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Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)
TITLE: Reel Time
By Dave O'Neil
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There is a pickerel right across the street from me. That one is going to take a lot of patience and gentle determination. Pickerel can be stubborn, and scare off easily. If somehow they feel assured that you aren’t trying to hurt them, your chances improve drastically. The rock bass at work likes deeper water, where the temperature is a little cooler. If you take them out of their comfort zone, they are only concerned about self preservation. Sometimes the threat of change will destroy any attraction to the bait. I always see this halibut at the grocery store. He is so preoccupied with proper digestion that he doesn’t even pay attention to what he eats. It will take a while for him to see the value in what I’m offering.
Then there are your little guppies at home. Don’t assume that simply because they are confined to the world that you have provided, these little ones have been caught. Remember they can see through the glass. They see and hear everything! They learn fast at that age. Please remember that whenever you are fishing, actions speak louder than words. Keep their environment pure, and don’t forget to feed them regularly. If you have let it slide for a while, don’t be afraid to dump the tank and start over. It’s much harder to catch them when the water gets dirty.
We all need to get into the fishing derby, whether it involves sailing an ocean, or just a backyard pond. There is a cost, but (please bear in mind I am not a tax guy) I believe you can write it off against future gains. However you set up your tackle, you never can be sure of the result. There are so many ways to do it. Set the bait above or below the sinker, use a shiny lure, or try fly fishing with a bobber. Thank goodness it’s not in our hands alone.
There is an old Steve Camp song that is so simple it just makes sense. “Don’t tell them Jesus loves them unless you’re ready to love them too.” I believe you will get the best results with one of those “agape” lures, and take your time. I have a bad habit of trying to set the hook and reel in too early. It takes genuine care and patience, and believe me, the fish can tell the difference. If you’re not there for the love of it, for the passion you feel, you may as well not do it at all. So get out there and drop a line. You just might win a sole.
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