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With the on and off again sunshine we’ve been trying to sneak in some good ol’ outdoor fun. One of my favorite outdoor activities, close to home, is fishing! I find fishing to be so relaxing, beautiful and fun. I love everything to do with fish, including having a fish tank of our own, I know how to cycle a fish tank, everything! For many people, allergies may be keeping them from enjoying their favorite outdoor activities. As a fellow allergy sufferer, I’ve found a way to have my cake and eat it too (when it comes to enjoying the outdoors). You can also Go to this website for tips on how to plan the perfect fishing day.
Join Claritin® and their 20 Minutes of Spring Project, inspiring Americans to get outside for at least 20 minutes a day in order to enjoy the simple joys, sights and sounds that the season brings. While catching fish doesn’t always come quick and easy, take what you can get, but be sure to help get your kids and your family off of electronics for a bit and get outside to enjoy nature and the sunshine!
To make fishing more enjoyable, take a companion (or multiple). I love taking the whole family fishing and that means our dog too. We often fish at the pond by our kids’ school, where many ducks and geese reside so it’s fun to watch Lucy ogle at the different birds. Fishing is best with company!
Aside from your fishing poles, be sure to bring bait for whatever kind of fish you’re trying to catch. You may need weights to help your fishing line sink, or bobbers to help keep your bait near the surface. I also recommend using the best spinning reel for striped bass. If you don’t know what kind of fish is stocked where you’re fishing, take a variety of items and change it up. We will often have different people’s poles with different items to see what’s working the best at any given location. Skate The Fly offers amazing fishing gear reviews.
Be armed with Claritin allergy medication in case your allergies strike. Get Non-drowsy Claritin for the adults and Children’s Claritin Chewables for the kids, Claritin can help allergy sufferers get back to enjoying the simple joys of life that the outdoors can bring
Take a chair for comfort, unless your fishing spot has some good rocks or logs to sit on.
While I don’t own any polarized sunglasses, I’m told these are the best for fishing because not only will your eyes be protected, but they help you see deeper into the water so you can spot any hiding fish. Pretty cool, right? These just might be on my Mother’s Day wishlist.
Last but not least, our family secret for how to get the fish off the hook is to use hemostats! This is a surgical tool and it’s perfect for grabbing hold of the hook and pulling it out. Then we’re able to send the fish back on their way, as we do catch and release.
Spring is such a lovely time to get outdoors and stretch your legs, and enjoy the sunshine. We also love it for fishing because the weather is perfect! The 20 Minutes of Spring Project is a part of year two of a three year partnership between Claritin and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where Claritin has committed up to $500,000 to fund programming and create resources to help get kids outside.
You too can help get those BGCA donations up, just by getting outside and snapping a photo of your outdoor activities this spring. This year Claritin is providing an Imagination Playground to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at PS 125 in Harlem, NYC to enable kids to get outside and enjoy nature. This playground equipment is particularly relevant, as 54 percent of those surveyed said their favorite childhood outdoor activities included playing at a playground or riding a bike.
Get involved and help the kids of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. It’s simple – post a picture of your favorite family-friendly outdoor spring activity on Facebook or Instagram with both #Claritin and #20MinutesofSpring by June 21, 2018. Every post triggers a $5 donation to Boys and Girls Clubs of America (up to $50,000).
To learn more go to Claritin.com/20MinutesofSpring.