You See aPaddle, I See a Passport

     In a time when distancing is recommended a perfect place to practice this is on the water. Passing places that turn your head happens to many of us on a daily basis. Along the highway, on a back road or in our travels you spot a place that may look ideal for pitching a plug for bass, or casting minnows for a few crappie. This spot appears to be begging for a bait worked around the lily pads, submerged trees, boat docks or even just a secondary creek. The big question is, “how do I get there?” Inaccessible to a big boat, not much of a shore to walk, wading is out, I preach “just give me a paddle and a puddle.” I’ve launched a kayak in a neighborhood pond that gets a fair amount of fishing pressure and faraway places where fish rarely see an artificial bait. I enjoy each equally as much. Paddling a kayak or canoe has taken me to places where I can fish in solitude, and places where you can see and hear highway traffic.A unique aspect of paddling is it can take you to a wide variety of places. Most of the time there’s a fishing rod at my feet but sometimes a few turns around the lake or exploring a creek is enough to refresh my spirit. A departure from the hustle bustle of the world is just around the corner, a temporary reprieve, a brief escape. Where some see a paddle I see a passport.