R-wilson has a blog entry that got me thinking...........about "looking back".
The shear diversity of bluegill angling has been the reason I have come to admire and respect these fish.
You can plan a bluegill trip for sheer research reasons, or you can plan a trip for sheer relaxation - these fish offer either aspect at any given time.
The difference, I believe, comes when we specifically target the largest fish in the system. Bluegill angling tends to take on a more systematic approach when you start dealing with big bluegill.
Yes, there is the spawning season that makes it easier on the angler - but these fish can be caught off the spawn.
Can't say I'm as interested in "looking back". I came from an angling past that I believe had a hand in the status of today's local bluegill population health, and I'm not quite as proud of my decisions then as those I am making today.
(My memories are of livewells full of every bluegill caught that was bigger then your hand.)
Today, as I take my two children fishing, they hear stories that start with, "When I was your age, I fished this spot and we would catch fish bigger then a plate".
My problem with looking back is that that all I see is myself limiting what my children have to relate to my stories from days gone by.
I find myself grasping the present and looking at the future.
I don't want to go back and relive the good 'ole days..................I want to build the foundation and share the education so my children can say to their children, "When I was your age, fishing wasn't nearly this good. You were lucky to get three big bluegill in a trip."