Since I have blogged so much about my fishing trips I thought I would share one of my favorite memories. I first posted this on another blog I was trying to create.
I just came in from taking the trash out with my up coming fishing trip on my mind. Standing in the kitchen looking out the window I had a pity-pot moment. “Oh why don’t I have any fun memories of my youth and the fishing trips I must have gone on.” No more did I have that thought when my mind flooded with such memories. My dad getting me out of school, driving fifty miles, renting a wooden boat with a 2.5 horse power motor and trolling for trout. My first memory of that was in the fifth grade. I know there are pictures of Dad and the family on Lake Louise fishing back in the fifties. That’s the lake where me and my Dad would go on the days he allowed me to play hooky from school. What boy could ever forget such a memory, not this one for sure. I don’t remember all the details of these fishing trips, but I do know that a father was passing his love of fishing down to his youngest son. Dad and I would fish together when ever possible even into my adulthood, sadly due to my schedule and PTSD, not nearly enough.
I kept the tradition up with my son. I know he will always remember the first time I pulled up to East End Elementary School in my blue Ford F-150 with my 17 ft red and gold Astroglass bass boat in tow. It was the best dentist appointment we both had ever been on. I am a very blessed man to have the bond with my son that I have. The love of fishing and the memories it creates are priceless.
Fred and I went back to lake Hartwell today.This time I brought my tackle box with my blue worm assortment. Fred convinced me earlier in the week that I had to have a particular rod and reel that he just so happened to have for sale. Well I kinda liked the set up so I bought them. From now on I am going to have to be carefull about what I say about people who pay hundreds of dollars for a fishing rig. My-My what have I done. Now to the trip…
Just getting to the lake is sometimes an adventure with Fred. We were going down the by-pass in Anderson when he decides to pull over in the median, he was looking for a map he thought was in the boat. The median is hardly wide enough for the boat let alone Fred standing beside the boat rambling around looking for a map. It was quite unnerving to tell you the truth. Maybe if it had been an emergency I can see pulling into the median, but to look for a map that he never found, nah, I don’t think so. No map, so off we went, We came to a red light and turned left. A few seconds later Fred asked me if we were going the right way. The right way,I had no idea where we were going, let alone if we were going the right way.
Somehow we made it to the ramp Fred wanted without any problems.We launched the boat and started fishing, and fishing and fishing without a strike, Somewhere around 4:30 Fred caught a spot. About thirty minutes later he caught another spot. What did I catch you ask…not a thing. Another trip with Fred and I don’t catch a thing. I surely hope this pattern doesn’t continue. To make matters worse my blue worms and brand new rod-n-reel didn’t help a bit. I hate to say it but Fred caught the fish with the same color Zoom worm he has been using all along.There must be a dark cloud following me around as far as my fishing goes, I jest, life is good!
Fred: 10 Spots-1 Junk……………Mud: 2 Spots-0 Junk.
I didn’t want to write this post, I really didn’t.
Went fishing with Freddie G again Wednesday. We went to Lake Russell because it is pretty close to home and it looked as though it might rain so we didn’t want to venture off to far. On the way to the lake we had to stop by a fishing supply store. Fred can’t go fishing unless he stops and spends a $100 or so. I actually bought two $16 baits. Fred said they were had to have baits.
I threw my new $32 arsenal for about an hour without a strike. Put on a 20 cent worm and caught two spots. Freddie caught six spots with his 20 cent worm. $32 zero, 20 cents two, counting Freddie’s which we must do the count goes to eight versus zero. I caught the first fish, so Freddie immediately cranks up the motor and goes to the other side of the lake. Go figure?
Freddie beat me again, and for the most part fair and square. I must admit that I made a terrible mistake. Freddie told me not to bring my tackle box cause I could fish out of his. You would think that was very nice of him, knowing that I had very little tackle and willing to share and all. I normally throw worms with blue in their coloring, got to have some blue somewhere. Freddie knew this from all the years we fished together. Did he have any such blue worms in his boat? Nary a one. Without blue my confidence level fell, thus my concentration fell. Chalk up another one for Freddie G.
Between having no blue worms, Freddie controlling the front of the boat and I having to spend so much time trying to scare off a flock of Buzzards circling Freddie, I was lucky to catch the two fish I did. Of course he tried to put the Buzzards off on me, but we both know who they were checking out.
So Freddie now leads with eight spots, one junk….I got two spots, zero junk.
