Spring finally appears to be around the corner. As we wait for it to arrive, I’m going on a road trip to see if I can find it somewhere else. My family and I will be traveling 500+ miles south to the Ozark Mountains.
I plan to fish the famous White River while we are in Arkansas. This is a place where brown trout grown to 20 lbs. No little trout baits were recommended. Bring the countdown Rapalas is what I was advised. (For those that don’t know, these are typically used for bass or walleye fishing.) Those that know me will not be surprised to know I have been selecting and organizing gear for weeks already. I wonder what important thing I’ll leave behind despite all the planning.
Besides a little fishing; we hope to golf, hike, explore a cave, photograph a waterfall, and listen to live music. Like all our vacations, I’m planning a surgical strike, ferreting every experience possible out of a 6 day road trip. I’ll report back to you when we return.
The Illinois smallmouth Alliance’s annual banquet, The Bronzeback Blowout, was held last Saturday. My streak of not winning any raffle prizes remains intact-I was skunked again-but I enjoyed the party none-the-less.
Catching up with old friends and acquaintances was great fun. Pete Plauck, an extraordinary fisherman, was recognized as an original member of the organization on its 20th anniversary. He looks like he was about 14 years old when the ISA was created.
Ed Buric was making fishing plans for spring that include me. Thanks Ed. Somebody needs to be thinking ahead.
The featured speaker was someone I’ve known for about 15 years, Dan Basore. I know Dan as one of the most persistent collectors of old fishing lures, and one of the most knowledgeable. He has a huge collection that he displays at outdoor shows around the country. For the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club, or NFLCC, Dan runs the honorary member program. His goal is to recognize lure making innovators and pioneers while they are still around to enjoy the recognition.
But, Dan’s program at the Blowout was not about old fishing lures. I learned that he was around at the beginning of the bass fishing tournament trail, hanging out with and competing against all the biggest names in fishing. Dan’s program was called “My Life in Fishing” and concluded with, “Fishing is not just what I do, it is who I am.” The program was interesting; a nice mix of self-disclosure, war stories, and information.
As always, the Blowout has me longing for spring, anxious to get out on a lake or river somewhere. It is going to be 50 degrees this week. April can’t be far away, can it?