I am undoubtably one of the luckiest fishermen in the world, in that I have the best fishing partner in the world. My partner is very close to me in that my partner also happens to be my wife. I can honestly say that my wife is one in a million (and she isn't making me say this either). She is not necessarily as enthusiastic about actually fishing as I am, but she does fish and when she tires of it, she is content to observe nature or read her book. So what is the big deal you ask? My wife fishes with me when I have seen grown men head to the cabin. We have fished together in temperatures as low as 9 degrees with a 20 mile an hour wind. She has on numerous occasions been with me in 20 degree weather and blowing snow, temperatures in the 30's and pouring rain. She is also willing to be in the boat for 10 hours at a time with the appropriate biological breaks. The truly unbelieveable part is that never once has she complained or made me feel guilty for wanting to fish when a more sane person would have said lets head in or not even go out at all. You can believe this or not, but some of our best memories of being together were when the conditions were the crummiest. While I understand that not every wife or girl friend is willing be an extreme fisherman, I would strongly suggest that you shouldn't discount them when it comes to a quality fishing partner. If your spouse or significant other has never been given an opportunity to try fishing, by all means get them to try it and make it an enjoyable time. I am not suggesting you try fishing in the blowing snow or the pouring rain the first day out, or even in the first year or two for that matter (takes time to become crazy). I don't press my wife to fish if she doesn't want to, and try to take into consideration her feelings and wishes as well. We both really enjoy spending the time together with no noise, telephone, TV, etc., spoiling the moment. Fishing has added another dimension to our marriage, and we really do treasure the time we do it together. My wife has been my fishing partner for the last 34 years (God willing, he'll at least give us at least another 34), and add a couple more years prior as my girl friend. We even went Musky fishing as part of our honeymoon. My wife has netted my two largest muskies, took the pictures, and shared my joy. She is also a good fisherman in her own right, see the bottom picture on the bragging board, that is her musky (pictured along with my youngest son). If you ladies are the least bit hesitant to try fishing, I would suggest that you contact my wife using the e-mail address on the bragging board. She would be more than happy to give you an honest answer as to how this fishing thing is from a women's perspective.
Last updated on ... March 30, 2002