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Fishing Sports and Leisure… I remember my first fish

               Review for 3 best Fishing poles for kids                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Remember the feeling the first time you reeled in your first fish? I sure do. Feeling it fight the anxiety of getting it to the shore before it got off the hook. Oh the memories.

There was nothing like going fishing at the lake or in the river with my dad or one of my uncles. I grew up in a family of hunters and fishermen and was taught at a pretty young age how to fish and yes, I had to put on my own bait.

Trying to get them squirmy little worms on the hook was a task all its own, but the adventure of digging it out of the Styrofoam bowl from the bait shop or out of the old coffee can was part of the experience.

I recall several times helping my dad get our own bait, He would water down the ground really good , wait until night fall then grab the old coffee can full of dirt and a flashlight and go Nightcrawler hunting. Wow! Them suckers were huge. Or at least they were when I was seven. If you have never done this I suggest giving it a try at least once. See being the tomboy that I was grabbing them big ole slimy brown nightcrawlers was part of the fun.

No one can teach you how to catch a fish really that is pretty much up to you and well the fish. We were taught the basics like how to cast, how to reel it in, setting the drag, How to get it off the hook and of course how to set up our rods.

By the age of ten I was not only putting on my own bait, I was setting up my own rig. Us kids always had our own fishing poles and all our own tackle. We even had our own Creels. And I tell ya what strapping that thing over my shoulder, my tacklebox in one hand, my pole in the other. I felt so grownup going on my fishing adventures.

You would think the hardest part would have been setting everything up. Nope the hardest part for me was being patient, well that and being quiet. Waiting for that fish to take my bait, hoping and praying for the BIG ONE!

I have caught some pretty big ones in my day but nothing I would actually call the BIG ONE. You know the one we all know is out there but can never seem to catch. Although my mom at one time caught a record size brown trout out of a river in Northern California she got put in the paper and everything. That was a pretty proud moment for her. I have fished for Trout, Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill, and Bass. Now I have had fun with the fight of reeling in each and ever fish I have ever caught, but I don’t think I have even had as much fun as I did one time when I caught a 9 inch Channel Catfish. I tell ya what them suckers can put up a fight!

Now most of the time we would fish from the shore or off the bridge, but my grandfather and my uncle loved to fly fish. Not a technique I was ever able to get a grasp on. But watching my grandfather and uncle as a kid whip that line in and out of the

water like it was a yoyo just mesmerized me. on a few occasions I even recall seeing the fish actually jump out of the water to snag the fly. Absolutely amazing thing to see! as I type this and recall these childhood memories I can actually see them standing in the water with their waders on and the line snapping back and fourth. I was always so fascinated with the flies also. So shinny and flashy.

But honestly the best memories I have of fishing are sitting on the river bank with my dad Patiently trying to catch dinner or breakfast for the next day. Me in my old holey jeans ‘that had worm gunk and mud all over them’  and a tee shirt with my flip flops. Him in his jeans with his old cowboy boots and usually a western style shirt with the sleeves rolled up and his pack of Marlboro cigarettes and his lifesavers in his pocket.

I think having to be patient and sit quietly while fishing is what gave me a great appreciation for the sounds of nature.

Types of fishing.

Now there are many types of fishing like.

Angling- This is your basic bait fishing with a hook and sinker. Usually in a lake, river, or creek.

Big Game fishing- This is usually done from a boat and in the ocean.

Fly fishing- a Type of angling but with no sinker and using a special hook called a fly. Usually done in rivers or larger creeks.

Trolling- this is usually done in a smaller boat with a trolling motor. But it is also called trolling when you slowly reel your line in from on shore.

Trawling- Not to be confused with trolling but it sometimes is. Trawling is done in a boat with a net dragging not a pole.

People fish for many reason. Some fish for food, others for sport and then you have your commercial fishermen these are the guys that catch the fish you buy in stores and restaurant.

My family fished for for sport and food. We always ate what we didn’t throw back.

