Who do you love?

The summer is waning and the joy of family trips is shortly going to disappear to be replaced by dropping kids off at the school bus.

Sure, we are facing tough economic times, but never fear. With the love of our families, we can make it through these difficulties.

I mentioned love and families. They go hand-in-hand. So what you say? Well, I want to know, who do you love?

I'm sure your first answers are something like my spouse, or my kids, my family, my dog, my cat, my parakeet. Generally most folks seem to love animate objects; live beings of some nature.

I do as well, but I bet there is a secret love that haunts you. It burns at your very soul. Your mind is often crowded with thoughts of being with this love all day and all night. I'm betting that it's not your spouse.

It's your fishing boat, or at least a fishing boat you've fantasized about while roaming the showroom floors or at a sport show.

You know that a boat will never argue with you, never get bad grades, and never disappoint you. You dream about getting behind the wheel and driving it to your fantasy fishing destination.

You're at work, or a family get together, thinking about getting your boat on plane, the rush of wind through your hair, the spray of water early in the day and the growl of your engine whenever it starts up. The sound of the trolling motor plopping into the water when you arrive at your hotspot sends chills of ecstasy down your spine.

If you're like me and live in the northern part of the U.S., you often stare at your boat as it sits in your garage or driveway during the winter months while there is snow on the ground and a foot of ice on your favorite bass lake scheming of ways to convince your spouse to move to Florida or California so you can sling bass into the boat year round.

Ah, the joy when you are alone with your boat cleaning it after a day on the lake, or simply sitting in it pining away for some time off so the two of you can rendezvous at that special place that only you know about.

For those of you who are still playing the field, fear not. You, too, will find love. The Bass Pro Shops catalog with all of those Trackers and Nitros keeps you busy like a man looking through a book of mail order brides.

Don't worry, you only have a few months until the sport shows kick in and you can meet your future love, be it a Skeeter, Triton, Bass Cat, or any of the many other fine products on display that will finally sucker you into to a lifelong commitment and a lifetime of fantasies fulfilled.

So, the next time someone asks you who do you love just smile and answer with whatever seems appropriate at the time, but know in your heart your boat is the real answer.

Dave and Kristin Landahl host The Fishing Fanatics, www.TheFishingFanatics.com, radio show on ESPN radio affiliate AM 1360 WLBK in northern Illinois Thursday evenings from 6-7 PM Central time. You can also tune in to hear The Fishing Fanatics at www.1360wlbk.com and check them out at www.walleyecentral.com