Why I Got Out of the Game – Update
First, let me say how much I appreciate your support regarding the new direction for River Ratz. I’ve been doing this for about 4 years now, and I’ve never received the kind of response that I did yesterday. My inbox and phone blew up almost immediately and it went on for 12 hours! The article was read more than 3,000 times, and shared more than 500 times….and it’s still going strong. (Click here to see the original article)
The messages I received over the course of the day were a mix of a few things….Support for focusing on my family…Messages saying how it resonated with them and encouraged them to do the same thing…and messages saying that kids are the one thing missing from our sport.
Two of my good friends, Christian Myrick and Rick Irving, reached out to me with very similar ideas. A concept that is all but absent in our sport – Families fishing together. One of the messages I received yesterday said, “My selfish reason for not taking the kids with me is because I catch more with out them.” To his credit, he said that he had decided not long ago that it needed to change…and change soon. Now his daughter goes will him quite a bit, and he has discovered what he already knew – Time with the kids is far more rewarding than catching a few more fish.
I tell you all of this not to pat myself on the back, but to illustrate the overwhelming need and a desire for kids in our sport. For that reason, Rick, Christian, myself, and a few of our close friends will be launching something brand new to help the local families get the kids fishing. For now, we’re calling it River Ratz Kids!
You won’t see a Facebook page for it, nor will you see any official social media accounts. It’s not about that. What you will see are Open Invites that are designed to specifically to get moms, dads, and their kids fishing. This idea is literally about 48 hours old, which means we don’t have all the details worked out yet.
For now, some of the ideas we are tossing around are open invites focused on:
- Fishing trips on small lakes.
- Camping trips – easy locations next to lakes for kayaking/fishing.
- Bank fishing for families – teaching the kids (and parents) basic fishing techniques, and hopefully, catch some fish while we’re at it.
- Paddling trails – These trips would be designed with the kids in mind. That means planning stopping points for them to get out and play/explore, and maybe swim.
For now, we are going to keep this in an “open invite” setting, which means each family is responsible for themselves (no liability for us). It also means you’ll need to bring your own kayak or canoe.
Families fishing together and spending time in nature, is something all three of us are passionate about. But the truth is, we can plan all sorts of adventures for families, but if no one shows up, it was all in vain. So, I have a request and a question for you.
- Request: Once we have this thing up and running (1st adventure tentatively planned for this fall), help us get the word out. Attend the events. Volunteer to be a “guide” for a family that may not be as experienced. When I say “guide” I basically mean fish with them and make sure they don’t get lost.
- Question: We have 4 types of adventures planned. Is there something we’ve missed or something else you would suggest?
Again, thank you for your support on Monday. I was truly blown away.
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