Hunter has independently adjustable legs and large swivel feet to help with positioning that prevents the feet from sinking in. The Shadow Hunter has an adjustable seat height from 17 -23 and has a weight capacity of 275 pounds. The suggested retail price is 119.99 and it is available wherever Browning Camping equipment is sold. Visit www.browningcamping.com for more information on this and other products that also have earned the title for being The Best There Is . If you d like to win great gear like this keep watching The Outpost Facebook page for more details. Just LIKE the page and watch for the contest. 62 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM EA A hunter can sit for hours before seeing any game. A comfortable and functional chair is therefore critical. Browning Camping had introduced the Shadow Hunter Blind Chair for 2014 offering the ultimate in adjustability and comfort for the blind. O Face It. You Need a Mask Bunkerhead has a no-touch facemask system With all the incredible advancements which have been made in hunters clothing from water-wicking outerwear to scent-blocking underwear the face mask somehow fell through the cracks. BunkerHead s No-TouchTM Hunting Face Mask is an innovative and new hunting option. The BunkerHead Face Mask attaches to the brim of a cap instead of the hunter s head. With its infinitely shapeable support structure the light-weight mask can be custom-formed to fit any hunting situation. By attaching to the cap hunters no longer have to worry about glasses fogging up fabric sticking to their skin or the one size fits some problem. With a conventional face mask a hunter has no choice in whether he covers up his ears and neck along with his face. The BunkerHead Face Mask System lets the hunter choose to either cover only his face (using only the Face Mask attachment) or he can choose to cover his whole head (by adding the Hoodie attachment). As a bonus the Bunker Clips which conveniently attach to each side of the cap brim can serve to create a 3-D leaf effect from the hunter inserting small branches and leaves beneath the elastic tether that spans the cap. Or similarly the hunter can choose to secure his sunglasses. To apply the Face Mask a hunter must simply attach the two Bunker Clips to each side of the cap brim. To cover only your face simply slide the Face Mask attachment into the outer holes of the Bunker Clips. For full head coverage just add the Hoodie attachment. BunkerHead LLC is a small family-owned business. Its products are proudly manufactured in the USA from the highest quality materials and are offered in a variety of Mossy Oak patterns and fabrics. For more information or to order log on to www.bunkerhead.net. . 63 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 67 U O TP ST G EA R THE OUTPOST RECIPES GRILLED GROUPER GOES GREAT WITH SUMMER Don t you just love fresh fish in the summertime The answer is Yes. Here is a simple recipe for Grilled Grouper Tangerine Ingredients 4 (6-ounce) grouper fillets 2 tangerines juiced and zested 2 tablespoons dry white wine 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary 1 2 teaspoon fresh thyme 1 4 teaspoon black pepper course ground vegetable cooking spray fresh herbs for garnish tangerine slices for garnish Directions Place the fillets in a shallow dish. To prepare the citrus marinade combine the zest from both tangerines with tangerine juice olive oil white wine herbs and black pepper in a small bowl mix well. Pour the marinade over the fish and marinate for 1-2 hours in refrigerator. Coat grill with vegetable spray and preheat on mediumhigh heat. Grill fillets for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until center is opaque and meat flakes easily with a fork. Garnish with herbs and tangerine slices and serve. Grouper with Roasted Corn and Peppers Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup red bell pepper chopped 1 cup green bell pepper chopped 2 cups fresh corn kernels 1 cup onion diced 1 teaspoon salt divided 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper divided 1 teaspoon dried thyme divided 4 (6-ounce) grouper fillets 1 2 cup french-fried onion rings crushed Directions Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine 1 tablespoon of the olive oil with the red and green bell peppers corn onion and 1 2 teaspoon each of the salt pepper and thyme in a large ovenproof pan. Roast mixture in the oven until the corn and peppers start to brown about 12 minutes stirring twice. Rub the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over both sides of the fillets and season with the remaining 1 2 teaspoon salt pepper and thyme. Top with crushed onion rings. Remove the roasting pan from the oven spread corn-and-pepper mixture to the sides of the pan. Place fillets in the center of the pan and cook 10 minutes until opaque in the center. Serve fillets on a bed of the roasted vegetables. 64 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GRILLED GROUPER TANGERINE LIFE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 65 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 HERE S A COLD SIX-PACK OF HOW-TO S TM From time to time we run across some theory video or old wives tale that we think you the intrepid outdoorsman might want to know about. Usually these tips are couched as How to _________ with the _________being filled with fascinating insights such as How to avoid being eaten by a grizzly bear or How to survive in the wilderness with only a pocketknife and a piece of string while running from a grizzly bear. If you like spending time outdoors you might have questions. Big questions. Like how do migrating ducks know where they re going every year That answer will have to wait until duck season but in the meantime here are some other things to ponder. 