Perfect time to take a friend fishing


By Roger Wolfe - Outdoors Columnist



Brodie and Sydnie Wolfe aren’t old enough to need a fishing license just yet, but on June 11th and 12th everyone can fish like a kid again by taking advantage of West Virginia’s free fishing weekend where no license is required.


Believe it or not, not everyone likes to fish. I know, I know, it is really unfathomable that anyone wouldn’t want to go fishing every chance they get. Sounds crazy, but I am told it is true.

I, sincerely, believe that this is simply because they haven’t tried it or haven’t found the right kind of fishing that suits them best. Non-Fishermen will use just about as many excuses to why they don’t fish as real fishermen will use about why the fish aren’t biting!

Well coming up on June 11-12th, 2016 one of their excuses will definitely be taken away from them. They can say that licenses are too expensive, but on the second weekend in June it won’t matter.

In West Virginia no fishing license will be required. It is FREE fishing weekend. What is better than free? Not much, unless it is catching a boat load of fish.

June 5th through the 12th is National Fishing and Boating Week and in recognition of this the WVDNR has made June 11th and 12th a free fishing weekend. That makes it a perfect time to take someone out fishing who doesn’t fish.

They won’t have to worry about buying a license, and they might just get hooked! Hooked on fishing that is, and, hopefully, not on the pointy end of the line.

Not everyone is cut out to be a tournament angler. I certainly won’t be seen on the BASS tour, but I do believe that there is a fishing niche for just about everyone around if they will just give it a chance.

What could be more relaxing than sitting on a quiet stream bank next to a deep hole of cool clear water listening to the gentle sound of rushing water while waiting on that lunker fish to take the bait and try to drag the fishing rod from your hand? Ummm, I can’t quite think of a thing.

Maybe a relaxing boat ride on a sunny lake looking for Mr. big Mouth Bass is more to your liking. Perhaps, you would rather be miles from the nearest road on some backwoods stream just teaming with brilliantly colored brook trout armed with only a fly rod and fishing vest.

If that action is too slow, maybe a trip to the nearest boat dock with a bucket full of meal worms or minnows will hit the spot with some non-stop action from a swarm of panfish or even ole paper mouth crappie will hit the spot.

The point is there are as many species of fish as there are personality types that fish for them. There truly is something for just about everyone. Don’t like live bait, use artificial. Don’t like fishing from the bank, I bet you can find a buddy with a boat looking for an excuse to go fishing.

The possibilities are endless. If you are just getting started and don’t want to spend a fortune, you don’t need the best rod ever made to catch fish. I would wager a bet that there have been more fish caught on a Zebco 33 fishing rod and reel than all the rest put together.

Best thing is you can pick up a dozen different fishing rods at pretty much any local retail store for around $20 and I can guarantee they can all catch a fish. It is just up to someone to put them to use.

The great thing is, you can fish all year long. Regardless of the weather, the fish gotta eat. Yes, some times are better than others, but the worst day fishing is always better than a good day at work, school, or pretty much anywhere else.

So start making plans to get out and enjoy a free event that is sure not to be crowded because it is available all over the state. Invite someone along who doesn’t fish or hasn’t fished in a long time. Heck, even if they just haven’t fished since last year’s free fishing days.

You might just make someone’s day, because who doesn’t like to go fishing?

Also, keep your eyes out for more information about the Logan Area Chapter’s Annual JAKES Fishing Day is coming up on June 18th at the Camp Chief Logan Boy Scout Camp. This is another free fishing event that is just for the kids, but sure to put a smile on the adult’s face as well watching all those young FISHERMEN have a blast.

Brodie and Sydnie Wolfe aren’t old enough to need a fishing license just yet, but on June 11th and 12th everyone can fish like a kid again by taking advantage of West Virginia’s free fishing weekend where no license is required.
http://williamsondailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Brodie-sydnie-fishing-CMYK.jpgBrodie and Sydnie Wolfe aren’t old enough to need a fishing license just yet, but on June 11th and 12th everyone can fish like a kid again by taking advantage of West Virginia’s free fishing weekend where no license is required.

By Roger Wolfe

Outdoors Columnist

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