Now, I like my standard format for my fishing report postings as I feel that they tell the tale just fine with an intro, a batch of stats, a handful of notes on the highlights, lowlights, observances and random happenstance and, of course, pics. But several times in the pre-blog days I wandered off that path in borrowing a page from Bassmaster magazine’s “Day on the Lake” feature.
For those not familiar with the monthly series, the concept is to put an angler on an unfamiliar body of water and then provide a chronological account of the decisions, results and conversation during a seven hour day. The articles finish with the angler’s assessment of the day, what approach they would take were they to return “tomorrow” and yep, a Top 5.
It has been my favorite feature in the magazine since its inception many years ago and is always my first read when the latest issue arrives (just got the new one last night by the way and looks like I get to tag along with Paul Meuller for some winter bassing once I get a chance to read).
This April marks fifteen years of writing which all began with occasional fishing, trapping and general outdoor reports to family and friends prior to becoming a blogger back in April 2010. Among those pre-blog postings were seven of the “Day on the Lake” type postings of my design, borrowing some concepts from Bassmaster and inventing some of my own. My archives indicate that I posted a pair in 2003 and then made it an annual project with one a year through 2009 (skipped 2006 for some reason, probably had another kid or something). Each of the reports were during trips with a partner, either Dad or my brother, Brent, but unlike the Bassmaster version all but one were outings on familiar water.
I just finished re-reading each of the old reports and while some are a bit lengthy, I still find them quite entertaining. Of course, I had a front row seat and certainly possess a bit of bias as the author. Still, it is fun to look back and reminisce over days spent on the water with your best fishing partners. Some days more successful than others, that’s fishing.
Yet again, a ringing endorsement for keeping a log or journal of some sort as there are more than a few details that still bring a smile or a shake of the head, details that would have long been forgotten had they not been documented. Good stuff then, good stuff now and good stuff for the future.
Resolution 9 is to take another swing at this approach at least once this year after being put on the shelf since 2009. More details to come and perhaps a revisit of the past postings prior to kicking off the 2017 version. After all, who doesn’t like a fishing report, even if it’s 10 years old? Talk to you later. Troy