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Fishing with Friends

Guest Blog by: Dave Pullin 5/5/2014
We all fish for different reasons, and for some those reasons change day to day.  Sometimes we fish for dinner.  Many times we fish simply because itís what we want to do.  Depending on the day, solitude or camaraderie are large parts of why many of us fish. A quiet hour or a few can do wonders for the psyche, but so can a few hours with a good friend sharing a beautiful day or grand adventure.  

Like a lot of other fishermen I know, I spend a lot of my time fishing by myself.  Itís how I keep the bad voices out of my head, or at least thatís what I tell my wife.  This time is invaluable and catching doesnít mean as much as just getting away from the daily hustle.  Sometimes though, even I want to have another fisherman around to share stories, or the days catch or to get away from life but not be alone.  Having a great fishing partner makes your trips better.  They bring you up when you are down, and will always be there ready to rub their bigger catch in your face!  Escape comes in many forms, but the camaraderie that comes with fishing can only help the escape feel more complete.

Is camaraderie isolated to a one on one friendship though?  Donít we all belong to a larger community with similar goals and ideals?  We are all after the same thing, spending time outside and hopefully catching fish!  
On a recent outing, dubbed an escape from life by my fishing partner and myself, the bigger picture was put in focus for us.  We were fishing opening weekend at a local spot.  This spot is typically a hard fishÖ and the trip was not meant to produce anything except a couple of clear heads.  When we arrived at the boat launch point we were greeted by a friendly man and his wife.  We got to hear a couple of interesting stories about boats similar to ours and shared a few pleasantries before we got on with our day.  This is pretty typical for me, Iím a fairly talkative guy when Iím in my element and Iíve learned over the years that you can learn a lot from these kind of stories.  

Fast forward a few hoursÖ Weíve caught a few fish, nothing crazy but the day has been great.  The weather was doing what it was supposed to, and the fish were at least willing enough to keep the hope of action alive.  We are trolling in pretty shallow water, working from 40í to 20í and Richard gets a hit.  He realized right away that this was not a stocker and I quickly cut the motor.  After a few moments we get a glimpse of what turned out to be a trophy lake trout.  It took around 10 minutes to land a 32Ē Lake Trout that was somewhere north of 10lbs on 10lb braid with a 6lb mono leader.  We made enough noise landing, taking pictures and releasing the fish that Iím sure most of the folks within earshot realized what had happened.  It was simply amazing all of the things that worked for us to land this fish.  

A few minutes after, while we are still carrying on and laughing the family from the morning came by in their canoe and asked how big it was.  We talked for a few minutes and then asked if they had had any luck.  To that point, they had not caught any fish and it was kind of clear to us that the kids were fairly disappointed.  Richard and I decided instantly to share some lures with them.  Richard even gave the kid the same lure that he had just used to land the big fish.  Iím kind of a superstitious guy, but he knew that the lure would be even more special to the kid knowing it had just landed a trophy fish.  Then we found out it was this kidís birthday and all he wanted to do was catch a fish on his birthday.  I handed over a few other lures to make sure everyone with a line had something that should work and we headed back out to catch more fish.  The kidís in the canoe started to catch a few fish after trying all day and finished the day with smiles on their faces.

These kids and their family learned that fishing is about camaraderie as much as it is about catching fish.  Richard and I were reminded that catching fish isnít all that important.  Itís fun, and itís what we dream about, but it is not the most important thing when we are out.  I think it meant as much to us that we helped these kids catch fish as it did that Richard caught a huge fish.  We sure did escape from life for a dayÖ and in the process we were reminded of the good that comes from just being friendly.  You donít have to go out of your way; you donít even have to do anything particularly ďniceĒ.  Just treat others respectfully when you meet them and good things are bound to happen.  

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Member comments
anglerwannabe, CO   5/5/2014 9:16:34 AM
Very nice blog Dave. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your day. Jim
Kenny Rukspin, CO   5/5/2014 12:19:07 PM
A great story. I'm sure you made a good impression on those kids, and their dad them that being polite and friendly has its rewards.
Rsrecurvehunter, CO   5/5/2014 5:27:13 PM
That's was great all around day for us Dave and look forward to next time as always. I believe we as a fishing community should help others around us to promote the sport, especially when it's anything related to helping our younger generation get into the sport.
IceFishingFool, CO   5/5/2014 6:55:22 PM
Very nice read Dave, and nice laker there Richard. WTG.
moosegoose, CO   5/6/2014 6:54:42 AM
Wonderful day! That is what it is all about, sharing the smiles!
opencage, CO   5/6/2014 12:08:23 PM
Great story and lesson learned. Thanks Dave.
Dave Pullin (Coloradomrg), CO   5/6/2014 12:39:31 PM
Thanks everyone! It was one of those days where everything lined up and life felt nearly perfect, even if it was just for a little while.
JOHN_COSprings, CO   5/6/2014 7:15:04 PM
Great story, thanks for sharing. Fishing is always better with a friend or two to share the bank, or boat with.
Dave Pullin
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