For most anglers, a fishing vacation usually means extensive fishing trips. It can be long weekends with a special day going on. In fishing families, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Father’s Day are natural choices, while others fall around July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. When I think about it, July 4th could be one of the best fishing days ever.
Independence Day is a great opportunity to enjoy free fishing days. In states that do not apply, we can roam so many public waters in search of fish for the low cost of a fishing license. We have the freedom to catch fish the way we want, be it with spin, conventional, bait or fly. And some days, like the real free fishing days, we can fish for free.
I fish for perch and panfish in lakes and ponds. I fish for striped bass, bluefish and other coastal species in the sea. I fish rivers and streams for trout, and this variety is the spice of my life. I think that’s why I think every day of fishing is a fishing vacation. If you’re on a longer trip, we can add more activities to the list. Camping is good when combined with fishing. You can also combine fishing holidays with kayaking, canoeing, hiking or mountain biking.
In many other countries, opportunities for a good fishing day are not as easy to find as here. The best waters are reserved and access is extremely expensive. In some of these catchment areas, anglers are limited in the methods they use. Sometimes having access to fish in the best of waters means waiting for a list. If so, it is best not to get sick with a call to your number. Make it difficult for yourself because it might be a long time before you get the chance.
We are grateful for clean water that is managed for healthy populations of wild fish. For the cost of a license, we can move around the country and collect them. I am grateful for the opportunities we have in our country and will be grateful for my family’s 4th of July fishing vacation.
Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.