Reef Donkeys and Meat Fishing

Last night I was so cavalier, dare I say even a bit cocky. I falsely thought I was prepared to leave town tomorrow for seven days. Today is a much different story. I am crazed trying to get some last minute packing done, so I barely have a moment to spare, much less the brainpower to string two sentences together. Thank heavens faithful friends and readers were out fishing this weekend and sent me their pictures. Two saltwater adventures — both of which look like a hell of a good time. Enjoy.


Friends in North Carolina who go by the online handles of Natural Fly and Fat Tire were tearing it up off the coast of North Carolina last weekend. They ventured to a wreck just about 10 miles from the beach and met up with a whole mess of Amber Jacks. Although given these hysterical pictures I think it best to refer to these brawny fish by their ‘street’ name, Reef Donkeys. What do you think? I think I am dying to go fishing with these hotshot ne’er-do-wells.



eye of the donkey

donkey mouth fly


full frontal



blond wig

Rumour has it their compadre Nacho Momma & crew were up in Virginia chasing cobia.


Meanwhile just off the coast of Alabama, one of my most serious flyfishing mentors — who is way too serious an angler to have an online handle — was meatfishing for his supper.

Although early reports from the skillet reveal that frying fish on the grill doesn’t get the grease quite hot enough. I don’t know, still looks pretty tasty…




These trips look just like the sort of good time that I should have been a part of — I mean, what the hell, boys? I have a blonde wig. I can work a skillet.

Okay, so only one of those statements is true. But we’ll talk more about that later. I just remembered one more thing I have to pack.


30 Responses to “Reef Donkeys and Meat Fishing”
  1. Alabama flygirl says:

    FFC…I hope you have a fan-freakin-tastic trip to MT. Catch lots of fish, drink lots of cold beers and take lots of photos. We are headed to float the Caney Fork this week!! WOO HOO
    Have fun!

  2. Shannon says:

    Get thee to SALT – immediately!

  3. FFC, I couldn’t find an e-mail adress for ya, so I’ll hit ya up thru the blog here.
    Nacho Mamma and team “All Part Of It” did pretty well on the cobes.
    Best one landed was this 50 pounder.
    Picture is located at
    And a craptacular vid of it at,
    Good luck on your trip. Wish you tight lines and cold drinks.
    Later, Harry

  4. Doh,,,, the 50 pounder was landed by FlyOV on a 10wt. :)

  5. Bal?k Av? says:

    Nice fish man.
    Amberjack is good ;)

  6. Hello Anglers,
    that’s great,… but what are you doing when you can’t go fishing?
    Life is not over, why not teaching others (family, friends, fishers, …) about fishing?
    Tips, tricks, rules, fish species, and so much more while having fun!
    We’ve got a unique board game you can take along with you wherever you go, – doesn’t matter the forceast – - –
    This unique familly board game will give you the sensation of real fishing while learning…
    I don’t want to spam your blog so and won’t put any link in my comment.
    Just type “” in the Google search box of your browser…
    Thank you.

  7. “This unique familly board game will give you the sensation of real fishing while learning…”

    Dude, I don’t even have to go search for your product, I can read that line and know that I would rather gouge my eye balls out with a melon baller than play that dumb shit.
    L8, Harry

  8. You guys are so lucky out there.
    All we have over here is mackeral and a few cod those that the Spanish havent already taken.Went fishing in Mexico a few years back and it was brilliant 2 days out of 14 wish it could have been more but wife and kids wouldnt play ball.
    Great pictures keep it up

  9. fishman says:

    The super! You the good fisherman)

  10. Those are some serious fish you guys catch out there, that crazy.

  11. Just looking at those fish makes me jealous, can’t say ive caught more than a minnow in the past few years. Youve inspired me to dig the rods out of the garage and head to the beach. Hopefully theres somehting still alive off the pier, the water quality is getting worse and worse by the day here.

  12. I still miss amberjack on my list of fish on a fly rod. I suppose you have to use some heavy gear, what # fly rod are you using for these creatures?


  13. Sorry, I missed the answer to my question in a comment. 50 pound amberjack on a /10 weight rod, that is impressive

  14. Looks like fun , but give me a healthy snook fight ,

  15. It looks as if everyone is having fantastic fun. I wish i had more time to be out there myself. but, just don’t seem to be able to find the time anymore. looking at these pictures makes me very envious. it looks like a lot of fun.


  16. Nice wig! although I’d be creeped out if I ran into that guy on the open water!

  17. jon says:

    i like the theme of your blog on fishing. nice one. keep it up

  18. It’s all about having fun. And it looks like these guys know how to have it. Some people tend to take themselves too seriously. Not, saying that there are not serious times. Just saying you have to know when to have a good time and let your hair down. it looks like they had a fun fishing trip.

  19. Those are some awesome shots! I particularly loved the picture where the guy’s wearing the wig. Where did he get it? Haha…


  20. I like the one where he’s pointing the fish like it’s a gun LMAO.

  21. Cobia are some tough fish – I couldnt imagine how fun they would be to catch on a fly rod – these are some nice catches my friends.

  22. I never realized how much more fun fly fishing was until I actually tried it myself.

    It is definitely more enjoyable than the regular method.

  23. Nice pictures.
    Fly fishing is infact the most fun you can have, no doubt about it.

  24. Those are some amazing photos. I am so jealous. Makes me hungry looking at the fish frying in the pan. I haven’t had the chance to go saltwater fishing myself, as I am landlocked. I sure do enjoy the freshwater fishing I get to do.

  25. Those are great pics! They just show you guys are real fisherman. I mean, the guy can’t even put the rod down. Has to leave it in his mouth to be ready for the next catch.

  26. Nice fish you caught and great photo’s. I’ve never caught big fish before in my life, but I’m an amateur compared to you guys. I’m still in the learning phase :) By the way the fish in the pan looks delicious!

  27. Bob says:

    Can I use the photo of the guy with the viking horns in my blog? It’s for a story: G-rated, fishing story. You’ll like it; check my blog.


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