Countless miles of bike and hiking trails, beautiful sand dunes and beaches, and a picturesque lake are there for all to enjoy.
Early risers that make their way out to the North Pier on most mornings will find fishermen lined up from one end to the other trying their luck at catching salmon, steelhead and perch. It’s interesting to watch the varying degrees of expertise present.
Even more interesting is the demeanor of those that line the wall. Some are willing to share their knowledge with those who might just be getting started; while others act as if they own the pier, and anyone who infringes on their territory is a nuisance.
Fishing is a family sport that is often passed from one generation to the other. It’s a time when special memories are made that will be talked about for years to come. The anticipation of what’s on the other end of the line as the pole bends and the reel screeches is an unforgettable time for the young and old alike. It’s times like these, over the years, that turn young fishermen into old ones.
Unfortunately, not all experiences on the pier are positive. The wind that often blows can create a challenging situation for the young, inexperienced angler when trying to keep lines from drifting into someone else’s area. This is part of fishing and those that fish in a public area must remember that. A day that starts with excitement and anticipation of “catching a big one” can easily turn into an unpleasant experience due to the attitudes of those on the pier.
We encourage those that use the pier to remember that it’s there for all to use and that their actions on any given day may shape the fishing memories of others for years to come.
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