There are large and smallmouth bass in the lake of northern Maine but there also are moments to reassess, to pause and remember what's most important, epscially in this crazy age. We found a little perspective on a little pond and a small stand of trees.
The American Saltwater Guides Association took the regulatory tiger by the tail to protect striped bass. According to Peter Jenkins, they're just getting started because they know, fish are worth more in the water than in a cooler.
How Do You Value Opening Day? Is this day for fishing stocked ponds, stringers and bacon? Is it for an overdue hour on a rolling river with the hopes of possibly finding some wild brookies? Or is it a wash because you just want to fish for something? There is great value in everything so we ask, what do you value the most?
It's Time To Ban Nips. End of sentence. Nips are those small, shiny booze bottles that are all the rage now and they keep ending up on the side of the road and in fish's streams. They are unrecyclable, they are unnecessary and they need to go. Drop the nip.
This one got away. I don't often keep fish I catch anymore but that's of little salve to the wound of seeing a giant winter bass come to the edge of your kayak then watch it slip back down when a piece of leader gives way at its tipping point. It was amazing to find fish stacked up in cold waters but to lose the biggest was a heartbreaker I may never get over. It still hurts.
Our 2021 Fish Wrap Review highlights several of the characters and events which made last year so remarkable. Now, cheers to 2022 and fish abundance, more opportunities to hunt, hike and love the outdoors. Sign up for our newsletter and as always, thanks for reading Fish Wrap.