Category: Weird stuff

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how my Sport Fishing Americas blog did in 2010. I was surprised at how SFA has gained momentum. I know there are better blogs out there by people who are more dedicated than I am, but since this is something that I do for fun and to stay connected with the “fly-fishing” passion I was pretty happy to see that there seems to be some interest in what I share here.

Thank you, everyone, who’s come to visit and Happy 2011. I hope you all catch a record this year, and if not, come as close as possible while enjoying this wonderful sport.

Here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

(I guess this could mean a lot of things, but I’ll take it as a compliment…)

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 37 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 85 posts. There were 358 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 156mb. That’s about 7 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 24th with 168 views. The most popular post that day was Invasive and Exotic Species.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lampreytierra del fuegosagresmuskie, and asian carp.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1 Invasive and Exotic Species December 2009

2     Backyard Trout Capital – Home of the Brave August 2009

3     “Leve Leve” June 2009

4     Chile – Fish farming after the earthquake March 2010

5     En efecto, el mundo es interminable. February 2010


My guess is that this video is flying across cyberspace faster then Apple can take over the world, but I thought I’d share with you all anyway. (watch then read the rest of my comments – I don’t want to spoil anything for you.

Now, I suppose the folks who made this commercial are trying to convince you that this boat is so great it comes with every feature you could imagine, or just thought they’s sell about by being funny. If that all it takes, maybe I’ll try selling overpriced bass boats, but I couldn’t help but think that this guy must not be too bright in the first place for brining this chick along, so why would I trust his judgement on his choice of boats…

The one not of truth in this commercial was the reference to eBay. I’ll bet you’ll see it there at 2/3 the price in less than 6 months.

Fish Tales and Pig Butts

When I was a kid I found this particular episode somewhat haunting, almost pornographic… I mean, I’d never seen Porky’s bare butt before… Kinda grossed me out.


What the...!!??

AP Photo/Debra Reid

While my fish-blog pal Simon is trying to keep busy and pass the winter hours away tying those fantastic flies of his, I wasted spent an hour of my own surfing the web to take a break for work and enjoy, albeit virtually, with some of my hobbies, mainly fishing and off-road.

I came across a few interesting things, and one thing in particular that kind of combined both hobbies… the Wilcraft.

I was surprised I hadn’t seen anything about this before. It seems to me this is the ultimate ice-fisherman status symbol. And as you might have guessed, it’s from Minnesota, because lakes and ice are abundant.



If you’ve got about $10 grand, and a place to… dock? park? this craft you can show up on the ice next season to impress (or scare) the crap out of your fishing buddies.

Check out this video (…you think we can get them to change the music?)

Hey Simon, perhaps you can get one customized with a fly tying station!

R-eel funny

A R-eel Fish Story (Hold muh beer and watch this)
The Sea Breeze News ^ | September 3, 2009 | Steve Hoyland Sr.

Posted on Thu Sep 17 2009 21:54:52 GMT-0300 (Argentina Standard Time) by jazusamo

Two weeks ago a group of four men, Steve Hoyland Jr. with friends Bruce, Ken and Erik, set off on an overnight offshore fishing trip. They left at noon on a Tuesday and went about 120 miles out into the Gulf.

They were having a great night of fishing, catching big snapper, grouper, ling and kings. About 3 am, two of them went down below to catch some sleep. The two remaining on deck were catching fish and drinking beer, enjoying the warm tropical night air.

All at once, Bruce got a big run on his line. This thing went all around the boat and took more than twenty minutes to bring up to the surface. When they got it up to the surface, they could not tell what it was. It looked prehistoric.

Steve Jr. put a gaff in it and the two men dragged it aboard the 33 foot boat. As soon the big creature hit the deck, it went crazy, attacking them. It was an eel over 6 feet long, weighing close to 100 pounds. It had a mouth full of sharp teeth and was extremely pissed off.

The eel was later estimated to be sixty years old. Bruce said it came at him and Steve, Jr. like an anaconda, rearing it’s head up and striking at them like a rattlesnake. It was highly agitated and quite energetic.

In the midst of thrashing around, the creature fell down below onto the floor between the two sleeping men, Erik and Ken. When they heard the thud and turned on the light, the eel raised it’s head right above Ken’s face. Erik rolled over and grabbed his 9 mm pistol. Steve Jr. started yelling. “Don’t shoot the gun in the boat! We’re 120 miles from land!” Next thing you know, all four fishermen were on the deck and the gigantic eel had sole possession of the bottom of the boat.

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