Fishing is what it is
Johnny Green gave me a hand in securing my bow rope Friday morning and as I climbed out of the boat he graciously stated, “I especially enjoyed your last column, but I really don’t see how you find the time to do it each week.”
Time can occasionally pose a minor problem, but the bigger issue is subject matter. I feel reasonably certain that the consensus response to that statement would be, “You write a fishing column don’t you? What’s to figure out… write about fishing!”
I have written at least one fishing column virtually every week of the year for newspapers from Crowley, La. to Orange since 1973. I currently write this column each week, write a monthly column for two magazines and post extended fishing reports on my web site two to three times each week.
When I am not writing about fishing…. I am fishing. Whether it be guiding, scouting or occasionally just fishing with a friend, I spend an average of 20 days a month on the water regardless of conditions. Considering the fact that I reserve Sundays to attend church to pray for among a host of other things….good weather, four tide days and cheaper gas….I have just enough days left over to be a little boy again with my grandkids.
I would have it no differently and I can assure you there is no shortage of subject matter. The problem is selecting an aspect of fishing that interests anyone that takes the time to read this column. I occasionally have to step back and recognize that regardless of how much they may like fishing, not everyone is consumed with techniques or “How to” articles.
If the larger percentage of your fishing is done vicariously, reading about someone else’s experience can also be enjoyable. On the other hand, if you have every intention of winning the next Bassmaster Classic or Redfish Cup, you are always hoping for a new technique or approach that will give you an edge.
Somewhere in between those two groups resides the reader that gets to fish one or two Saturdays each month and would just like to fish with a little more confidence. That segment of the fishing population is the easiest to address as those folks basically enjoy every facet of fishing.
While a large portion of my life has been spent holding a fishing rod, I continue to pursue my passion for two reasons. I love to teach people to fish and I am still totally consumed with the addictive anticipation of my next bite or topwater explosion!
I can’t even recall the year when I learned to tie my own shoe laces or ride a bike, but I remember the moment I caught my first fish to the second. As a matter of fact, I vividly remember missing my first bite.
I was four years old and fishing with an uncle in a farm pond north of Nacogdoches. In looking back, it was an improbable trip in that it was hardly a planned expedition. I asked about a saltwater rod in the back seat of his car and the next thing I knew, he was knocking a wasp nest off the side of the barn to get some larvae for bait.
After a long hike through the woods, he stomped down enough brush to access the small pond and lobbed the baited hook a short distance before handing me the pole. The huge popping cork bobbed one time and I excitedly sent it skyward. The next attempt resulted in my capturing the most prized three-inch bream in the world and I was forever hooked.
I was eventually persuaded to release the fish, but I kept that battered Styrofoam cork for a number of years, as well as the desire to experience the anticipation of one more bite for a lifetime. The one constant that I consistently see when fishing with folks of all ages is that there is still a lot of little boy or girl in each of them when their cork goes under water.
Hopefully, every fisherman or fisherwoman can find a little something of interest in this column each week. I welcome both phone calls and e-mails if there is some aspect of fishing that I have failed to cover at one time or another. I have managed to accrue a wealth of useless information that appeals only to fishermen over the years and I would be more than happy to share it with you.
The redfish are once again starting to stack up on the north end of the lake and in the river. The live bait fishermen just had a heck of a weekend fishing the river and the ICW with live finger mullet on a Carolina rig. Once the southwest winds gave us a break the Louisiana shoreline and the Causeway reefs also yielded good catches.
The flounder bite continues to be good on both artificial and live bait. The river, Black’s Bayou, East Pass, and the bayous on the east side of the lake have been really hot on solid tide changes. The bayous leading into the game reserve are yielding good catches of both flounder and redfish, but you don’t have much longer to fish them as they close Oct. 15 .