Angling Right: Fishing in the Fall? Do It!

As temperatures begin to cool and seasons start to change, opportunities to fish become increasingly limited.

Fall on the East Coast means shortened days and chillier temperatures, which don’t spell well for fishing. (Ay!) When I used to live in SoCal, my family and I would sometimes fish until early December. Although you have to go further south to enjoy decent fall/winter fishing back here, I’ve learned I can prolong my fishing excursions for another month or two.

Need incentives to go fishing this fall? Here are five great reasons to fish during autumn from Take Me Fishing:

1. Ideal Conditions: Autumn provides perfect weather for people and fish. Temperatures are cooler during the day for a picnic, and water temperatures are just right that fish are  active, which means a first-timer is more likely to hook their first catch.

2. Accessibility: More than 90% of Americans live within an hour driving distance of navigable water, which means a day or afternoon trip is easy and affordable. Find a place near you with the Places to Boat and Fish Map.

3. Stress Relief: Reports show that being near the water can naturally help lower anxiety, and fishing and boating are easy ways to naturally relieve stress, all the more reason to plan an adventure. In fact, a recent survey revealed 20% of Americans say relaxation and stress relief as the main reasons they appreciate fishing.

4. Conservation: More people fishing and boating means more funds for protecting, conserving and restoring our nation’s aquatic resources. This is because the funds from your fishing license and boat registration go back towards the natural places you love.

5. Health Benefits: Fishing and boating bring a wealth of health benefits. An hour of casting, an afternoon of kayaking or a fight to reel in a big fish can be great exercise for any age.

Taking these benefits into account, I definitely plan to enjoy a few more opportunities to unleash my angling potential. Hope you do the same! Also, expect some more “Angling Right” posts from yours truly as I explore several new fishing spots.

Will you fish this fall? Yes? No? Weigh in below!

Happy fishing!


Counter Cultured Column: Gun Groups Don’t Degrade Women

I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured in response to Mark Follman’s piece at Mother Jones suggesting the NRA degrades and objectifies women.

Here’s an excerpt:

The leftist blog Mother Jones recently lashed out at gun groups, specifically the National Rifle Association (NRA), by accusing it of objectifying women and treating them like sex objects.

MJ senior editor Mark Follman authored a hit piece titled “How the NRA Degrades and Objectifies Women” to purport the decades’ old lie that Second Amendment advocates, like conservatives, are sexist. (Such a big boy thought!) Follman finds fault in an article published in the latest issue of America’s 1st Freedom because it pointed out that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America founder Shannon Watts, heroine of firearm disarmament, is dishonest in her quest to promote “gun safety.” He writes:

The premise of the lengthy article attacking Watts, authored by conservative legal scholar and gun rights lobbyist Dave Kopel, is that she is a fraud—an operative fronting a political group, rather than the homemaker turned grassroots activist she says she is. The art spread for the piece depicts Watts as a paper doll figure in high heels, with a 1950s-style kitchen apron and domestic accessories including a feather duster, iron, sponge, and spatula.

Additionally, he’s offended by the personification of guns because literacy devices that positively promote guns supposedly inspire violence:

The NRA also rolled out two videos this summer fantasizing about attractive young women as, literally, assault rifles. A video titled “Beauty Shots,” from NRA News commentator Colion Noir, “personifies one of his favorite firearms in female form.” His voiceover describes an alluring, adventurous woman as she poses in workout gear, swims in a pool, and gazes intently into the camera; at the climax of the video Noir declares, “She is: Daniel Defense M4-A1.” To some the video was simply a head-scratcher, but it also drew rebuke, not least for debuting just three days after a heavily armed college student committed mass murder in Santa Barbara, driven by his rage at attractive young women.

Much like their fellow leftists in similar outlets, Follman and his Mother Jones minions might want to tone down their whining as they’ve dedicated numerous articles and tweets to defaming pro-gun activists, especially female gun activists and enthusiasts.


Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Celebrate An Unconventional Labor Day Today

I have a different interpretation of Labor Day, which I hope many of you share.

