Corona Virus and Fishing

coronavirus and fishing

Coronavirus is Affecting Fishing

In a few short weeks, the coronavirus has changed the way we live. No sports, church services or group meetings of any kind. Except, I bet you’ve been in some pretty big crowds at your local supermarkets. Folks my age are especially hard hit. We’re supposed to self-quarantine ourselves. Perhaps, this is an opportunity?

For the most part, I have had the television off and the Bible open. A friend bought me a book that challenges some of my long-held beliefs. Reading it has caused me to dig deep into two study Bibles and even call a Bible scholar on Moody Radio.

I’m not a hoarder, at least with food, and find the rush on supermarkets, self-defeating. It seems like a lot of folks have their priorities misplaced. Is not the idea of shutting down almost every aspect of our lives founded on the principle that keeping a fair distance from our fellow man will prevent the virus from spreading?

Whatever happens, I have a lot of venison in the freezer and an artesian well a mile down the road. In the junk room, there is a box of photos that need to be sorted and put in albums.

I still work at Cabela’s part-time and may have to look at giving that up if the situation worsens. Folks tell me they are still going fishing. For now, our state parks are still open with rooms available at inns (no dine-ins) and cabins. Camping is an option for staying outdoors and away from others.

While you are reading this, I plan to be on a 12-acre lake fishing in Owen County. My past routine has been McDonald’s for breakfast, Subway for lunch and the Chamber’s Buffet for dinner. The latter may not be an option and I will surely miss their fried chicken and fried biscuits slathered with apple butter, but I’ll get by and can always pack lunch and eat venison jerky.

I stay in a remote cabin that is sometimes used by others, but I don’t think a virus can hang around the place for more than 10 hours. It is usually three days or more since others have been there.

One thing, for sure, the bluegills are jumbos and the bass numerous. If I get lucky there are a few monster-sized crappies that will often run a couple of pounds or more, as well.

You don’t have to go that far though, the crappie bite is on at Geist, Morse, Salamonie, and Mississinewa. Fishing from shore around bridges is working well for the latter two lakes.

Read a book, get out some old movies like “The Outlaw Jose Wales,” play board games or write old friends some letters.

This has also given me time to research buying a place in Florida. I Google Search Florida bass and crappie tournament weigh-ins. This gives me insight on which waters have the largest fish. There is an area near the St. John’s River, I can get to in 14 hours or so.

I will continue to pray for my loved ones, community, country, and folks around the world. We are in unchartered waters.

About Rick Bramwell 31 Articles
Grew up in rural Indiana fishing farm ponds and hunting woodlands. Bramwell has been writing outdoors for 48 years. He harvested the record typical whitetail for his county and hunts rabbits with his beagle Tramp. He fished bass tournaments, including Red Man, until 1989. Bramwell has put together an ultra-ultra light system for catching panfish that mostly involves tight-lining a small jig. He attended college at Indiana State and Anderson University. Bramwell has two sons in their 50s, Brian and Gregory. A daughter Jourdan age 27. His greatest memory: fishing trout, salmon and halibut in Alaska. Bramwell's passion, apart from the outdoors, has been coaching high school age fastpitch softball.

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