Craig James' GON Blog


Great To Meet GON Readers At Outdoor Blast

If you weren’t at the GON Outdoor Blast in Emerson this year, I’ll sum it up quickly by saying you really missed out. Big bucks were scored, guns were won every hour on the hour, and vendors had enough discount goodies to fill 20 semi trailers. Oh yeah… and thanks to John Megel Chevrolet, we…

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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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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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Bassphemy: the act of eating a perfectly good bass instead of releasing it. Ok… OK… so I made that word up, but the sad fact is many see eating bass as a disrespect to the sport. Seems as if the game has changed a lot since June of 1932 when George Perry fed his family…

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The Blackwater Fountain Of Youth

When Ponce de Leon was first told about a mystical body of water that had the ability to restore youth, I believe those boys were onto something. However, somehow Ponce got his directions wrong and ended up somewhere down in south Florida. Little did he know that 100 or so miles to the north, there’s…

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Stop Feeding The Dinosaurs

I rode by an old closed-down video store in my hometown the other day, and I couldn’t help but think of how just 10 or 15 years ago, the place was really booming. They literally had thousands of choices of movie titles, the manager was friendly and knew you by name, and the prices were…

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