Instead of glorifying unions, why not honor those who truly labor for or have labored for us?

First and foremost, mothers were patient enough and brave enough to deliver us into this world and spend countless years raising us, especially with the help of fathers. (Be grateful for your mommas!)

Second, we should use this day to commemorate the lives lost to organized labor a la communism, especially those in Asia, Africa, Cuba, and former USSR. (This figure totals over 100 million.) Although my late maternal grandpa was lucky to survive 18 months in one of Stalin’s gulags, the effects of forced labor left him distraught, broken, and fearful of the world. (Equal sharing of misery shouldn’t be celebrated.)

Lastly, honor workers/laborers (small business owners, their staff,etc) who work diligently to ensure that millions don’t feel the negative effects of high regulations and those who work diligently in the name of competition–not force. (My dad has done more as a general contractor for nearly 30 years by bringing so much joy to his clients.) Whether you own or work for a business like a restaurant, start-up company, etc., don’t discount the labor of love encouraged by free enterprise, innovation, and ingenuity.

Happy Labor Day!

Angling Right: Deep-Sea Fishing in Virginia Beach

I apologize for not keeping up with my ‘Angling Right’ posts of late! As a young professional in politics, I lead quite a busy life. Nevertheless, I do my best to allow time to enjoy the finer things in life like fishing.

I spent this past weekend down in in the Hampton Roads area of my adopted home state Virginia–specifically Norfolk and Virginia Beach. While there, I had the opportunity to go deep-sea fishing with my dad and my sister. I haven’t been deep-sea fishing since summer 2011 (I was still living in California then), so I was excited to board a deep-sea fishing charter and let loose.

Deep-sea fishing is more challenging and difficult than freshwater fishing, but is equally fun to participate in.

For purposes of affordability and higher likelihood of catching fish, we opted for Rudee Inlet Charters. Since we came before Labor Day, we paid $40.00/person for a half-day trip aboard the Rudee Angler. Our rate included a saltwater fishing license, tackle, bait, weights, and rods.

Here are the schedule and corresponding rates:

SUMMER:  Memorial Day – Labor Day, 1/2 day trips, everyday 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:30pm-5:30pm.  Adults $40.00  Kids age 4 to 11 $29.00

July – Mid August, Night fishing every  Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday from 6:00pm – 9:30pm.   Adults $35.00  Kids age 4 to 11 $29.00

Every Thursday June thru August 17 hr. Offshore Trip  3AM- 8PM  $200.00 per person. This trip is limited to 35 anglers. Reservations Required!

SPRING AND FALL:  3/4 day trips from 8:00am – 2:00pm  Adults $70.00  Kids age 4 to 11 $60.00

Full day trips from 8:00am – 5:00pm  Adults $90.00  Kids age 4 to 11 $80.00  Reservations recommended on this trip!

WINTER:  Every Saturday, Deep drop 17 hour trips 3:00am – 8:00pm  $200.00 per person. Reservations are required for this trip as we limit the number of anglers to 35!

Rudee Inlet Charters is located on 200 Winston-Salem Avenue in Virginia Beach. Below is a shot of Rudee Inlet from the Rudee Angler:


Rudee Inlet


Here is our final catch!


Our final catch: two croakers and a bluefish.

My dad did quite well for himself. He caught two decent-sized croakers but had to throw back about 9 smaller croakers since they didn’t meet the 12″ requirement.


Of the three of us, my dad ended up the victor with his 18″ croaker and 13″ croaker.

It was my sister’s first time deep-sea fishing, and she did quite well for herself.


It was my sister’s first time deep-sea fishing, and she caught this beautiful 16″ bluefish thanks to the help of boat mate James!

During August, you can catch the following species: Cobia, Red and Black Drum, Bluefish, Croaker, Trout, Flounder Croaker, Spot, Trout, Taug, Spadfish, Spanish Mackeral.



And yes, I did catch a croaker! (Alas, it was too small to keep.)


Here was my catch. Sadly, I couldn’t keep this croaker because it was just shy of 12″.

