Spring brings promise of a new beginning
Spring surprised Arkansas with an April 20 snowfall and the springtime promise of a new beginning… April. Who knew it would snow!
After a year wearing masks and hunkering down to fight COVID19, we are ready to take on the world.
Spring is in full mode. Masks, down. Flowers, blooming. Pollen, out. Lakes and rivers flowing, streaming with fish, welcoming the eager fishermen.
Fishing is in full swing
Proof spring fishing is in full swing is the sight of fishermen marching out of nearby tackle shops toting rods and reels and an extravaganza of tackle stuffed in bags.
Bought some river shoes at Bass Pro, and noticed a line-up of customers at the end of the customer service counter. The sign above read, “Fishing Licenses.”
My fish story
My childhood fishing gear was basic: a cane pole, bobbers, a fish stringer, and a can of worms. Oh, and I had a bullhead skinner and a fish knife.
Catching fish – perch, catfish, bullheads, and sunfish – was a cherished childhood adventure. To bring back those memories, I keep a jar of bobbers in my studio.
I fished from the banks in Wisconsin lakes. I simply tied a line on my cane pole, slipped a favorite red-and-white bobber on the line, threaded a worm on my hook, and was ready to cast my line into the water, hoping a fish would notice my worm.
Stringing a wiggling worm onto my hook made me feel courageous. Then there was the added adventure the night before fishing when I would search my lawn before bedtime, flashlight in hand, to catch night-crawlers for my worm can.
The excitement when the bobber dips under the water’s surface to signal I have a fish on the line is sensational.
Fishing is a professional sport today and lucky fishermen go to great lengths to outsmart fish. They captain sleek boats outfitted in style and technology, and zoom to their favorite fishing holes. The more serious fishermen have a Fish Finder onboard to bounce sonar off the bottom of the lake in pursuit of a catch.
Spring has sprung
April flowers are blooming and birds singing.
Along with the flowers and the fishing is the lawn mowing, garden planting, and pollen explosion, there is hard labor. It is early spring and already our garden is fertilized, our lawn seeded and mowed, three times.
But with all the work ahead, the delights of spring are hard to surpass.
“Are the fish biting?” Is how you strike up a conversation in Arkansas.