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It has been a few years since I became the “Un-Deprived” angler; adopted by WFN and awarded a beautiful Stratos boat for my video submission to the D.A.D. contest. (Deprived Angler Disorder).   Since the day my boys, myself, and my friend Jordie made the road trip to the marina to pick it up, I’ve spent a fair amount of time thinking about how fortunate I am to have won when so many others just like me entered and did not.  The boat is awesome and every time I’m on it I appreciate how fantastic it is.  Along with that feeling, something else  nags at me though and that is the thought that there are so many others who really deserve  it just as much as me.  That is why I’m giving it back – just kidding – sorry suckers it’s mine!!  Seriously though, I really do  think about what I can do to keep the spirit of that contest going because honestly, winning the boat was such a small part of the whole experience.  It is my hope that through this blog and the website deprivedangler.com that I will be able to share what I mean by that and my philosophy on not just fishing, but life.  There is a song lyric by the Grateful Dead that says it best as there is always a song lyric that says it best….”I may be going to Hell in a bucket baby, but at least I’m enjoying the ride.”  Well folks, I’ve been to Hell in  a bucket, and I’ve come back and I’ll tell you this….it isn’t about the destination but it is about the journey, so if you find yourself with a one way ticket,  I offer you this advice- grab a big dose of sunshine and a fishing rod and head to your local fishing spot, kick back, take off your shoes, sit down and relax.  If you’re lucky, you may even have a good friend or even better, a family member with you and chances are if you spend a bit of effort at it, you’ll catch a fish!  And if you do, I guarantee you this….that you’re having a better day than the fish is!!!  That may not be very Buddhist, but that’s okay too.  You may wish to think about putting that fish back, you may think about putting that fish on the dinner table – doesn’t much matter – but what does matter is this – you spent the time with friends, relaxing and concentrating on something that is way bigger than you.  And just for an afternoon, your problems disappear.  Imagine the freedom….and now realize that you too can have that freedom.  This page my friend is for you.  I hope we can help bring you to that space and  I hope that after you learn a thing or two here, that you take  a moment and remember the spirit that brought this page to light in the first place.  Yes, the spirit that brought us together is one of sharing and so after you have taken from this page, please consider what it means to share back and to share forward.  Tight lines friends and see you at the water!

 

Stefan Cartmale

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