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Mark Freeman

I’ve underachieved as the Mail Tribune’s Fish Hack since 1989. I can’t help but find a few things to yuk about with pathetic regularity in the outdoors. My most treasured award? An OSHA citation for a messy desk — Fire hazard. YEAH!

HAIKU MONDAY: On Catch with the Kid and Steelhead FD Memories

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack’s spent a summer solstice that didn’t include a three-putt that didn’t include three-putting the 18th. Stayed out late chucking the football in the dark with Tax Deduction No. 2, perfect Father’s Day ending. “Wanna throw the ball?”/”Sure, Dad. Just like we used to.”/Miss those simple times. For [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Free Fishing Sit-Out and Early Cocktail Hour

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is back in the saddle and happy for American Pharoah for nailing that Triple Crown in Secretariat-ish fashion. Watching the Belmont is the only way Fish Hack spends Free Fishing Weekend. Free Fishing Weekend./One day left to amateurs./Fish Hack sits it out. For you few Haiku Monday [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Less Fish Blood, Clearer Videos

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is back adding new media to the cyber version of the Fish Wrap now that a little iPhone cleansing has occurred. Who would have thought fish guts on the phone would ruin cause blurry videos? Clean off the fish guts./Shoot vid: “Nugget Falls Rafting.”/ Finally in focus. [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Early Springers and the One We Let Go Away

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack helped break the ice on the upper Rogue’s spring chinook salmon season by stumbling into what might be the first upper Rogue springer of the season. Twenty-five pounder./Hit plug meant for a steelhead./Still an epic catch. For you few Haiku Monday virgins still out there, this is [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Hot Steelhead and Hotter Weather

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack has hung up the rain gear for the season and pulled out the flip flops, even though spring’s supposed to be almost two weeks away. No snow to speak of/Mid-70s days not good/To this steelhead bum For you few Haiku Monday virgins out these, this is when [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Sunscreen Steelhead and Flat Earthers

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is decked out in shorts and flip-flops waiting for nature to put the winter back into winter steelhead fishing. Steelead fishing and sunscreen are a fine mix on Fish Hack’s home waters of the upper Rogue — in July. But February? What do you expect when there’s [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Early Steelhead and Boat Ramp Romp Interrupto

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack’s puttin’ it down during Presidents’ Day because the Fish Wrap doesn’t recognize it as a paid holiday. So Hack’s bangin’ away kinda like the California dock workers. He’s here, but typing…real…slow. Holiday work stinks./Hard to write crap:No sources./Saves Hack from himself. For you few Haiku Monday virgins [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Water Rat, Poetry Poaching and Sleeping It Off

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack has transformed into Water Rat while wading through the USGS graphs to figure out when the the Rogue River will be down and clear enough to start winter steelhead fishing again. And the off the Rat guess: Wednesday. Can’t fish ’til Wednesday./Might try doing honest work./Or just [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Monday Mourning and Worst Play Ever

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack promises to run Skittles over left guard instead of the worst play ever called in Super Bowl history. Hey, Pete. Beast Mode time./Instead, Gisselle’s in Feast Mode./Gave fourth ring to Tom. For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Pasty Legs and The Flying Tax Deduction

Fish Hack and TD#2 on Mt. Batch

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is rolling in shorts and flip-plops, and that’s a bad thing beyond the pasty appendages. It’s not supposed to be mid-60s in late January. Snowpack’s sucking bad./Boarder son needs to catch air./Must travel to Bend. For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and [...]

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