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Adventure and Love on Father’s Day
June 05, 2009
Father’s Day allows us to honor our fathers and show them our love. Have you considered what your father might really want to do to have fun and let you share your love? Does your dad or grandfather enjoy fishing?
In our fast paced world, fishing gives us a chance to slow down, enjoy an adventure outdoors, and spend time with those we love. Fishing gives people a chance to bond. Some suggestions for Father’s Day include going fishing with your father or grandfather, scheduling a guided fishing trip, or buying him a fishing license.
Going fishing does not need to be complicated. If you do not have a boat, plenty of options are available. Fishing from the shore is the most obvious. A list of freshwater bank fishing options can be found on the Department of Conservation’s Web site, www.OutdoorAlabama.com, by searching with these words: fishing where regions. The same page can be found searching www.google.com using these words: Alabama fishing regions. Choices will include State Public Fishing Lakes, known locally as county lakes, which also have aluminum boats to rent. Another alternative for the non-boat owner is to rent a motor boat at an Alabama reservoir. Several Alabama State Parks rent boats. Alabamians, who operate a motorized vessel, including those with just a trolling motor, are required to have an Alabama boater’s license.
Guided fishing trips can be the best option for many family groups. Guides can be found on the Internet or by contacting a tourism agency or the local chamber of commerce. Guided trips allow anglers to concentrate on having fun instead of being concerned about equipment and locations to fish.
The gift of a fishing license works well when the giver and the recipient cannot get together for a Father’s Day fishing trip. The gift of a fishing license says to the recipient that you want to spend time with them. If the angler happens to be 64 years old, the gift of a fishing license can be a special memory. Anglers buying a license at age 64 automatically receive a special lifetime license for the price of the regular Alabama resident license fee of $12. Lifetime licenses are also available to younger anglers, and the price varies by age.
Father’s Day can be a shared adventure and an expression of love through fishing. This special day can also be about reliving shared memories of fishing with a father or grandfather. The day will be even more rewarding if you create a new adventure together.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.OutdoorAlabama.com.