“COUGAR!” Count Down!

It looks like “COUGAR! will be on the market by early next week (June 4th, maybe:)), and I am excited! Watch this site and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wwbrock/cougar, for information on how you can be one of the first to purchase a copy! Please remember to read your free three chapter excerpt on-line by clicking the above link.

I’m one of those old timers that remembers when “Made in America” was on almost everything that we wore or used in our daily lives, and there was a certain amount of pride in knowing that American productivity was behind our success as a nation. I remember jobs being so plentiful that I would often quit one and go to work at another for an increase of ten cents an hour! Now about half of our population does not work and most of what we purchase comes from American companies that import overseas manufactured goods.

Personally, I think that any so-called American company that does not use American labor to manufacture products for the American consumer is lacking in integrity. Call me old fashioned, but I believe that we need to stop buying goods and services that are produced outside of this country if we want to see the “Beacon of Hope” set back upon its pedestal!

W.W.

Remember Our Fallen Warriors!

I want to thank all of our brave servicemen and women today who have unselfishly put their lives on the line so that the rest of us can enjoy the freedoms that this country still has to offer, but most of all I want to pay tribute to those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service to our country and to the families that they have left behind.

Thomas Jefferson so aptly spoke, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”, and since the time of our Revolution until now, tyrants around the world have seen the error of their ways as our patriotic men and women of the United States Armed Forces have unselfishly responded to the clarion cries for help that have issued from the lips of the oppressed worldwide.

On this Memorial Day may God bless and protect all of our brave men and women that serve in our military, and may we not soon forget the debt that we owe to our wounded and dead warriors.

W.W.

Login for WWBROCK fixed!

Wow, I’m embarrassed! Our site login and register page has not been working and I failed to catch the problem. It is fixed now (you can choose your own password)so if you have had problems, or no reply from the site, please give it another try. While you’re over here, don’t forget to read the three chapter excerpt from “COUGAR!” by clicking on the above link.

W.W.

On Catfish and Hush Puppies

I was out on the beach with the cast net for the first time this year, hoping to find some mullet trapped in one of the swamp drainages that run back into the ocean at low tide. Boy, I was surprised at how out of shape you can get by sitting behind a keyboard for long periods of time and not exercising. I was even more surprised to see a picture that my wife took of me fanning an 18 foot net (6 foot radius), and how old the guy that was holding onto the net looked! 🙂

Well, I did catch some pretty big mullet which are going to be turned into pretty big blue channel cats as soon as soon I can get a day to spend fishing. You know, those are one of the tastiest fish around when you fillet them out and cut the fillets into chunks the size of golf balls. I like to dip mine in a little beaten egg and milk, then roll them in a cornmeal, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and chili powder mixed with a bit of paprika then toss them in some hot grease until golden brown. Serve them up with sides of hush puppies, coleslaw, and potato salad or homemade fries and you have got a real meal!

Twenty years ago my favorite fish fixed that way was grouper, but that is almost impossible to get now with all of the government restrictions on the fishery. One of the best eating fish was also the big red drum that we used to catch offshore when a school of jacks would be tearing up the bait on top of the water. The big drum would lay below the bait and eat pieces as it drifted down from the feeding frenzy above. All of that changed when one of our beloved presidents (whose father was a recreational fisherman in his retirement) put a halt on all red drum fishing in federal waters by an executive order, even though there was no credible evidence that the species was endangered.

I got a notice the other day to the effect that South Carolina is considering holding hearings on whether or not to let the government step in and regulate our fresh water fishery also, and you wonder why people dream up conspiracy theories like the one in “COUGAR!”. Speaking of which, have you read the free excerpt yet? If not, just click on the link at the top of the page and enjoy the moment.

W.W.

Memories are Made of This!

Back in early 1980s I ran a 31’9” BHM, the “Sea Wolf”, out of Murrells Inlet, SC in the pursuit of Grouper in the fall and spring, and Black Sea Bass during the winter when they would “stack up”. Using a standard Chesapeake Bay crab trap it wasn’t unusual to haul back 200 pounds of Bass in one trap, and we had several trips where two of us pulled 4400 pounds of fish in less than six hours!

Those days are long gone, not so much because of a decline in the fish stocks, but because of unwarranted government intervention in the various fisheries that have put hundreds, if not thousands of fishermen out of work in the past few years. The oddest thing is that NOAA is now in charge of the fisheries and that agency cannot even get the weather right most of the time!

I remember taking 30 pound Red Snapper on “Puerto Rican” drop rigs when they were bringing $3.60 a pound. It was over ten years after I stopped fishing before I even ate a Red Snapper, because of the money that one fish represented to my family.

Now I look out across the inlet when I am out fishing for flounder or trout, and see that most of the charter boat captains are running pontoon boats looking for the same flounder, trout, and drum that we wouldn’t have thought of fishing for twenty years ago except for the occasional day off from running offshore.

But folks, I have some memories of those days that are still sweet to me. Memories of fishing tournaments on a 31’ Bertram, the “Catch 22”, with a pair of custom big block Chevrolets producing a combined 900+ horse power. I remember losing a rudder on a 95’ dragger 100 miles off of Savannah, GA during a storm and bringing it all the way back to the Georgetown, SC light by rigging a steering sweep because the Coast Guard didn’t have anything big enough to tow us, and being caught in a sustained 70 knot Northwester 70 miles North East of Georgetown, SC because of a NOAA screw up in a weather forecast. Not to mention having a boat catch on fire with my paycheck in the hold and the CG refusing to help us. Yep, those days are gone and probably never coming back, but man oh man, what a bunch of memories!

Well, the government says that you all cannot do the things that I did, but they are not yet controlling what I can write about, so this blog is going to be telling lots of sea stories interspersed with a few good hunting ones also. Feel free to share some of your own experiences and don’t forget to read the excerpt from “COUGAR!”.

W.W.

Coming Soon!

I am developing this site (www.wwbrock.com) to report and discuss current trends that we are seeing develop in both our hunting and fishing areas of the country. Until we get this up and running, just push the button above to continue through to the site of my soon to be published book “COUGAR!” or sign in as a member so that we can have civilized discussions about our favorite hunting and fishing topics. Guns are alright too because I like them! Hey, we can talk about almost anything here (keep it PG!) and it could even get written into the next book.

W.W.