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Guest Blog by: Chris McKee 4/25/2014
One of the pleasures of getting old is the ability to decide what you really want to do and not drive yourself crazy to attempt enjoyment. An example would be back in my 20's a couple friends decided to compete in a local bass club. They had different off days and asked me to become an alternate if one couldn't make it. Loving fishing I said yes and went out to spend a small fortune on rubber worms, lizards and alien looking things. We loaded up and hit the lake early to give it a day of practice.

For the first hour we must have cast 2000 times and tried 20 different baits each with no fish to show. Getting bored and tired I decided to take a break and dropped a crappie jig in. Almost immediately I had a nice crappie and my partner reminded me we were after bass. Sure we are is what I thought as I pulled another crappie in the boat. Well about this time my partner decided to also fish for crappie and we both limited out with a nice batch of fish.

About this time some friends of ours who were also practicing bass fishing met up with us and gave us the expected speech about we are fishing for bass. However they decided after seeing our catch to go after crappie as well and us with our crappie limit decided to go back to bass fishing and this time it was enjoyable as we caught a few small fish and released them back to the water.

I learned a lot from this day. First I was not cut out to be a professional bass fisherman but did enjoy occasionally fishing for them. Second fishing primarily for me was the ability to enjoy the outdoors and seasons as they came along. Now with this knowledge I can concentrate on each season and what I want to do during it. Early spring I love to catfish with jugs as I supply the freezer with my catch I then go after the White bass when they become active. Then in the summer I will go night fishing for what ever seems to be biting at the time. Fall with primarily be to enjoy the remaining warm days and relax with recreational fishing. Winter will be to reminisce over the last season and gear up for the next.

To pass the time I redo all my jug lines, sharpen the hooks and maintain the drops. I also do a winter cleaning of my equipment making sure when the season starts I will be ready. When out with the wife shopping I make my way over to the fishing section or outdoor clothing section. I already have an idea of what I am wanting but make a game out of shopping around for the best deal. Great thing about this is most of the time what I am looking for is usually on sale account the end of a season.

Now with my being a fishexplorer member when I can not be at the lake I can escape to here and read from other members. I can not explain how grateful I am for this web sight and all the other contributing members. Remember this is a digital version of a bait store conversation and not just a web sight. No need to be shy we do not judge on spelling or grammar we are all curious to hear what you have to say.
Have lived in all over the United States and served in the Marines in Asia. I have fished all these regions for almost anything that will bite Salmon, Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch,Cusk, Carp, Crappie, Blue Gill, White Bass Pickerel, Cod, Rock Cod, Halibut, Flownder and many others. By the graces of the almighty it came to be I am now and plan on forever more being a citizen of the Great State of Texas. My favorite fish to go after are catfish especially the big Blues. Pound for pound I believe they are the strongest I have ever had the pleasure to fish for. I am also fond of White Bass and someday soon hope to start catching alligator gar.
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Member comments
Lloyd Tackitt, TX   4/25/2014 2:18:21 PM
With age comes some small measure of sense about how to get the most out of a day. And how to avoid the time killing crap that just drags you down. Great Read!
oley, CO   4/27/2014 1:20:53 PM
And also the wisdon that only time can provide to have patience in fishing as well as other things in our life. And how to sip Scotch not just drink it down. And the many memories which we can feed on and learn from. Come to think of it, getting older is quite a good thing if you are fortunate to live that long...
anglerwannabe, CO   5/2/2014 8:46:13 AM
Very nice Chris. In your bio you mention gar. There are some giants in the Trinidad
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