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My bait is better than yours … Trophy Hunters wanted: fish this way please. Keep in mind that I fish for fun so some of what I’ll say is naive to a degree. I don’t know the inner workings of the bait making business nor do I know what classifies one as a Big Fish expert. What I do know is there’s a lot of back and forth going on about who made this bait first and people drawing up guide lines for being a true Trophy Hunter. It’s a sad commentary on the sport when we have all this drama and division when you realize we’re talking about fishing.

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Renowned Poet Ted Hughes once said and I agree …

Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.

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We need to keep in mind that there’s room for all kinds of baits and fishermen; nothing is cast in stone, nothing is new under the sun. I’m sponsored by a bunch of folks, but it doesn’t stop me from liking other baits or enjoying how one trophy hunter pursues his passion over another. The world has enough trouble occupying our worries, we don’t need any in the sport we love. These are tough times on a lot of people, most of which we never hear about … loss of loved ones, health, jobs, the economy and the list goes on …

My hope is that we can all have fun in this sport we call fishing and not let the noise in the background affect our love of the game. You can draw a line in the sand but you can’t draw one on the water. Stay on Em … Peace!

Danny Barker

I’m a Calif. transplant living in Ocala, FL. I’ve lived here for the last 6 years. My home town of Sacramento/ Folsom, Ca is where I lived for 40 years. Some of the best bass fishing in the country with the Delta, Clear Lake, Folsom and tons of other outstanding water. I write/moderate for a cool website called the Unemployed Fishing Club Unemployed Fishing Club, I’m also a writer/ Field Editor for North Central Florida Fish Explorer.com. Looking forward to contributing to MLO. Look me up on FaceBook too !

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