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July 24, 2011

“When fish cry no one notices.”

Jody Azzouni

I’ve lived in Southern California all my life. There’s no better way to spend a warm day than knee high in cool sea water along the Southern California shoreline with a fishing pole in hand as the sun drifts towards the western horizon.

I’m no expert at fishing, and for several years I had forgotten all about it. A couple of days on the Catalina Islands re-ignited my passion for fishing when I hooked a couple big mackerel one night. There’s no way to describe the fight those fish put up when they know their life is–literally–on the line. It’s a primal feeling that is difficult to describe unless you’ve felt it first hand.

When Hurricane Katrina hit I realized it might be a good idea to hone that skill. Fishing is not just a sport. It’s a means of survival. Fishing is a science and an art. Fishing is poetry.

Beginning with this post, I want to talk a little about what makes fishing so great, why Southern California is the place to do it, and maybe share some ideas on how to get the most of your own fishing experience.

If you enjoy fishing, whether it’s on a lake, river, pier, boat or the shore, then I hope you’ll come along.

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