Tuesday, May 10, 2011

On Fishing And Baseball

When: Saturday, May 7th, from 7am to 11am
Where: A sentimental Raritan Bay beach
What: Striper fishing with Pat
Weather: Warm, high near 70 with a 10mph west wind.
Moon: Waxing. A few days before the first quarter.
Tide: Incoming. Low at 5:15am.

Two of the reasons why I love Spring and Summer so darn much are the abundance of fishing opportunities and watching baseball. For some reason, the two seem to go hand in hand for me. I clearly remember the time Chris Martalus drained the battery of Brian's car listening to the Phillies' game while he prepared catfish chum. There always seems to be a game on the radio when we're on our way home at night and the Yankees seem to always be in the 3rd inning when I get home on a Saturday afternoon.

Although these two things are like PB&J in my mind, I like to think that there is a little more to it than that. Here is a quote from Fran Vincent, former Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

"Baseball teaches us … how to deal with failure. We learn at a very young age that failure is the norm in baseball and precisely because we have failed, we hold in high regard those who fail less often — those who hit safely in one out of three chances and become star players. I also find it fascinating that baseball, alone in sport, considers errors to be part of the game, part of its rigorous truth."

Now, aside from the part about hitting .333, one could substitute the word "fishing" for "baseball" in any part of this quotation. If one expects to catch a fish every time they go out, he or she is destined for disappointment. When Dieter told me that we were set to go a couple weeks ago, I told him that I was looking forward to spending the day on the river and it'd be even better if we caught a fish. When Pat and I made plans for this past Saturday, I was really looking forward to catching up with him and taking a stroll down memory lane in Keansburg.

And no......we did not catch a fish....this time.

But that's all part of the game.

Next Up: It's only Tuesday, but there's some chatter with Martalus and Niles about the Water Gap on Saturday. Spring is full swing....shad, bass, stripers and trout, oh my.

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