“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau
I have been fishing for a lot of years. I had the big bass boat with the big gas guzzling motor on it. I fished bass tournaments, mostly held on lakes. Then one day I was diagnosed with melanoma and had to have it cut off. They didn’t get all of the cancer cells so they cut some more and this time got it all.
Growing up we always fished the rivers. So I decided to sell the bass boat and head back to the river where I had learned to fish and I have no regrets. I bought a kayak and started fishing with ultra-light gear. I prefer a spinning reel loaded with 4 pound test line. I like a medium action rod. If you catch an eight ounce fish on this rig it feels like it weighs five pounds. I have a lot of fun with this set up on the rivers.
Two of my favorite crankbaits, Wee Craws by Rebel.
“Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.” – Ted Hughes
My favorite way of fishing is with a fly rod and reel. set up. Personally I have a difficult time trying to cast from the kayak.
Minnow and shad look- a-likes that I love to use on the river.
There are all kinds of different artificial baits one can pick from. There are soft baits, jigs, crank baits, spinner baits, top water lures, just to name a few. For those of you who would prefer using real bait there are worms, crawdads, minnows and crickets.
Here in Missouri I would say the 4 most sought after fish are large mouth bass, small mouth bass, crappie and the catfish. In Missouri we are blessed with some great places to fish. I fish the Big River and the Missouri Department of Conservation has designated several miles of the upper part as a Small Mouth Trophy area.
Large mouth bass
small mouth bass
“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.” – Steven Wright
I hope this post helped inspire some of you to pick up some fishing equipment and head out to the river or lake. It was short so feel free to ask me any question you might have.
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