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Go Fishing, Please!

by: David Coulson 2/13/2013

When I start becoming a pain in my wife’s backside, which frequently occurs when I get homebound and don’t get my fishing fix.  She tells me, “Go fishing, please!”  She’s serious, and at times has threatened me within an inch of my life. In the past she’s even gone so far as to call a fishing buddy and ask them to take me fishing.

When I had a tackle shop in Grand Junction, there were times when I’d show up at the store to find the camper trailer parked out front and the store fully staffed for the weekend.  I was put in the truck and sent on my way, sometimes with Sue, other times with a fishing partner.

The point is simply that I love fishing and when I don’t get a regular fix, I become a royal pain in the backside.  I realize I’m not the only one with a fishing “addiction” and often see similar symptoms in others, including a goodly number of Fish Explorer members, especially this time of year.

Yep, it’s just like clockwork. Christmas has passed, the Super Bowl is over, and so are most of the major sportsman and boating shows.  While a good number of FxR members are ice fishing, there are also a large number, such as myself, who prefer open water fishing. 

It’s this latter group that was previously occupied with other winter activities who are now developing a bad case of cabin fever and turn to the forum as an outlet for their addiction .  These normally well-behaved (sort of), docile anglers (with a couple drinks and a fishing rod in hand) now turn their attention to’s forum and on occasion become royal pain. 

While I’ll admit their antics, at times, are entertaining and I, too, am tempted to join in the fray, but I restrain myself.  Unfortunately, I, along with the moderators, have to “deal” with the worst of these behaviors from the fishing addicts who are suffering from a bad case of fishing withdrawal.

While I know the ice will soon melt and the PITAs, and no I’m not speaking of the well-meaning but oft misguided animal welfare group, will soon be fishing once again.  Once they hit the water they once again turn into a Dr. Jekyll from their current Mr. Hyde form. 

From my perspective open water can’t come soon enough. Now if you’re one of the PITAs, please note there is some open water, Pueblo, a couple northern reservoirs inlet area, and tail waters to name a few.

So I’m asking everyone, “PLEASE GO FISHING!”

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Member comments
fishingfreak, CO   2/13/2013 7:44:27 AM
Right on! Dave I needa get my open water fishing fix tooo!
ObsessedFisherman, CO   2/13/2013 10:23:03 AM
nice lmao!! good stuff and seems true
Coyute, CO   2/13/2013 10:51:39 AM
Good thing it isn't a bar room brawl because most would be cowering under tables afraid to join the fray.
Vanish, CO   2/13/2013 12:08:06 PM
Clever DAve.
cmarbles, CO   2/13/2013 12:14:49 PM
I'm a PITA when there's open water
Reifer, CO   2/13/2013 12:26:26 PM
This is my second winter on FX. I concur. My wife bought me a camper and a boat to tinker with this off season. I can forsee me being a bigger pain next year. Maybe I will get that truck I have been looking at for 3 years. lol
bronc, CO   2/13/2013 3:07:06 PM
Waterfowl season is over, open water is months away, and turkey doesn't start till April. Woe is me.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   2/13/2013 3:42:28 PM
I was hoping this would bring a smile or two. And this PITA is fishing open water tomorrow. Although, I had to travel to Phoenix to do so. Lake Pleasant will likely be my target. There's a cove I saw last year that was stacked with fish, but by the time I found it, it was time to go home. Hoping conditions are similar this year.
Catcherman, CO   2/13/2013 9:52:22 PM
Haha I like it... one thing... don't you ever wish the ice to melt faster then it already does! Ice fishing forever haha! Or you could buy me a boat lol ) jk
Catman1979, CO   2/14/2013 2:06:42 PM
Awesome truth right there. I fixed the winter itch this year by fishing the Arkansas, and its a blast. Obviously not as much fish, but gettin' the tug now and again gets me through the cold days.
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