There are a lot of reasons you should find someone who has not fished before, or someone who has not fished recently, and take ’em. Fishing is the perfect participation sport, anyone can participate at whatever level they would like. Fishing is good for you, emotionally, spiritually, and yes, even physically. Fishing is a great family activity. Fishing is. . . you get the idea, I could go on and on.
On a more secular level, yes, the bottom line is we need to maintain and even increase fishing permit sales. Why? This is why:
Simply put, the stewardship of Nebraska’s fisheries is paid for entirely by the sale of fishing permits and by the collection of excise taxes on the sale of fishing and boating equipment. You need to take someone fishing because our fisheries depend on it!
If logic does not appeal to you, there is always an emotional appeal, how about this one. . . .
I got an e-mail from my nephew a couple weeks back. He had his wife and kids out for some fishing. They fished a spot I have fished with my kids, including nephews, many times before. They caught fish and had a great time:
You need to find someone and take ’em fishing because you need to start your own tradition! It runs in my blood, I get it from both my parents. Some of my earliest memories were watching and catching fish!
Then I can remember taking my son and nephew when they were young boys:
And now my nephew is taking his boys!
While your are at it, teach ’em to do it right too. The kids learn catch & release real easy. I hear folks say that kids just have to keep fish, they do not want to turn ’em loose. Well, it ain’t the kids that have a hard time with catch & release, it is the adults teaching them.
Take ’em fishing! You need it. Your kids need it. Our fisheries need it!
Well done, Andrew, Megan, and boys!