If September 21st is the actual first day of fall, Labor Day is viewed as the end of summer.Â Think about it.Â Kids go back to school (if theyâ€™re not back already), vacations have become memories, and work takes on an air of seriousness that makes us all shudder. Labor Day signals the end of the carefree days of summer that we have enjoyed for the past few months and it is bittersweet indeed.Â We have the day off, true, but in terms of free time itâ€™s the beginning of the end.
For many families, Labor Day means spending time at home.Â A lot of folks wind up throwing around a football in anticipation of the upcoming season or playing a pick up game of baseball. Backyard bar-be-ques are standard, with hot dogs, burgers, chicken or ribs smoking out the neighborhood.Â If Labor Day is family time then that means that a lot of fishermen arenâ€™t on the water.
And that means itâ€™s a perfect time to go.
Over Labor Day weekend, boat traffic in my waters is the lightest itâ€™s been in months.Â The ramp is quiet, truck/trailer parking is wide open, and there isnâ€™t as much pressure on the fish.Â I donâ€™t have to figure out a sequence of which spots Iâ€™m going to hit before other anglers get on â€˜em, and on most days I can fish them all at will.Â Weâ€™re at the front end of some of our best fishing of the year, with cooler evenings and warmer days lighting up the bite.Â The water temperatures are perfect, and if the days are too warm then weâ€™ll just jump overboard for a swim.
Traffic on the roads can be a little hairy, and thatâ€™s another reason to be on the water.Â Who wants to sit in traffic or listen to car horns when you could be listening to the hum of an outboard or a pop of breaking fish?Â Get off the roads and on to the water I say, but this group knows what Iâ€™m talking about.Â Odds are youâ€™re doing the same.
But if youâ€™re getting pressure to have a backyard party hereâ€™s what I say: pack up your family and friends and toss a line instead of a football or baseball.Â Fall will be here soon and there will be plenty of time to throw the pigskin around. For now, letâ€™s catch â€˜em up.
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