Saturday, May 9, 2015

Biking to Work.

         For the past month and a half or so I have been biking into work. I live too far to bike directly into my office, and it would be impractical to ride my son on my bike the 26 miles to his daycare on base, so I am dropping him off and riding in from the main base at NAS Lemoore to Operation side.


The trail I ride is five miles as the crow flies an a rocky dry dirt roads for the most part. I tend to make the eight and a half mile trip between thirty and forty minutes. I try to get three days a week. Doing more is a little much for me. It is nice doing something active twice a day.


           I manage to put around 50 miles per week in on my Fuji Outland Disc. I was having problems with tires popping, but slime tires and plastic tube protectors have really been working well for me. I need to replace the things that strap my bike down to the Thule bike rack. They keep falling off on the highway.


       Only a week left of school and I will have my bachelors. The temp is starting to raise and I am busy, but at least the pool is looking good.

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Beard Trims and Hummingbird Moths

               A few weeks ago I had a visitor in the house. A Spinx moth flew in the house and really startled us. The funny thing was it kept dive bombing me hitting me in the head and the face like he was drunk and wanted to fight. Then as fast as he came he was gone. The next morning I heard a buzzing and the moth was attempting to go out a closed window so I snapped a picture.


        The other day on my way out the door I noticed another moth near my front door light so I snapped a picture. I have been seeing a lot of them recently. I think the climbing jasmine I planted in the front yard. They are such cool bugs. 


            On a less buggy note, I got a trim and shaved my beard. I spent the past six months growing my beard out for Whiskers for Wounded Warriors a non-profit bringing awareness and support to our wounded warriors.  Check them out on Facebook


The beard was a little much, so after much protect from my wife I trimmed it down. 



Thanks for reading, and please check out Whiskers of Wounded Warriors.

Dan



Saturday, April 25, 2015

I'm Still Alive

            I haven't been fishing since 2014 and have had so much going on it has not been a priority to write. Money is tight so I haven't ever bought a fishing licence this year. Plus if I were to drive an hour fifteen minutes to the nearest lake I'd miss out on half a day to a full day with my son. I have had a lot of papers and other school work to keep me busy, not to mention the other stuff going on. I have three weeks left in my bachelors program and summer is on its way in. I am going to try to get back into writing because it just feels right to me. It has become a part of who I am and I realized that not writing was denying myself something I enjoy. I even stopped reading other blogs. It was becoming overwhelming watching the days click past, but the break has just proven I need to keep writing. 

I am very proud of this climbing jasmine I planted next to the garage. 
Writing vacation is over...

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturday, December 6, 2014

300,000!

I log in after not even looking at the blog for a while and....

Crazy!

I have had a hard time writing lately seeing as I have only fished six times this year,

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cambria Slam Down III

     Things have been busy and I fell out of the habit of writing. The worst part is the ideas kept coming but I wasn't doing anything with them. My wife took something like 412 photos at the most recent Cambria Slam Down, so I figured posting some of the wife's pictures would be a good start to getting back into a routine. If anyone reading recognizes someone, or themselves, please let me know if you want a copy of the picture.
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The whole crew
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Ryan heading in. 
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The Rainbow Armada
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Lots of action shots
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Sideways landing don't often end dry...
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But someone landing on top of you is a lot more dangerous
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Luckily nobody got hurt...that I heard of anyway.
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Ricardo of Fisheye Channel had a dry landing.
Rainbow Armada 

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There is plenty more to come from CSDIII(even if it was almost a month ago)...

Thank for reading, 

Dan

For more info on the Cambria Slam Down check out http://centralcoastkayakfishing.com/

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Navy Shadow Box.

           I have been kicking around the idea of building a shadow box to display some of the uniform items, awards, and other keepsakes I have collected over my eight years in the service using a Navy dress blue uniform as the background. I bought some yellow pine for the project on Thursday but was hesitant about what I wanted to do. Saturday I got a bug in me around 9 PM and by 9:30 the box was in clamps so the glue could cure.Saturday night and made the door, attached it, and stained and finished it sunday night. I didn't use a forstner drill bit and had a big chunk of wood knocked out by one of the dowels so I sanded the round-over a bit over all the corners. The walnut stain gave it a dirty old wood look I like for some strange reason and after two coats of spray shellac the wood was sealed. All I need is to get the glass cut for it and a hook to secure the door.  Not bad for something I whipped up in a few hours. Let me know what you think. 


