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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 01:25 PM 08/22/08 (CST)
Long ago, in a place far away, in a time when my hair was still dark and living was easy on the central coast of California, I did some writing for outdoor publications. That was in 1980, and I decided to try my hand at shark fishing with a bow and arrow in the bay near my home.



A homemade plywood jon boat, an inexpensive solid glass bow, and I became a shark hunting demon. The results ended up as an article for Western Outdoors magazine. Written by me, and photographed by my wife at the time, the article caused a minor boom in bowfishing for sharks in Morro Bay, California. For several years after the article appeared, Summer weekends would find several boats out with archers trying their hand at the sport.

I was writing about a lot of things in those days, and my outdoor writing career didn't last long, as I turned to writing about computers. But I ran across the old copy of the magazine yesterday, and thought I'd share it with you. Now, I'm in Minnesota, and fishing for freshwater prey.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:16 PM 08/22/08 (CST)
that would be fun!



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:55 AM 08/23/08 (CST)
It was a lot of fun, for sure. Except maybe one time, when I didn't look at the tide chart and got stranded on the mud on a minus tide. I had to wait four hours out there for the tide to come in enough so I could get back to shore.

The mud in that flat was hip deep, and really soft. If you were stuck out there, you were stuck.

A neighbor with a waterfront house actually called the Coast Guard...as if they could do anything. They did show up in an inflatable and got about 100 yards from me. They asked if I needed assistance on a bullhorn. I yelled back and said I didn't, unless the tide never came back in. We all laughed, and I waited.

I eventually discovered that I could walk across the mud in snowshoes, and bought a pair, in case that ever happened again. My wife called them my Jesus boots. smile smiley


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