Fishing USA: An Angler’s Dream Nears Completion

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Paul Hale of Queen Metropolis, Texas, has a mission – fishing in each state in America. Hardly greater than a dream only one 12 months in the past, his mission is changing into a actuality.

FishingBooker interviewed Hale again in Could, after he shared his inspiring story with us. At the moment, he had fished 19 states. That is the second a part of Hale’s story. You’ll be able to learn in regards to the historical past of his epic journey and his favourite spots within the first 19 states right here.

Paul Hale holding a giant Lake Trout on Fort Peck Lake in Montana.

Since we final spoke to Hale, he’s been fishing in 26 extra states plus Washington, DC. Alongside the way in which, he met up with outdated associates and made new associates, together with a canine referred to as Tripp.

Hale has forged his line within the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and Tillamook Bay within the Pacific Northwest, in addition to many rivers and lakes in between. He succeeded in catching fish on every of his stops, though at occasions he needed to improvise (just like the time he didn’t catch something on his shared fishing constitution in Hawaii and resorted to Walmart-bought gear and bait to drag fish out of the native canal). In consequence, he has crossed many a fish species off his angler bucket record.

Hale took a break from his fishing travels for the vacation season, to spend time along with his household in Texas. Fortunately, this additionally gave us a while to catch up and share the highlights of his most up-to-date adventures!

Cross That Off the Listing

In fact, Hale’s travels are about catching fish in the beginning. Like many anglers, he has a bucket record of species that he desires to reel in, and it’s no shock that he managed to cross off a good variety of them prior to now few months.

Hale with two Crimson Snappers he caught in Orange Seaside, Alabama.

Amongst these are:

  • Crimson Snapper out of Orange Seaside, Alabama
  • Lake Sturgeon on the St. Clair River, Michigan
  • White Sturgeon on the Columbia River, Washington
  • Saugeye on Taylorsville Lake, Kentucky
  • Steelhead on the Clearwater River, Idaho

Bizarre Fishes

Then there’s those that weren’t on the bucket record, however had been unexpectedly intriguing. In September, Hale went fishing in Rhode Island with information Jack Riley, who Hale says is “one of many best possible – he is aware of find out how to get all of it carried out.” Right here, on the Niantic Bay, he caught False Albacore, which he says “might have been false, however he put up a really actual battle. He fought like a demon-possessed machine.”

At Sandy Hook in New Jersey, he hooked a Cownose Ray, a uncommon fish in these components. Hale had by no means even heard of it, however he took it house and ready it for his associates, to everybody’s nice delight. “Man it was particular,” he says “It tasted like a cross between veal and premium beef, and all 4 of us cherished it.”

Then at Chincoteague Island in Virginia, a robust east wind blew his possibilities of getting fish. So as a substitute, his information took him clamming, a primary for Hale. Strolling barefoot, he sank into the sandbar as much as his ankles with every step, imagining that is the way in which clamming has been carried out for a thousand years.

Hale with two clams he gathered on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.

“When my toes touched the ‘spherical rocks’ –  that was the clams. I bought about 35 of them. No fish in Virginia on these windy days, however undoubtedly one thing completely different.”

Kentucky Rain

Certainly one of Hale’s favourite states on this a part of his quest turned out to be Kentucky. He truly stopped there twice, as soon as in August and once more in September.

On the primary journey, he went fishing on Taylorsville Lake close to Shelbyville, the place he caught Saugeye.

“The Saugeye was one of many fish very excessive up on my record and I bought him right here, catching two of them. One was sufficiently big to eat so I saved it.”

Aside from catching certainly one of his most-wanted, that journey afforded him one other present: he grew to become associates along with his information, Chino Ross.

In September, on his drive again house to Texas from New England, he stopped within the Bluegrass State once more. He stayed on the Musky Lodge in Wellington, and regardless of heavy rainfall that adopted him from West Virginia, the following morning at 7:00 a.m. he went out fishing for Musky on Cave Run Lake.

