This summer has been hot, and the girls are both back from camp, so here we are again looking for things to do. It's always better for me when the sun his hanging low in the sky, but the cries of boredom can start very early in the day. I don't want their lives to revolve solely around the computer and the television, so I'm glad when my Scales ask me to go fishing for blue gill.
The blue gill bite was decent, and their patterns always get my mind turning, but there was also several carp hanging around the area. I tried some of Lily's bread but couldn't get a bite, so I sweetened the deal with a little passion fruit juice and hibiscus flower. Twice the carp took it, but both times they eluded me on the hook set. I don't think they like the bobber, and I have to give those Brits some credit, these fish are a bit more complicated than they look. The bluegill come to the cork like a dinner bell, but the carp seem a little more skittish. One of them did come over and nudge the bobber though, and then tailed up while he inhaled my bait, but we couldn't make it happen.
On Friday we took a ride through the North Shore Nature Drive with the girls. Meegan and I had previously been out there, but this was the girls first time. This place doesn't disappoint, and this time the girls, including their mom, got to see their first Florida Bobcat. He was no kitten either, and I wish I could have gotten a picture, but the experience was awesome. It always turns me into a little kid when I get to see something like that. We also saw five gators, and several species of birds.
A lot of baby Gallinules in here, and we probably found a new group every 200 feet or so.
Lily and I caught a lot of blue gills yesterday and of course we caught the complimentary turtle, that no fishing trip out here can be without. The little musk turtle hung out for a while after, trying to sneak bread along with the gallinules.
It's been a hot summer, and the afternoons have been hit and miss with the storms, but I'm glad to see the girls getting outside and learning how to share. Drew was the last person I would expect to touch a fish, but now she helps her buddies remove hooks and bait line. She is getting the feel of the bait caster, and was kind enough to give up one of their spinning out fits to a friend. I have caught a lot of bass on that Abu Garcia Cardinal / Berkley Lightning Rod combo. Great entry level stuff that can last a long time, so I hope she keeps up the legacy and catches a lot of big bass. Lily and I have had some one on one time this week and she has always been a sharer, but she amazes me with subtlety in helping others. She does not parade it around and I have taught her that people aren't trophies, that what we do for them is doing it towards God. She stopped for a homeless man yesterday after walking by him, and you could see she was uncomfortable with just passing by. She asked if she could give him a dollar, and she did it so discretely, with the sweetest of smiles. It was her own money, and I am very proud of her.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.