Now every one of us who has a fishing buddy named "Fred" is suddenly concerned and with no link to suggest which Fred you might be referring to. Sure hope its not MY friend Freddrum... and that he remains well...I just read on another site that he died. I am sorry to hear this . He was a great fisherman. Does anyone know what he died of? I learned a lot by watching and fishing beside him. He was one of the best surf fisherman that I have ever known.