New Years for the Bass Angler

The year 2004 is upon us, I was looking around my computer, and found the following two articles that revolve around New Years resolutions for the bass angler. The first was originally published in 1997 in West Coast Bass News, and the second was on another website in 2001. I hope you enjoy them, I was giggling while writing each of them, and Christina thought I was going nuts (fooled her, I’m already there). Please remember to have a safe and happy 2004, see you on the water… Dan O’Sullivan

Suggested New Years Resolutions for Bass Anglers
By Daniel O’Sullivan (1997)

Well, it’s that time of year when we start making our resolutions. We all promise to change things about ourselves that are not quite perfect. You could promise to lose weight – that extra 20 pounds around the middle. Maybe you’ll quit smoking or drink a little less? Most bass anglers are perfect already, but here are some suggestions for those of you without the luxury of perfection:

1. Promise to purchase only one new Ranger bass boat in 1997. (That is unless you have that extra cash laying around.)

2. Promise to spend more quality time with the wife and kids on the weekends (only if there aren’t any big tournaments or important pre-fish days).

3. Promise to cut your rod and reel purchases in half this year. (That should still allow for approximately 35.52 combos [based on national averages])

4. Promise to pay all of the bills befor buying anything fishing related. (But what about that new Ranger 519 Comanche?)

5. Promise to complete that Honey-do list (started in June of 1994).

6. Promise to let your wife pick out your new boat (as long as it has one console and is white and blue).

7. Promise to watch taped episodes of Bassmasters only twice a week (unless, of course, you’re really bored on a Wednesday night, waiting for Law and Order to come on).

8. Promise to cut back fishing days by 10 percent (that should still give you about 115 to 135 days in 1997 ([based on national averages]).

9. Promise not to curse the existence of women when your wife forces you spend your last pre-fish day celebrating you mother-in-law’s birthday. (o+x!!!*@-*).

10. Promise to pay back your partner for that smelly Christmas gift that you didn’t have the stomach to open (a 13-inch spotted bass under the driver’s seat does wonders).

There you have 10 very solid ideas for the less fortunate, but it’s like we stated before, most of us are already as close to perfection as we are going to get. So really, don’t worry about resolutions and just hit the water. Your wife will understand that the best fishing day of the year is always Valentines Day. (Sorry, Honey, didn’t have time to buy you a gift.) Anyway, good fishing in 1997. May all your fish be big ones – just not bigger than mine. ***************************************************************************

Bass Angler’s New Year’s Resolutions 2001
By Dan O’Sullivan

I guess it’s that time of the year again, the holidays. If you’re like me, all of the effort put forth to impress everyone with “just the perfect gift,” really leaves you feeling run down. This is the time to turn our attention to things that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. With January rapidly approaching we look forward to the start of the tournament season, where we will butt our competitive heads with our buddies. Well, I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but you are missing one major step in this holiday season; new year’s resolutions. Now hold on! We’re all bass anglers, those who have achieved that certain level of perfection that very few ever attain. This list of resolutions is more for us to assist those around us to become more like us, perfect in every way (you may call it pointing fingers, but let’s try and be decent about it).

1.) Resolve to avoid giving your non-fishing significant other gifts designed to bring them on the water to spend that “quality” time with you. (Let’s face it, you think most non-boater’s are named “Net!” anyway, so why would you remember your spouse is on the back deck?)

2.) Resolve not to wrap your 7 month old up in warm clothing and a bouncy seat for a quick trip to the lake, on your wife’s shopping day. (The quick trip will turn into eight hours before you know it, and your child will end up smelling something like catfish bait, which you never have to worry about when your wife is around).

3.) Commit to a reduction in new rod and reel purchases this year. (Your budget will thank you, besides, you can’t carry all 300 combos you already have, and your 12 year old has been wearing the same shoes since the third grade).

4.) Resolve not to call your special someone “Bigmouth” or “Lunker.” (It may be an endearing term to you, but trust me; it does not do wonders for the self-esteem).

5.) Resolve to carry at least one picture of your family in your wallet. (Try to work them into the weekly rotation of pictures of your boat, truck and fish you’ve caught).

6.) Resolve to quit lying (okay, embellishing) about the size of your fish. (I thought all 13-inch fish weighed three pounds?).

7.) Resolve not to change the channel to fishing shows on Saturday mornings. (Let your kids watch their cartoons, put a TV in the garage, then you can watch from the comfort of your own boat).

8.) Resolve not to try any further to engineer a treble hook harness for your family’s toy poodle. (They’re not real dogs anyway, and just imagine the strikes you would get as the poodle swam across the surface of Clearlake, Lake Fork etc.).

9.) Resolve to take up a new hobby to round out your life, perhaps reading, or dancing lessons. (Huh?).

10.) Resolve to not play subliminal “Let Him Fish Three Days a Week, and Every Holiday” tapes as your family sleeps. (Bass Pro Shops Item Number 555…).

11.) Finally, resolve to improve your diet. Instead of Vienna Sausages, try bringing some fresh vegetables fishing with you. (But, what would I use for bait when the fish won’t hit a crankbait?).

As you can see, the “less fortunate” have a lot to work on this year, so let’s do them the favor of being as patient as we can be. Give them the room to grow and blossom into the person they will be, without coaching (finger pointing) them too much. Please try to remember that these are only guidelines for improvement, and in no way do they represent the thoughts or opinions of the writer. They do however represent the thoughts and opinions of my second personality; I don’t think you really want to meet him… He’s scary.

Happy New Year