Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Sunday, January 29th, 2023

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A special fishing bucket list for this angler

With recent events surrounding my bout with cancer, it has really made me think long and hard about what life is really about and what things I may or may not have done.

The last year has been one hell of a rollercoaster and I am not really sure how I am still here to type this, but who am I to question what the higher power has in store for me?

In light of these events, there has been some serious thoughts about a bucket list of things that I would like to do before I leave this earth.

I suppose that, in a way, everyone has their own type of bucket list – things we all want to do before we pass on. Mine seems to be more related to fishing rather than anything fancy or monetary.

There have been days spent daydreaming of fishing for different species, and to be able to cross each one off my list would be a great achievement.

I’ve already achieved two, and it just makes me want more. I boated a king salmon over 20 pounds while casting for them, and I have also landed an Alaskan halibut.

I thought I would share my bucket list with you and invite you to also think about what yours is and to share.

In no particular order:

  • Catch a tarpon on stand-up tackle.
  • Fish for giant redfish in the flats or marshes of the gulf.
  • Fish for striped bass on the east coast.
  • Catch a splake in full color
  • Make a trip to Australia and fish the waters surrounding it. Goliath grouper comes to mind.
  • Fish for speckled trout on the Gulf waters.
  • Break the 10-pound barrier on a largemouth.
  • Break the 6-pound barrier on a smallmouth.

Stop and think about it for a moment: What’s on your bucket list?

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