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My Fishing Experience

I have been both fresh and saltwater fishing since I was a young child. I often went shore fishing with my sister, then I ended up going out on a boat with my father and my grandfather. The boat belonged to my grandfather who passed away when I was 15. This boat didn't have a name.

When I went fishing on the boat, we always fished in saltwater. I remember one time my grandfather caught a giant crab and another time, someone caught a shoe or something typical of a 1980's TV commercial about pollution. I always enjoyed going out on that boat. Sometimes I would catch fish, and sometimes I wouldn't. But overall, I had to say that most of my fishing experiences with my father and my grandfather were always fun.

The one time that I remember not being so fun, was when the motor broke down on the boat and we were about a mile or so off-shore. Just to give you an idea of the size of the boat, it could hold about 4 people. It had a relatively small engine, although I don’t remember the actual amount of Horse Power it had, or didn't have , in my experience. Anyway, we were out there and the water was at least 60 feet deep, but the tide was easy going...Going out ...that is.

Since this was in the 1980's, there were no cell phones available for us to reach into our pocket and dial 911 for help, or to text message a friend with a bigger boat. We thought we would become stranded.

We could see the shore, which was a good thing, but it seemed pretty far away. And all of a sudden, my father comes up with this great idea. He decides that he's going to throw the anchor against the tide and drag us into shore. In the long run, it worked!

It took what seemed like forever to me, but was probably more like 4 hours for us to get to the shoreline. My father slipped and fell a few times while he was dragging us in because he was wearing rubber knee-boots while standing on the front of the boat. He kept getting splashed by the waves. I don’t know how he didn't lose his footing and fall into the water! I remember being petrified.

The reason we had decided to go back in the first place was because it had begun to rain. This was not the best of my fishing experiences.

The intention of this article is to share with you, the experiences of my misfortune when it comes to fishing.

Fresh Water licensing fees are up, and now the Federal Government has mandated licensing for all non-commercial fisherman and women. The program was implemented last year and was free.

Starting this year, there is a fee of $15.00 to fish in saltwater. The program is called the National Saltwater Angler Registry. This is a division of the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration. I was very surprised when the guy at the Sporting Goods Counter at Wal-Mart last year told me that I had to get a license for salt water fishing.

I went fishing about 10 times last year and the only thing I caught was a starfish! Seriously,I really did. And that's all I caught and I can't prove it because I was so worried about getting fined or something, that I forgot to take a picture! I really regret not getting that picture. I'm sure it doesn't matter because thousands of star fish hang out on the shore near my house every summer. Many of them die on the rocks. I have tried many different baits and rigs to catch other fish, but in the last few years, I just haven’t been able to land anything. I've broken a lot of lines in the process though.

Well, I hope that this year will be different. I would love to catch a great fish so I can take a picture of it with me smiling as I pose with it. I might even share the picture with friends and relatives. Maybe I can bring it home and share it with my wife? Who knows what I’ll do. I still have to catch that fish! My goal this year is to l take my kids out fishing, maybe even try some canoeing this year. Maybe they can bring me some better luck! I feel like the bait at the end of my hook; always waiting to see if I am going to get snagged!

© 2011 JS Matthew

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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Forget everything you know... it doesn't work. :)

You need to learn about the fish that you are targeting and the different methods of fishing. Maybe you will find the answers to the information you need within my fishing articles. You haven't failed you know; especially if you have had life experiences with your dad and granddad. Now learn to hold your mouth right so that you can take your children fishing, but this time teach them the right ways. Good Luck.. Tight Lines mate.

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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

A lot of hubs I don't really enjoy. This one I did.

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Great hub! I love fishing and most of all in our little boat. We use jugs to catfish and that is really fun also. Thank you for sharing. Got my fishing license and all ready to go.

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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

LOL, I fish, I taught my kids to fish and now we are teaching the grandchildren. Enjoyed the stories.

If you need help have a peek at this. LOL

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks for all the comments everyone! Pearldiver and Granny's House, I will have to check out some of your fishing Hubs! I could use some help!


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Fay Paxton 5 years ago

I must confess that I am not a fan of fishing. My memories of fishing are being told to be quiet a thousand times. ;)

Nice hub. Up/funny

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks for your comment, Fay! I always thought that it was mean to take children fishing and keep them quiet. What's the point? Fishing should be a fun and bonding experience. If not, why bring your kids?

Thanks for rating!


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

JS, fishing has started again. I live upstate NY. You are in New England. We both can enjoy fantastic fishing. Hope you give it another try. LOL


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks for the comment, Granny's House! I will! I plan on going out for my first trip in a few weeks; waiting for the perfect day! It's been too windy lately, in spite of the warmer weather.


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thranax 5 years ago from Rep Boston MA

Its called Fishing, not catching ;)


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Point taken, thranax!


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jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Lol If im not working im fishing or im writing , and i love to go fishing , of course a good boat helps. I enjoyed this hub and i voted it funny , up ,and awesome thank you for sharing !

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

I have yet to go out yet this year but I will if the rain ever stops! Thanks for the comment and vote, jami l. pereira!


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nutuba 4 years ago from North Carolina

I enjoyed your hub! I'm sorry that you've had frustrations fishing, but I guess it's all part of the game. I love having a line in the water, whether I catch anything or not. Some seasons are empty, with little to show. Other seasons are prolific with abundance. You never know when that big one will decide to give you a thrill.

Anyway, nice hub.

Tight lines!

Joel (nutuba)

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello nutuba! Thanks for stopping by! I just love to relax while casting a line away from the rest of the world for a little while. It's getting warmer here so I will be getting ready to continue on my unproductive fishing journey! I always enjoy being out on the water. Maybe someday that "Big One" will show up...but I'd be happy for any catch these days! Thank you for your comment.


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