Author: Fishful Thinker

Catching Bass And Taking Names

By Chad LaChance As of 2011, 19,569,000 or 59.3% of all licensed anglers in the United States placed the largemouth bass at the top of their list of favorite species to pursue. That’s 23 percent higher than the next closest fish, the humble sunfish family and 34% above third place, the smallmouth bass. Americans don’t always fish, but when we do, we prefer largemouth. Now, before I go on, don’t hate on me. I know this is ‘The West’ where trout are king and bug slingers are the regionally stereotypical anglers.  But are they? After all, a full 85%...

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Fishful Thinker: Bass Rod Roundup

Ahhh, the fishing rod — such a simple concept. Take a long skinny stick, tie a hook and string to it and commence to fishin’. Maybe back in Andy and Opie’s day, but not for today’s angler! Rods, poles, sticks, whatever you call them, the modern fishing rod has evolved into a very technically advanced tool constructed of space-age materials and computer designs to achieve a very specific combination of length, power, action and weight. Many rods are technique-specific (spongy crankbait rods are a good example of this) while others are designed to be general purpose catchers. This diversity...

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Fishful Thinker: Influence

By Chad LaChance Quick, what is the most positive thing you can do to ensure the great outdoors are there for future generations? Joining a conservation organization such as Trout Unlimited or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a good plan and there are lots of others to choose from if you’re not into one of those two. You could also join a fishing tournament organization like B.A.S.S. that has a conservation arm. That way you can support conservation and get your derby on at the same time. Joining both types of organizations is a great idea, but the...

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Fishful Thinker: Organization

By Chad LaChance I just read a main-stream media dissertation about the secrets of “highly successful” people and I came away with the idea that highly successful people simply must be great anglers, or at least would be great ones if they undertook our sport. That notion became clear to me as I read their habits and tendencies and compared it to all the top shelf anglers I know. In a nutshell, regardless of whatever you’re “highly successful” at, the habits and tendencies are the same. One of those tendencies in particular is a weakness of mine; care to...

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Fishful Thinker: Living on The Edge

By Chad LaChance I recently saw a T-shirt that said something to the effect of, “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room”. Interesting thought, even though T-shirts aren’t where I normally look for tidbits of wisdom. Why, you ask, is this simple thought of interest to me? Well it has nothing to do with the extreme lifestyle literally referenced on the shirt, where the edge is that of life and death. After all, I don’t race motorcycles or jump out of airplanes – so what relevance could “living on the edge” possibly have...

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