Category Archives: Fishing

Chasing Trophy Fish Offers Incredible Fishing Lures To Go Chase em’ and Catch em’

Chasing Trophy Fish lures would be "what's for dinner" if I was a predator. They actually look real and better in many cases than the real thing with fins and smell!
Chasing Trophy Fish lures would be “what’s for dinner” if I was a predator. They actually look real and better in many cases than the real thing with fins and smell!

APtravelnews- August 2nd, Goose Holler’ Farm– Product Reviews–When I met Vaughn Holderman (owner of CTF Lures) at ICAST, in Orlando, FL., I knew from his passion about his excellent products and his obvious love and knowledge at such an early age, that this lure company was special! He mirrored many generations of would be anglers who grew up marveling and loving their tender-years experience down at pond, lake, ocean, bay, river and stream. Well, Vaughn has really outdone the hard-lure genre and soft as well, with his jointed and straight stick and swim lures. The lures are available in the following patterns: Brook Trout, Perch, Shiner, Shad, Tiger Trout, Pickerel, Northen Pike and Palomino. There are divers, square bill crankers and wobblers in big and littler bait sizes. His soft jointed and wire jointed are in large and small sizes as well.  These lures as stated on their brochure are “As real as it gets.”  www.chasingtrophyfish.com

Vaughns simple yet compelling story!
Vaughn’s simple yet compelling story!

 

 

Famous Shorty’s Catch & Release in the Grease WOW Breading!

Couldn't stay away from this booth. Mahi Mahi and shrimp were fantastic fried with Shorty's breading mixes!
Couldn’t stay away from this booth. Mahi Mahi and shrimp were fantastic fried with Shorty’s breading mixes!

APtravelnews-August 2nd,–Goose Holler’ Farm, TN.–At the recent ICAST Show in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center I found a few great items to call home about! Shorty’s kept me in fish and shrimp, but in the finest and tasty style. They had a breading for seafood, chicken, just about anything you can fry. Their mixes were the tastiest I ever experienced and as a food writer, thats saying alot! The Spicey Seafood & Chicken Breading is designed as an all-purpose breading good for all types of foods including: Veggies, seafood, chicken, wild game, pork, oysters WOW!, and soft shell crabs too! Go shortysbreading.com or call them at 434-390-1101 and they’ll ship to you anywhere you like!

a 12-OZ Bag of Shorty's goes along way to making whatever you fry really taste great! I went back to their booth to taste a whole lot more than "seconds."
a 12-OZ Bag of Shorty’s goes along way to making whatever you fry really taste great! I went back to their booth to taste a whole lot more than “seconds.”

Wolverine Tackle Has a New Multi functional Tackle, or Utility Box

Wolverine Tackle has come up with another winner. This hard plastic tackle box fit anywhere and is rugged and multi-functional too!
Wolverine Tackle has come up with another winner. This hard plastic tackle box fit anywhere and is rugged and multi-functional too!

APtravelnews-August 1st–Goose Holler’ Farm, TN.–Every once- in- a-awhile, I run across a new item that not only intrigues me with its functionality and fit, but I just want it for my own various uses. Well, I found such as the recent ICAST Show in Orlando. Owning a utility golf cart, a boat, tractors and having a dock at my pond; it  immediately struck me that this multi-connectivity tackle box had my complete attention! The included brackets and connectors allow you to virtually attach this box to a golf cart, boat dock post-just about anywhere! The box has deep trays and one removable dish-tray. The cup holder is designed to accept regular coffee mugs with handles and straight up travel mugs. Go: to their web at www.wolverinetackleinc.com  Give a call to get yours at: 630-289-4728 for sales: sales@wolverinetackleinc.com

Best girlfriend for holding onto your "needful stuff."
Wolverine, my new best girlfriend for holding onto my/your “needful stuff.”
This box has a nice cup-holder, several attachment connectors for various  stanchions on a variety of equipment.
This box has a nice cup-holder, several attachment connectors for various stanchions on a variety of equipment.

