joey monteleone 07/03/2019 | Posted in Big Rig, Fishing, Instructional, Internationalisation, United States
2019 offers the promise to accomplish new things and create another chapter in your personal stories. Here’s a few suggestions for 19 things you might consider in 2019. I’ll Be Tennessean Ya’
- Clean up your kayak. If you are participating in any form of social media a clean kayak sends a message. Replace old decals, add current sponsors and get the grim off from 2018.
- Add safety features to your boat, life jacket and mind set. Life jackets 100% of the time, I keep ropes front and back and have a whistle and a flag for alerting others using audio and visual.
- Restock your tackle boxes. I go as far as to have seasonal tackle boxes, species specific tackleboxes and technique themed boxes. Sharpen or change hooks, replace skirts and lost lures.
- Check your wardrobe. Not being a “patch pirate”, most often I wear a sponsor hat and a different sponsor shirt. Clean shirt, reasonable attire are important to send a message. TV, personal appearances, even photos allow you to “speak” to an audience.
- Rod check. I clean the cork handles of my fishing rods, a little warm soapy water, towel squeeze and let dry. Run a Q-tip through the rod guides to check for cracks and damage.
- Take inventory, soft plastic for any species are invaluable. Restock and store. I have standard colors and new colors available for different conditions. Carry extra for your fishing friends or folks you meet. It leaves a super impression to give away a few soft plastic baits to fellow fishermen / fisherwomen and kids.
- INTRODUCE SOMEONE TO THE KAYAK. I carry an extra life jacket and paddle to offer someone a chance “test drive” a kayak. Sometimes toting two kayaks and offering to go with someone for a short introductory paddle. Growth the sport, spread the joy.
- Break out the “different” rod. Expand your playground. Never flicked a fly, try the fly rod. Ultra-light spinning makes every fish feel big. Fear the baitcasting reel, give it a whirl.
- Investigate new water. We all have our favorite fishing holes (No, I’m not marking a map) but sometimes you discover a fresh fishing hole and new adventure.
- Don’t forget to help promote white water, salt and exploration. I sometimes forget there’s more opportunity than just fishing.
- Species Specific. Bass, bass, bass. Sorry but the green fish dominate many of our focus. Again anything that swims can be caught from a kayak. Crappie, catfish, trout, bluegill, walleye….salt water species and more. Try a different fish for the fun of it.
- Learn a new technique. If you stand (Big Rig recommended) short range flippin’ for bass is exciting. A five pound fish on seven feet of line turns into a wrestling match. Drop shotting, jig fishing, trolling, Carolina rigging and so many more possibilities. New thing for the New Year.
- Paddle or Peddle? Do both! Try the new FD series, see if it’s a fit. The sport grows and evolves.
- Contribute in a new way. Write blog posts, do videos, try seminar presentations for a local boat dealer. This is a great way to meet new people and maybe open the door to sponsorship.
- Keep a Journal. For years I have kept a fishing diary. Weather and water conditions, catches, moon phases, patterns and seasonal occurrences all can be noted and make your catches predictable.
- Volunteer – Stream clean up, take a kid fishing. Local, regional and national causes can always use the help. You will be making a valuable contribution and paying it forward while leading by example.
- Happy Harvest. After years of advocating catch and release I, with no guilt, keep a few fish. Dense populations of bluegill, crappie, catfish and even bass can be managed by keeping a few to fry. An over populated pond or small lake is a good place to target. I do release most everything in the spring for spawning and repopulating purposes but later in the season I’ll “release to the grease.”
- Educate yourself and others to the values of the outdoors. Once people positively experience an outdoor adventure they’re more likely to participate and help conserve and protect the resource.
- Have fun. If your paddling and it’s not fun you’re doing it wrong. Anticipate, arrive, launch, participate and leave that spot better than you found it.
Have a safe, successful 2019. I hope to see you up a creek WITH a paddle.