Outdoors

There's more to find outdoors than fish and game

August 13, 2011 

There are a number of things I enjoy about fishing. I enjoy returning to waters that hold memories and casting to the same spot hoping my luck remains. I've been fishing for many years, and enjoy both how it stays the same and how much it has changed over the years.

From new gadgets to new boats and, far too often, new partners. Of these it is the partners I miss most. But with each passing comes new beginnings and new discoveries.

At times, I get so involved with outdoor activities that I discover I am just going through the motions. When hunting, I find myself moving through the woods as if in a trance (not recommended), and when fishing, I move from one spot to another often forgetting the species I seek. If you have experienced this, it needs no explanation. But to avid outdoorsmen it has an almost mythical significance.

It somewhat resembles the path of early explorers wishing to see over the next rise or around the next bend. It's this bend that makes it difficult because there will always be another. It's getting to and rounding bends that is the dilemma, as it could possibly be the best (or worst) yet. It's a discovery mode, an adventurous spirit that is so much a part of human nature, though possibly a bit more dominant in those who enjoy the outdoors.

Exhibiting these conditions has on occasion been detrimental to the success of the outing. I am either moving too fast or not at all. Or it could be that I am paying attention to things I had not noticed before.

This, on occasion, has worked to my advantage. Being in the discovery mode has brought me to new waters or new hunting stops that normally would have been overlooked.

The discovery mode has become so much a part of the outing itself. Finding new and unblemished waters or woods is itself a conquest. Although others may have come before me, as far as I am concerned it is still virgin territory and worth the time it takes to become acquainted.

FISH LIMIT CHANGES APPROVED

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted in favor of changing catch limits for several species at its meeting Tuesday. The 8-5 split vote was in favor of the comprehensive annual catch limit for dolphin, wahoo, cobia and king and Spanish mackerel, as well as species in the snapper-grouper category.

Under the amended Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, catch limits that will prevent over-fishing must be implemented by the end of 2011. The limits are based on recommendations by the council's scientific and statistical committee. The conclusion of the meeting will be submitted to the secretary of commerce.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

The inevitable aches, pains and nuisance injuries brought on by stupidity or middle age have kept me closer to home lately. While I am not 100 percent (or what passes for 100 percent at this point in my life), rest and inactivity are prescribed.

I expect a relatively quick return to normalcy, given the support of expert medical advice and treatment. The break may be warranted, and I suppose in some respects I've earned that much. Inactivity is not part of my forte, and honestly, I need to get back in the game.

Thanks for the concerns.

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