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I finally joined the Striper Club last year & quickly wished I’d done it sooner, as I’ve learned a lot very quickly (although the number of fish in the boat hasn’t changed yet). The club website & monthly meetings are really enjoyable, & I look forward to getting to know everyone better. Throwing tacos with the cast net for several months was pretty frustrating, but now that I can throw a respectable circle most of the time, netting shad gives me another good adrenalin rush. A striper club member inspired me to build a bait cage this spring, which was really a lot of fun & it works great, except in the heat of summer .
If we are able to sell our current home in Greensboro, then we plan to move to SML full-time. We will need a bigger place with garden space, as you can’t take the farmer out of most Iowa natives, even though it still seems strange trying to grow vegetables in red dirt. I like to cook & my wife & I enjoy traveling (both our kids live in CA, so we generally go west). I’ve recently begun smoking different kinds of meat, this time adding fish to the menu. I like beer battered striper the best, but I have to limit my fried food intake, so fish tacos, fish chowder & smoked stripers are my new favorites.