Sure seems like Do It Yourself is a huge business anymore, there is an entire television channel dedicated to it. Mostly how to fix, remodel or even add on to your house. There are also how to gardening shows and making outdoor furniture that have some really cool ideas and the cooking how to shows are awesome - they make it look so easy!
Take a man to a restaurant and he eats a great meal, teach him how to cook and he eats great for life. That's how that old saying goes right? Or maybe it's Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
That in a way makes this column, all fishing magazines and fishing shows Do It Yourself. I like telling people how I catch fish so they can hopefully go out and catch more for themselves. I do not keep a lot of fish that I catch but that's my choice, I am not against keeping some fish to eat but what I am against is people giving fish away! I get asked a lot from family and friends to bring them some fish to which I reply, politely of course, "No but I will teach you how to catch your own." I just can't imagine someone wanting to eat fish that they did not have the thrill and privilege of catching! Please, I am pleading, urging, begging, demanding that everybody protects are fantastic yet fragile fisheries and only keep what you yourself are going to eat and let all others fend for themselves! They may not be happy about it at first but in the long run you are doing them a favor!
The Tuesday night big bass tournaments have started in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls waters with the first tournament at Big Woods lake on May 5th. The winner was Matt Vlasak with a 3.35 lbs largemouth and second place going to Morgan Boyd for catching a 3.04 lbs largemouth, he is pictured with his daughter/fishing partner Abi. I hear from a reliable source that she normally out fishes him but he got lucky this time!
The second Tuesday nighter was held on Brinker Lake in George Wyth state park and wow was there some nice bass caught that night. The winner was Austin Moore, he topped the field with a beautiful 4.62 lbs largemouth, great job Austin! Second place was Kole Northland with his bass weighing in at 3.06 lbs.
The next Tuesday night tournament is at Island Park in Cedar Falls on the Cedar River, with take off at 5:30 pm and weigh in at 8 pm (8:30 later in the summer). These quickie tournaments are exciting and a ton of fun and also prove that we have some fantastic fishing in our own back yards and all of the fish weighed in are released alive! You can get the full schedule for the Tuesday tournaments at Hank's Live Bait and Tackle in Waterloo. Even if you don't want to enter the tournament I encourage you to come out and watch the fish be weighed in and you will be surprised at the quality of the fisheries that we have. Don't forget to email a picture of you with any fish you caught to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win prizes. Until next time keep your lure wet!