THE FISHERMAN’S DREAM
Have you ever day-dreamed about fishing every lake in America? If you are a true angler I know that you have. Would it actually be possible? What about your job and your endless list of responsibilities? A challenge like that would be absurd …, well, unless you reduced your responsibilities to feeding yourself and one companion and made fishing your job. It would be even easier if your companion was totally devoted to you and anything that makes you happy; accepts and gives all the love you want without hesitation, eats out of a bowl and will drink out of the toilet if the occasion calls for it. Meet Lunchbox, an English bulldog and devoted companion to David Salzberg who is a man chasing that fisherman’s dream.
At thirty-six years old Salzberg knows exactly what he wants to do with his life, fish. At thirty-six I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. That matters little because I still have not grown up. After working at a few tradesman jobs and eight years in the army (served in the Middle East and returned as a wounded Vet – honor and respect folks, he paid for his freedom. Oh yeah, and ours too) Salzberg made the decision to go on the road and video his fishing adventures in a Hobe kayak, all over America.
We met at Caballo Lake in New Mexico. He pulled into the campground as I was preparing to leave after waiting five very long days for the wind to settle on something less than gale force. My kayak never came out of the RV. In that kind of wind a kayak quickly becomes a carnival ride. Since neither of us could get on the water we decided to sit a spell and spin some yarns, he being a Texan and me a country boy it seemed like the natural thing to do. When he told me about his plans I immediately told him that I have some folks who would like to meet him, most of them back in my old stomping grounds of West Virginia. So here he is.
Now ladies, I am going to answer the first two questions I am sure popped into your mind. No, he is not married. No, he does not have children. He does have Lunchbox, a mighty cool truck and the most positive attitude about life possible.
Salzberg’s tattoos, of which there are many, reflect the way he feels about life. On the back of one hand is candle and on the other a mirror. He explained that these symbolize a philosophy of human nature. If you cannot be the candle, bringing light into someone’s life, be the mirror reflecting the light to them. The fish on his chest is unmistakable, a big mouth bass; Salzberg’s passion. On his arm is a portrait of his father.
The kayak might appear at first glance to be sort of a mish-mash, but everything has a purpose and this fellow has an eye for quality gear. There are two video cameras, one fore and one aft, a Lowrance depth/fish finder, four fully rigged poles with Abu Garcia and Shimano reels and some comfort as well as emergency equipment.
Tomorrow morning David Salzberg and Lunchbox will head north. If you want to go with him turn on Utube and search for: The Kayak Nomad (with spaces), and you can follow his adventures from the deck of a kayak without leaving the comfort of your easy chair, getting splashed with cold lake water, having your stomach churn from seasickness or wondering where the heck the bathroom is on this thing.