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National Fishing and Boating Week: the 3F’s

My trailer tire was flat, just in time for National Fishing and Boating Week.  I figured that when I cranked on the lug nut it’d pop off with rust.  I was shocked when it spun effortlessly, and I smiled.  Although I did not remember treating it with anti-seize paste I was pleased that I had and I got on with the boating and fishing much faster.

We celebrate lots of days and weeks these days, and National Fishing and Boating week is at the top of my list (National Doughnut Day, June 5th, is right up there, too).  On the water my thoughts turn to wind and waves.  They’re relaxing, far more so than sitting at home watching television.  Being on the water gives me time to forget about the daily grind, and to focus on more important things like the 3F’s.

The 3F’s?  Family, friends, and fishing.

Whenever I hitch the trailer to the truck the odds are that my family isn’t far behind.  We deal with the cold, snowy winter for days of hot sun, flat seas, and fish cruising the flats and the edges.  If you live near the water and own a boat there is no shortage of friends, so there are always trucks and cars parked in our driveway.  We have three seasons of fun that more than get us through the long winter.

Most states offer free fishing days as well.  Accident?  Nah, it’s a coincidence.  Check ’em out for your area.

And that’s exactly what this week celebrates: the pleasure that we get from fishing and boating.  If we have a bad day, a bad week, heck, even a bad month, a day on the water washes it all away.  When you get on the water after dealing with a flat trailer tire the stress just washes away.  Even so, remember to treat the lugs with anti-seize paste just to be sure…).

National Fishing and Boating Weeks starts this Saturday, June 6 and there are many ways you can make part of this celebration! What about visiting one of the 2015 Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat during that week?

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program.  Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits.  When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters.  His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011.  Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.