Ten outdoor questions for next year.

Spider rigging for crappie could be your next technique.

Spider rigging for crappie could be your next technique.

Go ahead get a pen and paper. This will require some thought.

1. Who will you share the outdoors with next year? Perhaps a neighbor kid down the road could use a fishing trip.

2. Is there a new fishing technique you have not mastered? Challenge yourself.

3. Have you ever stayed at a state park? Take a moment to search your own parks. We have stayed at four this year. Pymatuning, Joe Wheeler, Rend Lake, and Edgar Ivins state parks were wonderful. No, we did not pitch a single tent!

4. What have you done new at home? Learning to use a Dutch oven with your spouse is a great experience. Your children will learn how the “cowboys” ate too.

5. Have you fished for a new fish species? Have you fished for peacock bass? There is nothing like catching a new fish, to recharge your “batteries”.

6. When was the last time you booked a guided trip? Many bass and crappie pros, guide in the off-season.

7. Have you cleaned your reels yet? There are dozens of instructional videos available.

8. Are there “new” waters just an hour’s drive away? Fishing new waters will make you a better angler on lakes your already know.

9. Are you one of those anglers that knows one knot really well? It is time to learn a few more.

10. How many times did you say to yourself “I’d like to do that.” last year?

Take a child fishing.

Take a child fishing.

What questions did I miss?

Wishing you an adventurous and blessed 2014, -tj

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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6 Responses to Ten outdoor questions for next year.

  1. richardmax22 says:

    Spider Rigging would get me in a heap of trouble up here in Washington State. One rod per angler, though a permit can be perchased to fish with two. But that’s it. And, unlike you folks, we can’t use minnows.

  2. TX Angler says:

    excellent questions to inspire an angler to expand his or her horizons. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the nod to my boyhood favorite lake, Pymatuning in western Pennsylvania! we used to camp there every Memorial Day weekend and load a cooler with crappie, bluegill and whatever else took our jigs and minnows. Good list of questions, too. This year’s goal for us? Salmon on flies while drifting in our boat out of Seward, Alaska. And we’re Always cooking up a new recipe! Have a great 2014. Jack

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