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Nature: Taking It All In

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“Sometimes it's worth lingering on the journey for a while before getting to the destination.” 
Richelle Mead

The alarm goes off well before daybreak but it doesn’t matter because you were already awake. You load up the kayak and any other gear. Then, it’s off to the launch. You are anxious to get there because you’ve heard the positive reports, the conditions are right, and you know a “spot”. When you get to the launch you are quick to get the kayak in the water, loaded down with gear, and the only thoughts that are going through your head are getting on some fish. Your mind is already on high-alert looking for the “signs”.

This is a similar experience I had last week. However, when I started my journey to my first spot I was met with a most amazing sunrise. The scenery was breathtaking. It then occurred to me that sometimes I forget to “take it all in”.

Let’s face it, we all like to catch fish. Sometimes this desire can overshadow the beauty of nature we find ourselves in and we can miss it. If you add in pre-fishing, tournaments and obligations like providing social media content, there is even more of a danger we may be removed from the very thing we seek.

Many of us have seen the meme posters floating around social media that say: “fishing is much more than fish” or some variance thereof. I was reminded of this when I left the launch the other morning. It was a moment when I remembered I need to step back from what I am doing in nature and I need to just take it all in.

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Shane has been kayak fishing since 2009 and is passionate about it. Inshore saltwater kayak fishing is his addiction of choice, however, he enjoys the occasional offshore and freshwater trip as well. He mainly fishes the inshore lakes, bayous, and marshes of Southwest Louisiana but does venture into other territories. Shane is a member of the Hobie Fishing Team and holds Pro Staff positions with YakAngler, Lucid Fishing, and Ship To Shore Co. He was also the founding president of the Lake Charles Kayak Fishing Club. "My simple goal for this blog is to promote kayak fishing as it is something I love. I will post articles, reviews, videos, photos, and basically all things kayak fishing." ~Shane [Shane Coleman] (