…”The child in me”…

After a supper of BBQ from a local “Joint” I decided to take “Ole Chrome & Blue” for a stroll. I had to blow the dust off of him as we got outside cause it has been several days since we went out together. At 6:00 p.m. in “The Big Pell” it  was 75 degrees with a slight breeze. The activity was slow. Only two (2) bites but Two (2) landed! One Bucket Mouth tippin’ in about 3 pounds or so. The other was a Black Crappie. No that’s NOT a racist term! It weight in around 2 pounds or better. Both were fun to play with. No pics as the phone was on the charger. But there were WITNESSES! Neighbors on both sides… The child in me decided to stomp on a couple of Ant Beds along the drive way as I headed back up to the house. Just to get them buggers all worked up & angry. Another wonderful end to a blessed day…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

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…”the Season & Temps a changin’ “…

It’s that time of year & was a perfect afternoon for it. “Ole Chrome & Blue” & I took a stroll down to the pier. I saw some Shad disturbin’ the surface, made that 1st cast, & “Hold’em Hook”! Ended up catchin’ off of my pier then wandered over to my neighbors pier. We chatted & I was castin’. Caught three & two others got off. All “Spots” in 2 feet or less of water. All were “Bookends” but I’d proudly have take’em to the Scales. Heck even saw a flock of Pelicans fly over! Lookin’ forward to the Season & Temps a changin’…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”ran off the Local Canadians”…

20Spinnin' Rod.With my third (3rd) Mug-O-Joe & the Fog liftin’ I started my day this mornin’ with little “Top Water” action. A Spinnin’ Rig with a Bone Flavored/Colored Popper. Bur-r-r-r it was 48 degrees here on the slough with a slight breeze. As I approached the Pier it seems my activities ran off the “Local Canadians” (Geese). I had several strikes, hung two, lost both. But it was fun…“Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Gonna be a good day!”…

I’m down in “The Cave” for the day. Gotta get busy…Strippin’ old 14# test mono of off one Ole Spinnin’ Reel, on a 7 ft rod, & gonna re-spool it with 12# test mono. Then mounted NEW-Replacement Spinnin’ Reel, on another 7 ft rod, & spooled it as well with 12# mono. Walked down to the Pier to make a few casts before the Auburn – Texas A&M game. The New-Replacement reel has a Suspending {{{ Jerk }}} Bait on it. About 7 or 8 casts & hooked up. Had to get the drag adjusted on it. Then enjoyed the tuggin’ & jerkin’ for a short time. Finally got it in & a quick release. I then picked up the other rod with the older reel that had my trusty “Ole Chrome & Blue” tied on. Two (2) casts & {{{ HOOK-Up ! }}} on a small Stripper. Now that was fun. Again, another quick release. Then grabbed the other rod & headed to the house for the Kick Off of the AU game. Made it just in time! Here we go! {{{{{ COLD Beer & a Fresh Bag of Ruffles ! }}}}} as AU kicks off in to the End Zone. Gonna be a good day! {{{{{ ROLL TIDE ROLL ! }}}}}…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”WHAT A WAY TO END MY DAY!”…

About 4:00p.m. Ole Chrome & Blue & I sauntered down to the water to relax a little. I quickly caught two Small Spots feedin’ on Schoolin’ Shad. Then I hooked a very nice one & it got off after a few seconds. Then as luck would have it I broke a very nice one off. My fault! I had a couple of burrs in my line. I headed up to the Ranger in the basement & got a brand new one & tied it on. Ya can’t ever have too many Chrome & Blues available. I got back down to the water, was fishin’ off of my neighbors pier, & hooked up to a “DOUBLE”! For those not familiar with that term it’s “Two (2) fish on One Plug at the same Time”! I fumbled around with my phone camera  & got a picture of’em. Not Wall Hangers but it was a DOUBLE! Then three (3) casts later I did it again!!! A SECOND DOUBLE! Again I got’em in, up on the pier, fiddle farted around with my phone camera & while restin’em on the pier one got off & back into the water. To make matters worse IT was the bigger of the second DOUBLE! It was now 5:30p.m. so I headed back up to the house. It was time for supper. But hey! WHAT A WAY TO END MY DAY! Oh, pics attached…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Sweet Peas in a pot “…