Today the weather forecast was for sunny skies and 71 degrees, mind you it is February 2. Choices had to be made today…was I gonna go to my group meeting at the VA, a fine bunch of men, but not a requirement for me to attend. Two Harley Davidson motorcycles are parked in my carport, I could ride one of them. Riding a Harley in February without having to be all bundle up, that would be cool. My third choice was to go fishing. Yeah I know, why would I want to go fishing, my luck has been nonexistent of late. Could it be that my love of fishing is stronger than my love of riding motorcycles or the need to be around friends? Maybe so. (Doubt my psychologist will ever understand my choice.Whoa, what am I saying? Of course she understands. She is the one that told me I would rather do things alone than with others due to my PTSD. I know better than to doubt Doc.)
When the fish get finicky and refuse to bite the fisherman’s concentration level must go up. Day dreaming about tomorrow or mired in the past ain’t gonna get it. I would think that all fisherman’s senses need to be attuned to what he was doing. I know that on occasion I have been in such a state of zen in my fishing that every cast went where it was directed. I could almost see the bottom of the lake or pond by the feel being transmitted to my hands by line and rod. Days like that don’t come very often for me anymore and I kinda dislike that, but it isn’t the end of the world. My happiness doesn’t rest on whether I catch fish or not, no not really. Don’t get me wrong, I wanna catch fish and a lot of them, but I am most grateful for the opportunity to fish. To be in God’s living room, admiring its beauty, while doing something I enjoy so much is what living is all about to me. So no matter if I catch a big ole bucket mouth or just a guppie. I am having fun. A guppie, maybe? But the dry spell has been broken.
February 1st, the start of a new month, was the day my fishing luck was gonna change.Notice I said luck. I now realize I have no skill in the art of fishing, nada, zip, nary a drop of skill. One of my ole fishing buddies, Fat Freddie G, and I went to Lake Hartwell to do some fishing today. Freddie has a 20ft+ Norris Craft boat with a 300HP Yamaha mounted on the back, The boat was loaded with thousands of dollars worth of baits, rods and reels, depth finders and of course an expert fisherman in the person of Fat Freddie G, Twenty five, thirty years ago Freddie and I fished a lot together and always had a good time. To say that Fred and I were competitive would be putting it mildly. We never fished for anything other than bragging rights, but that didn’t keep us from putting a lit cigarette against the others line if one had a big fish on or was catching more fish than the other. Our trips were always filled with plenty of laughter and today, twenty five years later was no different. Fred caugfht two Spots and one good striper and I never heard the end of it. We came by a gentleman fishing from a dock, so Freddie had to tell him how he had caught three fish and I had nothing. The only thing we could come with was that Fred was fishing with $17-$20 baits and I was using $3 baits.I told Fred next time I would take a Sharpie and put a price of $39.50 on all my baits to fool the fish, that way I would catch the most fish. Well anyway I started the month off with a goose egg, but I will keep plugging away.
It has been pretty lean fishing for me this month, but as a fisherman will tell you, “a bad day fishing is better than a good day working”. I am retired now so I can say that without guilt. I know it is pretty rough on many Americans who lost their jobs and young college grads having a hard time getting jobs. I have plenty of opinion on the situation of this country.but very few facts, so no reason for me to shoot my mouth off one way or the other. There are plenty of blogs fully loaded, ready to shoot. (LOL)
I wanted to go fishing today but it was cold and windy, a little more like January in the South. Instead of fishing I went crow watching with my son and his two daughters. Got some called in but never got any pictures but I was glad to find out the Fox Pro varmint call I bought works. We also spooled my reels with new line. I have never fished with anything above 12# test, until someone gave me two or three spools of 20# test. I used the 20# test on two of my worm rods, but now I am back to a Triliene 12# test. I believe I have more feel and I know for sure better lure action with 12# test. More than likely there are as many opinions as there are fisherman. You have to have confidence in your equipment, without confidence how can your ability ever shine through. Gonna try again tomorrow. I hope to have a picture of a nice bass or two.
It is tomorrow and guess what? Didn’t get the first strike. I gotta start wondering about my fishing ability. The fish I was fishing for must have had lock jaw like these four fellows. When bass get like this you almost have to hit them in the head to get a rile out f them. I borrowed this photo from itsallaboutfish.co.uk. Think I’ll head over there and look around. I really hope to have a better day tomorrow. Bought some Finesse Worms by Zoom this afternoon, maybe, just maybe, we’ll see.