A Day in the Life

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Most days feel like the same old, same tired routine, day in and day out.  Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do – but things can get a bit monotonous.  Even typing that feels monotonous.  I guess I’m just having one of those down weeks, maybe months, where everything just seems a little off.

Rising before the sun comes up is only awesome for so long.  When the sunrise stops taking your breath away like it used to, you know you might need to mix it up a little.

I’m not sure what led to the attitude shift – but it just seemed like everything was so much more of a struggle than it used to be.  Kind of like I was trying to slog through wet cement just to make it to the end of the day.

Maybe it was that the fish weren’t biting as much as they used to.  Maybe my passion had just slipped away a little at a time.  Maybe it was being diagnosed with hemorrhoids from sitting all day in a boat.  Maybe it was my children leaving the nest.

Whatever it was, it was time for a change.  I couldn’t keep living this life of such miserable existence.

First things first – the hemorrhoids had to go.  I had been using this cream stuff that you had to apply multiple times a day – just typing that out makes me cringe again and think it’s no wonder I was a little down.  Hemorrhoid cream is messy and gross – and not in the same way fish guts are.  So, I found this all natural, homeopathic oral supplement called Venapro, that actually gave me relief from my hemorrhoids and has kept them at bay so far.  Mission back to happiness stop one – check.

Next, I took some time to reconnect with fishing.  To enjoy it just for the sport, rather than to live.  I figured out what made me tick, I got some new equipment, and I just let myself fall in love with fishing all over again.  You know what?  It worked.  I’m now chomping at the bit each morning to get back out there and fish some more.

Most importantly, I just took the time I needed to be sad.  Changes are a big deal, and make  me feel anxious.  I needed to grieve the way things used to be, before I could learn to love the way things are now.  So, I let myself mourn the loss of days gone by.  And, it passed in time.

Not saying this formula will work for you – but I ditched the “best cream for hemorrhoids” out there in favor of Venapro, I got some new gear and fished just for the fun of it, and I actually felt my feelings before I made myself move on.

My day in the life isn’t what it used to be, but it’s sure a whole lot better than the past month or two.  While the fish might not be biting as much as I would like, the sunrise is a beautiful site again.  And that’s really all I can ask for in this life.

Take the time to appreciate the small things, and you’ll live an over all appreciative life.  And that’s what makes me happy.

My Top 3 Beverages For Fishing

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A cold beverage and a rod in your hand just go together.  I was sitting on the lake the other day contemplating perfect combinations, and this was at the forefront of my brain.  It might not be very deep, but I came up with my top 3 beverages to have the cooler stocked with on a long day of fishing that are just about as close to heaven as you can get.

  1. A CokeWhatever your brand preference, there’s not much better than an ice cold soda to enjoy in the sun while you wait for the fish to bite.  Except for the fish actually biting.  It takes me back to when I was a little boy, and my grandpa would split a glass bottle between two cups for us in the boat, and we would toast to our day.  Not a day goes by that I don’t flash back to that, so a coke is naturally in my top three.
  2. IdealShapeIf you haven’t heard of IdealShape, they make a killer meal replacement shake.  It’s perfect for those long days where meals are really far apart, and you need something to tide you over.  It’s got killer nutrition, great taste, and even satisfies my sweet tooth without weighing me down and making me sleepy.  It definitely keeps me running for the rest of the day.
  3. Ice Cold BeerHonestly, you can’t beat it.  Nothing relaxes me more than kicking back in the boat with a cold one.  But obviously you can’t fill your cooler up with just beer and have a productive day of fishing.  Please drink responsibly, and don’t drink and drive (your boat, car, or anything else!).  I do like to unwind with one as the sun sets to seal off another great day of fishing though.

So, there you have it.  A day in my thoughts.  Nothing too deep, always about fishing.  Your turn- let me know your favorites for your cooler and maybe I’ll find something new to keep stock of!



The Most Bizarre Catch Ever


It had started as a hazy morning, and it looked to be a perfect day for reeling in the big ones. I settled in for a long, peaceful day ahead, and cast my lines into the murky water.

A couple of hours later, and nothing was biting. I tried all different kinds of lures, and was reaching the bottom of my pile of tricks to bring the fish in. I was about to pack it up and call it a day, when I noticed something tugging on my line. Hope began to rise. Maybe the day wasn’t going to be a bust after all!

I threw everything down and began to reel it in with all my energy. It seemed to be a big one, the way it was fighting back. I continued to struggle with the monster until at last, it was almost at the surface.

I reached down with my net to scoop him up, and the strangest contraption I had ever seen was attached to my hook. Not a big fish, like I expected. Not even a tiny fish. Just some kind of mouthguard or something.

I decided it was really time now to give it up for the day. The only thing I was struggling with was this newfangled mouthpiece, and that certainly wasn’t worth my time.

As I made it back to shore and caught up with a few of my buddies, frustratedly showed them my “big catch” of the day. Carl slapped Ian across the chest with the back of his hand, his eyes wide, laughing. “Isn’t that your anti snoring mouthpiece, what was it, Good Morning Snore Solution thing your wife got for you and insisted you wear?”

Ian looked quite sheepish as he shrug his shoulders. “I do have one,” he muttered, “but that isn’t mine. I’m quite attached.”

We had a good laugh – it’s not every day that you pull up an anti snoring device from the deep. It’s even better when your buddy has a matching one at home.