This past week I again attended the American Sportfishing Association ICAST show in Orlando, Fla., that honestly was a good one.
For the last few weeks we have had sweltering temperatures, many times approaching the upper 90s, with indexes over 110 degrees. For the outdoorsman, you can either stay inside in the air conditioning or find ways to deal with it and go outside anyway.
Outdoors folks in our area do much more than use the resources or complain about the lack of them. They do their part in fundraising, enhancement and getting involved in worthy causes.
A couple of weeks ago I covered rods and reels from companies of which you may or may not have heard. The feedback tells me I need to cover more of these companies.
A father, a mother, a grandparent or an uncle most likely gave all of us our love of fishing. A stream, a pond or a vacation location gave us our first taste of catching a fish, baiting a hook or making that first cast.
Big marketing budgets typically put products from the companies in a brighter light. They get more exposure across the board and are diligent about impressions and how their brands are portrayed. No question, research and development gets more dollars as more sales generate the funds.
The outdoors affords those of us who love it an escape. Escape from the day-to-day grind of obligations, responsibility and stress.
My buddies always comment on how adamant I am about having everything working correctly and looking good on my boat. Simply put, I want everything to work and I want everything in its place. I don’t want tripping hazards and I don’t want to dodge a labyrinth of obstacles that include loose c…
This year’s Bassmaster Classic turned the page on several fronts. Jordan Lee captured his second consecutive Classic win in come-from-behind form, but there is more. After 50 years, this event just continues to get bigger and better.
Fishing is more than recreation to those who participate. Simply put, it’s get away time, time away from the daily grind and it makes me think.
As an outdoorsman and an angler, I keep scratching my head why anyone in my field would live in Illinois. Lakes are scarce, outdoor recreational pursuits are limited and what we do have most years is threatened with extinction because of budget cuts and chopping blocks.
Experience keeps us from hitting our heads more than once on a low-hanging limb. After hitting it once we duck the next time. Today’s anglers don’t have to hit their heads as much as we did because they use others’ prior experiences to not walk where the low-hanging branches are.
As anglers, we are very serious and super passionate about chasing little green fish. It’s not just the catching, but also the pursuit. Spending time in that pursuit is a labor of love and a 12-month deal.
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