Silently guarding the bait in Venice.
Trying to hang on for one more fish.
Nature showing off on Lake Allatoona.
A jumping tarpon off the Venice Beach pier.

Category Archives: Daily Life

Getting Back in the Game

After a bit of a sabbatical from the larger tournaments, I’m finally about to get back in the game, albeit at a much lower level. In 2010 I was fortunate enough to fish the FLW Tour as a co-angler, and despite miserable weather, and equally miserable fishing, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Little did I know, that would be the last year I would be able to really devote much time to tournament fishing for what would be 6 years. I didn’t have any major life change, I think it was more of a matter of simply growing up, and prioritizing my life (and expenses) in a more adult manner. My wife and I focused our attention on getting our financial house in order, in preparation for her to become a stay at home mom. As the years went by, I started to get the tournament itch again, and usually I could scratch it with a the periodic local derby.

As last year neared an end, my wife and I evaluated our situation , and the progress we made, and we both felt like we could “Loosen the belt” a bit. So, that means this year, I’m officially back in the game (well, dipping my toe into it)!BFL

Everyone has heard of Guntersville, and knows about the massive fish that inhabit it. I’ve never spent much time on it, even though it’s only about a 2 hour drive from my house. I decided I needed to change that this year, and the way I’m doing it is to fish the Choo Choo division of the BFL’s. Every regular season tournament for this division is on Guntersville, so that guarantee’s that I’ll be out there a little this year :-). Plus, I have some really great friends who are also fishing this division, and someone is always out there practicing, so many weekends I can hop in with one of them and get a little extra time on the water. So far, the first tournament of the season has been postponed due to weather, but I’ve still been able to get out there and do a little practicing. I haven’t run into any giants yet, but I have found a few nice ones.

So, with the new tournament season about to get underway, I’ll post an occasional report, photo or tournament update, and hopefully document a win along the way!

Bass Fishing and Sunsets

Everyone who is on facebook has seen countless sunrise/sunset photos.  Why is that?  Well, because when you head to the lake or into the woods, most times your not going to get a trophy.  I would venture to guess that 9 times out of 10, the sunrise/sunset will be the most impressive picture you could take for that day, and most people are catching on.  So, go ahead and take that picture, you know, just in case.





Radio Silence Broken…Finally!

Well, we have been quite for a VERY long time, but that is for good reason.  The last year has been a hectic one here.  Over the last year a lot of things have changed.

My wife and I had our first child, a son we named Samuel Gregory.  Needless to say, that has been quite the life changer!  He is not just over 5 months old, and things are just now starting to settle into a routine.  This was him for his first Halloween, dressed as Mike Wazowski.

While my wife was pregnant, it made us really evaluate our current situation, and with a small house, and a growing business, we decided we had two options.  First was to move the business into its own space, and the second was to move us and the business into a new house with more room.  After a millisecond of thought, we hit the internet and started looking for houses.  I don’t know if you have every home shopped with a pregnant woman, who isn’t crazy about looking at houses anyway, but if you haven’t, I wouldn’t suggest it!  Luckily we have a very understanding real estate agent, who has been a fried for quite some time, so she was able to be very accommodating to our schedules and availability.  After a few months of looking, we finally found a great place, and the process of moving in started.  You never realize just how much junk you have, until you start moving it.  It took almost 4 full days, with two trailers and countless friends, before we had most everything moved.  At the end, we got so tired of trying to pack everything neatly, that we started just throwing everything into boxes, saying we would sort it out later.  Well, most of those boxes are now in the attic, just as unsorted as when they first got packed.  My game plan on those is to simply toss the box if we haven’t opened it by next year.  The best thing about the new house, in my opinion, is the garage!  The one requirement I had was that the boat needs to fit in the garage.  After keeping it outside almost 10 years, I thought it was time to treat it right.  Now, it’s like a giant shelf in the garage, that somehow gets cleaned off every weekend at 5am.


So a new house and a new baby, what else is new?  Well, I’m so glad you asked!

On top of everything else, we decided it would be a good idea to begin developing a new website.  Ever since we started Home Brewed Tackle, we wanted to expand to all outdoor activities.  There are a lot of great craftsmen who make exquisite game calls, knives and all sorts of non-fishing gear.  The biggest issue we had was the ability to bring it all in house.  We are still a very small business, and it is just not feasible for us to purchase all the great products we come across.  So, we decided the website needed a bit of an update.  We are still in the very early stages, but now vendors can create their own accounts, upload, sell and ship products directly.  Also, since we are no longer going to be exclusive to fishing tackle, we changed our name to Home Brewed Outdoors.  We are still working on some of the processes, but the site has been launched, and is in a sort of “beta” test right now.    You can check it out by clicking the logo below:


That’s all the major changes so far!  We are hoping to start posting consistently again soon.  I’ve already got a couple posts in the work, just need to add the finishing touches.  Until then, tight lines!