Just shipped off the 30th Anniversary Issue of Marlin, I imagine some of you subscribers have all ready received it. It was a bear getting that bugger out of here, and it made me late getting started on the November issue, which goes out the door in a couple of days. This boy has been sweating!
A Marlin University trip to Tropic Star Lodge
One of the first things we tell our students at Marlin University is that no matter where or when we go to our favorite hot spot, the fishing can still turn off slow. No place, even the best ones, is good all of the time. Unfortunately, I found myself repeating that same phrase over and over on our last trip to Tropic Star Lodge. Despite the best efforts of our world-class crews, we had a hard time catching them on this trip.
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Finally back home after whirlwind back-to-back Marlin University sessions at Tropic Star Lodge in Panama and in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - and they just about wore me out. I had a bit of a cold when I left Orlando, and after all the stress of traveling and then standing in the chilly rain one day in Panama, by the time I got to Cabo, I was bone-tired and pretty sick. I felt pretty good the first day of fishing, but by about noon on the second day, I went down hard.
Sitting here in the Marlin booth waiting for our 30th Anniversary party to start. …. I feel a rum front coming. Unfortunately, our AC unit just crapped the bed, so we might have to endure some heat for the party – no worries; we still have ice.
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show almost always falls on my birthday, which kind of sucks since I have to be away from the wife and kids on what they consider to be my “special day.” The upside of the situation is that I get to have a pretty good time with a lot of friends I don’t get to see very often. As an added bonus, this year my birthday fell on the same day that we celebrated Marlin’s 30th birthday with a party at the show.
While returning from the big ICAST tackle show in Las Vegas this past summer, I had to spend a few extra hours at the airport, due to flight delays somewhere or the other that screwed up my departure time. Of all the places I’ve been, Las Vegas wins the prize for the city that can offer up the most big-time fun. But once you’ve had enough, you’re really itching to get out of there. That’s why a delayed flight out of Vegas hurts the most — especially if you’ve gambled away all your cash and wind up broke at the airport surrounded by slot machines.
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