Angling Right: Fishing in the Potomac River

 

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Yesterday morning, I ventured out to a new fishing spot on the Potomac River. I typically fish at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station, Virginia, which is replete with catfish, bass, and crappie. Burke Lake is a great fishing spot, but my dad and I have wanted to explore new places to test out different bodies of water. So we decided to try Little Hunting Creek in Fort Hunt, VA–which is very close to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. (Both of these spots are in Fairfax County, VA.)

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Little Hunting Creek can be found near Riverside Park at the mouth of the Potomac River. It’s known as a great spot to catch largemouth bass, perch, and catfish.  The Potomac River usually gets a bad rap as dirty, polluted, and icky. Although not forbidden to catch fish, most fishermen aren’t encouraged to catch and keep their fish. (Use discernment when fishing in the Potomac. Avoid areas near the Capitol.) The area where Little Hunting Creek flows into the Potomac is generally safe, so there’s no need to panic.

Below is our final catch: one decent-sized catfish, some crappie, and some small bass/perch.

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Best conditions to fish: I recommend going early in the morning between 7:00am-9:30am. The fish were actively biting when the river was overflowing. (Courtesy of a full moon the night before.)

What to bring: I suggest packing water, light food (jerky), chairs (depends on the surface you’re fishing from), and of course, a tackle box.

Recommended equipment: Essentials I recommend using are a rod (Shakespeare), hooks, weights (lightweight, not too heavy), bait (smaller night-crawlers), a net, and a bucket.

Appropriate attire: I recommend wearing pants (preferably jeans), t-shirts, hat, sunglasses, boots or sneakers. (Avoid nice clothes!)

If you’re fishing here in Virginia, remember to have a fishing license on you. Permit rates are quite reasonable (i.e. $23/year for freshwater fishing), so it’s a great investment valid a calendar year from the purchase date. Always have a fishing license on you. Reminder: it’s imperative to follow the laws and practice conservation while fishing. As fishermen, we must do our part to protect and preserve the places we fish. (Thankfully, we don’t rely on the government to conserve our surroundings!)

Next week, I’ll post about an upcoming fishing excursion in Prince William County.

Stay tuned!

 

 

Angling Right: Making Fishing Cool for Females and Millennials

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“Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing.” –Henry David  Thoreau

As many of you know, I’m a young conservative activist and blogger. I dedicate my social media platforms to conservative politics on a daily basis. And yes, I’m unabashedly proud of being a young conservative female. (Haters gonna hate, statists gonna state!)

Sometimes politics can be overbearing and contentious. (Ask any politico and they’ll tell you that.) We need breaks to keep our sanity in this blood sport as politics can be vicious. We need to learn to enjoy the finer things in life without losing our soul or feeling stressed all the time. As a result, I’ve decided to expand my writing portfolio to include posts about fishing.

Some of you might be thinking, “What girl wants to spend hours holding a rod waiting for a fish to bite?” Answer: I do! (And so do millions of other women.)

I started actively fishing about 11 years ago when I was 12. My dad is an avid fisherman, so naturally fishing came to me. Admittedly, I used to find fishing boring and confusing. “Ew!” and “gross!” were first thoughts that came to mind when I saw my dad place worms on a hook. Then I saw him catch different types of fish–catfish, bluegill, rainbow trout, seabass, small and largemouth bass–and I became curious. On Memorial Day 2003, I hooked in my largest catch to date–a 8.9lbs, 28-inch long catfish-and been hooked on fishing ever since.

Now as a young adult, I frequent lakes and the high seas whenever afforded the chance. Fishing soothes the soul. It teaches one patience, bolsters one’s gratitude, and teaches one resourceful skills. I hope my posts about fishing encourage more women and Millennials to cast a line and catch some fish.

Stay tuned for my first post on July 13/14!

-Gabriella

 

New Counter Cultured Article: Big Gov’t Has No Right to Measure Female Worth Via Birth Control

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured titled, “Dear Big Government: Birth Control Doesn’t Measure Our Worth.”

Here’s an excerpt:

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a landmark ruling that put a muzzle on the contraception mandate contained in Obamacare. This is a small but important victory for religious liberty and limited government.

