Monday, March 15, 2010

I Don’t Have Time For a Fishing Trip!

Many people live busy lives and think they don’t have time to fish. If your idea of fishing involves the perfect trip to Alaska with a guide, or a tour of Wyoming Rivers and streams, it’s easy to see how time and money would be a major factor in getting on the water. Once or twice a year trips like these are well worth the wait, but there is something you can do once a week or so just to keep in touch with your angling skills. When these awesome trips do come around you don’t want to be the one who is asking the guide how to tie a hook on your line, or what is this thing on the reel used for.

You need to find a place that is close to home or work where you can spend an hour a week and get away. Make it a point to find ponds and reservoirs in your area. Most state parks that have a pond or two charge a few bucks to get in and they are stocked with Trout and other types of fish by the D.F.G. Every Friday I drive about 5 miles from my house and fish for about an hour at a state park that has four small ponds. I take my ultra light set up and a jar of Salmon Eggs. That’s about all you need. I catch a fish or two, and head back home. A good way to get this going is to first find a place to go. Look on the web and I’m sure that you’ll find something close to home. Then put your rod in your truck, or car and take it with you wherever you go. Don’t feel strange about keeping your rig with you. I know many people who carry around a tennis racket, baseball glove, workout bag, purse, or brief case like they think they are going to use something like that during the day. Crazy!

After you find a spot to fish set aside 1 day, 1 hour that will be your time to go. Don’t let anything get in the way. Friday is my day, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. It’s a meeting that I cannot miss. “I know its Friday, but do you think you could stay for just an extra half hour. It would mean a lot to me”. No! I have a very important meeting to attend at 3:00.

Now, once you have your priorities straight, and you’re on the water you need to catch a fish to get the fire burning. If you’re on a small pond like the one I go to then you should use this simple set up that works every time.

Line a single #8 or #10 (or whatever you have) hook with Salmon Eggs. I use Atlas Best Bite because they have more body to them. Place a bobber 24 inches away from the hook. Toss your bait 15 to 25 feet from the shore line and within 15 minutes you should see your bobber begin to dance around in the water. Set the hook and enjoy the fight. If you use an ultra light set up even a small fish will fight like a whale, and it’s much more fun. In a small body of water the fish will tend to circle the pond or lake. Moving around like this keeps water flowing through their gills, which in turn allows them to “breathe”. Fish like carp or catfish can just set on the bottom and suck up mud or whatever they do, but Trout must move. It pays to know about the contour of the bottom of the pond because Trout will cruise at a certain depth where they can find oxygen rich water with the right temperature. They will move around the water and at some point swim past your bait. That’s when you’ll hook up. If you don’t hook up right away try casting a little farther from the shore line until you find the “sweet spot”.

Make time to get away on a mini trip and when your perfect trip comes along you’ll be ready. Always keep a camera with you in case you land a big fish. When you show it off to your friends and family they will be amazed at how you’re able to make time to do the things you like to do!


  1. Very good advice for keeping your skills sharp!

  2. I guess I can make time for a trip too!


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