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The Salty Boys of Summer — Half Past First Cast 22/06/2024

Minor League Baseball Teams Named After Saltwater Fish

The Salty Boys of Summer — Half Past First Cast Baseball is the all-American pastime, but some of us would rather be on the water. The minors to find some of the most creative saltwater-oriented teams. Here are a few of my favorites.

My Starting Lineup – El Salto -- June 2024 — Half Past First Cast 21/06/2024

Planning for that first cast at Anglers Inn International lake El Salto

My Starting Lineup – El Salto -- June 2024 — Half Past First Cast If all goes according to plan, 24 hours from now we’ll be arriving at Anglers Inn Lake El Salto. I’m sure that my guide will have his own favorite lures, so I’ll heed his lure suggestions — but if left to my own devices, here’s what I’d be likely to tie on preceding that first short sess...

Hanna’s New 300-Sized Cranking Reel — Half Past First Cast 21/06/2024

When fishing equipment outranks a puppy.

Lew's Tackle Warehouse

Hanna’s New 300-Sized Cranking Reel — Half Past First Cast After using it to catch hundreds of Mexican largemouth bass, it was finally time to retire Hanna’s trusty cranking reel. Prior to leaving for El Salto, Mr. Romance here surprised her with a Lew's Super Duty 300 LFS Casting Reel.

The Truth on Sunscreen for Anglers — Half Past First Cast 20/06/2024

The Truth on Sunscreen for Anglers

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ADAMS : Aesthetic Dermatology and Mohs Surgery

The Truth on Sunscreen for Anglers — Half Past First Cast For years, we’ve all heard theories about the best sun protection for long days on the water, with little science to back them up. Finally we decided it was time to truly get informed. Fortunately, we have the generous resources of Adam Tinklepaugh, MD and Sarah Oyler, DNP, FNP-C to answer our que...

Strike King 10XD Crankbait | Tackle Warehouse 19/06/2024

48 hours until that first cast in our happy place!

Strike King 10XD Crankbait | Tackle Warehouse Free return shipping is available for all orders shipped within the 48 contiguous United States. These orders will include a complimentary pre-paid UPS Ground return label in the box when the order is delivered. If you use the pre-paid return label provided, please allow 7-10 business days for the r...

Hanna’s Not-Unreasonable Clothing Choices for Lake El Salto in June — Half Past First Cast 19/06/2024

Hanna’s not so filled suitcase items for her Mexico, lake El Salto fishing vacation.

Anglers Inn International AFTCO Columbia Sportswear Wiley X BAJÍO Sunglasses RUX

Hanna’s Not-Unreasonable Clothing Choices for Lake El Salto in June — Half Past First Cast Yesterday I provided a video demonstrating how Pete picked his clothing for our upcoming trip to Anglers Inn Lake El Salto trip. Great picks but I have no idea how he can take so little, even if they do daily laundry. I brought a few more items.

Pete’s El Salto Clothing Selection – June 2024 — Half Past First Cast 18/06/2024

Sneak peak into Pete's suitcase for our El Salto, Anglers Inn International trip.

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Columbia Sportswear Free Fly Apparel Grundéns AFTCO

Pete’s El Salto Clothing Selection – June 2024 — Half Past First Cast Pete has carefully selected every piece of apparel he needs for a week of fishing in Mexico – trying to minimize the quantity to maximize how much tackle he can pack. Surprisingly he has packed mix and match pieces that all go together, including antimicrobial underwear, comfortable shoes and a ju...

The Hunt for Mexico’s Next Great Big Bass Snack — Half Past First Cast 16/06/2024

Great Big Bass Snacks

Tackle Warehouse Sunline Megabass of America Deps O.S.P Lurefishing

The Hunt for Mexico’s Next Great Big Bass Snack — Half Past First Cast As we pack for our annual May/June trip to Anglers Inn Lake El Salto, I always throw in a few “experimental” baits in the hope that I’ll be able find a new tool that becomes a consistent part of my repertoire – and fools more than a few big fish.