Before you decide to go deep-sea fishing in Virginia Beach, note several things:

1) If you’re prone to motion sickness, bring some Dramamine with you. I had a bad experience deep-sea fishing in Mazatlan, Mexico, in 2007 that led me to associate deep-sea fishing with seasickness.  I was spared seasickness this trip, which made my experience FAR more enjoyable. Don’t miss out on good fishing if motion sickness can be avoided!

2) Wake up early and be punctual. Fishing charters generally board 30 minutes before take-off. Make sure you arrive early for morning or afternoon trips. Trips are on a first come, first serve basis.

3) Protect yourself and keep hydrated. Looks can be deceiving with respect to weather. Even if it’s cloudy, bring sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Your body will thank you!

4) Tip the shipmates. They bait your line and are hilarious to boot. Don’t be cheap!

5) Have fun! Deep-sea fishing is intense and produces less dividends than freshwater fishing, but it’s not entirely worthless. Even if you don’t catch any fish, enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and breathe in some fresh air.


With summer winding down, I’ll be taking a break from fishing and spending more time around firearms. (Details forthcoming!)

I’ll have two more ‘Angling Right’ posts this year: one in late November and another in mid-December. Stay tuned!

NRA News Appearance: Richmond Times-Dispatch Article on DC Gun Ban Repeal

I appeared on NRA News’ Cam and Company Show with my friend Cameron Edwards this past Monday. Here’s the link to the segment.

Virginia Shooting Sports Association’s blog wrote about my appearance below:

Over the weekend, Leadership Institute Northeast Regional Field Coordinator Gabby Hoffman had an Op/Ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch making the case for repealing the ban on carrying handguns in Washington D.C.  In the opinion piece, Hoffman wrote about how Virginia’s concealed handgun law has made the Commonwealth a safer place, and how crime has dropped at the same time gun sales have increased exponentially in the last six years:

If D.C. adopts gun laws similar to those of Virginia, the nation’s capital will witness a reduction in crime when law-abiding residents are permitted to conceal-carry.

Hoffman spoke with NRANewsCam Edwards on Monday and talked in more detail about how D.C.’s residents would benefit if the City Council adopted a carry ordinance similar to Virginia.



Look Out for My Debut in Richmond-Times Dispatch on August 10th

Credit: Facebook

Hi everyone!

In case you missed my announcement last week, I’ll be published in Richmond-Times Dispatch for the first time this Sunday, August 10th, 2014. RTD is the second-highest circulated state publication in Virginia right after the The Virginian-Pilot. (Interestingly enough, the editorial board has a conservative-libertarian bent.) I couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunity to have an article published in this outlet!

My article will be featured in the “Editorial, Commentary & Letters” page. It will focus on guns–specifically the recent Palmer v. DC ruling overturning the handgun ban in the nation’s capital.  I’ll post the link here on my blog when it’s published. (I hope to regularly submit content to RTD!)

You can find my articles at Counter Cultured,, and here on my personal blog.

Thanks for reading!


D.C. Consultant Class Needs To Put A Muzzle On This Guy

The idiotic tweet of the day goes to Brian Walsh, whose Twitter bio reads: “Former House/Senate/Campaign Flack & all-around sports fan – Partner of Singer Bonjean Strategies – opinions are my own.”

He tweeted, “Giving millions of dollars to the Senate Conservatives Fund is like handing a loaded gun to a person with mental retardation. Let’s call it.”


The same people calling for GOP “unity” are the same individuals disparaging conservative activists. (In case you haven’t noticed, there is a civil war in the GOP.) This is absolutely distasteful and insulting to those who suffer from mental illness. Additionally, using a poorly worded analogy involving someone not mentally equipped to handle guns in order to criticize a group is downright inappropriate.

In a September 2013 article in US News, Walsh bashed Senate Conservatives Fund and Heritage Action. Apparently, he worked at Heritage Foundation.


Brian Walsh has some explaining to do. Will the D.C. consultant class hold him accountable?