Within the pouring rain, Hale and his information Tim Barkley hit the lake on a ship with none cowl. After half-hour, the rain began getting below their (theoretically) rainproof garments, and after an hour they had been fully soaked via.

“The one manner I may have been extra moist was to leap within the lake. Up till about 10:45 I felt like one massive idiot fishing for an opportunity to land ‘The Fish of 10,000 Casts.’ That’s after I bought him. I’ve by no means earned a fish like I earned the 41″ Musky I caught that day.”

Hale with the Musky he caught within the Kentucky Rain.

Energized by the catch, Hale and his information continued to defy the torrent for an additional two hours earlier than giving in and going again inside. The subsequent day, Hale proceeded on his manner house.

“I’ll most likely all the time consider Elvis Presley’s track Kentucky Rain after I consider that day. I sang that track all the way in which house.”

A Furry Pal

Three weeks earlier, a particular position on Hale’s travels was reserved for Tripp, the canine of Captain Matt Starling of Savannah, Georgia.

Hale with Tripp and a Redfish he caught in Savannah, Georgia.

“He’s the one one I’ve present in all my journeys that will get as excited as me after I catch a fish. Each time I caught a small fish Tripp gave no response. Each time I caught a giant one he went nuts and tripped out. Twice whereas posing for an image, Tripp leaped and ran round, bought beside me and posed with me.”

A Household Fishing Reunion

Then, in Rhode Island and Connecticut, he was joined on his fishing journeys by his sister Debbie. In Rhode Island, he caught the False Albacore that fought tooth and nail.

As for the Connecticut journey, Hale says it was “probably the most fulfilling fishing journeys I’ve taken. I felt like I caught every week’s price of fish in half a day.” Plus, Debbie additionally caught her fair proportion.

Hale with a Bluefish he caught on Niantic Bay in Connecticut.

Fish and Moonshine

In Rochester, New York, on the shores of Lake Ontario, Hale visited associates he and his spouse had met on a cruise to Alaska the 12 months earlier than, Anna and Invoice Ludwinek. They informed him a couple of information they knew in Rochester, so in August Hale determined to go up north and take a look at his luck.

“Maybe Mark Brozowitz, proprietor of Reel Loopy Charters, is essentially the most entertaining information I’ve booked with. There was by no means a uninteresting second.”

Hale invited Invoice and Anna alongside for the fishing journey, and Invoice was glad to affix.

“So Invoice got here with me and caught his first fish. When Anna informed me later it was his first fish, I requested, ‘In Lake Ontario?’ She mentioned, ‘No, in his life.’”

Invoice Ludwinek with Lake Trout he caught on Lake Ontario, New York.

It wasn’t simply Invoice Ludwinek who had a day of firsts, although – Captain Brozowitz bought Hale to check out one thing new, as effectively.

“Whereas we had been on the lake he informed me we’d all take a shot of moonshine after we bought via fishing. I informed him I’d take a shot of my weight loss plan coke and let him and Invoice do the shine. However he insisted so I took my first shot of lemon moonshine – it was truly good. This man was a blast and I simply love my new associates from the cruise.”

Going Out West

In October, Hale headed west for the final leg of his journey in 2018. In California, he caught his first King Salmon on the Sacramento River. The subsequent cease was Oregon, the place he caught 20 small Rainbow Trout on stunning Misplaced Creek Lake.

Hale with Rainbow Trout he caught Misplaced Creek Lake, Oregon.

However the true deal with got here when Chino Ross, his information from Taylorsville Lake in Kentucky and a brand new good buddy, flew in to fish with him in Washington and Idaho.

They first hit the Columbia River within the Evergreen State, the place within the morning “the fog was so dense we may solely see just a few toes in entrance of us.” Not lengthy after, although, the solar flaunted its rays and the clouds lifted. Earlier than he knew it, Hale caught – and launched – his first ever White Sturgeon.

