The Last Fishing Trip

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions of hope.”    John Buchan “The Last Fishing Trip” and “Fishing With My Brothers” are Excerpts from “Hook It & Cook It: Fishing, Dishing and Reminiscing with an Urban Angler” by James K. ShafferContinue reading “The Last Fishing Trip”

I Started Cookin’ in Brooklyn

  An except from HOOK IT & COOK IT available on Amazon. A New York Foodie’s Bonafides and Particulars Hi, I’m Jim. I am a big man, recreational fisherman, home cook in a tiny kitchen in my native New York. I hook it and cook it, buy it and fry it and I know myContinue reading “I Started Cookin’ in Brooklyn”

UPDATED Party Boat Fishing Report 9/13/18- NYC, NJ, CT & Long Island

“Truth is stranger than fishin’ ” Jimmy Buffett PARTY BOAT LISTINGS AND Updated REPORTS (with links) with useful TIPS AND GENERAL RULES (scroll past listings)! IF YOU KNOW A PARTY BOAT THAT I AM MISSING, PLEASE FORWARD A LINK AND I WILL CREATE A LISTING eringoscratch@gmail.com   New York City Party Boats Long Island PartyContinue reading “UPDATED Party Boat Fishing Report 9/13/18- NYC, NJ, CT & Long Island”

ADVENTURES OF AN URBAN ANGLER

“There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.”     Steven Wright “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” Henry David Thoreau As a kid growing up in New York City, it was difficult to find clean, safe placesContinue reading “ADVENTURES OF AN URBAN ANGLER”

Brooklyn Bridge Park- Oasis Under the Bridge and Beyond

A once rundown section of Brooklyn’s storied waterfront with dilapidated piers and empty lots has been transformed into one of New York City’s most interesting parks. Brooklyn Bridge Park includes a manmade green belt, saltwater marshlands, state of the art public sports facilities, several great dining options, a pool, a picnic section with grills for use andContinue reading “Brooklyn Bridge Park- Oasis Under the Bridge and Beyond”

Bowie at Broadway-Lafayette

David Bowie has always held a special place in my heart. As a kid with a transistor radio tuned to WABC 77 AM glued to his ear, the opening drums of “Space Oddity” were an entree into a new world. The story telling of that song is so good. The jangly guitar riff of “Rebel,Continue reading “Bowie at Broadway-Lafayette”

First Fish of 2018

Saturday was a beautiful if fleeting  glimpse of spring in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Early in the day, winds were gentle and the sun was strong. There were loads of folks out and about enjoying the sea breeze as New York Harbor shimmered and the water looked clean. The spot I was on was sandy bottomedContinue reading “First Fish of 2018”

Jim Shaffer’s “Hook It & Cook It: Fishing, Dishing and Reminiscing”. With more than 50 recipes!

Das right. Order my new book “Hook It & Cook It: Fishing Dishing and Reminiscing. With more than 50 recipes!” on Amazon ! CLICK TO BUY JKS 3/12/18

Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge 2018

Freezin’ for a reason! This will be my twelfth plunge. Check off a bucket list item and join us! “Taking place on January 1, 2018 at 1pm sharp on the world famous Coney Island Beach is the 114th Annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge. All swimmers should meet at the Boardwalk & Stillwell AvenueContinue reading “Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge 2018”

Urban Pirates- an original screenplay by James K. Shaffer- Part One

“Urban Pirates” by James K. Shaffer 6/23/17 Jim Shaffer WINK & NOD PRODUCTIONS Queries? email- jimshaffernyc@yahoo.com © COPYRIGHT PENDING. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Urban Pirates- WORKING DRAFT FADE IN: EXT. THE SEA, ABOARD A SAILING SHIP, A MEAN, SNOTTY NIGHT The wind howls and rain hammers the planks of the wooden deck of an old three-mastContinue reading “Urban Pirates- an original screenplay by James K. Shaffer- Part One”