66 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v ewfKVvyeNb4&list PLD75DA63DD1F83C4E HOW TO BUILD A CRAWDAD TRAP WITH ONLY A KNIFE Whether you call em crayfish mudbugs or crawdads these little crustaceans are delicious AND they make great bait. HERE S HOW TO CLEAN A RIFLE BOLT Most people don t do a very good job of cleaning their rifle and especially the bolt. This can come back to bite you if the rifle jams. https www.youtube.com watch v nLceshLwKVQ&list PLD75DA63DD1F83C4E WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 67 The pigs have invaded paradise. The state of Hawaii is beginning to experience the destruction from feral pigs that the mainland states have been dealing with for some time and some in the state are ready to call in the hunters. As any outdoor sportsman can attest the combination of a fast breeding cycle aggressive rooting habits and adaptability make feral pigs a land-owner s even one who considers himself a conservationist worst nightmare. Because of this the city of Kaneohe Hawaii may soon be joining forces with a local sportsmen s association to deal with its feral hog problem. PIG PROBLEMS ON THE ISLANDS The swine are wreaking their usual havoc in the 400-acre Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden a piece of land valuable not only for its value as a collection of rare and endangered plants but also as flood protection for the city. While Hoomaluhia is still a popular 68 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v iRmrQGHhdCM HERE HOW TO RIDE A WHALE Anybody can watch whales. HERE S HOW TO BURY A DUTCH OVEN Nothing tastes better than fresh food cooked outdoors in a Dutch oven. https www.youtube.com watch v s2P6qAKilrU WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 69 https www.youtube.com watch v RR6DJ3Zco-0&list PLD75DA63DD1F83C4E HERE S HOW TO CATCH BASS WITH FROGS Are you ready to catch a big lunker You need a frog. HERE S HOW TO SKIN A DEER WITHOUT A KNIFE Wouldn t it be great to get the entire deer skin off in one fell swoop https www.facebook.com permalink.php story_fbid 777655698951260&id 406025349447632¬if_ t like permalink.php story_fbid 777655698951260&id 406025349447632¬if_t like 70 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS The Outpost Radio is the first radio station dedicated to hunting fishing and the great outdoors. You can hear us on your smartphone desktop or tablet...just about anywhere. The Outpost Radio is a mix of great music and information that celebrates the outdoors Give us a listen. Click on The Outpost logo below to listen now WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 ISSUE VII ISSUE IX 2012 DEER HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION MAKE THAT 300 YARD SHOT SHOOTING THE MOON MOUNTAIN BIKING OUTPOST FICTION OUTPOST FICTION C QUAIL HUNTING PATTERNING A SHOTGUN GETTING INTO SHAPE FOR OUTDOORS SPORTS DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST HOW TO CAMO YOUR GUN VIDEO THE BUCK STOPS HERE SCENT CONTROL CASHING IN ON WINTER VARMENTS WHY IN-HAND SCORING OF BUCKS IS ON ITS WAY OUT FIELD DRESSING A DEER VIDEO RATTLING ANTLERS CHEF KEVIN GILLESPIE PLUS FLOUNDER RECIPES TOP 12 CD S OF 2012 & MORE... PLUS VENISON RECIPES SQUIRREL HUNTING & MUMFORD & SONS HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GO AHEAD. TAKE THE SAFETY OFF AND SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER. 72 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM http www.youtube.com watch v kBsOM1RR4jo https www.youtube.com watch v Mmmpg-XCU-k URBAN SURVIVAL So we know that everyone reading this is well versed on how to survive in the wilderness. But for many you may live in an urban area or perhaps in the suburbs of a city. What happens when you just can t get to the woods. Are you prepared to survive at home For how long Cody Lundin from Dual Survivers took a look at how to do this way back in 2006. This is becoming more and more of a relavent topic and all those people that were once thought of as crazy preppers are now being asked by friends and neighbors what they need to do to survive. Let s hope that none of us need to use these tactics. But you really never know what may occur. Just look at the news at any given moment and you may realize that this isn t that far fetched. www.TheOutpostLife.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 73 THE NEW OUTPOST RADIO IS LAUNCHED Radio for the Great Outdoors The Outpost Radio. At any given time on this unique station you can hear Stevie Ray Vaughan followed by Blackberry Smoke followed by George Jones. While all of this is going on you can be given a chance to listen to podcasts that feature tips on hunting whitetail deer or catching crappie in the Atchafalaya Basin or learning why blue quail would rather run than fly. In the words of more than one recently converted Outpost Radio fanatic I ve never heard anything like this station. Exactly. This combination of music and outdoor sports information presented 24 7 available wherever you are worldwide on your mobile device has never been offered. Until now. If you can do without the little girl pop stars and auto-tuned crap that passes for country and rock and roll