Fisherman’s wives

I just talked to my daughter, her boyfriend is Walleye fishing, and has been about everyday since “they are running” right now (which mean the prespawn bite is on). She said “there is always a season for something, ice fishing, Walleye fishing, Trout season, and on and on, there’s always a season for something” that makes me realize how I used to be, always out hunting and fishing everyday. The only way to get away with this is to have kids so she won’t be alone and leave her enough money to go shopping so she has something to do of her own.

Some of my friends still do it, fish everyday they can but I don’t any more. I finally caught enough fish to be content. I would rather do something constructive, like build up my stores and website. I mean what does it matter how many fish you catch? Its a males adrenaline that makes them have the strong desire to catch more fish than their buddies, to be so competitive. Especially when the hear about someone else catching them, it makes guys have all the more drive. It even makes me start to think about going, but the way I see it, what will it accomplish? I have already caught a lot of huge fish, and tens of thousands if one counts numbers. She said he caught one that was 22″ long, to me a 22″ is not a big fish, but I’m spoiled and not impressed at all.

Lets see, I could make a couple T-shirt designs, work on my website, and do things around the house and get something accomplished, or I can waste yet another day jerking fish. I could stay home and be with my grand kids and family, or I could spend the day with fish. I have finally reached the age and maturity to do the latter. But I won’t quit altogether, I will go when the big fish are biting and catch more big fish in one day than most do in several years, because I know how and when to fish.

I want to return to Lake Erie, not to fish as much as I want to get new footage to make a new DVD and I really need the footage, because when I filmed before it was just for fun and now I want to make a how-to DVD. When ever I go fishing here at home on the Mississippi River it is to get footage, not so much to fish. Its part of my new game of getting something accomplished and not just wasting days fishing for nothing but ego.

Anyway, I don’t know what to tell my daughter, I imagine she is growing tired of spending so many days alone. She will have to wait until her boyfriend gets older, and then maybe and maybe not he will spend more time at home. Chances are he won’t, because most fisherman are never content. Only the few that catch some really big fish on a regular bases can reach a point of being so spoiled that they don’t need to keep chasing fish day in day out. Its like if your catching big fish all day long for enough days, then it becomes hard to sit out there not catching anything or only catching small fish. there is other things to do in life, like spend time with your family.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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