Hale with White Sturgeon he caught on the Columbia River in Washington.

The spotlight of this journey, nonetheless, was the Clearwater River in Idaho. Hale anticipated that Idaho had loads to supply, and centered his journey across the Gem State on objective. It didn’t disappoint.

“This was certainly one of my higher fishing stops on this nation. We caught lots of these massive Steelhead and a pair King Salmon. Proper because the final minute was about to tick off the journey, I hooked and landed my greatest Trout of the day.”

Hale and Chino Ross with Steelheads they caught on the Clearwater River in Idaho.

The Ultimate Leg

Hale is presently spending time along with his household in jap Texas, however in February he shall be again on the highway. He has simply 5 extra states to fish earlier than finishing his mission: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

First, he’ll go ice fishing within the first 4 and goal to catch Burbot, yet one more bucket record fish. Then in spring he’ll head to maybe essentially the most iconic saltwater fishing state, Florida, the place he plans to go on a number of charters and finish his tour with a bang.

Will that be the top of Hale’s fishing saga? Virtually definitely not. There’s a lot extra fish on his bucket record, and there’s a lot extra stunning locations each in and out of doors of the USA. And Hale will all the time proceed to marvel at each pure and man-made grandeur:

“Many occasions on this journey I used to be awed and amazed on the pure magnificence and the pure assets of this nation, and simply as awed on the reservoirs, highways, and dams that our forefathers constructed, carved, and constructed on this rugged land.”


Hale’s Listing of States

      1. Alaska – Ketchikan
      2. Nevada – Lake Mead
      3. Arizona – Lake Nice
      4. New Mexico – Elephant Butte Lake
      5. Texas – Corpus Christi Bay from Rockport
      6. Oklahoma – Lake Fort Gibson
      7. Kansas – Milford Lake
      8. Nebraska – Hyannis
      9. South Dakota – Lake Francis Case
      10. North Dakota – Devils Lake
      11. Minnesota – East Misplaced Lake from St. Cloud
      12. Wisconsin – Lake Chippewa
      13. Iowa – Clear Lake
      14. Colorado – Pueblo
      15. Illinois – Lake of Egypt
      16. Missouri – Lake Taneycomo
      17. Louisiana – Lake Calcasieu
      18. Mississippi – Gulf of Mexico from Biloxi
      19. West Virginia – New River
      20. Hawaii – Maui
      21. Montana – Fort Peck Lake
      22. Wyoming – Keyhole Reservoir and Glendo Reservoir
      23. Washington DC – Potomac River
      24. Maryland – Ocean Metropolis
      25. Delaware – Rehoboth Seaside
      26. Virginia – Chincoteague Island
      27. Tennessee – Cherokee Lake
      28. Alabama – Orange Seaside
      29. Arkansas – Lake Ouachita
      30. Michigan – Grand Haven (Lake Michigan), Muskegon Lake, St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Port Huron (Lake Huron)
      31. Indiana – Lake Monroe
      32. New York – Lake Ontario
      33. Ohio – Vermillion (Lake Erie)
      34. Kentucky – Taylorsville Lake & Cave Run Lake
      35. Georgia – Savannah
      36. South Carolina – Myrtle Seaside
      37. North Carolina – Calabash
      38. Massachusetts – Marblehead
      39. Rhode Island – South Kingstown
      40. Connecticut – Niantic Sound
      41. New Jersey – Sandy Hook
      42. California – Redding (Sacramento River)
      43. Oregon – Tillamook Bay
      44. Washington – Columbia River and Snake River
      45. Idaho – Clearwater River
      46. Utah – Flaming Gorge Reservoir
      47. Maine – quickly
      48. New Hampshire – quickly
      49. Vermont – quickly
      50. Pennsylvania – quickly
      51. Florida – quickly

Do you have got a dream place to go fishing? Which fish is highest in your bucket record? We’re wanting ahead to studying your ideas and feedback under!