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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: 99 Problems, Whackin’ Fish Ain’t One

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is back in the Fish Wrap after spending Saturday in the mobile office on the lower Rogue Bay, turning eyes into X’s on one fine fall chinook in tidewater before they start heading en masse upriver. Gotta love them bay fish. Troll all day for one bite, [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On The Perfect Chinook Pyre

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is holed up at the Fish Wrap waiting for the smoke to clear enough so rowing the home waters of the Upper Rogue won’t feel like suckin’ down a pack of Camels as Hack did half a life ago. Too much smoke to row./Steelhead gettin’ a respite/From [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Upper Rogue Double-Dipping

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is livin’ the double-dipping life on the upper Rogue River, which happens to be Hack’s home waters. Should Hack fish for spring chinook or summer steelhead? Yes. Can’t choose between fish?/Then target steelhead and ‘nooks./Plenty of both here. For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this [...]

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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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