Craig James' GON Blog


Learning How To Cast

Rewind to the year 1995, on a sunny spring day, a younger… well much younger… version of myself was strutting out of a hardware store, proudly carrying a brand spanking new Quantum baitcasting combo. Now, that might not sound like that big a deal, but in my mind, I was headed straight to the Bassmaster…

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Old Green Tacklebox

Moving around some stuff in my shop the other day, I noticed my grandpa’s weathered green metal tacklebox quietly collecting dust on a shelf. Reaching over and picking it up, I couldn’t help but smile. Thirty years ago on a Saturday morning it could be found in the backseat of my Big Pa’s blue Oldsmobile,…

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Life Lessons From A Legend

Last year, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days at Clarks Hill Lake with bass fishing legend Hank Parker. As a child I spent many Saturday mornings glued to the television set watching Hank share fishing tips, many of which I still use to this day. Making the three hour or so…

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We Miss You, Michael

I’ve wanted to write this one for a long time, but finding the words is just flat hard. I’ll just come out and say it. Man, I miss Michael. It’s funny to say that now. As I’m typing these words I can remember a time when we didn’t care for each other in the slightest,…

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Gauging Success

I’ve fished the Satilla River for more than three decades. I have to say the past couple of years I’ve had more success than ever before, and it’s not because I’m getting any better at fishing, I promise you that. Nor have I discovered a new top-secret lure or technique guaranteed to make them bite…

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Black Water

I managed to make my first trip to the Caribbean a few summers back and fell in love with the warm waters of the tropics. If you have never been yourself, I highly recommend you slide it to the top of the old bucket list. Trust me when I say that you will be glad…

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Christmas Gift No. 3: Favorite Defender Series Rods

For my third and final gift recommendation, the Favorite Defender series rod gets the nod. I have fished a 7-foot model for the past few months, and I’ve been blown away by its strength and sensitivity. This rod is perfect for bass fishing and inshore saltwater fishing and has a respectable $99 price tag. Satilla…

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