Have a question? Ask an old guy

rodcrafter@islc.netApril 1, 2012 

I have been told more than once that old men are fond of giving good advice. By doing so, they are able to console themselves for no longer being in a position to give bad examples.

I often challenge this by being one of the old and by asking someone else.

This may seem a play on words, but "sage" advice, as it is often referred, can be of great benefit if you pay attention. This is particularly true in respect to hunting, fishing, golf and travel directions.

If you want to know where to catch the most or the biggest, bring home trophies or meat, remove the slice from your golf game or find the shortest or fastest route -- ask an old timer.

Not all advice will favor your needs, but at least it will give you the option for an excuse. Just tell them the old guy told you -- whoever that might be.

FISHING TRENDS

Transition is a word better described as the ability of one to outlast the time it takes for a positive other to transcend. Using this description for current fishing conditions is well suited and applicable.

Last week, it appeared things were on the upswing; better water conditions, less wind and mild weather were all positive aspects to the catch ratio. This week we maintain much of the same with one minus: Our quarry is not cooperating.

No matter how much you may know or think you know about the sport, the one variable is the result. Presently, most results leave a good bit to be desired and a lot to the imagination.

My advice as one of the old, mature and yet to be transitioned: Go as often as you can and follow the rules of engagement; you might just find what you are after. If not, at least it beats the alternative.

SNAPPER REMINDER

The recreational season for vermilion snapper in South Atlantic federal waters begins today. The daily bag limit is five vermilion snapper per person (in addition to the aggregate bag limit of 10 snapper), with a minimum size limit of 12 inches total length.

The recreational season ends Nov. 1. The commercial fishery remains closed, and the split-season will reopen on July 1.

TURKEY SEASON HERE

While the opportunity to do a bit of spring turkey hunting is still in limbo, nonetheless I am preparing just the same.

Those who have set with me in the woods know my fondness for turkey calls and the unique sounds that can be achieved. I use calls sparingly. As a result, I may not get as many shots, but those that are made are usually on the mark.

Over the years I have gained hunting maturity -- the act of survival by game being pursued far outweighs any notion of success a hunter may entertain. Sounds carry in the woods and often can be misjudged as to distance. For this reason, I prefer to limit my calls to periods of positive reaction. Large gobblers didn't get that way by being careless. Limit your calls for more positive returns.

This year, my son sent me a Road Block Glass Call. It is a real beauty and adds well to my collection. The call is made from premium cedar, it holds well and gives sharp, clear tones that roll well to the next pitch.

If you are finding it difficult to bring that long beard in from a blind side or from across the road, try a glass call. It also packs well, and tuning is more a matter of friction force than a mechanical adjustment.

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