My second cast, with the StankX baits Rad Gill jerk, produces a bass. I love the color on this and it sits nicely on the swim bait hook. The bass fishing didn't last though, and soon I found myself surrounded by little girls, fun snaps and smoke bombs. They wanted to catch a gar, but I'm not sure how the fire works fit in.
Lily's gar broke off when I grabbed the line to lift it to the dock, but then Tyla laid in to this angry little monster. She was excited and wanted to hold it, but I didn't want to have to explain teeth marks or blood to her mom, so I held it for the photo. No one worries when I get bit or cut, its rather expected. My buddy Brian brought his daughter, Gabby, and she was hard core. I think she edged out her dad, and left with 13 fish.
The red ear were really stacked in the shallows, and it is rare out here to catch more of them than blue gill, but Brian and Gabby wrecked them. We also call them shell crackers down here, and they make for some excellent table fare.
It was a multiple species sort of day, with Blue gill, shell crackers, gar, bull head and a bass. It was fun watching them catch fish, and of the occasional turtle as well. The smiles say it all, and I'm learning on days like this it is better to target a wider range of species. More targets means more opportunities, and helps hold the shorter attention spans. Drew was not feeling it so much yesterday, Lily bounced between gar, catching bait, bluegill, climbing trees, and blowing up fire works with Drew. Gabby was the picture of focus, and she ended up with the biggest bag. Tyla stayed after the gar and was rewarded with what she wanted. All girls, but all so different in their approaches.
Well, my day didn't start out this way, but ended rather nicely.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.