Mother’s Day Reveal: 5 Signs Your Husband is Addicted to Fishing

In many parts of the country, Mother’s Day weekend coincides with the beginning of outstanding spring fishing for bass, walleyes and northern pike. Perhaps your husband will spend Mother’s Day in the boat — without you. Is he addicted to fishing? Here’s how to tell for sure.

Mother’s Day Reveal: 5 Signs Your Husband is Addicted to Fishing

While some husbands and wives share time in the boat together, it’s certainly true that for many (most?) couples, the words “gone fishin’” define the man’s current whereabouts only. How can you tell whether your husband is a fishing fanatic and not simply a casual caster? Easy — just check out the five signs below.

1. Hides Nightcrawlers in the Fridge

You’ll have to look closely (because he’ll try to conceal it), but fishing addicts almost always keep bait in the fridge. A small tub of nightcrawlers will fit nicely in a plain brown sandwich bag. The plastic tub or Styrofoam cube will probably be on the lowest level of your refrigerator. It will be sized between a baseball and softball, and likely hidden behind something taller and not frequently used at meal time to conceal its location. The photo below shows ‘crawlers in my fridge; they are stashed behind the pancake mix.

Now you see ‘em (brown bags), now you don’t. And you’ll smell ‘crawlers only if your husband fails to discard an old container, which is a mistake made only by a rookie angler.
Now you see ‘em (brown bags), now you don’t. And you’ll smell ‘crawlers only if your husband fails to discard an old container, which is a mistake made only by a rookie angler.

2. Stashes Fishing Sunglasses

Every time you’re with your man in the vehicle, or he’s mowing the lawn on a bright day, he wears the same cheap sunglasses, right? Well, those aren’t the ones an avid angler wears fishing. He likely keeps his prized fishing sunglasses stashed in a kitchen (or mud room) cupboard high enough that you can’t see them without climbing on a stool. If he’s a serious angler, then chances are good they’ll be in a black case featuring a blue wave symbol. This wave is also the letter “C” and it stands for Costa. The zipper for the case might have a Costa pull tag, unless he took it off to avoid a conversation with you about what his sunglasses cost. Note: If he has two or three pairs of Costas, those are sunglasses with different lens colors for varying water/sky conditions. I’ll save you the online research: Costas for fishing are priced from $260 to $280.

Tip: If you have a honey-do list that requires attention, then an effective — but not nice —  blackmail technique is hiding his Costas.

Find a stash of sunglasses such as this and you know your husband is a fishing fanatic. The more Costa logos you see, the deeper his addiction.
Find a stash of sunglasses such as this and you know your husband is a fishing fanatic. The more Costa logos you see, the deeper his addiction.

3. Leaves YouTube Clues

During these weeks of “shelter in place,” you no doubt are spending more time than ever watching TV. From Netflix to Amazon Prime, the choices are nearly endless. When your husband isn’t in the house, you can get a good idea what he’s watching when you’re not around by clicking on your TV’s YouTube icon. Scroll to the section where it says “Recommended.” If you see online shows with seemingly odd titles such as Flair, Jon B., Googan Squad, Scott Martin, and Flukemaster, then he’s addicted to fishing, and specifically bass fishing. Some show titles have titles that are more informative about his on-the-water interests: LunkersTV, 1Rod1ReelFishing, LakeForkGuy, apbassin’, Tactical Bassin, Lindner’s Angling Edge, etc.

Tip: If you really want to catch him off-guard the next time you both sit down on the couch to scroll through Netflix, casually say, “I think Matt Allen from Tactical Bassin’ came out with a new video on top Chatterbait trailers for spring bass. Want to watch it with me?”

You might not recognize the logo on the left t-shirt. It's from the Googan Squad, and your husband’s purchases of their apparel helps them produce more online fishing content.
You might not recognize the logo on the left t-shirt. It's from the Googan Squad, and your husband’s purchases of their apparel helps them produce more online fishing content.

4. Owns an Elbow Support

An elbow support applies pressure over tendons to help relieve painful tennis elbow problems. Your husband doesn’t regularly play tennis, so why does he own an elbow support? Sure, he might use it while raking leaves in the yard, but that doesn’t explain why it ends up in the laundry in July. Fishermen often suffer from tennis elbow problems (i.e. tendinitis), and an elbow support helps tremendously, especially when casting and fighting fish with a spinning rod.

Tip: Even if your husband hides his elbow support strap from you, he can’t hide the skin impression near his elbow after a day of fishing. In other words, if he said he had a busy day at the office and then shows up at the dinner table with an elbow support skin stamp, you can bust him.

The author relies on a McDavid Dual Band Elbow Support. After removing the strap, the skin stamp is easy to see.
The author relies on a McDavid Dual Band Elbow Support. After removing the strap, the skin stamp is easy to see.

5. Owns a Family of YETI Coolers

Coolers are coolers, right? If you believe that, then you need to go back and read my discussion about sunglasses. Not all coolers are created equal, and they certainly don’t cost the same — not even close. Whether YETI coolers are worth the high price tag is a debate topic beyond the scope of this article, but you should know if your husband owns a family of YETI coolers, and he didn’t receive them as gifts from you, then he might fish more than you know. Sure, he brings the Hopper soft cooler to Little League games. But what about the Tundra 45 hard cooler ($300!) in your basement that never seems to gather dust? Something to think about . . .

If your husband can build a YETI tower, then he’s probably addicted to fishing.
If your husband can build a YETI tower, then he’s probably addicted to fishing.
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