by: Lynn Swearingen (C) 2009      

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In June the White House created the IOPTF they should have named it WTF in my humble opinion. The Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force has now managed to somehow correlate, corroborate, and con triturate (in under 90 days at Presidential tasking) a policy that will sacrifice 1 million U.S. jobs and possibly restrict access of over 60 million yearly anglers to do what they love : Fish”

See according to “Feds to 60 Million American Anglers: We don’t need you”

Graphic by Joe Meuhlbauer © 2009

Graphic by JoeM (C) 2009Herbert Hoover had it right when in 1963 he said “Fishing is a chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on the blue water…. And it is discipline in the equality of man — for all men are equal before fish. ….” 60 Million Americans per year agree with him.

There are multitudes of stories in every whip cord thin flexible rod resting in the corner of our nations garages. Laughter, love and lies reside in each and every tackle box waiting to be dusted off before being passed to the next generation. Through tough days and tougher decades it has faithfully stood awaiting rediscovery.

Grandfathers to grandsons. Fathers to daughters. Retired Veterans to disabled Active Duty Military just looking for an hour or a day where the wounds they silently, painfully bear can blend into the background. During this now infamously “it’s so over” recession, some have turned to fishing to feed themselves. It also is an inexpensive alternative to therapy for those still waiting for the jobless recovery to go “Jobplus” recovery. More