I am a pathetic fisherperson. It doesn’t have much to do with how many fish I catch- though that seems to be part of my problem. But, it has more to do with when I fish that makes me pathetic.
You see, I live in the Chicago region and I refuse to admit there is an off season to fishing. Though lakes have frozen over 5-6 weeks ago, I still don’t want to admit that the season is over and put my gear away (it stands in a constant state of readiness) with my Ronco Pocket Fisherman always in the trunk of my car. Along with it I keep a couple of tiny, squiggly baits that come in jars and a jig head or two. For those not versed, that’s just enough to get you fishing.
There is a lesson here. A powerful one. So, I’ll keep a dramatic story short. About me braving the fierce wind and cold on a 45 degree day recently (not that cold). I had found a tiny 3″x3″ hole in the ice next to a peer at my spot when I visited the day before. It was just big enough to drop a hook and bait in there.
Again, I felt pathetic because I was fishing a 98% iced over lake for a fish that feeds seldomly in the winter. My chances might have been 1% at most to make a catch.
But, you never know…
I dropped that line and hook in the tiny hole in the ice and WHAM! Something was hungry that day. I caught a pound and a half bass on Groundhogs Day in Chicago through the ice with my Ronco Pocket Fisherman. In 5 minutes. I know what you’re thinking. Strictly catch and release, folks!
Lets step away from fishing for a moment. Fishing is a passion of mine, but anything, repeat, anything can happen when you continuously pursue your passion. Even something as unlikely as shore fishing in February. You could network with just the right person at the right time of your career and everything changes. The fact is, and I’m not a sales person, I will speak to anyone just about anytime these days because you never know when a connection is going to be made that will make a difference. I’ve lived enough of this life to know that connections are so important to pursuing your passion.
So, always be meeting people. And, go meet people you think are purely incidental and talk to everyone you can in/out of your field. Everyone adds a little spice for the stew that is your given occupational field. Again, talk to as many people as you can. Depending on how hungry you are to meet your goals- the motivation to overcome shyness can become very powerful as well if given the right incentive. A little uncomfortability now could lead to anywhere in the future…
Hi, My name is Andrew! Glad to meet you. Why don’t we connect!