Thursday evening I realized I was never prepared to fish all day; no coffee, no water or soft drinks and no food. No wonder I get tired and antsy after four or five hours in the boat plugging away. Well, Friday morning I was gonna fix that. I filled my Stanley thermos with coffee, put two soft drinks, two waters, along with a Snickers and some cheese crackers in the cooler. I put the cooler and thermos in my truck and off I went. Once at the pond I loaded the boat with six rod and reels, two tackle boxes, a gym bag full of extra lures, my food and of course my camera. Most of the morning I threw a spinner bait, getting three strikes, but never a hook set. I threw crank baits, top water, worms and jigs the rest of the morning…nothing.When it was time to leave I noticed that I never removed the tubing from the tip of the hook on the spinner bait. How dumb? Just the night before I told myself that I was gonna be prepared for my fishing trips. All I could do was chuckle and remind myself of how dumb I could be.
Well-Well-Well…Got up at 5:30 AM so I could have plenty of time to get ready and get to the pond before sunrise. Made coffee and instead of getting dressed I just sat around and did nothing, except piss and moan about my back. Finally after two cups of coffee and the start of the medication working on my back I managed to get dressed. When all was said and done I finally got to the pond around 9 AM about 2 hours after sunrise. Got on the water and the trolling battery was about dead. Had to get back to shore and change the battery.Finally got fishing just as the fog was lifting. I was throwing a 6 inch Rapal Original Floater, gray and black. About the third cast a big ole bass rolled on the bait and the fight was on. I was using 12# test Berkley Trylene XL green line, Abu Garcia rod and an old Shimano 1000 bait casting reel. After getting the fish in the boat I found that the battery in my fish scale was out. The bass was the biggest I have ever caught but after trying to take a picture, I eased it back in the water. I would never intentionally keep a bass under 10#s for a trophy. So being unsure I had to let it go. I really don’t mind letting it back in the water, cause the fish brought me great pleasure in the fight. Maybe we will meet again.
I caught a couple more bass today, a good day.
The last couple of times I have gone fishing I have concentrated on bass instead of the tasteful crappie, my bad cause I ain’t caught many bass. But every time I do go I spend some time crappie fishing, cause it is so much fun catching them one after another on light tackle. Tomorrow my schedule is clear of medical tests and what not so I am going out early, as close to sun rise as my aching bones will let me. Gonna try bucket mouth bass for a while, then later in the day I will go back to crappie.Who knows, maybe next year I’ll get up to Vermont and try some of that ice fishing for crappie that D&B Ice Adventures talk about on their blog.