Greetings from Fishing Command
Welcome to Fishing Command.
My name is Liam, and I am originally from Minnesota but now I reside in the Bay Area of California. I have been fortunate enough to travel the United States and fish everything from Halibut off the Homer Spit in Alaska, to Marlin off the coast of Florida.
I have even done some fly fishing in the highlands of Scotland and Pirana fishing deep in the Amazon Rainforest.
Though I have been able to fish all over the United States and even in some amazingly different places of the world, I still enjoy nothing more than landing some quality Walleyes in my home state of Minnesota.
As a child, my grandfather would take me on fishing trips every summer and that is where I learned to love the art. My grandfather would say, “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you have a friend for life”.
It was that philosophy that shaped my perspective on fishing. Fishing can be a solitude experience. Alone with nature. The quietness. The calm.
Away from the anxiousness of everyday life. But, if you have the chance to share a fishing experience with a good friend or a loved one, it can be a memorable and relationship shaping experience.
Now that I have a young family of my own, I am so fortunate that I can pass down my late grandfather’s wisdom to my young son and daughter.
I get immense joy from seeing the excitement in their faces when they land a great catch. Like I am sure my grandfather got when he saw the same excitement in my young face.
Though unfortunately, my children will never meet my late grandfather, they will know him through the lessons and through the love of fishing that he has instilled in me.
What is the “Fishing Command Philosophy”?
The two main cornerstones of the Fishing Command philosophy are sustainable fishing and love of the sport. So, what does that actually mean?
Sustainable fishing means precisely what it says. The world’s waterways are being overfished every day, and once-abundant fisheries are becoming depleted at an alarming rate.
We are not only talking about commercial fisheries, but we are also talking about even your local lakes and rivers.
There are systems in place, laws enforced, Department of Natural Resource agencies funded, but still, some waterways are much less populated than say even 50 years ago.
It is not just overfishing that is causing fish populations to decrease. Pollution and increased development have a way of destroying healthy fish habitats as well as restricting the successful reproduction of some species of fish.
Pollutants in the waterway can affect a fish’s reproductive system and prevent it from successfully breeding. Pollutants can also kill off necessary vegetation that contributes to a healthy and vibrant ecosystem.
But what can I do, I am only one person?
We know it can all be a little overwhelming, but here at Fishing Command we believe in the idea of “think globally, act locally”.
There are a few small things you can do on every fishing outing to do your part in helping us sustain these fish habitats for generations to come.
First, practice catch and release. We are not saying you can’t keep a few for a fantastic afternoon shore lunch, but for the big breeder fish, go ahead and snap a few pictures and then gently release that beauty of nature back into the water.
The breeders are what we need to ensure the cycle of life continues and that fish populations are naturally replenished through the years.
Second, leave no trace. Wherever you find yourself for your fishing outing, you should always leave the place exactly the way you found it.
Always remove your rubbish, avoid destroying aquatic vegetation as much as possible, and if you see someone else has left rubbish behind, pick it up and bring it with you.
And last, always follow the local DNR rules and regulations for the area you are fishing.
You may one day be turned on to a great honey-hole and it seems like every time you dip your line in the water you land one, but only take what is legal and what you will eat.
This goes not just for limits. Slot sizes and other size-related regulations are researched and enforced by the DNR in the spirit of supporting the sustainability of a particular species on that body of water.
Though the DNR may not always get it right, they do their best and they have research to back up their reasoning for certain regulations.
Love of the Sport
The second cornerstone to the Fishing Command philosophy is the love of the sport. The ideas of sustainable fishing come naturally to anyone who has a love of the sport.
The love instils in you a responsibility to ensure that the same experiences can be shared by future generations.
The love of the sport also means sharing that love with your friends, family, and anyone who you think could benefit from taking on the passion and its benefits to self.
Who is Fishing Command For?
Fishing Command is designed from every type of angler. From the seasoned veteran to someone who is just starting out. We strive to create content that will keep you informed, entertained, and most importantly, thirsty for more.
If you see something missing that you have a question about, feel free to fill out our contact form and we will help you in any way possible. You may even have given us our next article idea!
The type of content we focus on ranges from complete guides on the latest fishing gear to general tips and tricks for a more successful fishing experience.
Our gear guides may review the best new reels, or the best equipment for a particular fish species, or even give you a complete technical breakdown of a certain product.
Our tips and tricks section will give you advice on how to switch from freshwater to saltwater fishing, or maybe what types of lures are best for small pond Largemouth Bass. We even may have some of our favorite walleye recipes you can try at home.
Either way, you will be informed but at the same time entertained and you learn something new that you can share with your fishing buddies.
Well, thank you for stopping by Fishing Command and we hope you enjoy our content.