A friend invited me to go fishing today aboard a Everglades 355 T Center Console with triple F350 Yamaha outboards, a totally kick-butt-awesome fishing machine which I’m currently yearning to be on. If I had gone, of course, I wouldn't have been able to sit here at the computer and post this blog — such is my dedication to you, fellow anglers. Also, I had to go to work. As a fall-back plan I’m going to hitch up my own boat, launch it after dinner, and fish for the last hour or so of daylight. You've probably been in similar situations plenty of times yourself, so I thought it might be helpful to go over a few ways you can get a bend in your rod when your window of opportunity is so tight you can barely squeeze through it.
1. Spend your next free day fishing from a very small, very slow boat; even a kayak or canoe will do. You’ll be amazed at how many fish you can catch within spitting distance of your local boat ramp or marina, when you’re forced to stay close to home. Sure, you’ll probably catch less than if you ran for miles into the open bay or ocean. But you’ll discover points, jetties, and hotspots you never bothered to try before. In the future, when you only have an hour or two available, you’ll know which nearby spots are most productive.
2. Do some research ahead of time. You’re stuck at your desk? That’s a perfect time to peruse the online fishing reports, instead of getting on Facebook like everyone else in the office. It’s raining and windy? Spend a few hours studying bathymetric charts. Your boat is in the shop? Google up your favorite target species and learn how anglers halfway across the country target them to generate some new ideas. Like anything else in life, a little bit of prep work can pay off big.
3. Check out the series of (shameless self-promotion alert!!) how-to fishing e-guides on Smashwords.com, by Lenny Rudow. I've published a bunch of species-specific e-guides that cost less than the average app but are jam-packed with informative how-to, where-to fishing info. Check ‘em out – and if you buy one not only will it help you catch more fish, it’ll help me buy more bait.