Lucky Craft Options for Lobinas Mexicanas — Half Past First Cast 15/06/2024

Is it luck? Is it skill? Try your luck with these Lucky Craft USA lures for some Lobinas Mexicanas.

Lucky Craft Options for Lobinas Mexicanas — Half Past First Cast The swimbait world has made the price tags on most Lucky Craft lures seem downright quaint. I still recall cringing when I spent $15 on my first Pointer 78. Now I have a box of them and I’m particularly keen to throw high-end lures when I’m giant hunting at El Salto or Picachos in Mexico. Here a...

Two Dozen Pieces of Men’s Fishing Gear Fit for the Fourth — Half Past First Cast 13/06/2024

For you, some red white and blue.

Tackle Warehouse AFTCO Academy Sports + Outdoors SCALES Hook & Tackle Howler Brothers Columbia Sportswear Costa Sunglasses Fish Hippie

Two Dozen Pieces of Men’s Fishing Gear Fit for the Fourth — Half Past First Cast Independence Day is fast-approaching. It’s our hope that you’ll spend it on the water. Whether you’ll be chasing down tuna, largemouths or bikinis, or just staying home close to the grill, you’ll want some flag-themed or red, white and blue clothing to keep you in the mood.

Red, White and Blue Fishing Gear to Celebrate the 4th of July — Half Past First Cast 12/06/2024

Gearing up for the Fourth of July by dressing in red, white and blue can be both patriotic and practical.

AFTCO Bass Pro Shops Ariat FisheWear Sea to Summit YETI Columbia Sportswear SCALES Grundéns

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Red, White and Blue Fishing Gear to Celebrate the 4th of July — Half Past First Cast Gearing up for the Fourth of July by dressing in red, white and blue can be both patriotic and practical. There are plenty of options – hats, shirts, bibs, jackets and even shoes. Don’t limit it to that, however – consider a dry bag or baits to pull it all together.

Industry Insights: Meet Kade Gewanter — Half Past First Cast 10/06/2024

Kade Gewanter tells us about his fishing industry job

Darby Communications

Industry Insights: Meet Kade Gewanter — Half Past First Cast Many young people want to work in something related to their passion, but don’t know how to go about it. I started thinking about this one day as I spoke to Kade Gewanter, my connection for all things Shimano, G. Loomis, Jackall and Power Pro, and decided that his story might help others get a toe...

Top-Of-The-Line Baitcasting Reels for Bass — Half Past First Cast 09/06/2024

Don't Skimp - but the best, here's why.

Tackle Warehouse Shimano North America Fishing Lew's Abu Garcia Daiwa Corporation - USA

Top-Of-The-Line Baitcasting Reels for Bass — Half Past First Cast While there are plenty of great baitcasting reels for far less cash, if you’re the type of bass angler who needs to know that he or she has the best that money can buy, there are plenty that fit the bill. Here are nine you might consider.

Catch a Tiger by the ??? — Half Past First Cast 08/06/2024

Catch a Tiger by the?????

BAJÍO Sunglasses

Catch a Tiger by the ??? — Half Past First Cast I wish there had been a hat with a big, grinning, toothy tigerfish when we visited Zambia in 2016. Now Bajio offers one so we’ll have to go back.

Universal Fishing Lessons from A-Mart — Half Past First Cast 07/06/2024

Lessons from A-Mart

Universal Fishing Lessons from A-Mart — Half Past First Cast I spent a lot of time talking to Aaron Martens and writing about him, and a few days in his boat and he became one of my favorite muses. I learned a ton about bass fishing from him, but I’ve also realized that his unintended lessons extended far further than just little green and brown fish.

