On Saturday Dec. 8, I will be in downtown Daytona Beach to talk fishing at the Halifax Historical Museum at 252 S. Beach St.
There will be coffee and Danish beginning at 10 a.m. and my lecture will start at 10:30 a.m. There is a $5 admission for museum members and $6 for non-members. It should be a fun morning and at the end of my talk the museum will be selling copies of my book "I Swear The Snook Drowned." No reservation is needed, but seating is very limited so come early. The Halifax Historical Museum does a great job preserving local history, so please come on down and support them with this fundraiser.
Just as predicable as the tide, the gift-giving season is once more upon us. Also as predictable is me plugging my book. This year, you might want to present your angler with a couple packs of the new Dan Smith Special Edition lures to go with the book. That is bound to bring a smile to the face of any fisherman. Grandslam Baits has placed a photo of my old weather beaten face on the package and have even gone so far as doing the same with Captain Leo. If you put those likenesses under the tree, be sure to wrap them so as not to scare the children. Leo's fine Redfish Primer makes an excellent Christmas gift and you can score a copy by calling him at (386) 345-2213.
Once more I am sure a new cast net will be one of the most popular gifts. If you receive one, please don't put it aside. Anyone who wants to be a successful fisherman needs to master the use of a cast net.
If you decide to go with a new rod and reel, be sure to keep your receipt. A fishing combo is a very personal thing and can be difficult to match to your fisherman. A good place to start with a rod and reel is at your favorite bait and tackle shop. The people you find there are fishermen and will be able to help you. If you are buying for a serious angler, you might find out that an old favorite rod or reel has broken. A nice surprise would be to have them repaired. Imagine the look on your fisherman's face on Christmas morning! Many local tackle shops can do the repairs. Two that could help would be the Fishing Shack in Port Orange or The Fishing Hole in downtown Daytona Beach. Tackle shops can also hook you up with a gift certificate for a guided trip either fresh or salt water. That's a gift that would never be returned.
My good friends at Grandslam Baits also have an unusual gift offering. Rick Kayholm makes some of the finest aluminum flounder gigs I have ever seen. If your angler does not gig flounder, maybe a new gig would be all the incentive needed. For the last several years, the flat fish have been very thick locally and if you can convince your fisherman to get out and gig them a fine reward will be yours at dinnertime. Call Grandslam Baits at (386) 402-4789.
Christmas gifts are fairly easy for fishermen and most of us don't expect too much. A roll of line or a pack of hooks might be enough to do the trick. Heck, I would be happy with a smoked mullet."
Dan Smith has fished the waters of Volusia County for more than 40 years. Email questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. His book, "I Swear the Snook Drowned," is available for $10.95 at (386) 441-7793.