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Fishing Both Coasts

By Nick Curcione

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I am not overstating the case when I say have a passion for fly-fishing. It has literally has dominated my life to the extent that I’ve made major career decisions based in large part on the opportunities I would have to put a fly in the water. Prior to choosing a career is the fact that when you are young you have to play the hand that’s been dealt primarily by your family circumstances. In terms of fishing I was pretty lucky in that respect. I grew up in close proximity to Long Island Sound and had uncles who loved to be out on the water.

When I was a freshman in high school my father fulfilled his lifelong dream of moving to Southern California where I traded my beloved Long Island Sound for the blue Pacific, particularly that portion that lapped the South Bay shoreline close to where we lived in Manhattan Beach. I spent most of my free time on the local piers and beaches catching halibut, mackerel, bonito, sand sharks, perch and even some “log” barracuda. The little money I had was used to go fishing on the local party boats. Catalina and San Clemente Islands were considered exotic locales.