Anderson: Too few parents take their kids fishing

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 29, 2012 - 8:50 AM

Fishing is every bit as captivating as it was when I was a kid. Perhaps more so. There are just too few kids doing it.

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jd55604Aug. 29, 1210:45 AM

Why would any kid want to go fishing anymore when there are so many lakes in MN where they're not able to keep and eat anything? As a parent why would I want my child to see me being herded through an unconstitutional DNR checkpoint and inspected with a fine-toothed comb until some state official finally finds some obscure violation, issues me an expensive fine and proceeds to lecture me in front of my children?

alagnakAug. 29, 1212:36 PM

So fishing is now about just killing and eating fish??? Not spending quality time with family and friends? Who knew???

jd55604Aug. 29, 12 3:08 PM

alagnak, some of us outdoorsmen think that cleaning and eating what we catch is much more respectful to the animal than hauling them into our boats solely for the "thrill" of reeling them in and taking pictures. Most kids would prefer to stay home playing video games rather than sitting in a boat all day long and going home empty handed. This basic male instinct to harvest game (responsibly) seems to have been corrupted by the suburban trophy seeking crowd that feels that every fish tossed back dead or alive means the difference between bounty and bust.

gunflint55Aug. 29, 1210:11 PM

@jd55604: "This basic male instinct to harvest game (responsibly)". Is this "instinct" you speak of the reason why you try to kill animals? Lots of males spend quiet time with their families in the wilderness with no motors, no guns, no traps, and seem to easily rise above this "instinct". Nobody gets hurt. No blood. No guts. Why do you feel this need to cause pain?

jd55604Aug. 30, 1212:22 PM

Yes, my natural born instinct to eat animals and a pair of incisor teeth make it easy for me to do so and I feel no guilt about it whatsoever. The human brain evolved to its current large size by use of this harvest instinct I speak of. If you wish to deny your mind and body of the pleasure of fishing/hunting and eating wild game then feel free to do so but please refrain from commenting on a topic you obviously know nothing about since taking children fishing sometimes results in harm to animals which you find so repulsive.

albertSep. 6, 1212:30 PM

I tend to side with JD55604. It's called recreation, but it feels like it's becoming too much work. Too much to remember. Too easy to run afoul of the ever increasing number of rules and regulations. Maybe I'll feel different next spring.

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