A Box of Rain

By Pete Robbins

I bless the rains down in Africa

–Toto (1982)

When we traveled into the Amazon via a flying/floating sardine can, the wife and I were limited to 44 pounds of luggage apiece. I suppose we could’ve pushed it, but I’m pretty fond of the idea of not dying in a fiery crash, so we adhered to the requirement. We’re told that for our upcoming five country trip to Africa, we can have no more than 33 pounds apiece. That includes rods, reels, tackle, clothing and toiletries for nearly three weeks of travel. Continue reading A Box of Rain

ICAST from Afar – Linkedin

By Pete Robbins

In their push to gain market traction, the folks from Lunkerhunt are pushing the “Link,” a topwater lure that seems to be comprised of two traditional topwaters engaged in a well-played game of follow the leader or caught in flagrante delicto. In other words, they’re hinged so they travel together, but with some freedom of movement from one another. Continue reading ICAST from Afar – Linkedin

ICAST from Afar – Not Everyone Gets a Trophy

By Pete Robbins

A friend of mine who is a keen observer of the tackle industry has speculated that either the Savage Gear 3D Rat or the Savage Gear 3D Duck will win one of the annual ICAST awards. Fortunately the show is not in Vegas this year, because he’s so sure of his prediction that otherwise he’d be looking for a sports book in which to bet his house on this outcome. Continue reading ICAST from Afar – Not Everyone Gets a Trophy

Heavyweight Bait

By Pete Robbins

About 15 years ago I fished a tournament on the James River at a time when the fishery was quite poor. Despite the conditions, I’d found an area that produced fairly consistent bites and felt good about my chances when I settled in on tournament morning. My non-boater put the first bass in the boat that day, a solid 2-pounder, so when my first one measured 12 1/8 inches, I was sure that I would cull it later. Unfortunately, the next one was slightly smaller. So was the next one. They were both legal at 12 inches, but barely. Continue reading Heavyweight Bait