Monthly Archives: July 2016

Brian Epstein Heading for His Other 6-Pack-A Fishing Charter License!

Brian Epstein holds his friends sailfish. Brian (related to long gone Beatles Manager) is as effective in finding fish as his namesake was in finding great Worldwide Talent!!
Brian Epstein holds his friends sailfish. Brian (related to long gone Beatles Manager) is as effective in finding fish as his namesake was in finding great Worldwide Talent!!

AmericanPressTravelNews-July 24th, Key Largo, Florida–Brian Epstein grew up in the Florida Keys, more on a boat than in our waterfront home in Tavernier, FL. From a very early age, he had already caught nearly all gamefish you can name that swim the shallows, the reefs, and the very pelagic Gulf Stream. Brian, now married to his wonderful Diane, a Pediatric Emergency Room Nurse, now also teacher, loves the Keys and all wild waters of the world. After many years of Brian working in the steel business, Brian’s passion for fishing could not be cooled in any way. So, his dad (yours truly) and brother have encouraged him to do what he likes best, and has driven so many friends, relatives and business associates to wanting Brian to take them fishing. No kidding, Brian has had virtually no skunked days taking anyone looking for. and fighting the “fins.”

Brian is a genius at figuring out where the lum-lunkers lurk, day or night! Brian is a real “fish-whisperer.” I know you may say, that as I am his dad, I am over-blowing his expertise in finding and putting anyone in his boat on fish? No! He learned from many of the best anglers in the world, and I will not brag on him, and name names because you may think I’m positively prejudiced in his favor, you’d be wrong, I just know the facts, and tell you if you want to catch and keep a few for dinner or release, use a fly rod or any rod-even a handline, Brian is absolute expert. He learned to talk and tell the tides and moon cycles, he finds snook, tarpon and reds, trout, bones and permit, sharks and wahoo, sails and white & blue marlin, dolphin and tuna and many believe he can out-fish anyone in the Keys (how about giant grouper and snapper too).  Brian caught his first big blue marlin on no kidding, 20-pound test on an older model Shakespeare, spinning rod outfit with lots of Lithium reel grease. We chased the fish and finally released a 250-plus pounder, after running my Mako for two hours. Captain Skip Bradeen out of Chesapeake Marina, witnessed the fight (he offered to get us a Captains Mount, which Brian refused) Brian was 9-years old and wouldn’t let me touch that rod. Probably would have been a record for a 9-year old on twenty pound test. When I asked Brian what he wanted to do, should I gaff or break the fish off. Brian said: “Pop, I would never kill that fish, it was a great fight, I’ll always remember today.” He has, and now he will be introducing anglers from around the world to the “world class fishing” that the Keys and South Florida is so well known for!!

Brian Epstein holds his friends sailfish. Brian (related to long gone Beatles Manager) is as effective in finding fish as his namesake was in finding great Worldwide Talent!!
Brian Epstein holds his friends sailfish. Brian (related to long gone Beatles Manager) is as effective in finding fish as his namesake was in finding great Worldwide Talent!!

Long Time Away From Posting, Here’s Why and We’re Back Now!

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Our 5-year faithful van is no more!!!!!

