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Watch football or go fishing?

By Staff
Kevin Stone
Franklin County Times
It's that time of year when the weather cools off, the bass really start biting, and college football is in full swing. Is it possible for two things that I really enjoy, that both take place on Saturdays, to coexist? The two things I'm referring to is fishing and Auburn football and yes, with a few tips both can be enjoyed.
1. Get Tivo.
Tivo will let you record the game so you can watch it later without commercial interruption. Tivo is also a helpful hint for the guys who can't decide on what to get their wife for Christmas. It is by far the best gift that I have ever given my wife. It may not seem like a very personal gift but if your wife is addicted to TV like mine, she will love it.
2. Take a radio to the lake. There is not a Saturday that passes where there is not a radio on the front of a bass boat. Just make sure the batteries are fresh and don't tell the score at the boat ramp because your buddies may have Tivo.
3. Plan your fishing trip around the game.
Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially if it is an early game and you are fishing a tournament. In that case, No. 1 or No. 2 may apply.
4. Install a dish satellite TV system in your boat.
That may seem a little extreme but if you've got a $35,000 bass boat with built-in GPS, why not?
5. Just stay home and watch the game.
Nah, just kidding, with the exception of the Auburn vs. Alabama game there ain't no way I'm staying home.
It's a tough call sometimes to go fishing or watch a ballgame but fishing usually wins out every time. You can just do what I usually end up doing, staying up late and watching ESPN's SportsCenter to get all the highlights. The next couple of weeks should make for some pretty awesome fishing, so get off the couch, turn the TV off, and take a kid fishing.
Kevin Stone is branch manager and loan officer at Valley State Bank and can be reached at (256) 332-3600.