Have a resolution yet? Try these
New Year's is a time for reflection on the past and anticipation for what the future holds. New Years is a new beginning, a time for change and of course, a moment to announce your resolution.
It should be known that there is no limit on New Year's resolutions. One is great. More than that is admirable so long as you succeed without personal disappointment.
Don't have your resolution scribed in stone yet? Well for you a-fish-ianados, here are a few suggestions.
#1-Turn off the TV- The television is addictive, so are video games, smart phones, I-pods, pads, and computers. Track your time spent in front of a screen each day and match it with fishing time. Exercise, family time and volunteering are also good suggestions.
#2-Mark your calendar-pick a certain date, any time that there isn't already a commitment and schedule a day of angling for you and someone else. It could be a child that might be enthusiastic about fishing or one who has never fished in their life. Your guest could be a friend that you haven't spent time with in ages, or an elderly angler who doesn't fish as much as they did in the past. Mark the date in ink and make it happen.
#3-Throw some back-When a hot bite begins and the fish are frequent and fatter than usual, it's sometimes difficult to release a few of those beauties. Minnesota has somewhat liberal limits per person and fishing trips don't need to be focused on "limiting out." A good gauge for a fish fry is one to one and a half fish per person at the table. A nice sized northern will feed two to three people, a 19-inch walleye often fills two diners. One crappie will be enough for one person, Sunfish and perch typically require two fish. Of course, this takes side dishes such as salad, cole slaw, baked beans, fried or baked potatoes, etc. into consideration.
#4-Don't forget to serve salad, cole slaw, baked beans, fried or baked potatoes, etc. for your guests. You want to offer a well-rounded meal, right? (And throw some extra fish back).
#5-Pick up-Make a deal with yourself; don't launch your boat in the summer or leave the lake in the winter unless you pick up one piece of trash that's not yours. You are still obligated to pick up all of your own.
#6-Become active as a conservationist-There are many groups that welcome your support and input as it pertains to the outdoors. Even locally, it's easy to find associations that could benefit from you lending time toward a good cause.
#7-Try something new- We all get stuck in our angling trenches. Maybe there's a bait or technique we come to rely upon and it seems that nothing else performs quite as well. Unfortunately, we tend to remain true to our beliefs even when nothing's biting. Try something new and see what happens. It might become your new favorite.