You may recall a recent post where I talked about a rug that was ruined while I was at Mystery Lake because one of the Berkley GULP! Alive buckets had leaked, well here’s the rug! Since that original post more and more people have contacted me telling me of similar experiences they’ve had with this product. So, I have created an official petition to have Berkley fix their packaging, once we’ve gotten more than 100 signatures I will send the petition to Berkley.
It’s a shame really, this product is amazing it’s the packaging that sucks. In this economy the $25+ (CDN) price tag, coupled with the possibility of having to replace ($220 rug from Ikea) or professionally clean any surface that happens to absorb this liquid. I can’t recommend this product without sticking a huge warning on it.
Permanent stain from a leaky Berkley GULP! Alive bucket.
We put flour and baking soda over the stain before we left, hoping it would soak up some of the moisture and oil. As you can see it did absorb some however a large stain can still be clearly seen and a second ring of oil can also be seen. The stain is about 18 inches long to put it in to perspective. When we attempted to clean the stain with some soap and water the awful smell immediately returned. Mike said he’s going to keep the rug in the boat house where the smell or the stain wont matter.Petition Berkley To Fix Their GULP! Alive Packaging!
It’s been over 5 years since we last visited Mystery Lake and just as long since we’ve fished with our good friend Mike Westlake. Mike would definitely be considered a founding member of Fishing Fury, in our first year he joined us on many of our trips and witnessed us catch trophy fish in every body of water we fished. After some catching up via email a few weeks ago we planned a last minute trip to Mystery Lake last weekend, we knew the trip could only end in a epic tale of man vs beast. And that’s exactly what it happened.
Continue reading The Return to Mystery Lake
Updated: I’ve uploaded photos from the trip to the Mystery Lake 2009 photo gallery. I realize the 2004 gallery isn’t even complete and I hope to fix this over the winter.
Adam Guy recently sent me a new editorial on making traditional Japanese bamboo fishing rods. In his email he described the process and techniques used to handcraft these beautiful rods, which I found very interesting, and once completed he takes his rod fishing for the first time. Adam is never one to leave us hanging, but always the one to leave us hungry, he takes us home with him and shows us a fully prepared plate of fresh Japanese Whiting caught on his handmade rod. If this doesn’t impress you and make your mouth water I don’t know what will.
The editorial is 3 pages long, but it’s a great read and I recommend you start at the beginning. However if the internet has modified your behavior patterns, or you’re the type of person who enjoys reading the last page of a novel first, you can skip to the end for the fishing report and food.
Here I will describe the process of making my first bamboo fishing rod, with a few photographs. Some of the stages, particularly the lacquering, I was unable to photograph as I had my hands full; also some of the tools and techniques are trade secrets that must remain in the workshop. For beginners it is usual to start with a rod for either madai (red snapper) or shirogisu (Japanese whiting) with a bamboo body and fibreglass tip. Since I go fishing for whiting much more often than for snapper, I went for the latter type. The first step is the selection of bamboo; there are many varieties, of which about six or seven are used for rod making. My teacher showed me a variety from his stores, which is bamboo which has been cut and then dried for a number of years. So long as the bamboo is kept free of burrowing insects, it can keep for decades; some of his best bamboo is from his own late master, whose stock dates back to before the War. Unlike bamboo ‘cane’ that is split and fashioned into rods in the West, bamboo is almost always used whole for Japanese fishing rods.
Continue reading Making A Traditional Japanese Bamboo Fishing Rod by Adam Guy…
Seriously, we forgot our own birthday, we must be getting old! Fishing Fury began on June 8th 2004 when we purchased the domain, and that following July we launched our site and personalities on the intertubes and earlier this year we took a look at the changes the site has been though over the years.
Many things about Fishing Fury have grown over the last five years. We started this site to cover our own fishing antics and legendary ability to catch fish. Early on we were both young and single, every weekend was spent fishing without question. As our readership grew we expanded our coverage outside of our own personalities and in to news and events that we found interesting or incredible, everything from current events to videos and photos, while still publishing our own 100% original editorial content. We’ve also started our own community forums where readers and contributors can talk about anything.
Together we brought our legendary fishing powers to places like Little Vermilion Lake, Baja California Sur, the Toronto Islands – all over Ontario, the British Virgin Islands, even the famous flats of Key West.
These days we’re both approaching 30 and our tastes and ideas of the world have matured, well Clive’s probably have. Clive is now living in Nova Scotia with his lovely wife Gillian and their totally awesome son. Clive has grown a beard, forgoing the handlebar mustache, and still makes fun of me for not even being able to grow either. I’m still living on my own, happily employed doing what I love, and living in Ontario.
We’ve got a lot of great things planned this year so keep your eye peeled for updates. Here’s to another 5 years!