Prom­ises to Keep GLENN LAW

While it’s not yet Hal­loween as we send this issue off, the new cal­en­dars that hit my desk to­day, and the date on this issue, force a re­minder that an­other year has passed, but more im­por­tantly, an­other one lies ahead.

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Tak­ing a minute to look back over my own an­gling year, I find a mixed list.

There were some great trips and good mem­o­ries over the last year. I learned some new skills and pol­ished some old ones. I vis­ited a cou­ple of places that were new and I’d long looked for­ward to as my own dream des­ti­na­tions. I made new friends on the wa­ter, made some sat­is­fy­ing catches, and most grat­i­fy­ing of all, watched a cou­ple of non-an­glers catch fire with their own mem­o­rable first catches.

But when I look back over the en­tirety of last year, one thing I can­not tell my­self is that “I fished too much.” There were still things I wanted to do and didn’t get done. Whose fault is that?

Look­ing for­ward, my own to-do list hangs over my head. I’d like to catch a sword­fish. They are sup­posed to be easy enough to catch. Any­one who spends a lit­tle time at it in­vari­ably chalks that off their list. Then there are some who have spent more than just a lit­tle time at it and have yet to find suc­cess. Just ask me about it.

This year, once again, I in­tend to get the job done.

There is al­ways some­thing that goes un­ex­plored. None of us can do ev­ery­thing. Catch the mul­let run on the east coast of Florida and you are miss­ing an op­por­tu­nity some­where else. June is par­tic­u­larly both­er­some. It’s a good month to be ev­ery­where. Since one can be in only one place at a time, that means the years be­come key to grow­ing our ex­pe­ri­ence. Each new one of­fers an­other chance to ex­pand our reach into new wa­ter, pro­vided we get out and do it.

Our great for­tune in Florida is year­round fish­ing of one sort or an­other. We do have sea­sons here. Though the weather ap­pears con­sis­tent to newcomers and vis­i­tors, the sea­sons do ex­ist, but as an­glers we call them by dif­fer­ent names. We don’t have fall, win­ter and spring, per se. We have sail­fish sea­son, tar­pon sea­son, dol­phin sea­son and snook sea­son.

But to be in one place in the spring, when the per­mit cruise the Gulf wrecks, means we miss the first run of stripers in the mid-at­lantic. If we’re fish­ing sail­fish in the Keys, we’re prob­a­bly miss­ing the bluefin tuna off the Carolina beaches.

Thus, every new year brings op­por­tu­nity for new ex­pe­ri­ence in a world where you can likely never fish it all. But we try. So, what do you want to do? You’ll find this issue is packed with des­ti­na­tions, plenty of ideas to pon­der for the com­ing sea­sons. For some of us, a sin­gle trip such as we of­fer here would be the trip of a life­time. For oth­ers, it would sim­ply be an ac­cus­tomed sea­sonal out­ing, or per­haps a prom­ise we made to our­selves at some point. But that’s the thing about our fish­ing: There’s no wrong way to go about it.

And it’s im­por­tant to keep your prom­ises, es­pe­cially to your­self.

This month we’ve tried to present a breadth of pos­si­bil­i­ties. Chances are few of us will spend an en­tire sea­son at Mon­tauk, but it’s good to know that there’s a big win­dow of op­por­tu­nity, and if we find our­selves within strik­ing dis­tance, there’s prob­a­bly some­thing just off­shore worth spend­ing a day or two on. None of us have to be limited by a short sea­son when a place has a lot to of­fer.

We hope you find some ideas in this fat col­lec­tion of sto­ries, some in­spi­ra­tion for the com­ing year. It’s a wor­thy goal to set your sights 12 months from now and to be able to say, “I might not have fished too much, but I sure tried.”

By Glenn Law

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