That is right I am still a fisherman and this weekend was a prime example of how I am still a blogging rookie. Saturday morning I went fishing with John and Kyle from our church. We only had a couple hours in the morning, but John and Kyle are from here and took me to a local spot that they knew we would have some luck at and helped me out with some spin fishing tactics.
We started out catching crappies, I caught two right out of the gate and was feeling good. Then John got one and we kept moving. As time was running out John caught a couple small bass and a couple small pickerel. Then it was time to get the boat out of the water and head back to the house.
Sounds great right? Now that I recapped the morning there would normally be some pictures of the trip right? Well here is where my rookie status comes in - I had a camera in my gear bag, and never took it out. In theory, I did not catch that lunker so it really does not matter right? Well yesterday after church and a post church clean up day, John asked if I could get out and fish again, and I said yes before even thinking about my evening plans.
Once again time was limited but we had a good two and a half hours and so he took me on another great guided trip. We hit a different body of water this time and once again I was out of the gates fast. He was still putting a hook on as I was setting the hook on the first bass. I hit a bunch of little bass in the first half hour. Then John got in the game with a bigger 2 pounders and a couple pickerel. We both went cold for a couple minutes and John moved us to a spot that he promised would have plenty of fish. Once we got there he put another big bass in the boat. I missed a couple, got some knots in my line and John started to catch more fish. Finally I was back to fishing and he pointed out a rock that always holds fish I missed a couple off of it before we moved on.
After some hits off a rock I decided to fish a big rock at a new spot. I cast my rubber worm out and let it sink a couple seconds, then gave it a couple twitches and gave a big hook set (the kinda stuff you see on tv shows). After setting the hook I thought that maybe I got stuck on the bottom, but then there was a head shake and I knew it was a good fish. I started to work it to the top and John was very helpful reminding me that "it would be a shame to loose a nice fish like this one".
I got it to the boat and admired it for a minute, then measured it to be a little over 15 inches and weighed it in at 2 lbs 13 oz. By far the biggest bass I have caught in over 4 years - but did I think to take a snap shot of the big guy? NO! Does this make me a blogging rookie? Yes.
One thing this weekend showed me is that as much as I think I am a blogger, the truth is I am still a fisherman first, and sometimes it is fun to just fish.
I do not regret not taking a picture of these fish because I had a ton of fun, and after thinking about the spin techniques that worked all weekend I think I can dream up some fly patterns to do the same. So stay tuned for that.