Keep Your Trash to Yourself
Trashing the Joint!
I know it’s been a hot minute since I posted a new post but I was on a cruise and my Internet, at the very best, was spotty. As I sat on my balcony, hundreds if not thousands of miles out to sea, I actually saw a plastic bottle float by and I knew I had the topic for my next post!
Pick Up Your Trash!
In my long career as a fisherman and now, in my somewhat shorter career as a boater, I’ve seen many acts of total disregard for our environment and, by extension, our fishing spots. I’ve come across everything from a simple cigarette butt to a pile of trash and it simply has to stop. In a video that I posted on YouTube, I did a minor tour of my boat and showed that I have installed an ashtray. My cigarette butts never go overboard. I simply empty the ashtray when I get home.
This is not rocket science.
What Can You Do?
I’m not going to say that the method of disposing of our trash at the local dump or recycling center is perfect, it’s not. However, what I will say is that this is the only method we currently have to control the pollution and it’s very easy to use it. Just yesterday, I was fishing from the bank at a local spot and, at my feet were yards of monofilament fishing line. What disturbed me the most was that, no more than 50 yards away, was a disposal bin specifically for fishing line. As I said above, this isn’t rocket science. If you bring it in, take it out. Simple!
Why Should You Care?
In the woods and forests, hunters and campers are the last line of defense against pollution. On the water, it’s anglers and boaters. Just a couple of simple rules to live by. If you bring it in, take it out and if you see something, say something. People who show a disregard for our waterways are showing a disregard for our love of fishing and boating. Don’t let anyone take that away from you and certainly don’t take it away from yourself!
Tight Lines, My Friends!