There are so many joys in fishing and fishing can create some great memories I know it did for me. I will always cherish the time spent on the shores fishing with my family.

No matter how you fish, what you fish for or where you fish. Keep on fishin!

 

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Summer time Fun and sports. Swimming, Surfing, and jet skies.

Soon summer will be upon us, and we all know what that means. Swimming pools and beaches.

Did you know that swimming is the fourth most popular sport in the country? Yep approximately 31% of the population swim in either lakes, oceans, rivers and swimming pools.

I remember as a kid going to my neighbors house to swim. It was not a large pool just a round above ground type that was maybe 10 or 12 feet across. But my friends and I enjoyed it just the same. We would play Marco polo, dive for objects at the bottom of the pool and play pool basketball. But I think our favorite thing to do was run as fast as we could in a circle creating a whirlpool then stopping and let the water carry us around the pool. When we would get tired we would lay on lounge chairs and sun bathe and I’m not talking about the nice lounge chairs they have nowadays I’m talking about the retro ones from the 70s. You know the ones with the plastic that stuck to every part of you exposed skin and would some times even fold up on you. After a short rest period we would get back in and do it all over again. Most days we would swim as long as she or our parents allowed which was usually most of the day. Those are some great memories.

Have you ever gone down the rushing water of a river or creek in an inner tube? So much fun. We did it all the time when we would go camping in the summer. Now I’m not talking about raging waters but there are some water extremists that do that and other extreme water sports like Skiing, Flyboarding, Cliff diving, Wake boarding, Shark diving, Kite surfing, or Parasailing. Not me! I keep it simple and safe. Other than going down some light rapid waters I think Pool basketball or water jousting is about as extreme as I get.

I tried Towed Tubing once. Key word here is ONCE! I went about 15 feet bounced up in the air then smacked back down on

that tube. I was done. at Lake Barryessa in California with some friends at their cabin and we all decided to go tubing. Well they decided I was just along for the ride really, but with some coercing they convinced me to try it NEVER again! Nope not for me at all thanks.

Whether you are into water sports or just hanging out in the pool Water in great summer fun.

Swimming isn’t just fun it is healthy as well. Here are five benefits of swimming.

1. It is good for your heart.

2. A full body workout.

3. Great for helping with depression. That’s right swimming stimulates brain chemicals that help the growth of nerve cells and influences serotonin. It helps with anxiety and stress. Water Meditation is wonderful as well. It has been proven that meditating in or near water has the ability to enhance the Impact of your thoughts. That is why many meditation videos use water sounds or visual backgrounds.

4. Boost your metabolism. Just a casual swim can burn as many as 500 calories.

5. Builds endurance.

Yes, swimming is great for exercise, but there are so many other things you can do in the water.

In a swimming pool you can play fun games like Marco polo, water polo, dive for objects at the bottom of the pool, play water tag, pretend you are a deep sea diver, and many more. Or just keep it simple and float around on a blowup float or a tub.

Speaking of tubs. In rivers, you can float down the rougher water on a tub, or be pulled around a lake on a wave tub. There are so many water sports other than swimming. There is surfing, Skiing, Kayaking, Snorkeling,,Wake boarding, Rafting,Paddle boarding.

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Water sports.

water polo

Kayak Racing

Powerboating

Rowing

Sailing

Fishing (some people question this one)

Surfing

Diving

swimming

There are a few others as well, but these are a few of the more well-known ones.

What ever your water sports or fun may be always remember safety first.

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Roller Derby. Ultimate Skating

Roller Derby.

Anyone out there remember watching this brutally awesome sport? I do. I remember my mom watching it and sitting right beside her. She was a fan in the early 70s of the L.A. Thunderbirds (AKA) ‘L.A. T-Birds With their Green and Gold uniforms. Now I must confess although I did remember the color of the uniforms I had to look up the name of the team. I distinctly remember sitting on the floor in front of the TV I don’t think I was much older than 3 or 4 watching these women speeding around a rink bumping and slamming one another into the side rails and jumping over the ones that had fallen.