American Press Travel News–Frederick, MD. July 18th–(today)-TN. tomorrow–Whats up with Bob and Barb (now) “On the Road Again?” Seems that our trip to Maine would be fraught with very deep “pot-holes.” After spending a few days at a family wedding in New York City (which was the high point of our trip from TN.) we headed towards a 7-hour drive to Saco, Maine to meet up with Mike Lee, owner of AL’s Goldfish Lure Co. We were driving our high-mileage Chrysler Town and Country, Limited mini van. About half-way to Maine, the engine-light blinked and stayed on telling us to check engine. Moving along on I-91 at 70-mph, semi-trucks all around us, I attempted to move out of lane to break away from them and suddenly “nothing” happened my transmission was GONE! I couldn’t believe it, (I had no time to see how wide-eyed and scared Barb was) but the burning smell of transmission fluid boiling under the hood filled our van. I didn’t panic, (after several decades, a few with dire emergencies, I learned to never panic) but slowly crabbed over towards a lucky break in traffic, to a glide off an exit that was in reach. Rocky Hill, Connecticut was to be our home for a few days 4-hours short of our Saco, Maine. I finally came to a stop at the edge of the off-ramp, blocking traffic-all manner of trucks and cars. I looked first and my back to very close semi’s and autos, began pushing my van over a curb, onto a grass patch. One young fellow behind me, jumped out of his car in a line of at least a hundred vehicles, and helped me. My faith renewed that we may make it through this disaster with only a great loss of dollars and perhaps some help from our AAA, membership, we called and waited about 45-minutes and a fine fellow showed with a pull-on truck and whisked us away to  Modern Tire and Auto, about a mile away from our side-of-the-road site. Well, suffice it to say, the people behind the big front counter desks were incredible! They really had empathy for us. The did a full diagnostic and determine that our transmission was gone, gone gone! Cost for a new one $3900. Our high mileage van didn’t deserve this expense. They did not charge us a dime, they called Enterprise Rental for us, and promised to sell off our van for junk value and they did just that. Mike and Carlos, you fellows really “rock.” Enterprise gave us a full-size new vehicle and we left for Maine (just couldn’t pass up some fresh lobster dinners) saw and stayed with Mike and his great family, visited his small lure plant and store house of a million different lures and other fishing products, slept over and headed back to CT. My dear friend, Veteran Russ Barrus found our title stored at our home in FL. and over-nighted it, so we could legally be rid of our van. Another motel night and we were off to MD. to visit our son and have him assist in finding another vehicle, so we could head back to Goose Holler’, our farm in TN. Enterprise waived the $200 out of state drop-off fee. Note: If you ever have to rent a car or van, call them first-we have always only used enterprise as we have had excellent service and care. They pick you up, listen to your issues and treat you fairly and with care!

OK! So we bought a privately owned Ford Explorer Sport, 4-wheel- on -the- fly, and although it has some mileage on it, we gladly paid 2-grand for it! Heading to TN. Tuesday! Back to posting starting today!! Lots of experiences and stories to share with my faithful and new readers! Boy, do I miss terry, my furry dog-son!!!I hear from Marsha at our farm, he misses us too!!!

 

Throw-Back Pictures of the Week! Images of a Long Ago Sojourn In Congo!

Sport Fishing Boats! Went out in Congo River tributaries for tiger fish, Nile Perch and an assortment of finned critters. Poled along by youngsters in a village near Coquettville, Congo.
Sport Fishing Boats! Went out in Congo River tributaries for tiger fish, Nile Perch and an assortment of finned critters. Poled along by youngsters in a village near Coquettville, Congo.
A friendly 18-foot guy visited my window during a drive through Kenya. I offered some chews and he said thanks with me taking this picture on my "Brownie" 126 camera.
A friendly 18-foot guy visited my window during a drive through Kenya. I offered some chews and he said thanks with me taking this picture on my “Brownie” 126 camera.
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Going down the main road through the Congo!! Without our 20-dollar, 55-Landrover we’d never have made it home!
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My long worked on book is now in print. Many images and a true adventure tale for an 17-year old kid from Brokklyn, NY.
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Traveling with a load of Saudi-bound Camels. Image taken in Djibouti! It was so hot I wore my shirt on my head. Somali folks were not friendly to me!! Lucky they didn’t see my Israeli Visas.

NICO360 WORLD’S SMALLEST CONSUMER 360° VIRTUAL REALITY CAMERA SET TO LAUNCH FOR OUTDOORS & BIKING

NEWS RELEASE-AmericanPressTravelNews.com-July 3rd, can’t wait to test a unit!

Palm-Sized & Water Resistant — Ready for Outdoor Adventures
Share 360-Degree VR Live Streaming on Social Media
Highest Resolution at 32MP — Low Price — 1/3 the Price of Samsung Gear 360

June 29, 2016, Shanghai, China – Nico360 http://www.nico360.com/, the world’s smallest consumer 360° virtual reality camera is set to launch on Indiegogo. The Nico360 VR camera for consumers lets everyone record and share their moments in 360-degrees anytime, anywhere. It features the highest resolution of a VR camera at 32 Megapixels and 360-degree live VR video streaming with image stabilization for sharing video on social media sites, such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat, Twitter and more — at a low price of only $149.

Strap it on Your Wrist or Bike – Water Resistant

Nico360 camera is a great tool to use outdoors strapped to your hand or bike to record your outdoor adventures and vacation and hiking surroundings in 360° virtual reality, especially when you are alone with no one to help you take video. And with higher 32MP resolution, a smaller size and the lowest price — 1/3 the price of the Samsung Gear 360, the Nico360 beats the competition. Splash-proof, palm-sized and light-weight, the Nico360 is ready for outdoor use, perfect for travelers, live video streamers, and VR fans.

The Nico360 will launch on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site in July, shipping in August. For more information, see the website: http://www.nico360.com.