Why I Prefer Fishing

best inflatable sup

Since I was a little kid, I’ve loved being in a boat.  Not a high speed, high thrill boat, though.  I’ve liked the slower speed, the ease of navigating with a paddle or steerable motor.  I’ve not been into water skiing or boarding or flying over the water at super high speeds.  I’ll take leisure over thrill any day.

I’ve never been much into those so called dangerous water sports.  When I’m out on the open water, I would much rather relax, take it easy, and stay out of the wet stuff myself. I leave the swimming to the fish.  And would much rather not be scared senseless while enjoying my time on the water like I would be behind the “wheel” of a jet ski or similar torture instrument.

I heard about these inflatable stand up paddle board things, where you stand on a board similar to a surf board and paddle around on the water.  While this might sound more my speed, I just can’t get behind it.  I can’t fish from there.  There’s nowhere to put my gear.  It also sounds incredibly boring.

I get the irony.  Most people think sitting on a boat in the quiet for hours without a single nibble is agony.  I’m not most people.  I’d prefer this to most anything in the world.  So while you might not find me on a sup inflatable, you can almost always find me in the little quiet boat, bobbing peacefully on the surface of the water.

I had a friend once that got into a serious jet ski accident when I was younger.  I didn’t like them before that, but you can bet your bottom dollar I wasn’t going to put my happy hide on one of those anytime soon after that.  My john boat does the trick.  Without the endless dangers.

Besides, all the loud motors and big wakes scare the fish away.  And then I don’t have any good stories to tell about the big one that got away.  Or have any dinner.  So, no loud motors for me!  I’d prefer that they not even be near me, but I’m not quite that crotchety yet to demand that all risky water business be taken elsewhere.  Maybe in a few years.

If that’s your thing, I don’t mean any offense.  It’s truly a matter of personal preference.  And I believe my preference is right.. but that’s an argument for another day.  The water is sacred.  Enjoy it however you like – just stay out of my way!  Ha!

Another Unbelievable Tale From the Deep

flash&go reviews

I hope you guys don’t get tired of my “tall tales” – this is my favorite place to share them. No judgement, and I picture you all listening attentively as I type out my memories.  Of course, they aren’t tall tales as much as they are real life events, but they do get pretty unbelievable at times!   Such is the life of a fisherman.

About a month ago, I caught the strangest fist that is worthy of his very own story.  No, he wasn’t the biggest or the baddest fish I’ve ever seen, but he sure was unique!  As he struggled against being reeled in, he sure felt like a whopper, but I wasn’t getting any unique vibes yet.

When he finally surfaced over the water, I wasn’t sure what I had on the end of my hook!  I had truly never seen anything like this in all my years of fishing.  This fish looked like it needed a round or two with the Silk’n Flash&GO, an at home hair remover – it had hair EVERYWHERE!

It looked like a little ball of fur.  It was so bizarre.  It took a while for my brain to even register that it WAS an actual fish, and not a ball of hair and trash and seaweed.  When it put up a fight as I tried to wrangle him off the hook, it all became very real to me.

I studied him for a while and showed him off to my buddies with me.  They didn’t believe that it was real either.  The poor little guy was passed around and studied for a while, and then we released him back to his home to swim another day.  I’m sure he was glad to be back in his element and not under the microscope of some very curious fishermen eyes.

This made for quite a story when I got home.  I told my wife about this fish, and she laughed and named him the fish that needed a shave.  I doubt I’ll ever see anything like it again, either.

While obviously fish don’t use home electrolysis, I was shocked to reel in one quite this hairy.  It made my day, and a great story to boot!  Even if no one ever believes me, I have my memory to back me up!

What’s the most bizarre fish you’ve ever reeled in?  Got any good stories to share?  Send them my way!

A Day in the Life

venapro reviews

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

idealshape skinny shake

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 Coke

    Whatever 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. IdealShape

    If 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 Beer

    Honestly, 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!

 

Sources:

The Most Bizarre Catch Ever

ID-100120361

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 reviews 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.

Sources:

Does Good Morning SNore Solution work?

http://www.npaa.net/