Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Worst Day Fishing...

...is better than the best day working.

But that's only if you can actually GO fishing!

I've been looking forward to this morning for two weeks. A man from my church asked me to go fishing with him this morning.

The sand bass (aka white bass) are running in my part of the State. He told me yesterday, that his cousins caught close to 100 on Monday and almost as many Tuesday.

Last evening, I went out to the store room and retrieved my poles and tackle box. I readied everything for a spectacular day of "sand bassing" (Yes, it IS a verb)

Jack came by at 7:15 this morning with his boat to pick me up. He took me to a place on the Grand River that I hadn't even heard of, "Choteau Bend". There were probably 50 or 60 people already there, because that's how many trucks and trailers there were parked around.

We got the boat all ready then headed down the ramp. Jack got in the boat and I backed it into the water. As soon as the motor was in the water, he gave the sign to stop, so that he could get it started. He messed around with it for a while and, after using some ether spray, got the thing started. He backed out and I pulled the truck out and parked.

When I got down to the water, Jack was trying to start the boat again. He tried the ether. He could get it to start, but couldn't keep it running. The boat drifted out in the current and Jack was headed down the river. Finally, some guys gave him a tow back in.

Then the news: it wasn't going to happen.

We got the trailer back down in the water, but only had a rope to get the boat loaded, as the motor wouldn't run. I rolled up my pants, took my wallet and phone out of my pocket, and headed down the trailer with the rope to try to man handle the boat onto the trailer.

The current was very strong. (did I mention that?)

I am VERY pleased to say that I only got wet up to my ankles. I DIDN'T fall in. It was a good thing, too, because the water was C-O-L-D!

So, while it may be true that the worst day fishing is better than the best day working, it only holds true if you actually get to go fishing.
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