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Sport columns

Anglers rejoice as normalcy returns

Normal. Everybody wants it. We love normal. The COVID pandemic disrupted our routines in 2020 and taught us to appreciate every gain we make on the return trip to normal. Anglers want normal, too. It’s good when we go to the lake and find everything the way we expect it to be. When ...

Early-morning fishing makes for a great reunion

For many, 6:30 in the morning is too early for anything other than coffee and a glance at the headlines. But for two anglers earlier this week, 6:30 was the beginning of a day on a lake and the opportunity to catch up on the 50 years that have passed since they graduated from high school. ...

Column: All good things come to an end

I remember the first time I heard the word “guardian.” It was probably around the time I registered for kindergarten, and my dad informed me that he was my “guardian.” He also liked to say the above quote when it was time to end a vacation or go back to school or get me to do other ...

Accurate casting mandatory around boat docks

Boat docks attract fishermen like flowers attract bees, but the dock-angler relationship isn’t always a match made in heaven. A variety of species of fish are genetically inclined to seek overhead cover. Boat docks certainly score high in that category, which makes them prime real estate ...

Fight or flight decision can make or break your day

Decisions that seem almost automatic, that we make with hardly a moment invested in pondering, can be pivotal in the outcomes of our days on the water. Shall I turn left or right when I motor away from the dock? Do I tie a chartreuse crankbait to my line or go with a red one? Spinner or jig? ...

Sports writer’s farewell thoughts

There was never a moment during my childhood where I considered being a writer, not even a sports writer. All I cared about were sports, and my goal was the NFL or Major League Baseball. There wasn’t really a Plan B, not until college hit, and flag football and slow-pitch softball were the ...