Shark Fishing from a Kayak – “Go Big, or Go Home!”
… plus A Day in the Life of an Allagash Ranger, Moose Hunt Preparation, Tales from a Bear Bait Site, and More!
As our editorial team worked with new writer Grant Thompson on Grant’s July “Saltwater” special titled “Offshore Kayak Fishing in Maine – Chasing a Porbeagle Shark,” and as we tried to decide whether he was inspired and courageous, or just plain crazy, the lyrics of a Billy Joel song played through our heads:
You may be right
I may be crazy
But it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for
“You May be Right,” from the 1980 album “Glass Houses”
Read Grant’s story, including the description of his being towed around the ocean for 25 minutes, five miles out to sea, by a six-foot Blue Shark, and then decide for yourself (we vote for “inspired and courageous”). And enjoy the outstanding cover and inside photos by professional photographer Natty Graham of York, Maine (nattygraham.com).
Didja get yer moose permit yet? For those lucky enough to be drawn in the June 13 “virtual lottery” (and for those whose hunting buddies won and will invite them along on the hunt), congratulations! Read “The Great Moose Hunt,” by experienced outdoorsman Steve Carpenteri, to remind yourself that you’ll need to make decisions on a firearm, a place to stay, selecting a guide and all the rest of the celebration that is Maine’s annual moose hunt.
Tim Caverly comes from good family stock – his father was a fire warden for the Maine Forest Service, and his brother Buzz was the long-time director of Baxter State Park. Tim rose through the ranks of the Maine Department of Conservation until he was named supervisor for the Allagash region, including the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW). This month, Tim marks his Maine Sportsman writing debut with “A Ranger on the Allagash – All in a Day’s Work,” in which he shares the challenges and rewards of being a ranger.
What else? How about bear hunting, side-by-sides, trout fishing, poachers caught on Cobbossee Stream, the history of rifles, Eisenhower’s trip to Maine, a largemouth bass Cobb salad recipe, a Warden’s tale, a lost silver mine, hiking and trapping? And humor! And Al Diamon! (But we repeat ourselves.)
So enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! And get out there and (safely) give your business to restaurants, guides, sporting camps and outdoor supply stores as they work to offer curbside service and/or safe-distance shopping, expertise and accommodations.
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The Maine Sportsman magazine