THE GREAT OUTDOORS

By Larry Whiteley

The Best Investment You Will Ever Make

Spending time together fishing has some very positive benefits for your family. Nearly every family that begins fishing together assumes they will hate it and ends up wondering why they didn’t do it a long time ago. It tends to bond them all closer together.

The boys will automatically love it and want to catch more fish than everybody else. Even the most finicky female teenager is excited when reeling in a fish. Little sister might just catch a fish bigger than Dad did. Mom will love fishing too once she tries it.

Teach them to learn to enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets, an eagle diving down to catch his dinner, deer coming down to the water in a secluded cove, turkeys gobbling over the hill, bird songs that fill the air and more. Teach them that catching fish is the bonus.

Keep your smart phone handy because you’re going to need it to capture all the memories of smiling faces, laughter, good times and of course fish. To continue the memories, cook up some of the fish when you get home and then set around the table enjoying them while you all talk about the great fun you had.

Spend some quality time with your family out fishing in our great outdoors away from the TV, electronic games and the craziness of a busy world. It’s the best investment of time and money you will ever make.

You Got To Be Kidding Me

Did you know that 80% of the world’s population consumes insects as part of their daily diet? And now you know what you might not have known.

Hit the Reset Button

Whether it’s fishing, hunting, hiking or camping it’s great to get away. Our lives are so fast-paced. When you’re on the water with a fishing pole in your hands, in the woods with a bow or gun, sitting by a campfire, or hiking up a hill – you can finally slow down. It’s kind of like hitting the reset button.

An Old Crappie Tip

Here’s a crappie fishing tip from the 1948 issue of Outdoor Life Magazine.

“Sprinkle crushed egg shell pieces overboard in a circle around your boat. The pieces will flutter seductively down through the water first drawing in minnows and then the minnows will attract the crappie.”

I don’t think anyone uses this method in 2019 but it might just be worth a try when the fishing gets tough.

Dispose of Your Bait Properly

No matter where you fish, it is extremely important to dispose of unused live bait properly. The best way is to place your unused bait in a sealed container and just put it in the trash.

Even if you think your bait is native, it has the potential to include nuisance species or contain a disease that can have an irreversible impact on your favorite fishing lake or river.

Quote of the Month

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.”

–Linda Hogan