By Greg Barbera
Got an angling-addicted dad? A fishing-fanatic best friend? Someone in your life who waxes poetic about bobbers and lures? If so, pack up your Silverado with rods and reels—your EZ-Lift tailgate will make getting them in and out a cinch—and prepare to chase the big one. Don’t worry too much about getting lucky: Fishing is a much about camaraderie as it is about the big catch. Here are some exciting adventures bound to provide a bonding experience for friends and family.
Roscoe, NY: Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, Roscoe bills itself as Trout Town USA. It’s a mecca for fly fishing that will leave you stoked. Your truck’s double cab means you don’t have to limit your trip to two, so ask your uncle and his trusty labrador to join the fun. Wear your waders, cast slightly upstream, and make sure to bring your best fly and a recipe for the rainbow trout you’ll be catching.
Castaic Lake, CA: This lake is home to six of the largest bass caught on record. When you land a big one here, you’ll have a fish tale to tell for years to come. Bass like a water temperatures of 60-75 degrees, and since you can’t control the water’s climate the way you can your Silverado’s the hotter it is outside the deeper you’ll need to fish. Or cast into shady coves. Largemouth bass generally gather around docks, rock outposts and fallen trees.
Kenai, AK: Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula will offer you the chance to catch king and sockeye salmon. Charter a boat and backtroll in hopes of snagging an 80-pound king salmon or fly fish from the banks for the chance to fight a sockeye to the shore. This is Alaska after all, so you’ll need the available Chevrolet MyLink’s* voice-recognition navigation system to prevent you from getting lost. You’ll also need to keep one eye on the weather… and the other out for bears.
Outer Banks, NC: Channel your inner Hemingway: Take a deepsea fishing excursion in search of blue marlin. Your angler friends will be green with envy when you describe how you spent hours reeling in a 500-pound billfish. Crank Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkryies” over your available Bose premium audio system on the ride home. Victory is yours!
Sweetwater, TN: If you’re the adventurous type, take a trip to Tennessee and go noodling for catfish—a southern tradition. Ya’ll can leave your fishing gear at home, though: You are the bait! All you have to do is stick your hand in a catfish hole and hope one bites. Then wrestle the 30-pound fish out of his home and into the jon boat (pulled by the 355 horsepower, 5.3L, V8 engine under the hood of your Silverado). Good times.
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Greg Barbera of DadCentric is a dad blogger, beer magazine editor and the singer/bass player for the punk band Chest Pains. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. You can follow him on twitter @gregeboy, Tumblr, Facebook and Blogger.
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