Jennifer and Keith Combs - How’d You Meet Your Angler? — Half Past First Cast 05/06/2024

Jennifer Reid Combs and Keith Combs , How’d You Meet Your Angler

Jennifer and Keith Combs - How’d You Meet Your Angler? — Half Past First Cast From boat partners to life partners, Jennifer and Keith Combs made the most of a one in 200 chance. Although they were competitors on the water something lured them towards each other and a lifetime of happily ever after, minus a pet peeve or two, or three.

Spinnerbaits with Red Kicker Blades — Half Past First Cast 04/06/2024

Spinnerbaits with Red Kicker Blades

OT Fears III Tackle Warehouse War Eagle Custom Lures Nichols Lures

Spinnerbaits with Red Kicker Blades — Half Past First Cast Recently we published an interview with OT Fears in which he talked about when and where to fish a spinnerbait with a fluorescent red or fluorescent orange kicker blade. It’s a presentation that was either developed or popularized in his home state of Oklahoma, but it works all over.

Mission Accomplished: Yellowfin Tuna on Bass Tackle — Half Past First Cast 03/06/2024

One of these things is not like the other

Tackle Warehouse Shimano North America Fishing Yozurı Megabass of America

Mission Accomplished: Yellowfin Tuna on Bass Tackle — Half Past First Cast I was a little bit nervous about bringing bass tackle to Panama. Even though I was prepared to sacrifice the gear to the tuna gods, I simply wasn’t sure how it would hold up in the heat of battle. I’m thrilled with how the experience turned out.

Walkin’ the Tightrope — Half Past First Cast 01/06/2024

Walking the Tightrope

Walkin’ the Tightrope — Half Past First Cast Chicago’s Ryan Whitacre is best known for his bulked-up finesse jigs, but at a recent trade show it was his tough-as-nails little spinnerbait that caught my eye.

Are You Ready for Real ID? — Half Past First Cast 31/05/2024

Ready, Set, Go!

Are You Ready for Real ID? — Half Past First Cast If you’re likely to fly on a trip anytime starting in May of 2025, you’re going to need to have a Real ID. You’ll also need one to enter most Federal buildings like military bases and Federal courthouses. That’s a capital R, as in, not the opposite of “fake ID.”

Watch the Right Teaser — Half Past First Cast 30/05/2024

It's OK to be a teaser in this situation

Watch the Right Teaser — Half Past First Cast When you head to Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala you’re going to want to try to bait-and-switch a sailfish (or 10) on your own. When written, or spoken on land, the process sounds easy. Here’s an entire brand dedicated to that moment of semi-coordinated chaos.

Casting Bonds: Father and Son Gayle and Kirk Lomax — Half Past First Cast 29/05/2024

Casting Bonds with Kirk and Gayle Lomax

Casting Bonds: Father and Son Gayle and Kirk Lomax — Half Past First Cast It warms my heart when I book father and son trips. I have decided to start a series called “Casting Bonds” to interview parent/child angling travelers. Let’s start with Gayle and Kirk Lomax who traveled to Anglers Inn El Salto in April 2024 and had a fabulous trip.

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Welcome to Half Past First Cast

The idea for this website arose when we both realized that we were approaching our 50th birthdays. We’ve been fortunate to visit some incredible places, meet wonderful people and catch lots of exotic fish, but there’s still a lot more that we want to do and see.

The truth is that once you’ve made your first cast, you have a finite number of casts left in your life. The trick is to make the most of them. The one thing that makes us all equal is time – whether you’re a billionaire or a pauper, there are only 24 hours in your day.

While those people who are wealthy beyond belief or have unlimited free time may not have constraints on their ability to chase their fishing dreams, most of us do not have those luxuries. Our money is finite. We have jobs that don’t want to let us get away. We have families and other obligations. If you allow those factors to prevent you from living your dreams, though, you’re just making excuses.

Our goal in developing this website is to share some of our dreams, some of the experiences we’ve enjoyed, and some ways that you can live your best fishing life going forward. We’re planning to make the most of our remaining casts, and hope you’ll join us for the journey.

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