Aristotle's the author of friendship. His writings on friendship testify to this so fully that I think of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the Ode to Joy--and friendship--as Aristotelian. Alexander was closely mentored by Aristotle; Aristotle learned much from Alexander, a great mind in his own right.
Aritotle's concept of animal locomotion speaks well for his tutelage of Alexander, who moved upon other cultures, conquering them and becoming them himself, although he always remained his own individual character, important to remember for what I'll disclose. Alexander conquered, but Aristotle was the prime mover. Without his mentor, Alexander couldn't have achieved what he accomplished. The historical facts involve these two giants together.
But what really happened to prompt Aristotle to say that he would not let philosophy be sinned against twice, recalling the execution of Socrates? When Alexander turned his forces against Athens--where Aristotle wrote and taught at the Lyceum--his chief target may have been Aristotle, as if this would be a triumph to relish. In any event, wouldn't Alexander have known that by moving against Athens, he would implicate his former mentor as head of the Lyceum he, Alexander, financed so lavishly? Aristotle did not flee just to save his own skin. And he did not flee from Alexander, but the political elite Alexander played upon, who would have executed Aristotle for his association with him. Aristotle's chief concern was the safety of his own family, his wife and children. So much is written, particularly with women's liberation, about Aristotle's subjugation of women that to many he seems to have been a monster. I suggest we consider that modern America has progressed a great deal from ancient Greek times. But there is no evidence to the contrary that we could have got here without Aristotle.
Together he and his family left Athens. Aristotle's resentment against his former student Alexander for playing a big number on him was a trifle.
Delaware River is an Opportunity for Hardy Anglers
This late in the season, a relative few go fishing for recently stocked trout, but most have given up until April. So I always feel I write mostly to entertain after November, although anyone taking a Sunday stroll or drive along the Delaware River near Bull’s Island, Philipsburg, or Belvidere, for examples, may be surprised to witness either a shore angler or boat fisherman. Very few brave the severe cold, but especially mild afternoons can be excellent walleye fishing.
Deep, slow pools are basic walleye spots until they spawn in March. But no creature wants to stay in one place unless in hibernation. Fish never are. This is why winter river walleye anglers love mild evenings following an afternoon of the river’s absorbing sunlight and raising shallow water temperatures slightly. It’s like epiphany—something to anticipate for the joy awaiting.
I have caught Delaware walleye in December, when I owned a boat sufficient for the requirements of comfort and safety, and have looked forward to doing it again as one of the most desirable fishing pursuits. It’s not really as simple as getting out there and conquering weather that opposes you. Weather changes you. Especially by performing an activity with an objective—walleye fishing—the environment makes you more fit for life in general. It fills you with possibility you couldn't have realized, until you go out and achieve it. I like to think of the way Alexander the Great, the ancient Macedonian, conceived of conquering, not nations really, but cultures. He invited them to change or modify who he was, since he recognized this is the result of conquering another people. Natural environments are at the root of cultures. Day to day, season to season: weather modifies what an environment is. Being myself of a disposition akin to high atmospheric sunlight—I love jet travel at 38,000 feet or higher—it’s natural to desire opposites. I am completely comfortable on a gray, cold day in a small, open boat.
This is the same principle as what I noted about walleye, that no creature wants to stay in the same place all the time. No creature can. By definition, animals have the power of locomotion, as ancient Athenian philosopher, Aristotle, described what animals do—move.
Angling is certainly about moves and where it’s done. The fisherman has more to remember than his catch or lack of it, and learns how to find fish by various hand-spun experiments. Big smallmouth bass lurk in slow, deep pools this time of year along with walleye as large as 13 pounds, and possibly bigger—state record size. Typically, live shiners are used, although smallmouth bass as large as four pounds have been caught on tube jigs. The idea is simple. Tube jigs have soft plastic appendages. Put the tube on a quarter to ½ ounce stand-up jig head, and let it sit on the bottom of a hole. Slow current will move the appendages like something alive. Some anglers fish this way, letting the arrangement sit for a minute or more while waiting for the feel of a tick, hit. They then move it five to 10 feet and do this again. I would rather fish shiners faster, by keeping retrieve very slow compared to using lures in warm water.
A bare quarter ounce jig head with the shiner attached is effective, but some anglers swear by simply clamping on a medium to large tin split shot 18 inches above a size six, plain shank hook. A hunk of tin or lead at a shiner’s mouth is not the most natural presentation of the bait, but does make it stay on bottom. Some holes are 30 feet deep or more and a split shot is insufficient. Walleye take the bait like trout; they mouth it with little tugs. If you use a jig head, set the hook immediately because the walleye will drop the lead, but using split shot allows you to wait as long as ten seconds and possibly catch a fish you would have missed on a jig. If your intent is to release a fish that’s swallowed a hook, plain shank size six hooks typically rust away and the gullet heals.
If you get a glorious, mild, sunny afternoon, stick around into dusk and fish shallows near a deep hole with Rebel or Smithwick floater/diver plugs, or the Rapala Countdown. Slow retrieves really work, but especially fish the edges between current and slow water. The Countdown is a real winner because you can probe a little deeper by letting it sink. Sometimes half a dozen walleye over four pounds are caught before dark.