Bassin’ Blogosphere: Lucky Charms
Oct 29th, 2008 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Oct 29th, 2008 at 12:00 AM
I’ve got to admit it to you folks. I have a lucky charm with me when I go fishing. I’m not sure why it’s a lucky charm, but like Linus from the old Charlie Brown Peanuts cartoons who had his blanket, I have a dirty, tattered, cap that comes with me whenever I fish.
I was given the cap by the folks at ESPN when I covered the 2004 Great Outdoors Games. That was the ultra-cool event where the tour-level walleye and bass anglers fished together as teams for the fishing championship in Madison, Wisconsin. That cap has been with me ever since that event.
Now, I know many of you also have these little charms in your boat as well. They can vary from a cap, to a rabbit’s foot, to a lucky sweatshirt, a lucky fishing rod or even lucky underwear. Ew. Lucky underwear. I have an acquaintance who swears by wearing the same undies throughout a fishing tournament. Now, he’s never won an event, but he still feels his BVDs are lucky, go figure.
Why is it that we rely on these things? Do we not trust in our own skills? Do we need to feel that something or someone is on our side at all times? I’m not sure.
I challenge everyone reading this to go fishing without your lucky charm next time you head out. Report back here and let me know how you did.
Of course, if you’re like me, you’ll probably unconsciously credit the new hat on your head or boots on your feet. The old charm will wither and die and the new charm will now be your constant companion without you realizing that it’s happening.