…”Nice way to start my mornin’ “…

About 9:20am this mornin’ my son & his family rolled out of the drive way headin’ back to “The Ham”. In, what seemed to be, just a short time I got a call. Papa, the girls forgot to release their bucket of “Water Creatures/Snails” they had caught over the weekend & want you to go & turn’em loose on the “Sandbar”. I consented to handle the chore. That meant a trip to the Water. And what does a “Trip to the Water mean”? I grabbed a rod & reel, with a “Lunker Lure” with white & red skirt on it, & down to the water I headed. First things first, I released the “Bucket of Creatures” as I said I would. Then the castin’ began. I missed two quick strikes. First thing I did was reel it in quickly, with that 6:3 gear ratio Abu Garcia, & checked the sharpness of the hook. Nope, couldn’t blame the misses on a dull hook. I guess I was too anxious & didn’t wait for the feel of the tug on the other end to “Set the Hook properly”!  Number 1 Rule when fishin’ “Top Water”! So I made a few more casts, caught two good tournament size Spotted Bass, released’em to fight another day, & headed back to my chores. Nice way to start my mornin’ though…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”FUN, FUN, FUN!!!”…

Clean up duties here this mornin’ after my son & his family left for “The Ham”.  My Bride had headed to work as well. After mornin’ chores was Lawn Mower Shoppin’ time. After 11 yrs my old one, after 11 hard years, laid down & died on me last week. This evenin’ my Bride & I got thru with a “Left Overs Supper” so I went down to the Boathouse afterwards with a “Perch Jerkin’ Rig” in hand. Needed to work off some stress. You know, the tensions of bein’ Retired! My Son left some “Live Red Worms” here so I thought I’d just help myself. I think I only really used about 6 of’em all total. But damn’em Lil Suckers were all over’em. The total catch was 2-spotted bass (1 of which was pretty good. On 6 lb. test line on a medium action rod it was a blast!), 2-bream, & about 25 to 30 small Squealers/CatFish. FUN, FUN, FUN!!! Made me recall “Ole East Lake Park” days as a child. “Hold’em Hook”!….BG>

…”as it was celebrated here”…

09-10-2016-watchin-bama-football“Another one in the books”! “MOTHERS DAY (Weekend)” is officially done. My son, his family & his Father-in-law just pulled out. My two granddaughters were both cryin’ cause they didn’t want to leave Papa & Gigi’s house. Yeah, I do Love That!  My daughter had to work this weekend. But there WILL be other times together. My sister & brother-in-law, & Special Friends/Extended Family joined us for Boatin’, playin’ in the water, & Perch Jerkin’/Bream Fishin’ with Willow Flys! We had a huge hatchin’ Friday night. Saturday mornin’ all we had to do was hand pick our bait as we needed it. The surroundin’ bushes, trees, & pier poles were all covered with’em.  It’s fun with the Grands. But to watch three grown men down there as well, fightin’ for “The HOT SPOT” really was funny. Grillin’ out with family & friends. Grilled Steaks, Cool Beer & sides. It was great. Friends, Family, good food & fun together. Folks, it just don’t get any better than that! Hope all the Mothers of the world enjoyed “their day” as much as it was celebrated here….”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”I have to be true to myself”…

I’ve had several folks ask me to down size my “Blog Posts” cause they don’t want to go on my blog site, holdemhook.wordpress.com,  to read my entire blog. I can see where I may bore some folks. The problem with that is, I guess, I’m just too “Verbose” for my own good. I understand. This may cause me to lose some readers or possibly even gain me one or two. But then it’s MY Blog & I have to be true to myself. Nuff said…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>


Part #3: …”until NEXT TIME”…

Part #3: …”until NEXT TIME”

