Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Happy Place

Work, stress, bills, politics, media, interstates, traffic, phones, social media, and the list goes on...  These things are part of today's society.  Everyone needs a "Happy Place" to temporarily escape.  For my wife, it is getting lost in a good book.  For Happy Gilmore, it was an odd dreamland destroyed by Shooter McGavin.  Mine is found at my local reservoir.


I've spent countless hours fishing my local reservoir, learning every structure and contour.  The time I have invested here makes me secure and provides me a sense of familiarity.  I'm familiar with the water, weather, and fish patterns.  There is no stress related to water, weather conditions, or finding fish.  Anytime I struggle fishing other waters, I come here to normalize and find my Moment of Zen.
After my "code brown" river fishing experience, I was in dire need of a Moment of Zen at my Happy Place.  Yesterday I took my FeelFree Lure to my local reservoir.  On this picture-perfect day, I was certainly in my Happy Place


With bass season closed in Wisconsin, my Garmin Striker 4DV sonar guided me to my first GPS waypoint.  A crappie crib.  As expected, my Panfish Plastics Chigger Fry immediately delivered crappie. Quickly followed by several more.





Though my carp fishing was unsuccessful, I did well on panfish.  On this picture-perfect day, I found an increased happiness at my Happy Place.  In past years, I fished these waters in my jon boat with a basic fish finder.  The stability, maneuverability, comfort, low-maintenance, and versatility of my FeelFree Lure powered by my Bending Branches Angler Pro paddle bring an increased level of Zen to my local reservoir.  At the end of my trip, I took a paddle around the lake.  My jaw dropped as I marked new way points on my Garmin.  My previous, basic, fish finder never marked so many structures or fish.  With proper equipment, my Happy Place is now my Happier Place.


Please take a moment to enjoy the majesty of my Happy Place.  Take a moment to identify your Happy Place.  If you don't have one, think about it.  Where would it be?  It doesn't need to be a vacation, boat, vehicle, house, or something else that costs you tens of thousands of dollars.  It can be a hike up a hill, a library book, or a movie.  I would certainly enjoy my Happy Place on a fully-rigged bass boat.  However, I find more enjoyment on a lower-cost, lower-maintenance fishing kayak.  Find your Happy Place and visit often.  Next to friends and family, it is my second-most important place to spend time.  The stresses and problems can wait a few hours or days.  Your sanity cannot.











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