Capt. Billy Pipkin’s Fishing Line

by Capt. Billy Pipkin

Time to start catching fish

Just as the whole world seems turned upside down by a virus, there remains a calming truth—fishing season has begun!

Due to fear of COVID-19, many folks are forced to stay home from work and practice social distancing. This can be boring and downright depressing, but I have a solution. First, turn off the news. Stop worrying about catching a virus and start thinking about catching a fish. Nature has provided us all with a safe place where the fragrance of salt air and the sound of gulls will heal all worries.

As I pen this article, my thoughts drift to “Big Mouth Billy Bass” the famous singing fish that became the craze just over 20 years ago. Unsuspecting passersby would be startled as the fish on the wall serenaded them with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin and “Take Me To The River” by Al Green. Whether you enjoy bird watching, kayaking or fishing, let’s adopt those positive thoughts—don’t worry, head to the water.

Let’s talk fishing

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