I have been obsessed with fishing since I was a kid and have spent a good deal of my life fishing my local waters exhaustively. This means jigging sabiki rigs to river herring, the primary forage bait of the Striped Bass in our river. After filling our live well with herring we will then drift and live line them to large Stripers that can range to 50 lbs.
This email will run a bit longer than my average fishing report, but I need to clarify as much as I can, now, to prevent questions later. Around I suspended my charter business to focus solely on my music. I needed a break from fishing at the time.
There's nothing that quite matches the exhilaration of reeling in a 25lb striped bass: the white-knuckle grip on the pole as your forearms feel the sweet burn of success before marveling at the size of your catch. Dean Ween, one half of the joyously unclassifiable rock band Ween, is addicted to this feeling. When he's not touring or recording, he's either running fishing charters as the skipper of his own boat, The Archangel, or fishing with his friends in the rivers of Pennsylvania, the Jersey Shore, and pretty much all over the world.
On his Facebook page and web site he has tons of documentation showing numerous photos of the massive fish his customers have caught while out on the water with him. Today was a little slow actually. Usually, yeah.
Mickey Melchiondo is hoping to make a transition from rock musician to television star. The ex-guitarist of the band Ween and lifelong Jersey Shore fisherman is prepping to shoot a pilot for a quirky TV series about saltwater angling. He's going to embark on nautical adventures with fellow musician and fisherman Les Claypool of Primus.
On August 5, guitar hero Eric Clapton landed the biggest salmon of the Icelandic salmon season according to Morgunbladid newspaper. The guide reported that Clapton fought the fish for 2 hours before releasing it. Clapton was casting a Night Hawk size 14 fly at the time.
Michael Melchiondo, Jr. Melchiondo met Aaron Freeman in a junior high school typing class in their hometown of New Hope, Pennsylvania. InMelchiondo formed a punk rock duo with Guy Heller called the Moistboyzwho have released five eponymous studio recordings.
The Deaner is dead fucking serious about fishing. He had just returned from tour and finds it more relaxing. I had arrived Sunday night because Mickey likes to start fishing before sunrise.
The last six hours have been a blur. It's still dark when I step outside the Station and see Mickey Melchiondo -- aka Dean Ween -- leaning against his truck, the smoke from a Marlboro Red obscuring his face. From this angle, he looks somewhat like a cowboy, and hell, Mickey kind of is a rock and roll cowboy.