The flash of color as they sped around and around the ring was hypnotizing to me. I know a lot of the thrill I felt as a child watching this was the fact that I was watching and spending time with my mom, but I was also captivated by the ambiance of the action. when, I first learned how to skate I would pretend I was in the roller derby. I would skate into bushes and pretend it was an opponent trying to bump me. Kind of silly to think back on it now but as a kid it was exhilarating.

There was nothing like it, and I recall the thrill and anticipation when my mom would say Roller Derby was going to be on.

Then all of a sudden it was gone. I grew older and the years passed without much thought of the sport other than a mention of it now and then from my mom. I guess they tried a couple times over the years to bring it back but it just didn’t make a spark. Then a coupe of years ago I was flipping through the Channels trying to find something to watch and wow low and behold there was Roller Derby it was on MeTV. Oh, I was so excited. I sat and watched and the nostalgia was overwhelming.

This is one sport I wish would make a great come back. There was an attempt in the late 90s to bring it back with a show called Roller jam but it only lasted for about a year. Now the only place to watch Roller Derby is a YouTube channel WFTDAtv. These are all armatures. I want to see this come back as a professional sport and be on National Television. Now that I know where I can watch it I plan on watching as often as possible.

Let me explain a bit about this sport. It is played in two 30 minute periods split into 2 minute jams with a 30-second break between jams for players to rotate. Each jam has five players from each team on the rink. One Jammer ( Has a Star on their helmet) who’s job is to skate laps around the other team and four blockers who’s job it is to block the opposing teams Jammer while allowing their own blocker to advance forward. The Jammers get points for every opposing teammate they pass. There

is a head blocker called the pivot this position may if needed switch positions with the Jammer. This is called ‘passing the star’ Since the blockers have to play both offense and defense at the same time this sport is very fast paced and full contact. In the case of a tie at the end of the bout it goes into a sudden death jam with no lead jammer.

to goal is not to just score points but to score the most points than the opposing jammer that is why It is important to be in the lead Jammer position. The lead can end the jam by putting their hand on their hip. The jammer might only pass 2 or 3 opponents and end the jam instead of passing the third opponent. This is because the opposing jammer may be in scoring position so ending the jam is better than risking your opponent passing your team and catching up the score.

This sport really gets your adrenaline pumping. According to statistics I looked up there are currently 2000 roller derby leagues spread across 53 countries and 100,000women as well as men play the sport regularly. I just don’t understand how with so many people playing this sport how it has not come back strong and become a pro sport.

If you have never heard of or watch Roller Derby might I suggest you check it out. This is one sport that will always hold a place in my heart!

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Camping. A sport, recreational activity or both?

Many say Camping is a sport, yet others say to the contrary.

Let’s take another look at the definition of what a sport is. ( Sport: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual competes against another or others for entertainment.)

Now if you take into consideration the definition then no, technically camping itself is not s sport. But most people when camping partake in activities that are considered a sport. Such as Fishing, Hunting, Shooting or Archery, Hiking, or mountain biking.

I personally think Camping is a sport because it does take skill. I mean you don’t have to be a mastermind to camp but it helps to know survival skills, How to light a fire, first aide skills ETC.

People say camping isn’t a sport because it is not competitive yet there are many competitive shows about camping. Well I guess you can say they are more about survival but the people are camping so to speak.

There is alone: Great show ” Competition”

Survivorman

Out in the Wild ” competition”

Win the wilderness “Competition”

You vs. Wild: Great show

Duel Survival: Great show

Naked and Afraid: Great show ” Competition”

Mountain Men

The list goes on and on…

In some of these shows people use their Camping, Nature and survival skills to COMPETE against others for money.

Now I know camping really isn’t a competition sport yet I am one of the few that do consider it an outdoor sport not just an activity. What do you think?

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