Friday, February 26, 2010

Fishing Without Oprah

I’m hoping that at sometime during Oprah’s last season, she’ll have a show about fishing – but I’m not holding my breath.

Oprah's been doing her TV show for 25 years and has had plenty of shows about sex, but none about fishing, and I don't suspect her last season will push that kind of boundary. Why? Because "sex shows" are good for ratings, and because "fishing shows" require squishy worms and insect repellent.

Fishing is good for the soul. Fishing is good for stress reduction. Fishing is good for almost anything that ails you. But c'mon! Can you really see Oprah pulling a worm from a bucket, skewering it onto a hook, and then casting it into a lake without washing her hands before, during and after? Of course you can't. What's worse, if she ever DID dedicate a show to fishing, she'd probably make a joke out of it by making weird faces when she had to "pull one in," which in turn would make her audience squeal with laughter, which is the last thing a fisherman wants to hear when he's been out on the lake all day and hasn't caught squat!

Fishing and sex have a lot of things in common. They both use "lures." They both come with strings attached. They both require patience in order to get something good from it. They both involve the "thrill of the chase" and the "agony of defeat." They both deal with throwing back the little ones in hopes of landing "a keeper."

So why isn't fishing a good enough subject for the Oprah show? I don't know. I don't sit around worrying about it all that much. I'm too busy out on the river, casting for trout. Which is exactly where YOU should be right now -- so getalong with ya...and good luck!

Are you ready to Live Without Oprah?

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