Why are we Fishing?

When I pulled up to the school, I was ready.

The back of the truck had rods and reels rigged to go. I’d picked up earthworms from the local bait shop, and my buddy had given me a tip to a pretty solid bluegill bite.

As his art teacher opened the door, Will hopped in the truck . . . We made normal small talk about how each other’s days were, lunch, pretty girls, the usual. We stopped for an Icee, and it wasn’t until we pulled up to the bank of the creek that he exclaimed . . . “Dad, are we going fishing? WHY?”

Why? Why are we fishing?

I began to unpack the tackle and bait hooks as I answered him . . .

“Why are we fishing? WHY ARE WE FISHING???”

“To sit on the bank all afternoon with my son, watching the storms building and debating about whether or not it’ll head our way.”

“To watch to dancing of a bobber as an unseen bluegill or catfish or trout decides if it’s worth the risk . . .”

“We’re fishing because it’s part of who we are, a legacy passed down from fathers and grandfathers to their sons and daughters . . . A heritage of harvesting a few bream for the frying pan, or watching a big spawning bass swim away to make more babies. It’s getting skunked and realizing that great blue heron is a vastly superior angler. It’s the rattling of a kingfisher
doing acrobatics overhead. It’s the dolphins and the manatees and the snakes and the bobcat we saw that one time . . . It’s pitching a frog onto a lily pad . . . It’s skipping a greenback under a mangrove, just in the perfect spot . . . It’s earthworms and eagles and channel cats and stringers and tackle boxes . . . ”

“We’re fishing because of possibility . . . Because we have no idea what’s going to come tight on the other end of that line, or when . . . Because of a 5 lb redfish who thinks they weigh 50 lbs . . . Because of the bass that eats the breadball and puts on an aerial display to rival a tarpon . . . Because we love the idea of the drag screaming as line peels off, no idea what’s attached to the
pointy end of our rig . . . The sight of a topwater plug, worked beautifully across a point, knowing, just having absolute certainty, that it’s going to get slammed . . . And that feeling you get when it happens . . . And that feeling you get when it doesn’t . . . ”

“Why are we fishing? WHY ARE WE FISHING? We’re fishing because it’s romantic; it was the vehicle of Hemingway and Walton and Grey . . .We’re fishing because it’s nostalgic; we fish accompanied by the ghosts of our fathers and their fathers before them . . . Why are we fishing? We’re fishing because it’s a challenge, from crappie and carp to tarpon and trout, there is no lure in the world that can MAKE them bite . . .”

“Will, you may not realize it now, but we’re fishing for you . . . To ensure that you know that in this time of xboxes and iPads, that there is a REAL world outside, full of hope and wonder and beauty and nature . . . That somehow, by being disconnected you can actually be more connected, if that makes any sense.”

“We’re fishing because this is America, and that’s what we do. We’re fishing because it’s fun. We’re fishing because it was a cheap way to kill three hours this afternoon and maybe bring home dinner. We’re fishing because it’s a great way for a father and son to spend an afternoon, talking on a creek bank.”

“Son, what I want you to understand is . . . ”

“Dad,” Will interrupted me, staring wide eyed as my rant had gone on for several minutes . . .

I looked in his eyes, bright brown, the only reminder of him as a baby as now here stood a young man before me. I smiled, believing this was one of our moments, that he got it, that he understood what all this meant to me, and what all of it meant to him . . .

“Dad, what I meant was, ‘why are we fishing’ when today’s your anniversary? Weren’t you supposed to be at dinner, like, 20 minutes ago???”

Good talk, son . . . Good talk . . .

#24: Must Read Books for Outdoorsman

Show Notes:

This week we discuss must-read books for outdoor lovers. We split the authors up into Classic Authors, Florida Authors, and Newcomers.
Authors we cover include:

Classic Authors:

Peter Hathaway Capstick (1940-1996)
Gene Hill (1928-1997)
Robert Ruark (1915-1965)
Earnest Hemmingway (1899-1961)
Jack London (maybe) (1876-1916)
Tom Kelly (the 10th Legion)
Charles F Waterman
Nash Buckingham (1880-1971)

Newcomers:

Steve Rinella (1974- Present)

Florida:

Frank Sargent
Patrick Smith (1927-2014)
Mel Berman
Totch Brown (1920 – 1996)

We also discuss:

  • If you were a baseball player, what would your walkup song be?
  • Are you single and still blue from Valentine’s Day? These outdoor pickup lines are sure to win you someone’s affection.

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#23: Bucket List Destinations for Hunting and Fishing

Show Notes:

Less about the menu, more about the venue. This week, Travis, Nathan, and Emily talk about where they’d like to fish or hunt and why. Mentions include Alaska, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Port. St. Joe, Fl.,  the Bahamas, and more…

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Meat Eater episode about Muskox

Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition

Ebags Professional Slim Laptop Bag

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#22: The Death Match

Show Notes:

THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!

Join us this week as we pick who lives and who dies in these death matches:

Bluebills or Ringnecks
Sheepshead or Flounder
Bay Boat vs Flats Boat
Dairy Queen or Baskin Robbins
Leady Waders vs Leaky Boat
Breakfast after the hunt vs Beer after fishing
…and more!

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#20: The Shotgun Draft

Show Notes:
This week we’re talking shotguns draft-style, and we brought in a ringer: Hunter Jackson from Winter Haven’s own LeadFeather Guns and Archery.

Here are links to some of the articles Travis mentions early on in the episode:

1.  Lee Janik Article
2. Ted Juracsik Article

We Keep and Release La Croix, Duck Season, Facebook Duck Groups (again, yes again), Headphones, Pop Sockets, and MudMotor Mechanics.

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