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Updated: 07/10/2014 02:02:07PM

Top ten things you can say to her so she’ll let you go fishing tomorrow

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By Capt. Ralph Allen

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There’s a lot of stuff that fishermen must know to ensure consistent success. They’ve got to know a myriad of regulations on fish seasons, size limits and bag limits. They’ve got to understand seasonal fish migrations and behavior changes. They must be able to understand and work with the fluctuating tides. They must pay close attention to the weather. They have to know the best baits. They need to be able to tie strong knots. They’ve got to be master boat mechanics and tip-top rod and reel repairmen. They’ve got to be able to sniff out the faintest rumors of recent fishing success, and be able to separate fact from the fiction which so often permeates these shadowy tales.

Yes, the head of any capable angler is crammed full of knowledge that’s vital to the success of his craft. Sadly, it seems that many of the most avid anglers are so head-over-heels consumed by love of their sport that they don’t fare well in matters of the heart, as many fishing widows will attest. So, as a public service to our angling readers, here’s an announcement which may surprise many of you: Tomorrow is called Valentine’s Day, and it is the one day of the year when a little added effort on your part is expected.

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