Fishing While On Business

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Graceclaw
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Fishing While On Business
<p>Hey&nbsp; all,</p> <p>I start my first career job in June working for Wells Fargo, and I will be doing some traveling as part of the job. We&#39;re actually spending the second week of June in Charleston, NC. I&#39;m excited because this (and other trips as part of the job) will give me opportunities to catch new fish and experience new environments. However, I&#39;m having a hard time picturing how I will be able to get to and from fishing spots unless I have a rental car. I&#39;ve only ever used a Taxi once in my life, so I&#39;m unsure of how they operate/how affordable or reliable they are.</p> <p>My first question is: Have any of you ever fished while travelling for business, and if so, how did you get around?</p> <p>Second, I&#39;m pretty new at finding good spots on limited information (just Google Maps and random sportfishing articles on the internet), and I&#39;m not really used to figuring out what species are present until I get there (unless the state has a fish mapper like MN and WI). Does anyone have any advice for how I could/should go about finding this information besides just winging it, or an idea of what to look for as green/red flags for particular areas or spots when I identify them?</p> <p>I guess that&#39;s about it for now- I&#39;m just so new to traveling and roughfishing that I could use any and all advice I get!</p>
Matt Miller
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My experience

Here are some thoughts from someone who travels a fair amount on business. One big caveat: I am a nature/conservation writer, so a number of my trips take me to places where I have a rental car and am in an outdoor locale. That makes it significantly easier to fish than if I was in a downtown business hotel. But I do find myself at conferences and meetings a fair amount, or without a car, or both.

Simply, it's not always easy to find a spot to fish. It often seems easier than it is. The taxi driver will not understand your directions, or traffic will be awful, or your meetings will go from 7 am to 9 pm, or you'll be burned out from a long flight. All can and do happen.

So it takes some planning. Don't just think you can go and wing it. It rarely works. Have a specific location to check out and a way to get there. Look for urban fishing locales -- some are not that inspiring but it's better than nothing.

If possible (and I know it may not be), consider taking an extra day, or staying through the weekend. I have done this and it's really worth it if you want to explore and experience great fishing, as opposed to just casting a line for a few minutes when you can squeeze it in. I have a lot of flexibility and an understanding spouse, but even then it can sometimes be difficult. But adding a day for fishing can make the whole trip worthwhile.

I know I may take some heat for this next suggestion. I know guides are frowned upon on this site, and I appreciate the focus on building your own fishing prowess. BUT a guide will pick you up, take you to good water and maximize your fishing time.

A fishing friend, colleague or even a contact on this site or another fishing forum can do the same (if we're being honest, this is just using a guide you don't pay). Using a guide, paid or unpaid, will allow you to fish and not just sit in a taxi trying to find a place that doesn't exist. It has sure turned some grueling work trips into great memories for me. There are many guides operating in urban waters now. This is not a cheap option, but it is worth considering, if only for an occasional splurge.

Finally, there are some cities where it's just easier to get to good fishing than others. If you are in Miami you can surely have a taxi take you to a canal and catch all kinds of cool stuff. Many coastal cities have fishing piers although finding those piers and bringing the necessary tackle is not very easy.

Good luck! Don't give up. And let me know if I can help in any way.

Matt

 

Eric Kol
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don't overlook public transpo

don't overlook public transportation. Hitting a city bus with a fishing rod is 100% garunteed to start up some conversation with a fellow angler and most folks are willing to share a spot or two with an out of towner who has the right attitude.

Carpy Diem!

Graceclaw
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Thanks

Thank you all for the responses- I really appreciate it.

Ben- prepping ahead of time definitely seems paramount, especially on trips that are promising to be packed (like this Charlotte one- busy from 7 or 8 AM until at least 5 PM every day, with no weekend day available). Charlotte specifically looks like it'll be a pain- the main river is 20-30 minutes away from maintown, so I don't expect public transit to be of too much help this time.....And yeah, I'm with you on the unpaid-guide bit!

Bryan- thanks for the tip about the licenses! I'm always running around like crazy trying to find a license shop. Not sure I'm crazy enough to try to pack live worms in my suitcase though.......Ok maybe I am.

E-Kol: Definitely! My worry about public transit is that I would have to get on with a specific destination in mind, which would kinda defeat the purpose of getting on and talking to anglers, y'know? It's definitely something I'll try in cities w/urban fishing opportunities, though- thanks for letting me know that I'm not crazy if/when I do.