I've yet to get out this year and it may just end up being opening day at Loch Raven Reservoir - Friday, April 5th. Since i think he was 3 or 4 years old, my son Nik has always been with me unless school is in or there is some other sports or major event. In these cases, like for opening day this year, I like to take new people, friends, co-workers, whomever ... anyone that has hinted they'd like to fish/see the lakes. I keep a growing list of people and have a simple little system i use when i have such openings. See my email template below which explains this. (I'm sharing this should you want to reuse it.)
Its (almost) always safer to fish with another person and share the experience. You never know if you'll be the one that really gets them hooked on fishing! My/our goal each time is for them to catch their biggest bass ever. (I think we have a 90% success rate with that on 20+ trips.) Regardless, as i say to all of them "You may learn something from me, but I guarantee I'll learn something from you." The latter may be ME appreciating the non-tournament time on the water, soaking in the outdoors, watching the way they work a lure or don't (that works better than what I'm doing!), or trying to explain an area, strategy, technique, lure, or area to them that REALLY makes ME think a little deeper about what I'm doing.
Fishing Invite Template
As I do several times a year when the opportunities arises, most often when my son is still in school, I’m sending this invite to a growing list of folks that have expressed interest in fishing the local reservoirs (Prettyboy, Liberty, Loch Raven). These are usually days I’m practicing for upcoming Metro Reservoir Anglers tournaments. See our web site at http://www.metroreservoiranglers.com . I cant promise you fish for sure but we’ll certainly have a good time and the price is right – FREE. All you need to do is show up, bring your own food and good sense of humor. Pretty simple. This may not be what you typically expect for fishing. It will be for the entire day (approximately 7am-4pm as our tournaments would be).
These are the dates that are open for now.. rain or shine:
Wed., June 6th Liberty Reservoir
Friday, June 8th Liberty Reservoir
Heres the deal. I send this email out blind copying the list of folks. Its first come first serve however, I’ll wait a day or two to make sure everyone has a bit of time to receive the mail. (Some people just don’t read their mail daily.) Priority goes to:
-Anyone that has gone less than another
-someone who went before but it sucked for whatever reason. (Yes, I’ll take the blame.)