Summer is here and it is definitely vacation season. It seems that everyone is either preparing to go on vacation or just getting back. If you are headed out on vacation why not plan to spend a little time doing some outdoor recreation while you are there.
As you are loading up your car and getting ready to embark on this year’s big adventure, slip a fishing rod or two in with your luggage, just in case. You never know when you might be able to sneak away for a few hours, or better yet, take the family with you.
With a little bit of planning and research you can easily find a fishing spot close to your destination. From the Mountain State, places such as Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. are just a couple of vacation hotspots. Both of these getaway areas have some great fishing to be had.
Trout and smallmouth bass can be caught year round in the Smokies, and a 3-7 day fishing license is just a few dollars. Heck if you can talk the family into it, you can get everyone fishing for barely the price of admission for one to such places as Dollywood or the like.
If the beach is more your vacationing style, try a little ocean fishing. My family did just that a few years back. You can through your trusty heavy fishing tackle rod in the luggage and head off to the beach. While the family enjoys the sun and the sand you can try your hand at surf fishing.
A quick stop at any of the numerous bait and tackle shops along the coast and they can set you up with whatever the local fish like to nibble on and you are all set. You never know what you might catch. I sure didn’t, and still don’t for that matter. To me it looked like a saltwater bluegill, I was told it was a pinfish.
Regardless of what it was, it sure was fun to catch, and there were plenty of the biting, too. Just be careful, these days it sounds as if sharks might be a lot easier to catch than anything. Or maybe that is just the way the TV news folks want it to sound.
Let’s not forget those southern lakes are almost always a destination fishery when it comes to those more famous game fish, the largemouth bass. Oftentimes a few hours fishing a nice southern lake can yield several vacation-photo worthy encounters with the big grinned fish.
It may sound like I am playing favorites with the south getting all the attention in the fishing arena, but that isn’t the case at all. Those who like to travel north to do their vacationing can find just as many fishing opportunities. Canada has long been known for its fishing, just as the Great Lakes have.
Planning a trip to the famed and fabled Cedar Point? Take along some tackle and try to wrangle in some smallmouth or walleye fishing while you are there. It might take a little more research, but there are several great fall destinations that are very close to some pretty good salmon fishing.
So no matter where you are headed on vacation this summer or fall, take along your favorite fishing pole and a little bit of tackle, and you are set. Maybe one day while the family sleeps in, you can sneak out for an early morning fishing trip, or spend a nice quiet evening picnicking with the family by the lake.
You are on vacation after all, enjoy yourself. What better way to enjoy yourself than spending some time wetting a line.
— Roger Wolfe is an Outdoor Columnist for Civitas Media. He can be reached at [email protected]