In the Wild Outfitters

Fishing on the Light Side

A Boy Fishing from a DockI remember it well, its early and Iím thinking "No, I donít want to go to school!"  But then it hits me, its Saturday and if I hurry I can make it down to the river before the sun rises.  So off I go with a rod and tackle box in one hand and a paddle in the other.  I stumble down the steep embankment tripping over cypress knees as I go but finally I make it to the leaky Jon boat pulled up on the riverbank.  Iím just in time as the sun is just starting to highlight the rising mist over the dark tannin stained waters.  

This is one Angry Largemouth BassExcited I shove off and hurriedly cast a rubber worm against a willow tree where it is quickly engulfed by a largemouth bigger than I knew what to do with on my trusty Zebco 404.  The bass toys around with Me for a while but soon tires of the game and puts and end to it with a powerful line snapping run.  Dejected, I dream of what it would be like to have one of those Garcia 5000ís the bass pros use with about twenty lb. test to go with it.  

From then on till high school age, I acquired the heavier tackle I dreamed of and began to tackle bigger and bigger bass.  By the time I was 20, I began to tire of dragging fish in on over sized tackle and the trend began toward lighter tackle and the pursuit of bass on the The Ultimate Light Tackle - Fly Rodflyrod. This opened a whole new world for Me as I began to feel the spirit of game fish on lighter tackle.  

Bald EagleAbout the same time I began to learn the subtle pleasures of a fishing trip that didnít show up in the fish count.  I started noticing chickadees, finches, woodpeckers, wood ducks various hawks and birds of prey, and with a quieter approach started have encounters with deer, turkeys, and the more and more abundant bald eagles Ė this interest, if I might add, caused me to dive into wildlife art and become a world class sculptor of birds of prey.  

Fishing From ShoreNow that I have reached the age of 37, I find that you donít have to catch a lot of fish to have a memorable day on the water.  Donít get me wrong, with every new year Iíve gotten better at catching fish. Its just that My priorities have changed.  I know that I am not alone in this way, because I have more and more clients tell me the same sort of things.  

No words are necessarySo what is the point of all of this jabber? Well I have a feeling there are a lot of people out there who are interested in a guide who is able to put them on fish all right, but is also interested in the finer points of the outdoor experience. So if fishing on the light side appeals to you then give me a call and lets start planning a trip you are sure to enjoy.  

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For more information, or to book a trip contact:  
Captain Scott Graham  
17454 Hwy. 301  
Dade City, Florida 33523
Phone: (352) 567-0543

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