It’s nearing the time of year when one should get out all of their fishing gear and take an inventory, to see what needs to be purchased. I will also hook my fishing line to a tree and stretch out the entire line that has been curled up inside of the reel for several months. If you don’t do this on a yearly basis, once you toss your line toward the water, it will most likely jam up into a tangled mess. Once fishing season arrives, you don’t want anything to delay you from filling your first stringer of fish for 2014. I’ve always used fishing hooks that do not have any type of barb attached to the hook. One reason being is that it is much easier to remove from the mouth of a slippery fish. Secondly, and probably most importantly, is that if I jam one into my tender flesh, it will come out with somewhat less pain.I think that I have finally reached the age when I can begin to exaggerate those often-told fish stories. When you are younger, if you attempt to tell everyone that the fish you caught are bigger than they really are, no one will believe you and just take you for being a liar. When you get older, like myself, people either believe your stories or they just don’t really care. Maybe they figure that, with your advancing age, your memory might be fading somewhat, so they just smile and patiently listen while you continuously repeat the same stories over and over again. Occasionally, they may glance over to anyone else who might be listening with a look of, oh no, do we have to hear this one again? Fear not, you young whippersnappers, you will one day earn the right to stretch your fish stories out, and then the generation behind you can roll their eyes in disbelief and boredom.• Contact Raymond Snoke at email@example.com.