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Bob Kornegay

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BOB KORNEGAY: Oh, those vexing baitcasters

OUTDOORS: With the bass fishing boom of the late ’60s and early ’70s, baitcasting reels were back in vogue

I might never have learned to cast a reel and rod at all had not spincast reels become immensely popular soon after my first attempt at baitcasting.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Not all cuckoos are in the mangroves

OUTDOORS: Stories of south Florida indicate it is another world compared to the Panhandle

Australian pine trees, Brazilian pepper bushes, and weirdly attractive baobab trees were a definite culture shock, as were monk parakeets nesting on utility poles and pet-shop lizards darting about the suburban landscapes. There are “exotic” varieties of Homo sapiens as well.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Not heeding a lesson can leave you rattled

OUTDOORS: Straying off the beaten path is not without it perils

Once you learn a lesson about the outdoors, it’s best to abide by it.

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BOB KORNEGAY: I've been waiting for the railroad

OUTDOORS: Long, slow trains give you time to think

Thoughts and distractions almost make the wait worth it.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Outdoor 'plumbing' can be plumb dangerous

OUTDOORS: Outdoorsmen have their own problems when 'nature' calls

Outdoorsmen never know just what sort of “faclities” they may encounter when the time comes to answer Nature’s call. It goes way beyond the common variables of long lines, sanitary conditions, and whether or not the soap dispenser is full.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Legs and terrapins should run for cover

OUTDOORS: Sometimes poor timing can be fatal

With the exceptions of thunderstorms and 100 percent humidity, few things ruin an otherwise pleasant warm-weather outing like the sight of some people clad in short pants.

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BOB KORNEGAY: My companion, Mr. Whiskers

OUTDOORS: Catfish, like Kornegays, are simple souls

Neither catfish nor catfishermen make fun of my cheap tackle, my warped, leaky boat, or the fact it is not logical that I smell like I do and am still alive. I am, on the contrary, a hero in their unique realm

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BOB KORNEGAY: No cure for the bird nerd

OUTDOORS: Bird lovers drive countless miles in hopes of glimpsing rare or seldom-seen species

Herald Outdoor Columnist Bob Kornegay's bird nerdiness began about five years ago and is chronically persistent.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Trout fishing? Theres a catch

OUTDOORS: Sometimes with nature, you get the unexpected

Ah, outdoor life’s little surprises. This ultimate “trout pool” was just one more in a long list. There have been numerous others.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - June 28, 2014 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

It’s another mostly fair fishing weekend on Southwest Georgia waterways.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Southern cypress swamps are things of beauty

OUTDOORS: A swamps is alive, vibrant and vital

I, for one, would not be the same without the swamp. It is here that I came of age.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Gearin' up and gettin' ready

OUTDOORS: The North Georgia mountains are callin' me

I’m ready for cold mountain streams. I’m ready for high-country hiking trails. I’m ready for nesting warblers in Sosebee Cove and common ravens soaring above the summit of Brasstown Bald. I’m ready for feisty trout at the end of my fishing line. I’m ready for a week-long respite from oppressive heat and humidity.

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BOB KORNEGAY: The waterfowling lessons of childhood

OUTDOORS: Childhood is a great teacher if we listen

If long-term memory serves, there’s not much that excites a youngster more than the last day of school.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Making the best of it

OUTDOORS: Sometimes fishing trips don't quite work out like you planned

Sometimes an unfair trade’s the best you’re going to get, so you may as well make the best of it.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Nothing to get sentimental over

OUTDOORS COLUMN: Not all tackleboxes contain fond memories

Some tackleboxes contain treasured memories that allure. Others just have lures.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Just couldn't pass the drumsticks

OUTDOORS COLUMN: Nothing like a long drive for some good intellectual repartee

Coming upon a horde of loose chickens that escaped from an overturned tractor-trailer rig brings a new wrinkle to a Sunday morning drive.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Holes, holes everywhere

OUTDOORS: Did you ever stop and think about the myriad outdoor activities in which holes are involved?

Herald outdoors columnist Bob Kornegay explains how outdoor life is full of holes, which seem to magically appear in tent roofs, hunting boots, truck tires and in Mother Earth herself.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Bogged down all the way to the ego

OUTDOORS: Sometimes when the 4-wheel-drive bug bites, it leaves a nasty welt

With a big truck, getting into places isn’t a problem. Now, getting back out, well, that’s another story.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Listening to nature

OUTDOORS: The transition from daytime sights to nighttime sounds in the woods is wondrous

The woods offers many things to see and hear, with none coming by way of an electronic device.

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BOB KORNEGAY: I hear the guns

OUTDOORS: Ghosts of battles haunt areas of natures beauty

Nature and history are often intertwined.

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BOB KORNEGAY: A treatise on crickets

OUTDOORS: Cricket tube sighting strips mythology from trout fishing

I never fish for trout without crickets, at least in a back-up role. I’ll put a live bug on a hand-tied dry fly in a heartbeat. Heck, when I’m really fish hungry I’ll shun flies altogether and fish crickets “nekkid.” I have no shame.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Camp cooking leaves much to be desired

OUTDOORS: How can you beat a meal seasoned with ashes and a variety of flying bugs?

Mother Nature has a way of making outdoor cooking particularly adventurous.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Why didn't I ask why first?

OUTDOORS COLUMN: For three decades, questions about the great outdoors have gone unanswered

There are some things an outdoors guy just ought to have the right to ask questions about.

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: Gratitude for graciousness

The best acts of kindness aren't calculated

Herald outdoors columnist Bob Kornegay writes about generosity that doesn't seek personal gain.

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: Rivers of the tides

On the southern Atlantic coast the tidal mood changes are drastic.

The tidal streams of southeast Georgia and north Florida flow languidly through broad expanses of salt marsh and piney scrub habitat, where sawgrass and its kin profusely thrive and trees and shrubs cling precariously to life.

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