Sunday, October 21, 2012

Warm Worms Again

An oldie but a goodie, a good fisherman always has a story to tell, so pull up a chair and allow me to share one with you, not only is Warm Worms a true story, it also has a secret to catching fish hidden within.

I always loved taking the kids fishing when they were small, it was always a blast teaching them how to fish or just enjoying the day sitting around a body of water with them, there is so much to see and talk about especially with kids sitting at the end of a fishing pole waiting for a tug on the line.

Once we had sort of a dry spell when it came to actually catching any fish, we had been fishing everywhere from Carolina to California, and my pride was beginning to get wounded a bit here because the Great Fishing Stories I had been telling these kids were not showing any promise of being true, heck I couldn’t even catch a fish anywhere it seemed.

I loaded up all the fishing poles; ice chests, snacks, drinks, and everything needed for a good fishing trip and even picked up a couple tubs of fishing worms, one red worms and one night crawlers.

My wife Cindy and I headed out for a fishing trip on the outskirts of town with Randy and Timmy (our sons), the boys were excited that we were going, they just knew we were going to catch fish today because of the impressive bait we had.

We arrived at the pond and got ourselves set up, Cindy was in charge of the snacks and drinks and I was in charge of baiting hooks, Tim and Randy both had their new stringers already tied off so they could add the days catch to them.

A couple hours later and still not a bite, Tim was off chasing the ducks and I was watching his line, Randy went to help and I was watching his line also.

My pride is wounded now; because here I sit watching the boys chase ducks while I am waiting for something to happen in the fishing department.

You know how you kind of stretch the truth and tell stories to make kids laugh? Well I always liked getting a grin from the kids so here is where I got myself into a little trouble.

The boys made their way back to see if I had caught anything while they were off playing, I pulled up the empty stringers and showed them, so the next thing they wanted to do was change bait since these worms had been on for a while, they wondered why the nice worms we brought were not working.

I told them the problem was that the worms were cold, you could see both boys thinking, Randy says really do you think that is the problem, I said that has to be it because a good fisherman keeps his worms in his mouth so they will stay warm, and if they are warm you will catch fish, they kind of laughed as I baited the hooks and threw their lines back in.
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Next thing I know here comes Cindy, mad as a wet hen and while she is scolding me between gags, I am trying to figure out what is going on.

Standing behind her I see both boys with dirt on their faces, and I see a night crawler hanging out of Randy’s mouth, I about died laughing right there, which didn’t help my situation any.

The next thing that happened was the boys actually started catching fish, on the very next cast my fishing pride was restored, we ended up with full stringers of fish, and a good story the boys and I still laugh about today.

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42 comments:

  1. Hmmm...warm worms...would a hot water bottle also work?

    Great story which I am sure is now family lore, which makes it even better.

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    1. Hi Joe, A water bottle would not have the same flavor Ha Ha, this one has become part of our family history :)

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  2. Messing with your kids' minds - classy! ;) But what do you know - maybe that's how you catch fish afterall!

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    1. Hi Daniel, It sure worked for us on this day :) and messing with their minds was just gravy.

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  3. Would you believe I've heard of this??? Evidently you had, too! LOL!

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    1. Hey Ms. A, I do believe you threatened to shoot me the first time I told this one Ha Ha

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    2. THAT must be where I heard it!!! Guess my memory hasn't completely failed me.

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    3. Your memory is right on my Dear Friend :)

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  4. Too funny!! I can see them putting those worms in their mouths!! But what a wonderful story to laugh about years later!! Great memories were made that day so long ago!

    betty

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    1. Hi Betty, The boys are old enough now they even laugh about it, we are still trying to get their Mom to think it is funny :)

      Yes these memories will last.

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  5. "Standing behind her I see both boys with dirt on their faces, and I see a night crawler hanging out of Randy’s mouth."

    Bwhahahahahahahaha! OMG...how HYSTERICAL, Jimmy!! I can just picture that!

    Honest to god, you and I are so similar in "stretching the truth" because this sounds exactly like something "I" would do!!!

    But hey, at least "your" stretch ended up coming true because it WORKED. They caught some fish!

    AWESOME post, buddy! Cracked me up!

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    1. Hey Ron, Can't you just see the look on Cindy's face, the fact that it actually worked and we caught fish still doesn't stop her gag reflex Ha Ha

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  6. Hmmm... interesting. But I think I'll just keep them by the thermos full of hot coffee...

