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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!

BOOK IT! FRIDAY: Layin’ Low But Still Layin’ Coin

This is not the kind of week where Fish Hack excels in NFL picks, but then again, which one has. With a slate full of low road faves and home dogs, the week is rife with games that don’t instill confidence. Like Cleveland a two-point fave over Pittsburgh in the Pound. Clevelend had Pittsburgh beat [...]

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BOOK IT! FRIDAY: Leave the Returnables in the Garage and Make These Bets

Welcome back to Book It! Friday, when Fish Hack puts the fly rod down to pound out some NFL picks so you steelhead bums can make some money without having to return that garage full of IPA empties. Remember, the same derelectic interests that make up steelheaders also makes us gamblers. The world got last week’s [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Rogue Bay, Omega 3 Fatties and Oh $#!% Moments

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is back in the Fish Wrap after a little time trolling the Rogue River Bay, the westernmost leg of Hack’s home waters. It’s a day chasing meat, and a fruitful one at that. Turned one chinook’s eyes into X’s and didn’t get in the way of a good [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Meat Fishing the Rogue Bay

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is laying low at the Fish Wrap for a few days of R&R before heading down to the Rogue River bay for a weekend of meat fishing. Chinook and perhaps a coho with a missing fin, as long as it’s big enough. Fish the bay for meat./Need [...]

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BOOK IT! FRIDAY: Bounce-Back Weekend

Welcome back to BOOK IT! Friday, where the only person having a worse start to this-here NFL season than Fish Hack is…Roger Goodell. But unlike Goodell, Fish Hack can rebound. Three game-ending field goals tanked Fish Hack’s first three picks and that’s a sucky way to start the campaign. This week’s feeling better, because at least [...]

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BOOK IT! FRIDAY: On Week One Bets, Johnny F-Bomb and Laying Points

Welcome back to the latest iteration of Book It Friday, where Fish Hack steps away from the river and up to the betting kiosk with three NFL picks for the upcoming weekend. The intent is to give you steelhead bums beer money without having to take all those empties back to the store. And remember, [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On The Big Spill That Is

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is getting the measuring stick out because the upper Rogue River is finally getting a little extra water. The releases from Lost Creek Lake to Hack’s home waters of the upper Rogue will inch up day and Tuesday morning, running from 1,500 cubic feet per second to [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Rogue ‘Nooks, Water and The Spike That Was Not

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where the good fishers of Gold Beach are getting a few extra days of good fall chinook salmon success thanks to a biologist slow-playing his water cards this week at Lost Creek Lake. The spike of water scheduled for release Sunday into the Rogue River didn’t materialize..on purpose. So say Thank [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Making Steelhead Fishing Too Easy

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is busy ruining the myth that steelhead are tough to catch, one new angler at a time. Like Medford’s Tom Ersepke. His brain is totally polluted now on what it really takes to get into summer steelhead. Guy just catches fish./He sits in the boat, clueless/Steelhead come [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Heat Waves Not Cookin’ Chinook

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is laying low at the Fish Wrap waiting for this triple-digit heat to go back to Dorris where it belongs. Instead of saying it’s hot as hell, they say it’s as hot as Dorris. Don’t need a heat wave/At 105, Hack can’t fish./Just write about it. For [...]

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