John D. Silva
The arrival of Mother’s Day each year brings about a challenging set of circumstances for the devoted outdoorsman.
Mother’s Day traditionally falls on the second Sunday in May, an otherwise valuable, carefree day of outdoor recreation.
With hungry, all-to-willing trout rising in the streams, actively feeding largemouth & smallmouth bass fattening up for the coming spawn, and striped bass and bluefish making their annual, frenzied run up the coastline, the month of May is a coming-out party of sorts for winter-weary anglers.
But just as we slowly begin to shake out the cobwebs from another long winter’s slumber, WHAM!! Obligation jumps up and whacks us in the back of the head with a two-by-four, stopping us cold in our muddy tracks. This is when beleaguered, outdoor-loving fathers and sons suddenly find themselves in one hell of a dilemma.