I learned most of what I know about surfcasting by reading Beach Talk and the many articles Fred wrote for the Fishman. The great life lesson Fred taught me was what he called Night Before. That is to say, have everything prepared the night before the outing, then in the morning just pick up your bags and go. To this day I think Night Before fishing, Night Before birdwatching, or for that matter Night Before nursing (my work.) The only bad thing I ever heard said about Fred was in an article written by him in which he acknowledged criticism of his being too partial to Montauk, a fault of mine too. A terrible loss.