…”so I trudged back up”…

20150613_125051_resizedToday has really been a laid back Sunday afternoon. After lunch my Bride decided she wanted to watch “My Show! My Show”! So that meant I was banished to The Cave. Yeah, “it’s a hard life but somebody’s gotta do it”. It might as well be Me! After bein’ down there a short time I decided to lumber down to the water & just check things out. I was sittin’ in the swing on the pier just relaxin’ & soakin’ the peace & quiet in. There were just a few boats out on the lake in our area. I heard my (favorite) neighbors walkin’ down to their pier. I throw up a friendly wave & they returned it with one. They got in the water on some floatin’ chairs & enjoyin’ the same peace & quiet. The sun moved behind some clouds, a slight breeze picked up, & the motion of the swing got my attention. I shuffled over to the pontoon boat, dug out a Life Jacket, shuffled back to the swing, folded the Life Jacket in the proper pillow shape, got the swing goin’ like I wanted it, laid down & got TOTALLY RELAXED! Thirty (30) minutes later I wake up with a light rain blowin’ in on my face. What a way to ruin a good nap! Oh well, so I trudged back up to The Cave & here I am! Hope y’all have as good of an afternoon as I have had…”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)

…”find the time “…

22218_989848007712282_8481197791787430355_nYa know, sittin’ here watchin’ the swirls of steam generated from the HOT Joe, I’m slowly enjoyin’, while listenin’ to the sounds of the birds, fish breakin’ the surface of the still waters (of the slough), & the Saturday mornin’ Fishermen racin’ up and down the lake (for THAT favorite spot). The grass got cut yesterday & I think it has the Squirrels confused. They are scurrin’ all over the yard scratchin’ & diggin’ tryin’ to fine the acorns or hickory nuts they buried. Yeah, it’s times like this I know things are right in my world. It’s just a matter of takin’ the time to slow down & enjoy what God has created around me. I hope all of you can find the time to do the same today…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”tired of seein’em”…

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I replaced the missin’ blade on the damaged Tandem Willow Blade this afternoon & headed down to try it out. Long Story short “It Works”. Caught four (4) Spots & missed three (3) before supper. After supper, on the Deck with my Bride, I caught three (3) more & missed one (1). I’m not postin’ pictures from to day as some of you are tired of seein’em I’m sure. Y’all have a good evenin’…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Then I noticed somethin’ odd”…

After workin’ out this mornin’ I headed home, got cleaned up, & headed to the Anniston area get a hair cut & run some errands, one of which was to pick up somethin’ for Supper.Shortly after I got home my Bride got home as well. WE visited for a while & she let know she was goin’ to take a nap. “Please wake me up @ 5:30 p.m.” she said. I said “Ok, I’m goin’ down to take the Battery Charger off of the Pontoon Boat”. Naturally I didn’t walk down empty handed. Again this evenin’ I took the rod with the Tandem Blade Spinner-bait on it. I got the Pontoon Boat squared away, picked up the rod & began to cast. On cast #3 – I hooked up with a Spotted Bass. After playin’em down I got him up on the pier, took the attached picture, next to my 13″ long/size 11 sandal, for scale. Then I noticed somethin’ odd. Anyway, I removed the bait & I released the Spot to fight another day. Then I headed toward the house. I stopped to take another picture of my Spinner-bait on a stump & continued my stroll up the driveway. After stowin’ away the Battery Charger & Extension-cord, in the work/storage area of the basement, I put my rod back on the boat & headed up to wake my Bride. I got our Salad & “Mata’s Pizza” ready for us to eat. Oh, we did enjoy it. Another day in the books as a good evenin’…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”winding down a day like that”…

Personal Card 11-30-2012Sunday evenin’, 6:00 p.m., supper’s finished. I cooked & my Bride is cleanin’ up. I went down to the water with a rod in hand, of course. Yesterday, I decided to give the “Ole Chrome & Blue Rattle Trap” a rest. So, I took a 3/8 oz.Tandem Willow Blade Spinner Bait with a White skirt on it to flip around the piers, seawalls, & weed-beds. I caught three (3) Spots & missed two (2). Not too bad for about 30 to 45 minutes walkin’ the banks. This evenin’ I did the same thing. But today I caught five (5) and missed two (2) again. but as a bonus this afternoon I saw a Bald Eagle fly over head. It had fresh fish in its Talons & appeared to be headed for its nest.  I really enjoy winding down a day like that…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>