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Fishing vs. Nature

October 6, 2012
By TODD REED ( , Times-Republican

How can these two things ever be pitted against each other, when fishing is part of nature? Well, to a certain degree, yes that is correct. However, too many times I find myself worrying too much about fishing, and not enjoying the beautiful nature around the surrounding lakes and rivers that I fish. You or someone you know may have this "problem" too, but this time of year, I make sure to soak in as much fishing and as much nature as I can.

Fishing is my passion, there is no doubt about that. There is nothing else in nature that peeks my interest that even comes close to fishing. I have been fortunate in the past to try just about every type of outdoor experience. Friends of mine have taken me hunting for ducks, geese, deer, squirrel, rabbit, pheasants, fox, coyote, and even raccoons. On all of those occasions I had a good time and was able to learn a lot about those hunting experiences, but most of the time my mind was on that next fishing trip, or wondering what the fish would bite on that day. I admit it, my name is Todd, and I am a fish-aholic. I cannot help myself.

This is a great thing, however my ambition or thrill of finding those fish to catch can often take away from my outdoor experience. This happens most often when I am preparing for a bass tournament, or participating in a tournament. I get so caught up in the day, and my tournament plan, that I do not take in nature as I should. This is something that I will probably not fix, I don't think I can fix it, because when I am in tournament modeeverything else gets pushed to the side. It is my competitive side that takes over and demands my mind and body to get my job done, or catch bass in this case.

The tournament season around Iowa is pretty much finished up for the 2012 season. Each season, as the tournaments come to an end, it is always bitter-sweet. I miss the tournaments and guys that I fish with and against, but it is sweet not getting up at 4am to drive to events, or spend ten or more hours in my boat trying to find that area that is loaded with good bass. With that in the past for another year, the remainder of the fishing season turns to enjoying the sport of finding and catching fish, and once again taking in nature to its fullest effect.

The constant battle between catching fish and enjoying the outdoors that I am blessed with will probably never end. I am very grateful for this season though, as the fall season brings me back to nature and the true reason and meaning for fishing. Enjoying the gifts of nature and sharing them with others is truly my Outdoor Ambition. It is so neat to see people catch fish on a certain bait for the first time, or show someone a new technique, or watch a child struggle to reel in a 6 inch bluegill. For me, those rank up there with winning tournaments and Angler of the Year trophies.

Recently I have found myself enjoying nature while fishing. The tournaments have concluded for me this year, and last weekend I enjoyed the outdoors. Last Sunday, I took my 4-year old and 2-year old fishing at a farm pond. My 4-year old boy and I have gone fishing dozens of times, but for my little girl, this was her first trip. I didn't know what to expect from the farm pond, as it was my first time there, and I really didn't know what to expect from my little princess. Both were a pleasant surprise. The farm pond was absolutely awesome, mowed grass, a floating dock to fish from and a nice place for a picnic lunch. My little girl, who spent most of the day throwing fish back in the pond and playing with worms, had a blast! Things turned out much better than I ever hoped for.

One thing I made sure to do is to bring to my kids' attention all that was around us at the pond. We saw geese, birds, and insects were jumping all around us. We also took in the beautiful fall colors on the nearby trees. We did catch dozens of fish, including crappies and bluegills, but that was just a thin layer of icing on our "nature adventure", as the three of us called it. It was a great time in nature, and we even caught a few fish along the way.

I have learned a lot from fishing with many different people in my life, but the most valuable one is to stop and pay attention to nature, we have beautiful state, with magnificent rivers, lakes and ponds. It is important to stop our busy lives and just take in Mother Nature. After all, it isn't always about catching fish but when you do the smiles seem to be little bigger.


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