As an avid bass angler, this is the time of year I
start getting mentally prepared for the upcoming months
when bass fishing reaches it's pinnacle. In fact,
I'm getting down right excited. For me, there's nothing
like shallow water bass fishing during the spawn in
the spring. It's explosive and exciting.
Just today I was on the phone visiting with a friend
of mine from Louisiana trying to get some information
about the fishing conditions at Sam Rayburn. I know
Dennis just got threw with a tournament there this
past weekend and I wanted to find out how he did and
what the fish were biting. I have a pro-am event there
When I got off of the cell phone, I was pumped up.
The bass there are shallow and eating watermelon colored
Zoom Baby Brush Hogs tipped with chartreuse Spike-It
dye. Ironically, when I put the phone down in the
cab of my truck and turned the radio up, KAND was
airing the news. The story was about the day's happenings
in Iraq regarding our troops.
My mind couldn't help to wander, as it often does,
to the men and women overseas and abroad protecting
our freedom and our way of life. For a second I almost
felt guilty. Here I was getting excited, all ready
to go to Sam Rayburn to fish a tournament while they
are over there, many of them risking death or dying.
It was a very surreal moment for me.
I wondered how many men and women that enjoy the outdoors
as much or more than I do didn't get to sit in their
deer blind this year, let alone shoot that trophy
buck they've been watching. Instead, they were trying
to see who was trying to make them their trophy. How
many didn't get to enjoy the beauty and serenity of
a sunrise or sunset over their favorite fishing hole?
How many won't be back, able to do the things they
once did as a result of a debilitating injury or perhaps
I paused to thank God for such people willing to defend
democracy and the freedom to enjoy the outdoors, like
so many of us do. I paused to thank Him for such a
great nation with great leaders. I couldn't help but
be a little overwhelmed for that minute or two about
how lucky we are to live in such a great country.
I share this story with you in hopes that you too
might take a moment to thank the next service member
you come across; to thank our Heavenly Father for
these men and women that give of themselves so that
you and I can stay here and enjoy the outdoors and
the other freedoms we hold so dear. I share this with
you so that if you know a service member that has
served their country recently or in the past, you
might consider offering to take them fishing or hunting
as a small token of your gratitude for their service,
I know I will.
Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors.
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