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By Capt. John
These are the guidelines
that I've used in my fishing career over the past 33 years.
- I shall put safety above all
Mother Nature is nothing to fool with. Do you know what they call
people who take chances on the water? ...STATISTICS! Keep your
boat mechanically sound.
- I will be
a leader and not a follower.
Fish your own fish and have confidence in yourself and
equipment. Look at it like I do, "hey, we all buy our
tackle in the same packages."
- I won't
leave fish to find fish.
Sometimes you're better off to wait for them to get hungry or active
rather than heading off to an unproductive area.
- I shall remember to keep my hooks
Sharpening hooks is a fact of life because even brand new hooks just
out of the package will have chrome plating over the hook point
making it dull.
- I shall keep in mind Scotch and
water don't mix.
Alcohol don't get it while on the Great Lakes. Besides, alcohol
dulls the senses and takes away your alertness to subtle changes in
fish behavioral patterns.
- I shall be as courteous as
Hey, we've all had fish cut off by other boats, or been pushed into shallow water by discourteous
helmsmen and it don't feel good. Nobody has an absolute right of way.
- I will not have a favorite lure.
No lure will work under all conditions best, because no
particular bait will produce all season long
or under a wide variety of light
conditions. My favorite lure is the one that caught the fish we just boated.
- I will not be misled by radio
traffic. This is an
easy one to fall for.
By the time you get to the area, most times, because of the migratory
nature of Salmon and Trout, the fish have moved.
- I will respect the water resource
above all else. It
belongs to us and if we don't take care of it nobody will. Keep
a trash can aboard with spare liners and it keeps the boat mess down to a
- I will my limit catch and take only
I've seen the rise and demise of fish populations in the
Great Lakes Watershed over the past 32 years. Besides,
releasing some fish to do battle another day always feels good.
Fish left in the freezer over 3 months are not tasty.