Later in the mornin’, there’s the Acrobatics of The Rail Road Guy. They were phenomenal! From just a short distance away we had “Ring Side Seats”. The three of us (The Ole Marine, The APC Mechanic & Me) in my boat happened to be lookin’ at JUST the right time. It was truly a “Kodak Moment”! There he was, as it always appears to happen, in Slow Motion, beginnin’ to topple forward, rod & reel already haven been released from his grip, along with the rockin’ of the boat from the waves & wind (& I think assisted from The Parts Man & The Banker in the boat) he was teeterin’ left to right & front to back. Arms were flailin’ around tryin’ to regain his balance, it didn’t work! His feet were doin’ some sort of dance, I wasn’t familiar with the steps, as well but that too didn’t help! His efforts were all to no avail. There he was…goin’ down! The only question was-was he goin’ In The Drink or Nose Divin’ in the bottom of the Boat? Well after a few long-long seconds in time, that seemed like several minutes, “Thar She (He) Blows/Falls”! The bottom of the Boat won out! {{{{{ CRASH ! }}}}}. The good thing was he wasn’t hurt! By some sort of miracle there were No Rods were broken. But the rest of us, well we were all hutrin’ from laughin’ our asses off. Hell, we couldn’t fish for what seemed like an hour! Me personally, hell, my ribs & my throat hurt. My head was even throbbin’. He crashed right into a pile of Rods & Hooks and somehow seemed to keep from havin’ some of those sharp hook from penetratin’ his baby soft skin. As our day on the water came to an end for the guys in my boat, we headed to the Boat Ramp & got the boat on the trailer & out of the water. We were at the top of the boat ramp securin’ our gear.  Then we hear {{{{{ Crash – Boom – Bang ! }}}}} we all spin around turn to see a nice Aluminum Bass Boat slidin’ down the Boat Ramp that just slid off of it’s trailer, with a Older (than us) Gentleman in it! They, him & his younger partner, had made the mistake of UNHOOKIN’ the Bow Line from their boat at the top of the ramp. We later recalled the comments I had mad earlier in the mornin’ “Somethin’ I have seen too many times thru the years”. Luckily no one was hurt. We assisted them, along with others near by, to get it back on the trailer. That bein’ done, they decided to launch again, successfully that time, & go Fishin’. I know the other guys will recall other events, about our trip as well,  but these are mine. The next mornin’ three of us, The Banker, The Rail Road Guy & I, took to the water one last time. The others had already departed for various reason. We caught a few more fish, told some more “Fairy Lies”, headed in & had lunch together then parted ways ourselves, “until NEXT TIME”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

Part #2: …”until NEXT TIME”…

Part #2: “until NEXT TIME”

For some reason it is always entertainin’ to watch/see someone take a Nose Dive” in or out of a boat. And let me say we weren’t let down this trip! On day Three (3) we were @ the Boat Launch gettin’ ready to launch for the day. I set my boat positioned for launch, at the top of the Ramp, get out & start takin’ off my Motor-Toter & store it. Then on to my tie-down straps released & unhooked. Then I get distracted y some activity or conversation, I really don’t remember now, Get the Life Jackets out & Kill Switch in position. Someone, I don’t remember who, asked “aren’t you goin’ to unhook your Bow Line”? Hell no! I’ve seen too many boats thru the years slid off of trailers. I unhook when I get it down at the waters edge. So The Ole APC Mechanic hops in the Expedition, stretchin’ as best he could to reach the peddles, as the power seat no longer adjusts, but it fits me just fine. Down the ramp he goes. He stops at the waters edge, I unhook the Bow Line, get in the boat & flag’em on down. I crank the   Big Motor, kick it in gear (reverse of course) to gently slide on into the water. Nope! I gas it a little more. Nope! I flag to The APC Mechanic & yell “Mon-Back”! Nope! By now the boat is almost sideways on the trailer. Ho-o-o-o-o! Ho-o-o-o Damn-it! I kick it out of gear, go to the back & realize I released both trailer hooks on the back of the boat but only took ONE (1) off. Laughter breaks out from all standin’ around. Yep! I looked like a FOOL! So I slip off my jacket, push up my sleeve & reach as far down as I could, finally get the ratchet release loose, & unhook the boat. Somewhere there there’s a picture of this mishap, but it hasn’t surfaced yet, it’s only a matter of time though. It finally drifts off fine, no damage done to the boat & I’m just embarrassed a little….”until Next Time”…(to be continued)…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”until NEXT TIME”…

Part #1: “until NEXT TIME”

I got home yesterday (Wednesday – May 3) afternoon from a four (4) day fishin’ trip with five (5) Ole Friends. Somethin’ most of us have been doin’ together, annually, since 1979. There are others that have been a part of this annual trip but this year it consisted only of The Banker, The Ole Marine, The Rail Road Guy (newbie), The APC Mechanic (newbie) , & The Parts Man. Several of us go as far back as Elementary School together. But, ALL of us were “Runnin’ Buddies” in High School, even though we went to different High Schools. Five (5) of the six (6) of us are Retired. The Banker is workin’ his way there though, slowly. There were some wonderful meals, supper after long days on the water, provided for us by The Banker. Let me just say “we ate High on the Hog” for three (3) nights straight. It’s a long was from the ole days of “Blackened Bologna” @ Blounts Fish Camp on Lake Talquin! There were several entertain’ moments on this trip, as always. At one point we were all, three (3) boats, gathered on a point, dodgin’ the high winds & waves. I was fortunate enough to hook a fish. The Ole Marine, who just happened to be behind me, also referred to as “Net Boy” (a name well earned thru the years) swung into action, I’m talkin’ “Lightenin’ Speed Reflexes” kicked-in. Not even thinkin’ about or plannin’ it, he got to show case his talents in front of his two (2) sons, that came to join us for one (1) day on the water. And I must say they were both impressed by the skills of their Dad with a Dip Net. One of them even commented, as he was laughin’ like hell @ his Ole Man, “I’ve heard the Stories thru the years about “Net Boy” but  I had seen him in action for myself! By then we had all begun to laughin’ at the Skills of “Net Boy” & the comments of his son…”until Next Time”!…(to be continued)