This afternoon I took a Chartreuse Lizard down to the slough to walk the bank with. I ended up with three (3) very nice Spots. All of ’em were spittin’ half digested Shad up as I was tryin’ to get’em off of the hook. I missed the best one (1) of all though. On his second jump the threw that damn Lizard right back at me. But after about 45 minutes it was time to head back to the house & get supper a cookin’. My Bride a snoozin’ on the Love Seat. Cookin’ on my shoulders this evenin’. Pork Backbone/Ribs & Rice as a quick skillet entree’. Gonna throw Sweet Peas in a pot to simmer & Applesauce on the side. In just 30 minutes we’ll be sattin’ down to the table to enjoy – Yum-m-m…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

Part # 7b…Bein’ Prepared! …”That’s not what you had on when you left this mornin”…

Part #7…Bein’ Prepared!…“Bein’ Prepared is somethin’ that was always taught & instilled in me by my Mother”.

(Continued Part #7b)…

Well, Thank God he didn’t! He came bobbin’ up spittin’ & sputterin’, cussin’ & demandin’ we help get his ass out of that  {{{{{ COLD ! }}}}} water. At that point, now knowin’ our dear friend was not dead or seriously injured, let me say YES, the laughter broke out. NO, IT REALLY BROKE OUT! He finally got out of the water soaked to the bones. Oh, and there was a slight breeze had kicked up. Again The Banker & I were concerned for his well bein’ but he said he was OK! So the Banker served another round! I was prepared! I told The Marine “I had some DRY cloths in a storage compartment under his feet”. He said he was fine, as his teethe were chatterin’ & lips were turnin’ purple, he wasn’t goin’ to put those “Fat Boy Cloths” on, he’d be fine. He was referin’ to me & bein. bigger than I had been in years gone by. I said “hey, they’re DRY”! The Banker still laughin’ like hell, in the middle, asked who needed another {{{{{ COLD ! }}}}} Beer? I raised my hand. For some strange reason The Marine wasn’t in the mood for a {{{{{ COLD ! }}}}} Beer, as he cussed us & we continued to laugh @ him & relive his fall into the Lake & drinkin’ {{{{{ COLD ! }}}}} Beer. He just kept on shiverin’. I don’t remember exactly how long it went on but, eventually, I heard in a shameful voice “Where’d you say those dry cloths were”? I asked “Oh, those FAT BOY CLOTHS”? We laughed even harder! And The Banker asked “Who wants another {{{{{ COLD ! }}}}} Beer? The Marine finally had the dry cloths out. Then question was asked “isn’t there somewhere we could go to get out of the OPEN so I could change”? I responded “do you REALLY wanted me to FIRE that motor up & RUN a few miles back up river @ 50 MPH with you soakin’ ass wet”? A few more cuss words were directed at me. He decided to just strip down where we were. Now, we hadn’t seen another boat ALL day & out of no where we hear a boat comin’ in our direction. The Marine was buck naked by now, an it wasn’t pretty either, & justa bitchin’ @ me to get him out of the open! The boat was comin’ even closer, now the sounds of women’s voices & laughter could be heard in the distance. The phrase “Aw Shit was uttered”! Too late! I don’t know if they even saw us/HIM, but he thought they had. The Banker & I were still laughin’ like hell! “Who wants another {{{{{ COLD ! }}}}} Beer”?, came from the center of the boat, again. The Marine finally got dried off & dressed in dry cloths, we stowed our gear & headed for the boat launch, still laughin’. We got the boat loaded & headed to toward home. We got to The Marines House. As we pulled up, parked & started gettin’ his gear out, & eased toward his front door there his Bride was to welcome him home. The Banker & I were doin’ all we could to keep from breakin’ out in laughter again. Then his Bride says, somethin’ to the effect of,”That’s not what you had on when you left this mornin’ “! Well, The Banker & I lost it, again! Just another day shared among Ole Friends…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>