Jun 15, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT
Between work, family vacations and other obligations my bass boat has been garaged for nearly a month. Just no time to get it out on the lake for any serious bass fishing. While there is no direct replacement for time in my boat chasing brown and green fish, I have found a few short reprieves.
While I have not had the minimum three to four hours to make it worth while to launch the boat, I have had a couple 30-60 minute blocks for some recreation. Those small blocks are more then enough to wet a line in a small lake or pond from shore. Before I had kids and had lots of free time, I almost never fished from shore because I had a boat and lots of friends with boats and frankly, tons of time to get out on the lakes and rivers fishing. To some degree, I think I was too snobby to fish from shore.
Recently, I have been throwing a single Dobyns rod in the back of my vehicle in the morning and a bag of Baby Brush Hogs or just a handful of lures. Most days, I don’t have the time because of working too late, bad traffic or other errands, but about once a week, I stop off and try a small lake or pond. More times then not the bass fishing is quite good! Surprisingly, just about every little puddle of water next to the parks I take my kids to, have bass and other fish in them. I also find that I enjoy these short outings, they are truly relaxing, no pressure to catch or find fish like tournament fishing. It is a good way to get grounded in your fishing again, keep it simple, one rod, only the tackle you can fit in your pocket and learn some new waters.
So when things are too hectic, grab a rod, hit the bank, you’ll love it!
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