Karma: Over-all effect of one's behavior, held in Hinduism and Buddhism to determine one's denstiny in a future existence.
In a prior report called "Integrity and Ethics of Tournament Fishing" I posted, I received some comments on what we did. The comments were very supportive on how we handled it. However the truth of the matter was it was the right thing to do and nothing more.
This report is written based on a comment made by fellow NPS member Chris Bower. In the comment Chris said "Good karma will find you in the long run" so after an e-mail from ReelBait owner Al Patterson the other night I decided to write this report and let you be the judge about what your thoughts are about KARMA.
When I first spoke with Al, he said to me "as big as the fishing industry is, it is also that small". Here is part of the e-mail Al sent me.
Case in point.
Before Craig leaves for the FLW Tournament in Pierre, S.D. Lake Oahe, I tell him about my new Sponsorship with ReelBait. Craig makes the final day of the event fishing with his day two Pro John Campbell, and fishing against ReelBait Pro Staffer Lynn Jurrens. What are the odds of Craig fishing with John for day three and against Lynn. Craig wins in Co-Angler Division. Congrats my friend.
In Als' email, he writes:
All of this is facilitated/ originated by an original trip to Canada, fishing in 1961, and back to the same place every year since then. Mid seventies, grandson fishes with friend of a neighbors boy (Matity). Now forward that little boy to a connection with Canadian Outdoor writer (enter Gord Pyzer). An article written by Gord goes viral. Enter Big Jim which places another article by Gord about Jeff Matity and our Fergie Spoon that appears in "Just Fishing" with Big Jim Mclaughlin.
Big Jim becomes named "Big" Fergie. Jims' involvement with successful fishing with the tackle is written by Gord and spills over to NPS. ReelBait becomes involved with NPS. David Reid first to apply for Pro Staff position. Intrigued by the article written by you while fishing with your partner about Ethics. Here we are a week or so later with the tournament results that have just unfold. Al goes on to say in e-mail, "I love it when a plan comes together! Especially when you don't realize there is or was a plan."
While after reading his e-mail, it made me think about the first time I met Craig and how our friendship began. There are other events over the years that left me wondering about this Karma thing. What about you, have you ever wondered about it.
Thanks for reading and I like to say Congrats to Craig for winning the FLW Co-Angler in only his third FLW Walleye Event that he has fished in. Here is the link to see FLW Perrie,S.D. Lake Oahe Tournament results http://www.flwoutdoors.com/walleyefishing/walleyetour/tournament/2012/6927/lake-oahe-day1-photos/
I would have never thought that paths would cross unknowly. Was it fate or karma.