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The YakSushi Woes

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Fridays are usually the days I ponder the wonder if’s….  I wonder if I’ll be able to hit the water this weekend...  I wonder if it will rain….  I wonder if I should hit the lake or Ohio….  I wonder if this weekend will be the weekend I’ll catch another trophy fish…  I wonder if I can even go fishing, have I made prior plans and just can’t remember them at this juncture because I have the short term memory of a fisherman? I usually spend half the day sitting here daydreaming about all the possibilities this weekend could bring.  


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It was this Friday that I came to the sad reality of my lackluster fishing exploits thus far.  From my first tournament of the year at Lake Harding Georgia to last week on a small stretch of water we like to call Cow’s Creek.  I’ve either totally struck out or caught “bait”.  “I often use the term bait when referring to fish caught that if I was still in Florida would be thrown on as a bait fish.”  Was it my lack of “Time on the water”, my lure choices, poor presentation, the crazy weather this year, bad luck, or maybe the gods?

Just as quickly, the thoughts of pity over my lackluster fishing exploits were replaced...  Replaced with the feelings of excitement I felt after watching the so called “bait” hit my topwater plug.  Replaced with the feelings of anticipation I had prior to the shot gun start at Lake Harding.   Replaced with the feelings of joy I felt while on the water.

It was this moment that I remembered why I fished.  I fish for all those feelings of excitement and anticipation, I fish for “The Wonder If’s”.

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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


# mefred 2014-01-31 16:56
i like your store, my cousin and i try to go out at lest once a month. fishing and yaking is what we do! i've bin out all day and not get a bite. some people get upset when they get scuked. it happens. i call the outdoors my church, i feel good and blest when i'm out under the sun, rain or snow. in planning on being on the current river feb. 7th or 8th come join us.

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