Now that we are another month closer to the end of yet another year, what do we have to look forward to? Well, “a period of maturity or incipient decline,” that’s what we have to look forward to — that is, if you believe Merriam-Webster, because that is how they define autumn. I define it thusly: Thank God the weather is finally going to start cooling off and we can fish all day again without dying from heat stroke. I know I’m no Merriam-Webster, but I think my definition is more accurate, at least for fishermen.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times — fall is my favorite time of the year to fish, and September is the month that sets fall into motion. Now just so you know, I view fall meteorologically and astronomically. Meteorologically, fall is Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, and astronomically it is from the September equinox (this year, Sept. 22 at 4:02 p.m.) to the December solstice (Dec. 21 at 11:28 a.m.).
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