Andy Whitcomb 6/24/2014 The National Wildlife Federation is having a Great American Backyard Campout on June 28, 2014. Camping means roughing it, at least a little bit, getting a little more up-close and personal with nature. And because great camping spots often are in close […]
Month: June 2014
Debbie Hanson 6/23/2014 If you’ve ever seen any of Bill Dance’s fishing bloopers, you know that fishing can provide quite a few opportunities for a laugh. Just add water, fish and bait — and you now have fodder for unexpected angling entertainment. To prove that fishing […]
The first day of summer is here! Finally the long, dreary winter days feel far behind us. And really, what better way to celebrate the kick-off of summer than by spending quality time in the great outdoors? Lucky for you, June is recognized as Great Outdoors Month. And even better, Take Me Fishing™ has tons of ideas for how you can celebrate. TakeMeFishing.org provides fishing and boating ‘where to’ and ‘how to’ information so you can start making family memories, whether you are new to the water or not. Now you have the perfect excuse to take that long needed trip and go fishing with the family.
Did You Know?
48% of people lay awake from stress at night
Only 37.5% of people currently use the outdoors to unwind
Boating is ranked as one of the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities
In addition, the funds from your fishing licenses and boat registrations go towards the conservation of our aquatic natural resources.
Make Fishing & Boating Family Time
A day on the water offers the perfect opportunity for making great family memories, taking timeless photos, and teaching your kids skills that will last a lifetime. For tips on fun family fishing and boating activities, visit the Family section on TakeMeFishing.org.
When fishing with kids, it is always important to follow simple safety rules before hitting the water. First, be sure that everyone has their own personal flotation device (PFD). Life vests and jackets are not just important for wearing on the boat, but should be worn anytime you are on or around deep or fast-moving water. Check out our fishing and boating safety section for a full list of safety tips.
New to Fishing and Boating? No Problem!
Nervous to go out on the water for the first time? Don’t be! With fishing facts, how-to videos, and a list of the Top 100 Family Fishing & Boating Spots in the U.S., you have a built-in guide to fishing and boating in an area near you. You can even search by location with the Places to Boat & Fish Map that shows available spots nearby that fit your family’s needs.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your fishing gear and take a break from the real world, you deserve it!
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Andy Whitcomb 6/16/2014 Sometimes anglers fish too quickly. Beginning anglers may rush because of lack of patience; advanced anglers may rush due to over confidence. If fish don’t hit immediately, or within a perceived strike zone, many anglers race the lure back to cast again. […]
Could it have been the joyous sound of a largemouth bass striking Grandpa’s Hula Popper near the lily pads? Could it have been that moment when I proudly stood in front of my father’s camera lens with a yellow perch dangling from the end of my Snoopy fishing pole? Or was it the words of encouragement that were spoken by two of the people I admired the most? The reasons why I originally fell in love with fishing are many, but the number one reason stands out like a 40-inch channel catfish in a school of crappie — it was because either my father or grandfather was almost always by my side.
Thirty-five years ago, it wasn’t “cool” for a girl to wear grey sweatshirts and Levi jeans with holes in the knees instead of pink frilly dresses with patent-leather shoes. Then again, I wasn’t really worried about appearances when I was fishing with one of my two favorite fathers. We were busy creating some of the best memories of my childhood… and those memories involved dirt, worms, minnows and other slimy things that just didn’t jive with pink frilly dresses.
Dirt and slimy things aside, I also learned some important life lessons while we were out there baiting, casting and reeling. And, I couldn’t think of a more fitting time to share these lessons than now, in honor of Father’s Day.
1. Many of life’s problems are better off solved after a few hours of fishing. Since I was a shy and timid tomboy, I didn’t fit in with most of the other kids my age. I would often come home from school feeling left out and lonely. My father and grandfather always knew that after a few hours of fishing (combined with a good pep talk), I’d feel more confident about being me. Besides, what seemed to be a big problem earlier in the day hardly seemed to matter at all after spending some time on the water with Dad or Grandpa.
2. Don’t focus on the stuff, focus on the moment. When you are passionate about any hobby or sport, it’s easy to get caught up in the stuff. Ever become so enamored with your gear that you start to lose focus of why you fell in love with fishing in the first place? Sure, it’s nice to have new lures to try out or a new boat that gets you to that awesome fishing spot faster, but my grandfather was always great at remembering to stop and take note of the really important things like a stunning summer sunrise or the colors in the scales of a rainbow trout.
3. Mistakes are part of life, and tomorrow is another day to improve. After missing an opportunity to land a nice fish, I’d often get quiet and my lower lip would assume the pouting position… ok, so there might have even been a few tears every now and then. Thankfully, my father or grandfather would remind me that mistakes are part of the learning process we all go through (even the best of anglers miss a fish from time to time), and that tomorrow would be another day to improve upon my techniques.
4. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches always taste ten times better when you eat them on a boat while fishing. Yeah, I know this one is a bit random, but it’s true! Maybe it had something to do with my grandfather’s homemade raspberry jelly and the way it started to absorb into the bread after being stashed inside of a cooler for a few hours. Or, maybe it was just being outdoors in the company of people I cared about that made the sandwich seem that much better.
I’ll always be grateful to my dad and granddad for everything they taught me about fishing and life. What great memories or lessons have you taken away after time spent fishing with your father or grandfather? Sign into the Take Me Fishing Community to comment on this post or visit our Facebook page, I’d love to hear your personal stories.
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Debbie Hanson 6/9/2014 If you are brand spanking new to fishing, it only makes sense that you are going to have A LOT of questions. You might have questions about baits, questions about fishing techniques, questions about fish behavior or questions about where to fish. […]
Much of fishing success depends on access. Having the right boat can help. Sometimes a jet boat may get you there, other times floating quietly in a kayak is the ticket. When fishing from shore, hip boots or waders can help you reach deeper water and get past shoreline vegetation.
But sometimes, locations are a little tricky. And like casting, not only do you have to get there, but to have a memorable fishing trip for the right reasons, you also have to return.
Keith Sutton, author of “Out There Fishing,” used a tree to help fish a location in a flooded jungle in Brazil. It worked great except that his guide thought it was amusing to drive the boat out of sight and leave him up there for a while.
I’m not much for heights or rappelling but always carry a rope in the truck for scaling steep river banks. If the fish are there, I need to be there too.
When exploring those hard to reach places, stay safe. Go slowly, wear a life jacket, and always have a fishing buddy. Make sure that the adrenaline rush and excitement is due to the fishing only.
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Debbie Hanson 6/2/2014 The old saying that, “nothing in life is free” doesn’t always apply when it comes to fishing. During National Fishing and Boating Week, many states offer license-free fishing days, which are an ideal opportunity for new or beginning anglers to try fishing […]