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Footprints Don’t Lie.

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011 in Nature, Sport Fishing | 9 comments

Originally published in The Fisherman Magazine, NE Edition: Issue #4, January 27, 2011 By John P. Lee I needed help. I wanted to catch a Rhode Island native brook trout. It’d been years since I targeted them. I understand that January is not the ideal month, and to help with motivation I gave myself a pep talk by saying, “Brook trout are not a trout...

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In the Wheelhouse.

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Commercial Fishing, Stories | 3 comments

This is not really a blog entry: it takes about ten minutes to read. I wrote this piece of non-fiction months ago. If you got the time please give it a read. Thanks. What is it about finding a sick bird that will get people to go and find a cardboard box in the attic, shred some newspaper, get a bowl of water, and consider calling the vet that takes in...

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Sea Herring, a fiction

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Commercial Fishing, Stories | 5 comments

In the winter, when the sea herring arrive, a boat’s rail is always cold. If you put your bare hands on it while staring at a distant headland, the rail may grab a piece of skin and rip it off. The view is never worth the pain of attachment. I pick at a herring scale, remove it from my face. The tiny scales are like sequins, like party glitter. They...

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blue glass and pilot whales

Posted by on Sep 10, 2010 in Commercial Fishing, Nature, Stories | 10 comments

The bluest water I’d ever seen. I stood at the boat’s rail looking down. The sunlight hit the surface and drove rays of light downward—all that energy, who knows how much candlelight power, the sheer wattage boggles the mind– toward the ocean’s bottom, a mile below the hull of the boat. But sunlight won’t ever make it that far. Complete...

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