I‘m a liberal leaning outdoorsman attempting to open the minds of right wingers to the idea that libs fish too. Anglers come from all walks of life, left, right, and center. Not everyone who fishes for bass is a redneck fond of Nascar, country music, and religiosity. Expect posts about largemouth bass fishing, techniques, reviews of lures and other products, but not any condemnable conservative rants. I hope to inspire the online angler community to dial down rhetoric which will do more harm than good to our sport.

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Monday, September 3, 2007

• Fishing Withdrawal

So I've been away from fishing since the Monday morning trip and away from my gear since Thursday. Spending two days on the road keeps your mind off of things like fishing until you pass someone hauling their bass boat behind their truck. My senses honed in on the motor and the type of boat. I was on the lookout for any fishing decals on rear windows.

Now I'm in Michigan, a place with a lot of water to fish, without any of my gear and no plans to fish any time soon. The neurology rotation will consume most of my time. Any time spent on fishing would take away from what I'm supposed to be doing here and one could argue this blog could also serve as a distraction.

What has kept my mind off of fishing and away from experiencing any withdrawal symptoms? Technology is doing a heck of a job. Podcasts and torrent downloads definitely keep me from browsing fishing sites or glance at the BPS site. I'm also not scanning the weekly weather forecast for good days to fish. The hotel TV doesn't have the Outdoor Channel, but it does have VS and a couple of ESPN stations. I'm one of the folks that does not watch much television anymore, so I probably won't find myself glued to anything other than news so I stay up to date on what's going on in the world. I've also got the Bates physical exam book open to the chapter on the nervous system. Not sure how many of my fellow anglers care for hearing about that. I don't meet many med students or doctors interested in freshwater fishing either.

So right now, the withdrawal hasn't really set in, although talking about it seems to be giving me that itch in the back of my brain. I'm still working on writing my top 5's blog entry and trying to come up with some topics to write about. I could write a ton of lure reviews. I have a few plastics I could write a little bit about. I have a feeling the fishing itch is going to hit me soon though.

What do you do to cope when you can't fish?