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With the new year upon us, many of us are making resolutions, so why not make some fishing resolutions as well? In this article from the Take Me Fishing blog, Debbie Hanson suggests four fishing resolutions for your consideration.

IMG_1670Every 365 days most of us go through the process of evaluating what we plan to improve upon or what we resolve to do differently as a new year begins. There are plenty of people who resolve to lose weight, go to the gym more often or eat more veggies, but what about making a fishing resolution or two? If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, here are four good ones to consider:

Take a kid fishing at least once a week. If you don’t have kids of your own, ask to take the neighbor’s kids, the child of a family friend, nieces, nephews or grandkids. The outing can be as simple as tossing a line in a backyard pond down the street from your house for an hour or two. Expose kids to the wonders of nature and open their eyes to the world outside of cell phones, video games or computers for just a few hours. Invite non-fishing friends to go on a trip with you.

Do you have a friend that seems curious and interested whenever you mention an upcoming fishing trip, but that has never gone fishing before? Ask them to go along with you the next time there is a license-free fishing day in your state or let them know how easy it is to purchase a license online. Sounds like a no-brainer, although sometimes we get too involved in our own personal fishing routines and simply forget to extend an invitation to others. Just be sure to check on the specific license requirements and fishing regulations in your state before you go.

Photo credits: Take Me Fishing (top), SoCal Salty (above)

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Joe Sarmiento
Joe is an avid saltwater angler. He grew up in Washington State on the south end of Puget Sound where he first started fishing as a boy catching perch, flounder, rockfish, and occasionally salmon. Today, Joe lives in Southern California where he fishes off beaches and jetties, kayaks, and sportfishing boats. Joe writes about his saltwater adventures in the SoCal Salty blog, and for Western Outdoor News.