Get in shape with the Fishing Fitness System

Are you trying to knock off some of that winter weight? I have a great program for you. You’ll lose weight and have a good time while you’re doing it. It’s the Fishing Fitness System.

A guy who said he listens to this show nearly every morning called the other day and asked if I’d refresh his memory about the Fishing Fitness System. It’s an exercise program I came up with by accident, but it’s fun, and it works. It works very slowly, but that’s part of the beauty of it. Since you don’t shed pounds quickly, you’ll have to do it often.

I came up with the program when a friend asked me if I thought a guy could lose weight fishing. That got me thinking about my own fishing style, the Fishing Fitness System was born.

To start the system, grab a map of a place you’ve always wanted to go fishing but haven’t gotten around to going to yet. Find a few places on that map you’re likely to get into some good fishing. Now load all your fishing gear into the truck. Take the spinning rod and reel, the fly-fishing equipment and even the bait-casting rig, if you have one. The more gear you have, the better the workout will be. With fishing gear, it won’t be a muscle-building exercise, because the weight is negligible. But you’ll get a great aerobic workout trotting back and forth to the truck to get the spinning rod when the fly rod isn’t getting results, or vice-versa.

Now that you’ve got all your gear, head for the hills. Try to find the parking spot near the water you marked on the map. You’ll soon find that spot either doesn’t exist or is already filled with the vehicles of other anglers. But the inevitable walk is a part of the program.

Here’s the key part: Resist your urge to try different lures. If you need to, carry only one type of spinner in your vest. For instance, my spinner selection consists entirely of red and white Mepps Aglias in sizes 0, 1 and 2. Instead of trying to find the lure the fish are biting on, try to find the fish that are hungry for what you’re offering. Try several casts in one hole, then move upstream to the next riffle and toss a few more lines there. Keep this up until you just can’t take it anymore. Then go get the fly rod and repeat the process.

So get out and try to snag the big one. Unlike a lot of the weight loss products on the market, I can’t guarantee results. But maybe you’ll actually work off that spare tire in The Great Outdoors.