these days you might want to try The Outpost Radio. If you want to know the weather wherever you re sitting in a duck blind it s here. If you re on the way to hunt pheasant or fish for walleye and you d like to know if anybody s seeing any this might be your new favorite radio station. The stories in The Outpost Magazine are about the simple joys of living an authentic life. This includes outdoor sports such as fishing hunting camping hiking and biking. It involves good food and strong drink and it also includes music from every genre that sportsmen and sportswomen enjoy. Unfortunately most of the music you hear on traditional (terrestrial) radio is so sanitized analyzed and peroxized that the tunes and words are cotton candy for the brain. Plus most of the outdoor sports radio programs come on the stations between 3 and 4 am. That s a little too early for most of us. It s is for this reason that we joined some friends who are experts in the radio business and launched The Outpost Radio. We re calling it Radio for the great outdoors and that s more than just a catchy phrase. A typical radio station would never play the diversity of songs you ll hear on 74 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 75 TOM PETTY IS BACK AND HYPNOTIC EYES IS MAGICAL If there was any doubt about whether a band which has had hits in five different decades was ready to mosey along Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers has definitively cleared this misconception up with their latest chart-topper Hypnotic Eyes. Some reports have said this album took two years and others say three years to complete but these discussions are now academic. With its debut at Number One on the Billboard charts this collection proves that hit music is not limited to Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. Can you even imagine how many sold-out arenas Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have played since they entered the rock consciousness in the mid-1970 s Thousands With their string of hits over forty years Petty and band would never have to hit another lick on his guitar and still be one of the best bands there ever was. But the old-folks home or Las Vegas or wherever rock icons go will have to wait because this band is back with a vengeance. 76 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v OxrAZMiNsuQ THESE OLD GUYS ARE STILL SCRAPPY The best way to describe the band s performance on their latest CD is scrappy. Not sloppy or laid back or cavalier because they have never sounded this tight. All that time in the studio could have easily homogenized these new songs where they sounded over-produced and slick. Each of these songs on Hypnotic Eyes is carefully crafted work of art that sounds like a bunch of (really talented) friends got together turned on the tape machine and played their butts off. Scrappy will beat slick every day As Rolling Stone magazine described the songs Petty populates these urgent songs with a cast of desperate dreamers zealots doomed lovers loose cannons and alienated zombies like the woman in Red River stockpiling powerless religious talismans the doom saying town crier in the highway rocker All You Can Carry or Petty himself in the forebodingly caustic Shadow People wondering what role he can play in my time of need in my time of grief. In the album s opener American Dream Plan B which was released as a single Petty intimates he s not ready to go gentle into that good night. Not by a long-shot. Even Dylan Thomas would dig his take on this old concept My success is anybody s guess but like a fool I m bettin on happiness There s great guitar work from Mike Campbell Scott Thurston and Tom Petty on the Fault Lines and Red River tracks. Plus the lyrics are vintage Petty. There s jamming a-plenty on such tracks as All You Can Carry Burnt Out Town and Forgotten Man. Plus the song U Get me High (which sounds like the next single) uses the vapidity of texting to convey heartfelt emotions in a buzz of rock and roll. Again this is vintage Tom Petty. Full Grown Boy is a very cool jazzy number beautifully paced by one of the original Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench. Guilt anger love loss and swagger are all a part of Hypnotic Eyes. The stories are delivered in a slowburning arc of crescendo like only someone who has been around the block more than a few times can tell them. Petty is a master of taking simple lyrics and power guitar chords and making them into arena shaking anthems. Look for this to happen in a giant performance venue near you in the coming months. If you have ever found yourself singing I Won t Back Down or FreeFalling at the top of your lungs while driving down the highway you should be all over Hypnotic Eyes. It s one of the best records of the year. