Craig James' GON Blog


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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Chasing A Rooster

I have spent the last 5 or so years of my life chasing a Rooster. Countless hours, miles on my pickup truck, a half dozen worn out trolling motors, and hundreds of thousands of casts have been tallied along the way. As your probably guessing by now, I’m not talking about a big red yard…

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Frying Okefenokee Swamp Mudfish

It’s been said when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well the same can be said for mudfish. When the Swamp gives you mudfish, make mudfish nuggets. Despite what many say,  mudfish meat is very mild tasting and doesn’t require a bunch of exotic seasonings or cooking methods to make it edible. Try this, and…

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Giving Back

John D. Rockefeller was one of the wealthiest men to ever live. He amassed a fortune worth billions in today’s money, so it’s easy to see why his name sticks out on the pages of history books still today.  What the history books don’t talk about very much though is the real legacy he left…

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This One’s For Mom

It was the summer of 1993… Man… just saying that reminds me I’m starting to get old. Anyway back to the story. It’s April, the sun is shining, and I’m in a jon boat hoping and praying to somehow catch my first bass. I’m armed with a Zebco 33 and a Creme plastic worm. I’m…

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Thank You Lord For Mudfish

Based on the title of this story, I’m surprised and grateful for those who have stopped in to read it. Give me three minutes and it will come full circle… I promise. There is not a more hated and despised fish in Georgia’s waters to my knowledge than a bowfin. Ugly, nasty, slimy, are some…

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