Freshwater Fishing 101 Trips by Randy Rowley


As you’ve probably seen, I occasionally send out emails when I have a vacancy(ies) for one of my self-chartered fishing trips.  I know that some of you have no experience fishing, but are wanting to learn, and/or have no equipment.  Don’t let either of those stop you from RSVPing in the future.

I’ll do my best to teach you the basics – how to operate fishing equipment, knot tying, lure selection, where to throw a lure (and where not to), how to slow down or stop a lure in flight, how to work a lure, how to set the hook, how to fight a fish, and how to land one (and how not to).

I have a plethora of fishing equipment that I’ve collected over the past 48 years, including 22 rod/reels combos (17 baitcasters, four spinning, and a spincast) – I’ll happily loan you one or more.  If you have no experience, starting with the spincast combo or one of the spinning combos would be best, as there is a learning curve for baitcasters (they tend to backlash/create a ‘birds nest’ if not set or thrown right).  You can even come over and practice throwing practice plugs in my swimming pool.  I also have a tackle box that easily weighs as much as a bag of deer corn.  In my boat I have three smaller tackle boxes, two large soft plastic bags, and a large spinnerbait box.  I’ll happily let you use my lures or terminal tackle.

I’m also very patient and have been told I’m a good teacher.  Making errors (e.g., throwing lures into rocks, reeds and trees) and having unfortunate events happen (having lures get stuck in unseen rocks or grass) are part and parcel of fishing – I do it every trip and don’t get mad when my companions do.  (To be successful often requires throwing your lure as close to cover (reeds, rocks, trees, docks, etc.) as possible and sometimes we overshoot with our casts – no guts, no glory).  As with everything that I do for FCS, I regard these trips as a ministry.  What minister gets mad when someone with no Bible knowledge shows up at his church?  I also enjoy having kids on my boat (kids ages eight and up usually have the necessary patience for fishing; they do best with spin cast or spinning equipment.)  Losing lures to rocks, trees, etc. frequently occurs when fishing, and I don’t get mad when you lose one.

I offer two types of trips – all lures or primarily lures with secondary use of live bait (sometimes) trips and primarily live bait with secondary use of lures (sometimes) trips.  If throwing lures intimidates you, sign up for one of the live bait trips – they’re easy fishing.

I have every kind of safety and comfort gear imaginable on my boat, including at least five life jackets, a thrown cushion, three ponchos/raincoats, a large first aid kit, horns, flares, a fire extinguisher, a jump starter, paddles, tools, toilet paper, and the Holy Pee Cup.  I also have four fillet knives and cutting boards for cleaning fish afterwards (I’ll happily teach you how to do it) and Ziploc bags to put your fish in.  I have a medium-sized ice chest to put your drinks in and storage compartments for things that don’t need to be kept cold.

The sport is called fishing – not catching.  I offer no guarantees other than we’ll try our best.  If Plan A isn’t working, I’ll abandon it and go to Plan B.  Sometimes we do well; other times we don’t, but we always enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and the fellowship.

I don’t make any money on these trips.  I assure you that I spend far more on boat maintenance, boat repairs, and insurance than you will on shared gas and ramp fees.

For more information see our Self-chartered Freshwater Fishing Trips web page.  If you have any questions, contact me at randywrowley@gmail.com (my preference) or 512-922-2484.

The next time that you see I have a vacancy on one of my self-guided trips, sign up!  I hope to see you on the water!

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