Trophy Anglers' Tackle Co.

"Going In Circles"  photo by Mick NelsonSometimes change can be difficult. Particularly during periods of rapid change. Human nature is to be static. It's how cultures happen. From caves to condos, the adaptations haven't come easy. When something seems to work we don't see the need to change.

However, we all know that things don't stay the same, they are really not static, look at the social technology these days... Anything new is outdated in three years. We, as a culture, now spend about ten times what we used to spend on phones and TV. My last landline had a price of $25 per month, and if you avoided long distance charges that's what you paid. TV was free. Now we have a digital media bill that's pushing $350 per month! That's more than you need for a new luxury vehicle. More to choose from, but content isn't necessarily better. Change for change sake can be a futile endeavor.

That's one of the reasons people resort to outdoor activities like fishing and the like, as a means to retreat back into a simpler and less complicated daily regimen. We go to the cabin or camping and go fish much the same way we had our whole lives. We emulate those that came before us, honoring a timeless tradition fishing the same we always have. Drifting across a structure with jigs, or going in circles around it, trolling fish that aren't moving. Not catching, but, "enjoying the scenery". What a wonderful life, why change it? But, let's understand all the adaptations we have, like sonars, gps, trolling motors that have auto pilot and gps anchoring, not to mention boats that cost 4-5 times more than a new car, that have livewell systems that filter and chill the water to help keep the fish better. As you see, these adaptations can and have changed the culture of fishing.

Fishing as a whole has also changed with the introduction of slot limits. Whether you're a proponent, or not, of that policy, it is clear how different the culture is now than even 25 years ago. Nowadays we practice tournament style fishing, where guys go all day and count the total of fish caught. If they take any they need to go through many fish to find the ones that fit the slot. Then all the fishermen are doing this in order to find a few in the  target size. Hundreds more fish are being hooked and handled in order to perpetuate this process. On certain popular bodies of water this has virtually removed year classes at a time. Gone are the days where you could take six walleyes, it's four now. Or two, or none in some cases, regardless, fishermen are still hooking and handling dozens and dozens of fish per day. We used to stop after we got our limit, handling only around a dozen fish, then moving to a whole different species. We would sometimes catch the "slam". We took more fish than now, but, handled a tenth of what has to be handled now to accomplish the same thing. I don't remember the last time I completed a "slam". You see change is hard. Again, change for change sake is not necessarily a good thing. It can lead to unwanted consequences as well.

One thing that prevails through all of these changes is that old adage, "necessity is the mother of invention". Someone invariably comes up with a positive solution to a negative dilemma. Trophy Anglers' Tackle Co. has done just that with the Trophy Anglers' Livewell. The applications in this product are answers to many unwanted consequences, from the releasing of healthy fish via catch, recover and release to changing fishing styles like control drifts to trolling. It helps control the boat in so many ways. One in particular is what we call "turning circles". While drifting across a piece of structure, turn on the trolling motor to create a large, slow circle going counter clockwise. Allowing the wind to slowly skate you across the piece while slowly turning left. This creates a "lea area" in which to jig in and control the bait, while covering more area in search of the fishes pattern there, rather than blow through with your jig at an angle and having trouble tickling bottom. An unusual solution to a nagging problem. In this case change is a good thing.

It also remedies the problem of wasted fish. They are back in the lake where they came from as opposed to banging around in a hard well, in the pitch black suddenly, breathing artificially charged air, along with all their own waste and stomach contents. If you only catch a couple, you still have the ability to let them go. Just imagine the millions of fish that have been needlessly wasted through traditional practices that have been good enough. Change can be a good thing.

So, we won't be afraid of change when we see how good the change can be. We can and do adapt in ways that we don't even mean to. We can all take charge and change as we see fit.  Change for change sake is not necessarily a good thing. With the Trophy Anglers' Livewell, change is a great thing.

Written by Mick Nelson — February 26, 2017