Constant trips to the lake can get expensive. Between fuel, snacks, and chewing tobacco a man can run up a handsome bill in a hurry…oh yeah…tackle too. Those costs become even more painful when the trip turns out to be unproductive…i.e. you get skunked. I got to wondering if I could find a way to get more experience without taking the hit to the wallet that comes with actually going fishing.
Given that fishing, like flying jet fighters, is expensive, I thought it might make sense to look to the military for clues on how to do things more efficiently. Often times in the military the budget is tight. Jet fuel and aircraft maintenance are expensive, so rather than actually go flying…pilots simply practice flying in a simulator.
Now, I won’t lie to you…aircraft flight simulators are expensive…lucky for us we don’t have to buy one. What I am proposing here is a night-fishing-simulator…something that gives us the essence of night fishing without the expense of gassing up the truck and the boat, buying a bunch of tackle, and consuming hours of time. After a few moments of sage-like rumination, it occurred to me that night-fishing is well suited to this type of simulator training. After studying how my night fishing trips normally unfold, I was able to concoct a simulator from commonly available tools/stuff.