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Fishing was his first love

As you might have guessed fishing has always been a big part of my life.

Unfortunately for my mother my love of all things fishing must have at times driven her crazy. I remember one occasion when she discovered my jeans pocket still held a few worms after she ran them through the wringer. That sure did bring her Irish up. Fortunately I did eventually grow up and find a wife who would put up with me, so fishing still is a big part of my life.

Fishing is excellent therapy for me, and since I am not a competitive angler, I can relax after a stressful day and find solace by spending time on the water even if nothing is biting but mosquitoes. There is something about floating in my boat on a pond or lake as the sun dips below the horizon and the world becomes mesmerizingly still. No therapist or bartender can match the way this makes me feel so at peace with life. The mosquitoes are certainly annoying, but they also are part of my life so I consider their buzzing a part of the night music.

If I extend this special feeling until the moon replaces the sun, it becomes even more special. Frogs croak. Owls screech or hoot depending on their species. Sometimes a bass will explode through the water’s surface and some aquatic creature becomes part of the food chain. Such is life and nature, and I am happy to be a part of it.

While I do not compete with other anglers I do compete with the fish, and they are worthy opponents. Just trying to understand fish gives my brain some much needed exercise. To become a better angler I have read every book and article on the subject that I can find, and even though I don’t compete, I learn a lot by reading about those who do.

Anglers are usually willing to share information and I try to do the same with this column. At least one angler must have read my recent column on fishing with spoons, because that kind person decided to give me a treasure trove of older spoons. Ironically the treasure was left on my Morning Journal paper box even though the Journal is now delivered visa USPS. Glad that I still get a hard copy even if it comes later in the day when the USPS delivers.

I’m just now going through this treasure and immediately grabbed a spinning lure spoon called the Red Eye. Like the Dardevle, the Red Eye is made by Eppinger. This one is a bright silver color and sports two red eyes. I’m not sure what they actually use for the eyes, but this is an old spoon and both eyes still shine brightly. I’m positive they do not use real rubies, but even if they are just cut glass they should certainly attract fish.

Will the Red Eye catch fish? I’ll soon know as I have already attached one to my line and hope to get out on the lake soon to find out.

This gift Red Eye is silver, but of course I had to research this spoon. It turns out that the Red Eye comes in a few sizes and a variety of colors. If the silver catches fish for me you can rest assured that I’ll be buying a variety of colors and sizes. So to the kind person who passed this treasure on to me I say thank you!

Also thanks you to all the anglers who came before me. It was in 1653 that Izaak Walton wrote The Complete Angler, a book that focused on the joys and stratagems of fishing.

That was 284 years before I was born, but I hope that in some small way I have carried on his legacy. After all, we anglers are all brothers and sisters of the lake and stream.

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