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Video: Atlatl Fishing for Sheepshead in Florida

We have just put up a new atlatl fishing video from this year’s trip to Florida. Bob takes his atlatl and harpoon out to the piers near Dunedin Causeway in Tampa Bay to fish for Sheepshead – a type of shellcracker fish that eats the barnacles that grow on the piers. Bob uses his new “Canoe-Maran” boat made with Expand-A-Craft pontoons that we purchased on this trip.

Thanks to our talented son, Peter Berg, for the amazing video work, and friends, James Mead and Charles Bracken, for all their help on the fishing expeditions.

We are looking forward to spring weather. It has been a long winter in New York even with a break for the Florida shows. It is a great time to start planning your atlatl adventures for the next few months. The best way is to check out the atlatl events on the World Atlatl Association page. You and anyone in your household can join the World Atlatl Association for $15 annually. It is easy to join by going to this link. We hope to see you at an atlatl event.

Thunderbird Atlatl in Florida

Thunderbird Atlatl will be escaping the Northeast cold for a couple of weeks and will be attending two knapins in Florida.

We will be at the Silver River Knap-In Saturday, Feb. 17 & Sunday, Feb. 18 at Silver Springs State Park in Silver Springs, Florida. There will be International Standard Accuracy Competitions on Friday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. For further information contact Silver Rivers Museum at Silver Springs State Park at (352) 236-5401. The museum is located at 1445 NE 58th Avenue · Ocala, Florida 34470. It is located within the Silver River State Park. The park is situated off Baseline Road (CR 35) and one mile south of SR 40.
1445 NE 58th Avenue · Ocala, Florida 34470
www.silverrivermuseum.com

The following weekend we will be attending and demonstrating at the 11th Annual Ochlockonee River State Park Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival. The event will be Friday, February, 23rd; Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th. There will be ISACs at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Ochlockonee River State Park is located four miles southwest of Sopchoppy off of US Highway 319, 429 State Park Road, Sopchoppy, Florida 32358. For further information contact Kristin Ebersol, park manager, at 850-962-2771 or email: Kristin.Ebersol@dep.state.fl.us

Visit Thunderbird Atlatl in Germany

Thunderbird Atlatl will be at the Paderbow Exhibition Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18.

We look forward to seeing all our European friends.

Atlatl Workshop in Vermont

Thunderbird Atlatl will be back in Vermont September for an atlatl and dart making workshop at the Chimney Point Historic Site in Addison, Vt. The workshop will be Friday, September 22, from noon to 5 p.m. On Saturday, the 22nd annual Norteastern Open Atlatl Championship will be held. To register for the workshop or to be involved in the competition, please call the museum at 802-759-2412 for information.

Atlatl and dart workshop at Chimney Point Historic Site. Make your own atlatl and dart on Friday and then compete on Saturday in the competition.
Workshop Participants try their newly made atlatls and darts

Atlatl Weights as a Counter Balance (Video)

What’s the purpose of an atlatl weight? Here’s a video of Bob Berg discussing his theory on why atlatl weights (boat stones) are a counterbalance for heavy darts. Bob doesn’t believe that weights are for adding more “power” or “speed” to your atlatl throw, as many have theorized, but actually to make holding a loaded dart more comfortable and balanced while hunting. Bob also explains why bannerstones are not atlatl weights.