    And I just have to say.... EWWWWWWW!!!!!!

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    1. Hi Juli, You look at it exactly the same as Cindy, I have a feeling once Benjamin gets old enough for Papa to take him fishing, Mimi will be right there making sure I don't pull the same stunt with the Grandson ;^0

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  7. I bet this funny well-told story taught you to be careful about what you say in front of impressionable children.

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    1. Hey Stephen, These little Family traditions work so much better when they are still impressionable Ha Ha

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  8. My dinner was a few hours ago - long enough that I'm able to laugh at your story. Well, that and the fact they were your kids, not mine!

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    1. I am proud you waited long enough after supper so you could laugh :) Cindy on the other hand would rather it been someone elses kids too Ha Ha

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  9. Just please don't tell me you asked to borrow one of the worms they had warmed up. That would be the worse case of child labor I've ever heard of.

    I once played a trick on my dad. I was carrying a worm into the kitchen (don't ask) when I decided to drop it into the coffee he was drinking.

    Lucky for me that my dad wasn't mean like my mom was. Somehow, he managed to laugh.

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    1. Come to think of it I do remember Randy giving me the one he had Ha Ha I hope you don't turn me in, even though the pay for him was good in food, drinks, and fish :)

      I can just imagine the initial look on your Dads face, I'm glad he laughed because sometimes that is the best thing to do.

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  10. That is sooooo gross! However, I can see where a kid would believe that, since it does seem logical. Great story, Jimmy

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    1. Thank You Bijoux, And what made it even more logical is that it appeared to work.

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  11. Oooooh Jimmy, Yuk, Yuk, Yuk. Great story, though, I couldn't help smiling.... once I got rid of the image of worms in the mouth :O) I bet your kids thought you were a fun dad.

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    1. Hi Valerie, We always had a lot of fun with the kids, and still do when we go out for a visit.

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  12. That is so cute in a so gross way! I hope your sons still enjoy fishing.

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    1. Hey Abby, I bet if I asked them to go today a trip would be planned, but I guarantee you all the worms will be cold Ha Ha

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  13. Great story! I love what kids will do if you tell them to.

    Amazing that the warm worms actually worked!

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    1. I was impressed when the warm worms actually worked, either it was a good coincidence or I really knew what I was talking about.

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  14. If only kids will listen when you try to get them to do their homework!

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    1. Welcome Youngman Brown, You are so right there, if they would listen when asked to do things like homework rather that to the things that get us into hot water, I think that would be a good change.

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  15. Well I can tell the who the boys take after:))... that is really really yuck!!! I am sure Cindy handled it better than I would off...Hubby never catches fish... hmmm I'll have to let him know your secret....

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    1. Hi Bev, Cindy actually handled it pretty well, although I did get scolded a bit, it was hard for her to not laugh when I couldn't stop.

      Yes you could tell Hubby that you have found a new secret for catching fish that has been actually tested and proven :)

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  16. Ohhhh nooooo!! No no no. Yuck, Jimmy! And I can't believe that actually worked. Ha!

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    1. Yes Angelia it actually worked Ha Ha

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  17. Hi Jimmy, we do a bit of ice fishing here. Actually, a lot because for a good portion of the year, the lakes are ice covered.

    Anyways, sometimes we use maggots as bait when we go ice fishing. Because it's sold enough out that the lake is frozen, quite often your maggots get cold and freeze as well. To solve that, while you have one on your hook in the water, you keep one tucked inside your lip to keep warm and ready to put onto the hook. You can tell it's ready when it starts to squirm about.

    ........at least that's the story my Grandfather always told me. I just kept the bag warm inside my jacket. :)

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    1. Hi Ken, That is too good, I will have to pass this one along to the boys, I'll just about bet they will see it same as you :) Thanks for sharing that one my Friend.

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  18. Ohhhhhh, Jimmy! No! I cringed when the worms went in the mouth. (OK, OK, it was pretty funny too!)

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    1. Hey Betty, I bet had you been with us you and Cindy would have been cringing and gagging at the same time, right before the laughter that is Ha Ha

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  19. Hmm... Next time I go fishing I'll definitely have to warm the worms. Though, I may do it in a more sanitary fashion like keeping them under my armpits or something.

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    1. Hi Chiz, That would definitely keep them warm, but my way keeps the moisture content in them a little easier :)

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  20. so funny!!! you would have been in big trouble in my house.

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    1. Hey Annmarie, I think I just may have been in big trouble at mine too Ha Ha

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