Fishing is all about the stories

The cool thing about fishing is anybody can do it. Kids can start at an early age—and you surely can’t get too old to spend time on the water.
Fishing is a sport that is practised all around world by all types of people.
We’re spoiled here in Sunset Country because we have great fishing opportunities that are accessible to nearly everybody, both from a boat and from shore.
Because it is such a widely-practised sport by so many people, stories abound and cover everything from great catches and quality times spent with friends to disaster stories—like when your snowmachine gets stuck in the slush for five hours on an ice-fishing trip and your buddies call you “sled-head” for the rest of the winter (just what happened to me last year).
I may have a problem, but I can be in nearly any social situation and strike up a conversation with anyone about fishing.
For most, it is a sport that generates a lot of positive memories and stories—and that is why so many people participate in it.
When I was a little kid, I had really bad ear infections. It was a regular occurrence for Mom and I to visit the doctor for years.
Dr. Peter Harland, who just recently retired after a stellar career in pediatrics, became one of my best buddies because I saw him so often.
He always had great fishing stories to share with me about his trips to the Northwest Territories and musky fishing around Lake of the Woods, which always captivated me.
I used to love going to the doc’s office so I could share fishing stories with him. Oh, and I’m sure he had to hear plenty of my stories about casting off the dock at my grandparents’ cabin, too.
The great thing about fishing with respect to stories is no matter how the trip goes, something always happens. It could be a sighting of wildlife, a description of some crazy weather, or about how the monster fish stole your minnow.
Take a kid fishing and I can guarantee that no matter how many fish you catch, they’ll brag and talk about their day on the water to everyone they see for a long time.
Fishing stories can come in many forms. We have stories that are passed on from generation to generation about how to fish—things that brought success to those before us. There are stories about buddies that had a dream day on the water or caught their first big fish.
And then there are the famous lost fish stories. These are the ones that have the longest life—and usually push the truth the most.
It’s funny because I can remember more big fish that I’ve lost than ones that I’ve caught. Some of them truly were big, but I’m sure on some, my imagination has helped me come up with sizes that I like.
Normally ice-fishing season would be just around the corner, but with this warm weather we’ve been getting, it’s likely to be at least a few weeks out.
I’m not complaining, though. We’ll get our fair share of winter and plenty of ice-fishing, I’m sure.
I hope you get a great story out of your next fishing trip.

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