Have you ever wondered why certain things happen or don't happen when you're boating or fishing? Some are mystifying; others are just interesting to think about.
Here are a few additional thoughts to add to your list:
How did fish ever acquire a taste for earthworms?
Why does the person in the front of the boat never position it so the person in the back can make a decent cast?
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Why do boats that put in at the upper end of the lake fish downriver, and guys who put in at the lower end fish upriver?
What makes people casting from the bank want to cast so far out into the lake, while those fishing from a boat cast so close to the shoreline?
Why are boat propellers attracted to shallow water and rocks?
Why do you never have a camera on the day that you catch a trophy fish?
Why are yesterday and tomorrow better days to fish than today?
Why do people always catch more fish when they fish alone?
How many times must you forget to put the drain plug in before you add that chore to your pre-launch checklist?
Why do you never catch fish off your own dock, but everybody else does?
Why are boats attracted to other boats, when there are miles of open water between them?
Why does it never fail? Just when your lure hits the water near the bank, a big one jumps behind you.
Why does the line break, the net tear or the hook pull out when a trophy fish is almost in the boat?
Why does the warden check you the day after your fishing license or boat registration expires?
Why did everyone wait until the Friday before Easter to fill their boats with fuel? Could it have something to do with the 80-degree weather?
Some call it Murphy's Law. What do you figure?
For early-morning bass fishing, topwater lures are excellent choices throughout spring. If you don't know what to cast, try a Zara Spook or buzzbait in natural colors.
A free seminar, "Introduction to Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fishing" will start at 6:30 p.m. April 29 at Gander Mountain, off Interstate 77 Exit 36. The 90-minute session, which I will conduct, will cover simple techniques about how to fish with live or artificial baits. We will also discuss 10 of the best fishing spots on Lake Norman. Details: 704-658-0822.
Time is running out: Beginning May 1, anyone 25 or younger must complete an approved boater safety course in order to operate on public waters any vessel powered by 10 horsepower or greater.
Bass are still on the beds, while stripers and perch are offshore in water from 10 to 40 feet deep. The past week, bass, striper and crappie fishing was good. Small catfish were plentiful around docks and in shallow coves. Anglers fishing in Mountain and Little creeks are finding bass, stripers and perch during the morning bite.