Al’s Goldfish; Back with a Vengeance–Trout, Bass, Perch, Walleye Watch Out!

Yellow Perch love wobbly golden spoons, like Al's
Yellow Perch love wobbly golden spoons, like Al’s

P1030547 Aptravelnews-Throw-back and forward- Goose Holler’ Farm-Several decades ago, I proudly owned a Mitchell 300 Spinning Reel with “fat” (compared to today’s diameters) 6-pound test monofilament, attached to a clear fiberglass spinning rod from the long gone, Davega, Brooklyn sporting goods store, and a small metal tackle box, (I still have today) whose little compartments contained the few lures I could buy, after begging my Grandfather David and Uncle Sid for a buck or two! In that steel, brown painted box was a shiny, golden metal lure called Al’s Goldfish. It shared compartment spaces with a Jitterbug, Hula Popper, a Mepp’s spinner or two, and 3-sizes of red and white, and black and white Daredevils spoons. 

Playing with 5 of Al's Lures and after useing them to catch several fish, I popped the treble hook covers on and no finger hookups!
Playing with 5 of Al’s Lures and after using them to catch several fish, I popped the treble hook covers on and no finger hookups!

I lived in Brooklyn, New York in a tenement building with my mom, Mary, Dad, Nat and Brother Mike. My dad was an amputee (his toes) from being in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, during the Nazi War. He was an excellent musician, and never had the patience or interest to take me fishing. The only fishing I could reach at my early age, was when I cut school to head over to the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard docks, and I let none of these lures ever touch the diesel coated waters, I used grizzle and fat I collected from my grandmothers garbage pail, impaled on a size 8-hook, under several pinch-on lead split shot, the kind a kid used his teeth to clamp them on the line with, and hoped for the tug of an eel, so I could yell triumphantly when I felt the bend and throb of the rod.

Only during the summer, when my grandfather rented a bungalow in the Catskill Mountains, did I choose to use my prized lures. Before I was 10-years old, I caught trout, bass and sunfish always referred to as “Bluegills” in the lake regions of upstate New York.  My favorite lure then was Al’s Goldfish! All my lures worked, but the action this little shiny, gold-plated, brass spoon always offered, seemed to guide my hand at decision time, to tie one on, as I opened my treasure chest, tackle-box;  like a Ouija -board pointer, my fingers selected the “gold.” Many years, and trillions of gallons of rushing waters later, I heard that Al’s Goldfish had been languishing in the hands of folks that finally sold the business and patents to someone new, a young entrepreneur named Mike Lee from Maine. From all indications he is dedicated to resurrecting Al’s Goldfish to the “top-of-the-mind” of freshwater anglers once again and genuinely wishes to offer jobs to Americans as well.

I’m here to tell you, even though I’ve drifted over to the fly fishing genre of fishing, I still love and use spin, conventional and if I have to, in far-away places like the Congo, for one of the many places I’ve fished; hand-lines too! Look for more on Al’s Goldfish story and heritage in upcoming posts. www.alsgoldfish.com

As you will see, from Al’s new Living Lures, to Field and Stream naming Al’s as one of the “Top Ten Lures” and still being made only in the USA, together with Al’s treble hook covers, as Arnold said: “Al’s be back!!!!

Always like great fishing tools and Frabill makes excellent fishing pliers and forceps to help preserve the fingers and the fish when unhooking them!
Always like great fishing tools and Frabill makes excellent fishing pliers and forceps to help preserve the fingers and the fish when unhooking them!
Als new Living Lures have just been introduced and I tried a fingerling bass. Bass are more than big mouthed predators, they are also cannibalistic! 1st cast, hit hard!
Al’s new Living Lures have just been introduced and I tried a fingerling bass. Bass are more than big mouthed predators, they are also cannibalistic! 1st cast, hit hard!