Best Fishing Trips

May 23, 2012 by  

By Nick Simonson

The human body is about 70 percent water.  The world is about 70 percent water.  I don’t think that’s a coincidence.  Our very core compound seems to draw us – especially those of us who are avid anglers – to water of all kinds.  From coast to coast, and shore to shore we can hop and jump across this spinning blue-and-green marble in a matter of hours and find our place near or on the waters we love or those flows we have only just laid eyes on.  Along the way, we meet and share stories with complete strangers, which further strengthen our desire to experience the best fishing trips.
So it was today, as I boarded a CanadAir jet bound for a two week trial in Erie, PA.  In the pouring rain, we lifted off over the Minnesota North Shore and the gray waters of Lake Superior disappeared under the cloudline.  Within fifty minutes, we had cleared the patch of pop-up thunderstorms in the whirling center of the low pressure system which dominated the weekend and I was staring out at the edge of Lake Michigan which quickly turned from gold and emerald green at its edges to an almost ocean-like blue in its center.  Five minutes later we were on the other side of the lake.
Best Fishing TripsAs we began our descent into Detroit, it was clear to see that the picture-perfect day was well received.  Local lakes teemed with boats, some lined up and anchored in large party groups, others whipping skiers and tubers behind them in their long trailing wakes and the occasional slow moving vessels, I imagined, were patrolling emerging weedlines for bass, or working jigs over deep reefs for walleyes.
As my field of vision from the window of Seat 13A whirred by, propelled by the whine of the jet engine just behind my seat, I followed the contours of each lake, until I could see no more of the transitions.  I saw two boats anchored up on the delta of a small river feeding a large suburban lake, and figured that those anglers had found their spot-on-a-spot.  I expect that they were enjoying the day, if not loading the livewell with a few fish.  Right up until the edge of the Motor City, every lake provided a chance for me to ask myself “where would I fish on this one” and “I wonder what’s in that lake?”
The second leg of my trip – Detroit to Erie – came near sunset.  From my angle, the moon had taken just the slightest bite out of the setting sun, as a portion of this spring’s solar eclipse was visible from my seat on the next CanadAir jet.  The red light streaming from the west lit up the edges of the lake, and the last few boats could be seen making their way back to shore, squeezing the last moments of excitement out of the weekend.
In the plane and at the airports, I traded stories with other anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, who commented on my second carry-on; a set of rods which I brought to pass the holiday weekend in between courtroom time.  A fellow from Maine inquired about duck and pheasant populations back home in North Dakota, his favorite state for upland and waterfowl hunting, and I in turn asked about the brook trout and striper fishing which his state was noted for.  A young man from California on the way to a job interview described the burgeoning coyote population behind his family’s house out west when I mentioned I saw a large gray one, just standing on the road, out of place and out of breath in the recent 95-degree heat on my way to Duluth.  We shared stories and connected over our common bonds – best fishing trips, hunting and the outdoors – making the travel time whiz by.
At the hotel, I unpacked my suitcase.  Mostly suits, shirts and ties, but also three reels and a small tacklebox containing just enough gear to take on whatever fishing I could find in the area.   I went to bed happy to be in safe and ready to take on the coming week and looking forward to the chance to explore new waters…in our outdoors.


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