National Fishing and Boating Week is almost through, here’s all the things you may have missed out on.
When life gets busy and your days run long, it’s not always easy to get out to the water, cast a line, and maybe even reel in some winners.
But in a seven day period officially deemed National Fishing and Boating Week, shouldn’t you do all you can to get out and participate in this awesome (and beneficial) outdoor sport?
So while most states offer their Free Fishing Weekends during this time of year, there’s no good excuse not to grab your tackle box, a friend, child or inexperienced family member, and head out for some fishing.
Here’s a list of things we wish we could do before the week gets away from us, what would you add to the list?
- Catch a limit of trout in a stream 10 miles from home
- Compete in a kayak redfish tournament
- Ride an airboat in the Everglades
- Noodle for some catfish in Louisiana
- Catch a Guadalupe bass in Texas
- Solve the Asian Carp conundrum
- Volunteer to clean a river, lake or saltwater habitat of litter and invasive species
- Learn to tie a new fishing knot
- Take advantage of nationwide free fishing days
- Teach someone how to fish
- Catch a lunker to make buddies jealous
- Buy a fishing license for a new state
- Take a friend who’s never been fishing out on the boat
- Do some boat restoration
- Have a BBQ cook off with wild caught fish
- Try a new fishing technique
- Pull that wild caught salmon out of the freezer
- Smoke that salmon and eat it with a glass of wine
- Or poach that salmon
- Or grill that salmon and eat it with a cold beer
- Or learn how to prepare sushi with that salmon
- Visit a State Park and cast a line
- Catch a state or county record fish
- Buy a wardrobe of fishing shirts
- Visit the local tackle shop and strike up a conversation
- Book a guided fishing trip someplace new
- Travel to Wyoming to fly fish for trout
- Travel to Alaska to fly fish for salmon
- Travel any one of our United States and make a fishing trip out of it
- Read a book (or at least a magazine) about fishing
- Record a short fishing film with a GoPro camera
- Hold a catfish fry for friends and family
- Take the dog on a fishing trip
- Buy a new rod
- Or a new reel
- Or a shiny new lure or fly
- Or just some fishing line
- Or even a Yeti Cooler
- Take children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews fishing
- Attend a fishing seminar
- Start a fishing journal
- Start a fishing trip wish list
- Forget work, slow down, crack a cold one and cast a line (because that’s what it’s all about, right?)
Don’t forget to add your own wish list for National Fishing and Boating Week in the comments below. Enjoy your time on the water, and be safe!