Per usual, abortionistas decried this ruling as the end of women’s rights. (Cue the melodrama! The death of womankind is upon us!) They decried, “Get my employer out of my bedroom!” while simultaneously begging our government to fund their sexual escapades. One gal–Guardian U.S.’s Jessica Valenti—even suggested that women “should organize a safe-sex f***-in at every Hobby Lobby across the country.” (Gross.)

If this is what passes for female empowerment today, our gender has truly been set back.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Sic Semper Tyrannis: Photo Voter I.D. Goes Into Effect Here in Virginia

Today, a photo voter I.D. law went into effect here in Virginia. (More information on the new law from the VA Department of Elections can be found here.)

Here’s a summation of the new provision from WDBJ2:

The new ID will be available in July for voters who do not have other acceptable forms of identification.

Other acceptable forms of photo ID include a Virginia driver’s license, a U.S. passport or any other photo ID issued by the United States, Virginia or one of its political subdivisions, a student ID issued by any institute of higher learning in Virginia or any employee identification card.

The new IDs will be for voter identification only and cannot be used for anything else.

Poll taxes are unconstitutional, so states with voter ID laws have to provide photo identification to voters for free.

Under the new law, documents that do not contain a photograph of the voter are no longer acceptable forms of identification when a person is voting in person.

The new law allows voters without photo ID to cast a provisional ballot but they must present identification to their local electoral board within four days following the election for their vote to be counted.

This is a good step in the right direction for our state. Protecting the integrity of voters is crucial to vibrant and transparent elections. If you need an I.D. to board a plane, purchase alcohol, purchase firearms, check into hotels, set up bank accounts, et al., you shouldn’t be bothered with presenting an identification card at the polls.

Sic semper tyrannis!

New Counter Cultured Column: Let Men Pursue You, Ladies

My sister and I have penned a new column at Counter Cultured called, “Love is A Losing Game When She Pursues.”

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s undeniable that today’s dating culture is a mess. In fact, dating norms have been perverted.

What best explains this? Thanks to the rise of third-wave feminism, which advocates the blurring of biological differences of both sexes, our culture has largely influenced young women to take this kind of aggressive lead. Moreover, this confounding trend has been perpetuated by the decline of the natural family unit and the rise of poor parenting habits.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Freedom Today

Two landmark Supreme Court decisions were decided on today. Here’s how I responded on Twitter:

Here’s the gist of these two cases:

  1. 1) Union case: In Harris v. Quinn, SCOTUS limits power to compel contributions to public employee unions but does not forbid it. Says collective bargaining can’t be imposed on employees that aren’t full public-sector union employees. Essentially, this stifles public sector union control to some extent. (Collective bargaining is bad policy.)
  1. 2) Hobby Lobby: From SCOTUS blog: “SCOTUS holds govt can’t require closely held corps w/ religious owners to provide contraception coverage.” HUGE win for religious liberty.

Freedom of association is an inalienable right enumerated in the First Amendment of our Constitution. It allows us the right to subscribe to a belief system without having to compromise or go against our conscience. It allows for dissent/debate in the public square. SCOTUS basically affirmed that government can’t coerce people into paying dues or paying for contraception.

This is a good day for freedom.

#winning

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You’re Not a “Plan B” Kind of Girl

Gabriella Hoffman:

I really like this article. Ladies, never discount your worth!

Originally posted on The Messy Life:

DeathtoStock_Spring7You deserve better than someone who is afraid to commit to you. It may seem like enough for now. You’re just taking things slow. Oh, how I know those little phrases of “one day” and we just need time.

You believe them.
And I’ve believed them.

But you’re not a plan B kind of girl.

You need to know that you’re not the invisible one standing in the back who gets chosen last.

You’re the girl who the team captain will be frantically hoping doesn’t get picked by someone else before he gets a turn. You’re a first-pick kind of girl. And no one worth having sits back and lets those girls wait around.

‘Cause every good man knows that the good ones get gone fast.

He should be jumping out of his skin in anticipation to call out your name and say “I pick you.”

“But he’s…

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