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I recently had my first child. Does this mean I haven't been out fishing? It would make sense, but that's not it.
Don't get me wrong, I haven't been out as much but Mrs. BFA has definitely allowed me to get out every now and then. My trips have been short for the most part, and quite truthfully, I just haven't been catching them! That shouldn't mean that I don't write a story, though...should it? After all, I always find some adventure in even the most ordinary outings. Granted, I may not get nearly as deep as Ed at FourseasonAngler.com or KenG at Chicagonow.com/waterdog-journal, but I usually find something neat to write about.
So what's the deal? Quite frankly, I have been in a bit of a funk as of late and just haven't felt like writing about the outings I have been on. It's disappointing too, because I have had some great opportunities! I feel as if I have been really ripping all of you off by not sharing.
So what have you been missing? How about my first trip to catch a king salmon during the most important time of a salmons life. It's a time that marks the end of one life and the beginning of many more. It's the fall spawn. Dan Sim's joined me along with Andy and Tom from Fishing-Headquarters.com. We didn't catch anything, but I made two new friends and had a great time!
I was also out on the Fox River for the first time this past weekend. Luckily, I was with Tom who was able to capture the spirit of the trip. One thing he missed, though, was the culmination of everything in my head that day. It all hit me like a lightning bug splattering on my bumper on I-55...I know why I'm not catching fish! So what is it? It's so simple, it's ridiculous...It's also the reason why I haven't been writing about it.
I am just not in it. When I am out there fishing, I'm not thinking about fishing. I am not looking at what is happening around me or what the water is telling me. Instead, I am thinking about my wife being stuck at home while I am out enjoying myself. I am thinking about sleeping for more than three hours in a row. I am thinking about an upcoming work trip and leaving my new son and wife alone for the first time. I am thinking that there is more to life than actually catching fish and more to life than my self.
It's amazing that a person can finally realize what life is really all about so quickly. Don't get me wrong, I still haven't come to grips with it all, but I am starting to at least understand.
Does this mean that I am going to be in this funk forever? HECK NO! There are several new tools in my arsenal that will be put to full use once my head is back in it! All I have to say is look out fish because here I come! And hold my faithful readers, because I am taking you with me!