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BigBite
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 06:54 AM 06/27/07 (CST)
Doug SMITH
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While America's interest in the outdoors remains strong, the number of hunters and anglers in the U.S. continues to slowly decline -- a trend reflected in Minnesota -- according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey released on Monday...

http://www.startribune.com/531/story/1254077.html




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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:59 AM 06/27/07 (CST)
Another good article... Thanks BigBite!



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:04 AM 06/27/07 (CST)
Gotta start getting more kids out there.

Having less boats to fight with might be nice but in the end we still need the money coming in. I think in the next few years we will see non resident license fees going up at a higher rate then normal so we can get some of the money back.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:55 PM 07/05/07 (CST)
More kids need to get out with their parents, grand parents, older siblings, gaurdians, etc. while they're young so they can learn how fun fishing can be at an early age. I started when I was young, now I'm hooked

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 12:50 PM 07/06/07 (CST)
Long...but worth a read. A female Pro-Angler friend of mine by the name of Jo Dee Bucki wrote this...

Take a Kid Fishing

It may be one of the most memorable days you’ve ever spent on the water. It certainly was for me. I was fortunate to be able to volunteer a Saturday and my boat to take two wonderful kids fishing, Skyler Rakes, 11 and Justin Hamner, 15. The event was the 2006 Alabama BASS Federation Nation Junior State Championship. The tournament was held on Lake Logan Martin on Saturday August 12th. We started out the day early getting the 38, 11-18 year olds registered and settled into their boats. In the distance the sky continued to light up telling us we had little time before we were to get some rain. I actually had hoped for some just to keep the temperatures down for these kids and maybe turn on the fish. Well, my wish was granted and just before blast off it started to rain.

Earlier in the week I spoke with the boy’s parents and asked what techniques they preferred and if they had specific spots they would like to fish. Skyler was fairly new at fishing, golf being his true passion, was there for the learning experience so didn’t have a plan. Justin on the other hand knows Login Martin well so that morning we looked at the map and decided where his first spot would be. He had fished with his grandfather earlier in the week and didn’t have much luck so he was hoping today would be different.

At blast off we were boat number one and I certainly wasn’t going to let anyone beat us to Justin’s spot. The rain was coming down and felt like pins and needles hitting us but I was determined to get there first. As we flew down the lake I looked over and little Skyler’s rain poncho, not much more than plastic wrap with a head hole, was whipping him to death so I stopped and had him sit in the floor facing the back of the boat and off we were again. I don’t think Skyler had ever ridden in a boat going that fast…especially backwards. Justin just put his head down almost as if he were praying. We got there in one piece and no one was bleeding. Good, I thought to myself, we are here first, no one saw us and… one, two, I still have two kids in the boat. Whew, so far so good. I sat the boat down and Justin took over the trolling motor. He started off working a top water lure and I set Skyler up with a Shaky Head and finesse worm. I figured this would be the best lure for Skyler to learn quickly. Justin had one bite on the top water but missed it so we knew there was at least some activity in the area. This is where Justin made his first good decision. There was a shallower part of the slew that he had never fished before, I told him not to worry about the boat if he wanted to go up in it. We were both watching the depth so I knew it would be okay. At this point he changed to the Shaky Head technique and picked up his first keeper 1.5 pound Spotted Bass. Working back out of the slew he threw against an old boat house and WHAM, his first big Spotted Bass of the day. This one was around 2.5 pounds. Since I was only to observe, Skyler suddenly had to have a crash course in netting and would get a lot of practice throughout the day. The lightning that had been talking to us all morning finally decided to move our way so we packed up and ran to the slew we were to fish next finding a sturdy boat house on the point to hunker down in while the storm passed.

After about 45 minutes the storm passed and we ran to our next spot. Justin methodically worked this area with incredible patience and started to boat more fish. This time the fish were short but continued to show us the pattern was holding. This time Skyler had a fish on but didn’t get a good hook set. He reeled it up to the boat and as soon as it saw him it spit the hook. This time Skyler got a crash course in setting the hook.

We moved on and each place we went seemed to hold more fish for Justin and they just kept getting bigger and bigger. The last spot they fished, 45 minutes before heading to the weigh in, Justin hooked into a very large fish. At first he thought it was small because the strike was light so when I looked down and saw the flash of the fish and heard Justin yell “NET” I knew it was another big one. This was “THE” fish; the one I just knew would win Justin the Big Fish award for the day and surely take him to a win. He and Skyler landed the fish and she was a big one, I estimated 4.5 or 5 pounds. I was so thrilled for him I almost high-fived him out of the boat.

It was more than we could stand sitting and waiting for Justin’s turn to weigh in. We knew there were not many fish caught that day so we felt confident he was in the top. As he dumped his fish into the bin to be checked for length and life the eyes of the crowd grew. The monster fish he had caught were bigger than any others caught that day. Not only did Justin win Big Fish he won his age group by over 5 pounds.

This fishing trip was a turning point for both of these boys. Skyler now has a new passion and wants to fish more and Justin, well his passion is certainly solidified. I think this kid has what it takes to be a pro someday. He not only has the patience and knowledge but his family supports his efforts completely.

Take a kid fishing. They will learn valuable life lessons and you might just change their lives and yours forever.

-Jo Dee Bucki





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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:56 PM 07/06/07 (CST)
Excellent post, YJ!



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 12:04 PM 09/18/07 (CST)
I am resurrection this thread... Here is a related article. It seems fishing and hunting is down... period...

http://www.walkermn.com/placed/index.php?sect_rank=6&story_id=235140


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 12:49 PM 09/18/07 (CST)
A related article...

http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?a=307625&z=2


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:52 PM 09/18/07 (CST)
You know what I find interesting about these articles that would seem to be contrary to the declining numbers? The increase in fishing- and hunting-related TV programs that have popped up in the last few years. ESPN2 on Sat. and Sun. mornings is almost all outdoors shows. Fox Sports shows all kinds of tournament shows, in Fla. on the Sun Sports network we have a weekly show called the Fla. Fishing Report that's on every Thurs. night and Sunday nights in the summer and fall are all fishing shows. If fewer people are interested in fishing and hunting, then why so many shows? Just a thought.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 02:37 PM 09/18/07 (CST)
That's a good observation, Bkchero. Maybe the advertising dollars are still there. It all boils down to microeconomics... If you look at supply and demand when it comes to tackle, boats, rods and reels, electronics, etc., we are probably spending a lot more per year, though there are less of us actually fishing! That would equate to more ads, TV shows, etc., even though the fishing population has been decreasing.

Either that, or there are a lot of poachers out there who still need the equipment, but never get a license smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley




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