The girls decided to go fishing today, and just out of the blue. Of course they do it right before I have to leave to make a fishing appointment somewhere else. My wife says that's probably good because I'm too intense about it. Oh how that stings, but I guess that's why grand parents were always such great fishing instructors. The patience you have for the act of casting, retrieving and figuring out the fish isn't the same as pulling hooks out of clothes, out of trees and somehow grandparents come prepared to do just that. I went out to see how they were doing and tied a few knots to give Lily a hand, and watched her and Drew cast net. They wanted catfish and so of course my mind is racing down all those avenues of how I would approach it, but I just stayed quiet and watched.
They caught more stuff with the cast net and the dip net; one speckled little fish that reminded you of a Dalmatian mollie, which drew a lot of attention. Something about sight fishing and being able to capture what you see. I noticed one of the pots from my kitchen was filling up quite nicely, with a soup of minnows, killifish, and baby sunfish. Lily showed me an empty Apple snail shell and I did offer that those make great catfish bait if you find a live one and remove it from the shell. So then they looked for snails.
I love seeing them out doors, it's very satisfying to see your children partake of activities in the natural world, away from the video games and television. At the Roost, the other night, there were three boys fishing with their dad, and they were well taught and quite serious about their bass fishing. The middle boy, however, had his fishing rod on his back and was wearing a head lamp. He was going through the rocks and I knew exactly what he was looking for. He approached and asked if I had any luck and I told him 2 and lost one so far, how about you? "None,' he replied, 'but I'm looking for snakes, do you ever see any here?" I told him I see a lot of Banded water snakes here and the occasional big brown. He looked at me, trying to gage the reliability of my report, and then said, "Are you sure it was a brown, because a lot of people mistake Bandeds for those?" Fair enough, I thought, I have made some poor guesses at snake identification, but I think in the case of the snakes mentioned, most people mistake them for water moccasins. I saw him again later and he was quite happy so I asked him how he did. He said, "I got my 2; two banded water snakes." Cool kid, I should introduce him to my girls.
Lily had a visitor again before I left tonight, and it is fun to watch them. They will play something similar to tag and then he jumps on her and runs about her like a tree, while wrestling with her hand. Crazy squirrel, but she loves him.
I went on my fishing excursion tonight with Rich, Brian and Javan (I probably butchered his name, but he is a friend of Brian, but I just met him tonight). It was a good time, my best fish was 5.97 and that was on a StankX baits June Gem. The water is about 4 feet lower than it has been at other times I have fished here, and midway along the pads it got really murky. It is also night, obviously, and so I went with the June Gem. Travis's baits have provided me with a lot of entertainment this year and I gave my last one away tonight so I need to put in another order. These are my favorite soft plastics and I have no affiliation with Travis other than online and admiring his talent with producing these. So, when I say how much I like them, it's because they work for me, and so provide a lot of confidence when I fish. My absolute favorite right now is the .40 Cal in Rebel Gill and I love the Bluegilla. These are absolutely worth the money, and he has enough variety and color variation to handle any conditions.
The other lure I used tonight was a Strike King KVD Fat Baby in Red Bug. That took my first fish, but it was on light line so I didn't feel comfortable throwing it into the pads.
Rich took a fish on a Bitter's worm and missed one while trying to talk to his wife on the phone. I'm glad he didn't go home skunked because I hate being that guy, who invites you somewhere and then catches all the fish. I love to see other people do well, just as long as I catch the biggest one.
Good little outing though, and it's nice to have places this close to where you live.
Below is another bait that I have gotten a lot of hits on this week as well. It is a Yum creature in watermelon candy. I highly recommend it in pads and around the Blue Gill spawn.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.