Monday, April 22, 2013

Fishing Gear Overload? Four Ways To Cut The Clutter On A Family Fishing Trip.

Family Picnic
Every once in a while I am able to talk the wife and kids into going to the lake with me for a picnic and some fishing. we do not own a boat and none of them particularly like to go fishing, but they are a good family and go from time to time just to make me happy. When this happens I get excited because this is the time I am going to show them how much fun fishing really is. In my excitement, I start gathering up my equipment and loading it into the truck. I usually load up what I would normally bring on a fishing trip with a buddy. A couple of bait casters for bass fishing, two or three spinning rods for bait fishing, a couple of fly rods for bluegill and trout, four or five other poles of varying purpose and usefulness just in case. then I add in four or five large tackle boxes chock full of all kinds of baits, lures, and terminal tackle to cover any situation I might come across. I will also grab a couple of folding chairs and a small ice chest for sandwich stuff and throw that stuff in the truck. After I get every piece of tackle and gear I own, and every type of bait I can think of sorted, organised, and loaded, I turn around and see the large ice chest and several dozen plastic grocery bags containing a wide variety of picnic foods along with paper plates, plastic cups, a large bag of charcoal, and various other assorted necessities for a family picnic piled up and waiting to be loaded into the, now full, truck.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Gun Control And The Second Amendment

Before deciding on being pro or against gun control legislation, read this one sentence slowly and carefully.

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." -The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States-

The Second amendment is as profound as it is ambiguous. It is the only constitutional amendment that states a specific and undeniable purpose for it's existence. That complex jumble of letters and punctuation alludes, but does not outwardly state, that there is a need of the people to have the weapons necessary to form or join an organised military for the purpose of securing or protecting the freedoms of the people. It also assumes that it is already lawful and even expected that the people are already allowed to own, keep, and carry weapons sufficient enough to form a military strong enough to protect the nation as a whole from another military power. It then states that owning and bearing arms is a right that can not be limited.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Shotguns And Fishing Poles Turns One Year Old!

April 14 will mark the one year anniversary of publishing my first post The Urban Fishing Addiction and bringing Shotguns and Fishing Poles to life. I want to thank all of you guys who read this blog on a regular basis, and especially those of you who have given me a helping hand along the way.  When I started doing this I was looking for an outlet for my overwhelming need to talk about fishing and hunting with anybody I could get to sit still and listen to me. I also wanted to learn from people more experienced than myself, but didn't really have access to the few local clubs due to time constraints. When I went looking on the internet for more information on hunting and fishing I found tons of information in the form of blogs. Some were good, some were bad, but nearly all of them were written by regular people living regular lives.

As I searched through hundreds of blogs, I found a few from the west and even one or two from Arizona, but the vast majority are centered on the eastern half of the country. That inspired me to start writing about what does and doesn't work here in southern Arizona through my own adventures and experiences. Since then I have been having a blast writing about my passions, and learning new hunting and fishing techniques. In the coming year I have a ton more stuff I would like to learn about, and I already have a new kayak on the way to try out. I hope you will all enjoy reading my stories in the up coming year as much as I plan to enjoy writing about it.