Thanks for reading, 

Dan

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Building a Block-Tower Fail

I have been meaning to put up a How To on building a sweet block tower, but I just can't keep one up long enough to get any good pictures.


I promise to keep trying.

Thanks for checking in,

Dan

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


           Long time no post. Lots of school, work, taking care of an eight month old, and not a lot of fishing, I got tagged by Ed of FSA Custom rods and figured I would join in. I can't wait to see their videos, and I will post them. Funny thing is when I tagged Brookfield Angler I called him Nick Droumel instead of Doumel. Sorry Nick. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Dan

Donate here: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kayak Fishing Off Montana De Oro.

         It was a busy week, but I got the paper due Sunday night on Friday and from reading the surf report I knew it was going to be an awesome day. My buddy Willy informed me he was going to fish from Spooner's Cove in Montan De Oro State Park with his father. Just to be there at 0600 I had to pack the truck the night before and head out at 0345. Along the way I ran into another member from www.Centralcoastkayakfishing.com and pulling up the the parking lot we could see the surf was mellow and it was going to be calm seas for us. I got on the water before Willy and his dad so I turned on the fishfinder and set up my rig. In about twenty feet of water I saw a fer rocks and a mark so I dropped down and caught a short lingcod. I let it go and shorty after Willy and his dad made it my way. As we were working our way out to the deeper reefs my fish finder died, so I sm not sure what structure, or depth I was fishing, but most of the botom felt rocky and the fish were biting.

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I was using a jigging iron with a soft plastic bait as a teaser, this little gopher could not resist the iron.

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This China rock fish was beautifully mottled 

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This kelp rock fish liked my poliminner

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Even with half its tail missing 

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I got my first double involving a lingcod 

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Caught a twenty inch cabezon 

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The vermilion seem to like the Poliminner as well 

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I ended up with a nice stringer 

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Willy making his landing

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      It was nice getting out of the sweltering valley and feeling the cool coastal breeze. I wound up catching four ling cod, three cabezon, one red vermilion, one kelp rock fish, one treefish, seven gophers rockfish, and one China rock fish. I can't ask for much more. The other nice thing is I only lost one jig and used three soft plastic baits total. That is not a bad rate if you ask me. 

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Great-Grandfather's Flies: Part II

          One of the few things I have of my great-grandfather's is his metal tackle box. There was the assortment of spoons you'd expect in a mid-western tackle box of the time, but my great-grandfather also fly fished. There were a few other strange flies, but I am not sure if they are flies or ice fishing lures.  What do you think?

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This could be a weighted fly or an ice fishing jig/spoon.

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Still shiny after all these years.

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Looks like a good Cheetos imitation to me.

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Whether they are flies or ice fishing lures I bet they were for pan fish. Shell-crackers love Cheetos.

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Read Part I Here: http://www.theimpracticalfishermen.com/2014/07/my-great-grandfathers-flies-part-1.html

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Quarter of a Million!

P8030561          When I started this Blog on the 1st of November 2011 I was growing sick of the drama on fishing forums and wanted somewhere I could share my love of fishing while not getting over shadowed by the high school poitics that always seems to infest fishing forums.  I wanted to call the blog the Practical Fisherman, but then I saw that was a book, webpage, and the title of a few videos, I so tried again. I figured I am not so practical and liked in honor of the InFishermen brand dubbed my new blog the Unpractical Fishermen...After I published it I got a funny feeling and looked it up and saw unpractical is not really a word. So I started the Impractable Fishermen...And realized I spelled it wrong , so I became The Impractical Fishermen. One thing this adventure has done for me is improve my writing and typing skills, but most of all it has allowed me to meet some excelent people who share the same love I do for the outdoors. I want to tank my blogging buddys (too many to list, and you know who you are), my family, and most of all my loving wife.

Thanks for reading,

Dan