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Results in the two outside activities that entertain me various instances every week boils down to dependable gear and basic adjustments.

Fishing and golfing may look to be incredibly diverse, but I uncover that every sport needs a mixture of capabilities and fantastic choices to keep away from fishless days and double bogeys.

Eye-hand coordination, sharp senses and recognizing when to tweak the stroke all go a extended way in delivering entertaining and excitement on the lake and on the golf course.

This all came into crystal clarity final week whilst sharing the BassCat with fishing buddy Ted Suffolk and then playing 18 holes at Kennsington Golf Club with Stan Czeck, Ralph Roberts and Jim Zarlenga.

Ted and I have been poking plastics by way of holes in the aquatic vegetation at a single of our favourite bass lakes, when an oversized largemouth glided out of the shadows and smacked my lure. I set the hook difficult and the bass surged toward the weedy wall from which it had appeared.

Then, it was gone.

The fight had barely began, but the massive fish was gone, thanks to gear failure that could have been avoided if I had only inspected the reel’s drag ahead of pitching my bait.

A couple of days later, with a respectable score recorded on the initial nine with Stan, Ralph and Jim, I descended into double bogey hell thanks to a balky putter. I could have avoided a nasty back nine if only I’d adjusted my judgment of the speed of the greens relative to the energy in my putt stroke.

Yet another week, additional lessons on the lake and the golf course.

These lessons are these: Make positive my tackle is ship-shape ahead of producing the initial cast and when all of my putts quit nicely brief of the hole, hit the rest of them a tiny tougher.

The ill-fated hookset final week was the outcome of slippage of the drag. I typically crank the drag down as tight as feasible, which is typical operating process when flipping heavy-weighted lures into a nasty thick cover on a 20-pound-test fluorocarbon line. I know that stout will not break effortlessly, but any drag slippage will fail to provide maximum energy to the hook point.

A basic inspection of the reel prior to fishing that day would have revealed the slipping drag and I would have remedied the prospective challenge.

A fishing trip presents a lot of variables beyond the manage of the angler — climate, water temperature and colour, the fishes’ behavior and a lot additional — which tends to make it all the additional essential to take manage of the functionality of our gear, the presentations we execute to the fish and the choices we make all through the day.

Sounds basic, ideal? If only it have been. Just when we consider we have it dialed in, a single of these goofy variables pops up.

Fishing and golfing. Each can be exhilarating and each can be humbling.

Jack Wollitz’s book, “The Frequent Angler,” is a collection of stories that clarify why anglers are passionate about fishing. Send a note to

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