This is usually the time of year I call my good friend Mike (EatFish on this site) to get amped up for another salt water season. This year, the coming of spring is not as bright as it once was, knowing that my good buddy is no longer around...no more last minute calls to go chase phantom squid reports in the sound, or target stripers, or head out to do some tuna wishing. It's sad to see such a young guy so full of life and enthusiasm have it all end so quickly, and moreso knowing what he leaves behind.
It's funny knowing that our friendship all started here on this site, several years ago, about this time of year, all because of our tentacled quarry.
Rest in peace Michael Balboni, and tight lines...Your Pal, Trav