I began to reel in my bobber. Spice, my springer spaniel, cavorted on shore: my only witness. I thought I would cast again since nothing was biting.
My bobber started going down—it seemed I had snagged a log. The line wasn’t moving, my rod was bent over, and I was a little frustrated. Then the rod tip moved, the “snag” made the water boil, and I had the fight of my life before I landed the largest bass I have ever caught.
For me and many others, we started fishing in childhood and have great memories from our early years. Our passion is anchored in amazing experiences that are forever etched in our memories as we came in close contact with the natural world.
For years now, however, the DNR has reported falling sales of both hunting and fishing licenses, meaning that many in the up-and-coming generations are missing out on these wonderful outdoor experiences.
Fishing is one of the time-honored traditions held dear by many Minnesotans. We participate in this tradition when we head to the lake for a weekend vacation or move to the lake when we retire so we can devote ourselves to pursing walleyes full-time. For those of us with memories like my big bass story we long to have our children, grandchildren, friends, or spouse experience the thrill that comes from such an experience.
Here are three simple tips for getting others hooked on fishing:
Fishing is a great multi-generational activity. As much as I love going for hikes, waiting for a deer, and taking part in group exercise classes, none of those were possibilities when my dad was close to the end of his life and battling cancer. Fishing was possible, and our final trip with three generations fishing from the same boat is one I won’t ever forget.