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 77 LONG IN THE TOOTH IS TIMELESS https www.youtube.com watch v HzcaehkPJDo BILLY JOE SHAVER S Billy Joe Shaver is a throwback to the days when country music writers lived the songs they wrote. It would be impossible to make up a more dramatic sad goofy tragic life than the one Shaver has actually lived. At age 75 he is exactly what the title of this brilliant collection of songs says he is Long in the Tooth. Shaver is one of those rare artists who can pour in his real life experiences good and bad funny and sad into a mixing bowl of classic songwriting form and come up with universal truth. Having never met the man I m guessing he s not the easiest guy to get along with (just ask the guy he shot in the face after a barroom disagreement in 2007). However he does have an uncanny ability to capture life in its boiled-down essence and allow us to learn something from his wisdom misfortune and pain. TWO OLD FRIENDS GET TOGETHER This latest collection of gems has already become the most successful album of Shaver s professional career and it s only barely been released. Most of the credit for this stunning work must go to Billy Joe Shaver. He s a genius. However the guy pushing the buttons during the recording session Gary Nicholson is also a brilliant songwriter ( One More Last Chance That s the Thing About Love ) and producer. Early in his career Nicholson played guitar in one of Billy Joe s groups so they have a longtime friendship and mutual respect and it shows on this record. 78 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Long in the Tooth may be one of those rare serendipitous collaborations where great songs that were sung by a unique singer were carefully managed by a producer with two of the best ears in music today. However please don t tell Billy Joe we used the word serendipitous in a review of his music. I don t think he believes in the word and there s no sense getting him riled. THE SONGS ARE SIMPLY OUTSTANDING The passage of time is one of those time-honored concepts in country music. To such classics as Ain t it Funny How Time Slips Away you can now add the title cut of Shaver s latest Long in the Tooth which has been accurately described as a tough brash attitude of the passage of time. On the other end of the emotional spectrum Shaver offers I ll Love You as Much as I Can which he described to CMT. I married my first wife three times. She passed away from cancer. I was with her the last three years. Then I had a heart attack [while playing a show] at Gruene Hall. Then a couple of years went by and in 2001 or something I met this girl and she was as crazy as I was. She said I just love you and all that. And she just kept on telling me. She wouldn t leave me alone. And I told her You know I ve already been through the mill. I ll love you as much as I can now. I married her three times. Well she married me too so that don t make her look all that smart. We became such good friends that it seemed like the divorces kept not working out. We just kept getting back together. It has been noted by several who have listened to this album that Billy Joe Shaver has been known to mix romantic love with the love of God. Such is the case with the track I m in Love. The song has the listener thinking it s a typical love song but it changes up and reveals a gospel message. In talking about this song Shaver has said It s about being born again. I really love that song. Two of the cuts on Long in the Tooth were first released by Willie Nelson on his Band of Brothers CD which as of this writing was the Number One Country Album in the land. Shaver offers his own twist to Hard to be an Outlaw and Git Go and is probably tickled to death that Willie s album is enjoying so much success. Songwriters get paid royalties (sometimes as high as 50 percent of sales) no matter who cuts the record. This situation harkened back to one of Billy Joe Shaver s best known songs Old Chuck of Coal which was first released and became a Number One record for John Anderson. If you like songs like Honky Tonk Heroes I m Gonna Live Forever Georgia on a Fast Train and the hundreds of other Billy Joe Shaver observations about life you re likely to wear Long in the Tooth out playing it. Go ahead. He won t mind. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 79 RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS The Outpost Radio is the first radio station dedicated to hunting fishing and the great outdoors. You can hear us on your smartphone desktop or tablet...just about anywhere. The Outpost Radio is a mix of great music and information that celebrates the outdoors Give us a listen. Click on The Outpost logo below to listen now 80 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST HUMOR - RUMORS FICTION & OUTRIGHT LIES By Art Young Anytime...you re feeling lonely. ANYTIME The serendipity of the song selection from the ancient jukebox was uncanny. Anytime...you re feeling blue. Since there is no random play option on this vast collection of 45s from the 1950 s to the present someone who s in this bar at the exact same time as me has put their money where my heart is. You know neuroscientists have speculated that music preceded language the evolution of intelligence and it was only by learning to sustain oxygen flow across the larynx did humans begin to make sounds that approached language a husky-voiced woman of indeterminate age who sat two seats down the bar casually opined to no one in particular. What are you a mind-reader Well if you mean can I tell you re getting more out of this song than Eddy Arnold intended when he cut the record yes I m a mind-reader. Then you probably know that this tune was the most-played jukebox song of 1948. No I didn t. I just like this tune too. Let me remind you my professional area is not music but rather mind reading. So what am I thinking You re thinking that I might want another drink and you re right. Hey you re good. You have no idea how good. Anytime...you feel downhearted. That will prove your love for me is true. This piece originally appeared on Cowbird.com in October 2012. 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