…”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>

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…”Naw, I don’t think”…

As I sit here this mornin’ lookin’ out the window I see many things. There is no breeze outside, at this time. As a result of that, the calm water, of the Slough we live on, is like glass. “The Beautiful Colors of Fall” takin’ it’s toll on the leaves of the trees, before they fall from the trees & then I have to deal with’em. But it’s times like this that really make me think about life. It won’t be long before I turn 66 yrs of age, & I feel blessed to be here at this point in my life. It makes me think of the popular phrase folks are now usin’ about “Their Bucket List”? I, personally, can’t say I ever heard my Parents or my Grandparents throw that phrase out in conversation. Where did it come from? Who made it up? What does it really mean? Is it a Make Believe Bucket or a Real One? I can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone ACTUALLY walkin’, joggin’, or drivin’ around with one. Have YOU? I consider myself to be pretty observant. But I must admit “I’ve totally missed’em”. Or is it a List? A list that folks, maybe bored with their lives, wish they had taken action to actually do things in their lives they were either too nervous to step out there & do or weren’t willin’ to spend the money it would cost them to do what they dream about? Or is it a combination of the two? That would mean they would carry around with them a said “Bucket” with a said “List” in it where ever they go, just in case, they think of or see someone else doin’ somethin’ they (themselves) would like to do, so they could write it down before they forget what it was. Then they can carry it, their “Wish List around in “Their Bucket” with them & remember, or regret, all the things they wished or wanted to do. Hum-m-m-m? Do You or Others attend “Bucket List Parties” to compare your/their Lists in you/their Buckets? Maybe that could be a NEW activity? Maybe while I’m out doin’ my errands today I’ll go by a Hardware Store & buy me a Small Bucket (Galvanized or Plastic?) & then by a Stationary Store & by me some List Paper & a #2 Pencil (cause that’s what we were always required to have to write with) & start carrin’em around with me. This could be interestin’? Or I could look like a bigger fool that most that know me already think/know I am. Naw, I don’t think I need “A Bucket (&) List” to tote around…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>

…” A good day I must say!”…

Yesterday a friend of mine, my Son’s Father-in-law, texted me inquirin’ if I wanted to go for a Motorcycle ride. He was here this mornin’ @ 10:00 a.m., on his BMW Motorcycle, as we had agreed on. I had gotten the “Ole H-D” out of the basement (earlier) & was ready. We pulled out headin’ for the Talladega National Forrest in Heflin to ride the Scenic  Parkway Drive. Wow! Ya shoulda seen all of the dust that blew off of the Ole H-D. Not to mention the Spiders a trailin’ behind from their silky web strans. Just swingin’ in the breeze till they let loose or were just flung off. It was a beautiful day for a ride. We cruised the Back Roads all along the way. Our first real sight was on Raceway Boulivard as we rode past the Talladega (DEGA!) Raceway. There were a LOT of folks already set up in the Camp Grounds & traffic was backin’ up tryin’ to make it to their Special Sites. On to Oxford via Hwy 78E to the H-D Store as I needed to get some engine oil. Also had them check out a funny sound, they didn’t find anything though. While there I ran into an Ole Friend, a young lady who was a customer of mine @ Magic Chef durin’ my workin’ years, there. I gotta hug, ofcourse, as wwe caught up. Still pretty as ever! I also ran into the son of an Ole Friend, that I used to call on @ Russell Corporation, in Alexander City. Got to visit briefly with him as well. But NO HUGGIN! Just a good manly hand shake! Ya just never know who you’ll run into. Off to lunch we went @ a local BBQ restaurant. After an enjoyable lunch & visit we headed out to Heflin, AL  still riddin’ up Hwy 78E to the Scenic Parkway Drine for the Talladega National Forrest. It was a wonderful windin’ twistin’ ride. We stpped @ a Scenic Overview there, met & spoke with an Ole Marine from North GA. An interestin’ gentleman I must say. We parted ways with the Ole Marine & on to the top! AS we crested the top the Restaurant/Office Buildin’ was pretty busy so down we headed on down the back side of the mountain. We came out on Hwy 21 in Munford, headed on toward the City of Talladega, passed thru there an on back to the house in The Big Pell! That was a very enjoyable 100 mile roundtrip ride. My riddin’ mate for the day took a quick breather here then on back to The Ham for him. A good day I must say!…”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>

…”the highlight of my day”!…

20160422_105144-1_resizedThank goodness NATE has finally “Petered Out”. It has moved on north of “The Big Pell”. It has really been a wet & dreary day. I think even the Fish are bored. I’ve been out on the patio a few times, gazed down toward the water, & haven’t seen any activity. I’m now in my 2nd year of not allowin’ The NFL into my home. As a proud Veteran of the USAF I refuse to pay to be insulted by a bunch of overpaid radical athletes, that probably couldn’t make a livin’ doin’ anythin’ else & I’d bet many of’em can’t even count the amount of money, that high, they’re bein’ paid to play a game. Enough of that topic. But the highlight of my day was the Matas Greek Pizza I just enjoyed down here in The Cave. Thank you to who ever invented the Freezer! My condolences to a life long friend & her family on the loss of her Father this mornin’. My thoughts & prayers are with you. I hope you all have a better evenin’ than you had last night, where ever you are…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>