December comment from Ben Collins, Editor Bush 'n Beach Fishing magazine
Fishing plays a very important role in my life. Obviously it is part of my work because I test boats and fishing gear and write reports. It is also when I get to relax and spend time with friends and family.
This is especially so over the Christmas period.
I’m assuming this is the case for many of you, as there is always increased traffic on the water during the holidays. While not wanting to repeat myself each year, it is important that everyone plays it safe on the water, especially during the busier times.
No doubt if the weather is good, boat ramps will be chaotic, so it is essential to plan your day ahead. It might be worthwhile getting to the ramp extra early or alternatively waiting until after the crowds have dispersed. Planning when to return to the ramp is also important and leaving 30 minutes or even an hour earlier than you really want could mean missing the crowds.
If you do have a new boat and are still learning how to launch and retrieve, then try to get a bit of practice before heading out with family or friends. This might mean a few trips to the ramp in non-busy times where you simply reverse the trailer in, get the boat off and then back on again.
Try formulating a routine to follow, as it can make life much easier at the ramp, especially if it’s busy and conditions aren’t favourable. A bit of prep should eliminate most of the issues you could face.
As the year comes to an end, I would like to thank all our writers for their dedication in supplying current and informative articles. We have a great team that is passionate about sharing information and who I feel make BNB the mag it is.
I’d also like to thank the office crew that puts all the pieces of the puzzle together each month. We are only a small team, but try our best to bring you a top-notch publication.
Last but definitely not least, I would like to thank you the readers for your ongoing support. Your feedback on what we are doing right or wrong is always welcome as we continue to try to improve the mag.
Finally, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas. Hope you get to enjoy some time off or catch up with family and friends, which is what this time of year is really all about.