The other day I had an hour and a half or so and did something I haven’t done for quite a while – I went to a lake nearby and just fished from the shore for little blue gill.
Several years ago, when my interest in fishing in Michigan first began to peak, I used to fish from shore all the time. I didn’t really have much of a choice. I would go and catch enough blue gills for a meal. That was about 10, so they were really small. Since that time I’ve gone on several fishing trips, fished with different guys with boats and went fishing in a canoe. I also discovered larger fish in area lakes and blue gill more than twice the size I was keeping. All of that hefty provision made me a decidedly picky fisherman. I no longer wanted to fish for tiny blue gill; I wanted big blue gill and bass and pike and walleye. I didn’t want to struggle with my line getting caught from shore and not being able to do anything about it. I liked the “luxury” of fishing from a boat and didn’t want to go back to those former days.