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April 29, 2007
I just got back from a long trip and was going through the mail and getting caught up on some work.... [[^]
Typical mail: bills, junk, bank stuff and then this..... 😀
Bob Jones sent me "Time on the Water" to read! Yeh! Thanks very much, that made my day.
I can't wait to read this classic, what a nice surprise. I would be happy to send to someone else in the club to read after I'm done (if you don't mind Bob).
April 29, 2007
April 29, 2007
I just finished the book, and wanted to write in and get others thoughts from those who read it. For those who haven’t read the book and don’t want to hear what happens…stop reading now.
First off, I didn’t know anything about the story when I started reading it. You got to hand it to the guy for taking a year off work to go fishing, I can sort of relate. I chose a college in northern NY when I deciding to go back about 8 years ago, the most important factor in my decision was proximity to good fishing waters. And, a couple of years after the move, I caught my first musky and have been hooked ever since. So, I can relate to Bill Gardners quote: “There comes a time in a man’s life when the thing to do is go fishing….”
I really liked the way the book is narrated, you get to feel like you are on Crab, or Lake Michigan, or Lynx, etc. It was also interesting to read how his motivation faded after so many fishless days and hearing reports of the 20+ and 30+ pounders being caught, and hearing how the top ten list in the county kept getting bigger. Yet, he kept at it for aprox. 200 days. Even went ice fishing when the lakes froze over.
I thought, overall, it was a great story portraying the dedication involved in musky fishing. Of course, it is well known that most really successful fisherman don’t give away “secret” spots or bodies of water, so that was no surprise in the book. However, Bill did mention the lakes he was fishing, which made the book very interesting. The advice and encouragement that Bill gets from the other musky fisherman he meets in his quest for “moby musky” is something I can relate too also, that’s what musky fishing is all about!
At the time the book was written, catch and release wasn’t the norm....wow how things have changed.
The most important thing I learned (which re-confirmed what I already knew as a die-hard musky nut)... is to keep fishing! <<<<><<< and don’t think that just because everyone else is catching fish and I’m not, that I’m doing something wrong…since he DID catch his big fish….just four years later. Even though he didn't reach his goal of catching a fish in the top ten, he did get the big one he was looking for.
Thanks again Bob for loaning it to me to read, I really enjoyed the book.