In a small notebook, Joe Thode wrote down the measurements of the three fish he caught at the Heartland of America Park on Saturday. He was, after all, participating in a fishing tournament."But I could've caught no fish at all and it would have been a great morning," said Thode, 57.Thode was one of about 15 veterans who came to the park on Saturday for a tournament put on by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. The organization's mission is to improve the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled military veterans through fly fishing. For Thode, who has been involved with the program for about three years, said his involvement with the group has helped ease his depression and anxiety."Fly fishing teaches you to focus," he said. "When you have depression and anxiety, you need that."Thode served in the Army in the late 1970s and early 1980s and was stationed in Japan. He found out about Project Healing Waters through the Veterans Administration.The program helped him get out and … [Read more...] about Fly fishing group helps veterans find peace of mind
Thomas learned the big fishing game on charter trips, soaking in information from the boat's captain until he felt comfortable enough to buy his own. Thomas' latest was built just about three weeks ago, and it's stationed in Venice, which became Thomas' second home even after he left the Pelicans to play in China, OKC and, finally, New York. … [Read more...] about Knicks’ Lance Thomas takes his competitive fire to the open seas with his sport fishing team
Anglers considering keeping northern pike to eat in Minnesota this year need to bone up on new rules. Starting with the May 12 fishing opener, for the first time — pretty much ever here — anglers will need to be careful about the length of fish they can keep and how many they can keep — and it will vary with where they’re fishing. As far back as most fishermen’s memory goes, Minnesota has allowed three pike per day to be kept. For decades, only one of those fish could be longer than 30 inches. That’s all gone now. Following years of debate and study, the Department of Natural Resources is implementing a new plan that divides the state into three pike fishing zones. While walleye are the official state fish — and its most celebrated — northern pike are heavily fished, and often caught incidentally by walleye anglers in the spring. Conventional wisdom, rightly or wrongly, on eating pike is to throw away the small ones and keep the bigger … [Read more...] about Major changes for Minnesota northern pike fishing regulations: Here’s what they are and why.
From Flensburg to Travemünde, from Kiel to Lübeck, the annual Weltfischbrötchentag will be celebrated in 23 different Schleswig-Holstein locations. Despite the fact that fish sandwiches are enjoyed all year round, on Saturday plenty of other activities will abound in honour of the beloved food. Visitors will be able to find them at traditional spots like snack stands near harbours, fish shops and restaurants specializing in fish. But there will also be much more on offer, such as boat trips, live music concerts and fisheries and smokehouses which will be open to the public. A classic version of the sandwich contains pickled herring, said Petra Wöbke, an industry veteran who has been serving up at least a dozen types of Fischbrötchen for over 40 years at a family-run shop in Travemünde. Stahlbrode, Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania. Photo: DPA Other variations include ingredients like salmon, fried white fish, sprats, and the list goes on. Sandwiches … [Read more...] about How Germany’s Baltic coast plans to honour its humble fish sandwich
MERCER — Preparing for the opening of the fishing season has included an added ritual this week for anglers in far northern Wisconsin.Those planning to chase walleye or maybe northern pike on Saturday have been making regular pilgrimages to the boat landings of their favorite fishing hole.This is where — sans rod, reel and bait — they stand, contemplate and hope. While lakes in southern Wisconsin have been free of ice for weeks, remnants of winter remain on some of the state’s most-sought-out bodies of water. Many lakes and flowages north of Highway 8 and most north of Highway 70 are still covered in gray, unstable ice that is gradually pulling away from shorelines.Warmer weather this week with sunny skies most days has injected optimism and brought out a chorus from spring peepers but some lakes held as much as 30 inches of ice as of late last week. That means it could be a last minute decision for those pulling a boat to the North Woods for one of the … [Read more...] about As fishing season nears, northern Wisconsin is watching, hoping and praying for open water