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Switch gears for more fish

From mid-summer until ice returns to the lake, pond or river, if you want to catch more fish, you need to be fishing where the predator’s food lives. The type of food varies from body of water to body of water, but the concept remains: If you want to catch gamefish, you’ve got to be fishing ...

Information of little importance or value

While I don’t enjoy playing most board games (bored games) I do enjoy playing Trivial Pursuit. That’s because I appreciate trivia; you know: “details, considerations or pieces of information of little importance or value.” That’s how the dictionary defines it. Sadly, my brain stores ...

Faster trolling for faster fishing action

Fish are cold-blooded creatures. Water temperatures have an effect on their way of doing things. When the water is cold, the fish prefer a slow moving bait. Their metabolism is slower in cold water, so they don’t move as fast. When water temperatures warm up to where they are now, fish are ...

Iowa nice in the rest of the country

Most Iowans pride themselves on what is often referred to as “Iowa Nice.” Since the precise meaning of this phrase is difficult to express, I will refer to Wikipedia which claims “Iowa nice is a cultural label used to describe the stereotypical attitudes and behaviors of residents ...

I scream for ice cream

If God had chosen me to be the first man instead of Adam, I would have never fallen for Eve’s “try it, you’ll like it” line. Naked lady or no naked lady, I would not have messed up Creation for a stupid apple or whatever fruit she was playing temptress with. However, had Eve turned ...

Choices and their consequences

The group discussion focused on advice. Given the opportunity, we were asked, what parting advice would we leave with our children upon our demise? Several good responses were volunteered. One answer, however, made particularly good sense. “Make the right choices,” one parent said. That ...