I walked into Bass Pro looking for a new pair of fishing boots. I had a trip coming up and my old boots were shot. I tried on a few pairs and finally decided on the most comfortable pair of fishing boots I've ever put on my feet. They actually had good support, unlike a lot of flat-footed rubber boots out there, which I knew I'd be thankful for after standing all day on a pitching deck. I was anxious to try them out.
We rolled up to the dock in Long Beach for a little early season rockfishing and the snickers quickly began.
“Nice boots, dude,” the boys said, with a few smirks — and that was just the beginning.“Is it okay to wear white before Memorial Day?” “You better rub some bait on those things, they're burning my eyes…”
What gives here, fellas? Are you guys jealous of my boots or what?
Finally, one of the older guys pulled me aside and said, “We don't wear white boots out here. They're just… we think they're pretty lame.”
Okay, so I guess I'm that guy. I decided to come clean, “I live in Florida,” I said, “and it gets pretty damn hot wearing dark-green boots all day.”
I took a little ribbing about my shiny new fishing boots, but it was all good-natured. I boasted about how comfortable they were, despite the color, and I wasn't about to go return them. It really wasn't a big deal, just another example of how very different the fishing styles are from East Coast to West Coast. But at the end of the day, it's all about fishing and having a good time. My dad always told me that you should learn something new every time you go fishing, even if the one thing you learn is that you will never go fishing with that jerk ever again. And I've tried to stick to that principle over the years. There are so many tricks and different ways of doing things on the water that no one person knows it all (and if they claim to know all there is, then they probably know even less than you do!).
The basic mission of BD Outdoors is to share all of the different fishing styles and techniques out there as well as the many great fishing spots, gear updates, new boats and everything else that makes this sport so unique. We're very excited to welcome some of the best captains and writers out there into the BD family. You'll be seeing columns from many familiar names such as Baja expert Gary Graham, successful tournament captain Steve Lassley, crazy man Bill Boyce and East Coaster Fly Navarro just to name a few. While we don't want to alienate any one region, we do want to expose the latest and greatest in the fishing world and we want your feedback and comments.
This site grew out of the popular forums that make up Bloodydecks and we want to foster that community and keep it involved.
This site belongs to you the reader. You've never been afraid to speak your minds in the forums and we want you to feel the same way about BD Outdoors, just don't make too much fun of the guy in the white boots, it might be me standing next you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charlie Levine is the editorial director of BD Outdoors. Charlie grew up in New England, fishing on his father's 40-foot charter boat, Good Times. He attended college in Colorado and then returned to the East Coast where he got a job at a boating magazine. That job lead to stints at The Fisherman, Sport Fishing and Marlin, where he served as Senior Editor for nearly 10 years. Over the years, he has fished both coasts, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, New Zealand and other spots around the globe. He currently calls Florida home.
Charlie Levine grew up in a boating family and his first introduction to the water came at the age of three weeks old, swinging in a hammock on his father's 26-foot Chris-Craft, the Night Rider. After obtaining a degree in journalism, Charlie was fortunate to combine his career with his passion, and has worked for several boating and fishing publications, including a nine-year stint as Senior Editor of Marlin Magazine. In 2011, Charlie joined the team at BDoutdoors.com as the editorial director. Charlie has fished for both inshore and offshore species up and down the East Coast, the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. He currently lives in Florida with his wife Diane and tries to get out on the water as much as he can.