Outfitting Your Outdoor Lifestyle
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Gone Fishin’!

July 10, 2015
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What do you do between spring and fall to get outdoors? In my home state of Tennessee there are plenty of places with public access for boating, kayaking, and other recreational watersports. I enjoy getting out on one of the local lakes with a buddy of mine at night worm fishing for largemouth bass, or jug fishing for catfish. We always manage to have a good time, and most of the time we jerk a few lips in the process. Public fishing waters are sometimes like public hunting grounds…too many people crowding some of the best areas! When you get the chance to fish a piece of private water, just like hunting private dirt, your percentage rate for success is increased immeasurably. I am fortunate to have a number of private farms to hunt, and over the last few years have been able to fish a pond that belongs to my girlfriends dad and sits on the backside of her house. The pond is not very big, and in the 6 years that they have owned the property no one has fished the pond until I started. This summer I have spent some time trying to work on the pond. I built an 8×12 fishing pier to make it easier for the kids as well as give us a place to just sit and enjoy the outdoors. Also, I added a fountain that I built using only pvc pipe, a 5 gallon bucket an a 1/4 hp sump pump. Finally I added some underwater structure using cynder blocks and concrete pavers stacked on top to give the fish some cover during the long, hot and sunny days of summer. My kids look forward to the weekends they get to spend with me because we are sure to get the poles out and see who catches the most or the biggest! The pond holds some decent largemouth bass, but the funnest fish to catch are the GIANT bluegills, especially on ultra lite tackle! Alan Jackson has a song about the “Summertime Blues”….I have to say, I believe I have the cure for those summertime blues, it involves a rod and reel, a can of worms, a fishin’ hole….and when you are lucky enough to be a dad like me, your little fishing buddies right next to you on the bank!

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