This will be my 36th year as a full time fishing guide and ya know, a person doesn’t get very much exercise sitting in a boat all those years for eight to twelve hours a day, six to seven days a week. That was my excuse I gave my wife for getting fat and I’m sticking to it! I decided along with a little prodding from my wife and my doctor that I should join a gym and so with nothing much to do in the off season other than doing expos and seminars I did just that. Now knowing how I would also slack off or quit when I got a bit tired I asked for a personal coach to keep me going. I went in the first day thinking my coach would be like the one I had way back in high school, a big, loud, blustery man, but I found out soon that times have changed. My coach is a young lady about one third my age and about one hundred times more fit. She is very professional and knowledgeable in knowing how hard to work this old body of mine without having to call in the paramedics. She always starts me out with stretching exercises which included a version of touching your toes! When she first told me to do this I couldn’t help but to laugh a bit. She asked what was so funny, I told her that I haven’t even seen my toes for 40 years let alone touch them from a standing position! For the first two weeks by the time I got home my butt was dragging and all I wanted to do is take a shower followed by a nap. Seeing how I was struggling and to cheer me up my dear wife suggested that we should take a before and after photo like you see in the magazines from time to time, I told her at this rate the way I feel my after photo would be in a pine box. This has all passed now and I got to admit I do feel better and my casting arm will make it at least another season.
Fishing is one of the most accessible outdoor sports. Nearly anyone, no matter age, income level or even athletic ability, can participate. Over 46 million Americans fish today, including millions of women and a growing ethnic segment. Many of us grew up fishing with our fathers and grandfathers while some are just fishing for the first time. No matter who you are or how you have come to the sport of fishing, there is a direct connection with your health and the lines you wet.