Going fishing is only part of the fun. Sometimes what people talk and write about afterward adds even more enjoyment to the sport.
Here are a few things that have happened along the way, and a few sayings taken from the walls of fishing establishments and restaurants.
A dad and son were fishing from the shoreline, when all of a sudden the boy caught a big fish. He asked, "What are we going to do with it?"
The dad answered, "I don't know. This has never happened before."
Next, a statement printed on a sign in a tackle shop read, "Work hard - fish harder!"
Another, similar to the first, had a more sobering message. "Born to fish; forced to work."
One that is sure to get your attention read, "A bad day of fishing beats a good day of shopping with my wife at the mall." And, a post on a popular website read, "Missing - husband, boat, fishing tackle and dog - Reward for dog."
There is an eyeball mounted on a plaque on a wall in an area tackle shop. The one word caption reads, "Walleye."
Another, on a Lake Norman charter boat says, "I would rather be lost on Lake Norman than be found at home." And another favorite reads, "Caution - fishing and hunting stories in progress. Protective boots might be required."
To encourage people to buy more gear, one shop has this notice posted at the front door. "Fishermen never have enough rods, reels, tackle boxes and lures." That's probably why one angler's favorite saying is, "I spent most of my money on fishing. The rest I wasted."
A bass fisherman once said - and he really meant it - "Some people have a drinking problem. Mine is fishing."
There has always been a bit of rivalry between hunters and fishermen. Maybe this explains the saying, "Hunters lie and wait; fishermen wait and lie."
This thought is appropriate in today's hurried world: "So many fish; so little time."
And, for those new to the sport, this one offers some good advice: "Only fish on days that end with the letter Y."
The 32nd annual Dogwood Bass Tournament, a fundraiser for the Shriners' Children's Hospital, will be 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Norman's Midway Marina. It's open to the public. The entry fee is $100 per boat/team with a total cash payout of $5,500. Registration forms are available online at www.lakenormanshrineclub.org. Call 704-235-5888.
A seminar titled "Using Sonar and GPS to Catch Stripers, Bass and White Perch" will be 7-9 p.m. April 5 at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World at Concord Mills Mall, off Exit 49 of Interstate 85. It's free and open to the public. I will lead the seminar, which will be informative and will help you catch more fish. by Archery. Details: 704-979-2200.