Thursday, April 27, 2017

Super Duper Day

Deep in thought I stood at the waters edge staring into the rolling waves, I was contemplating my approach because the magnificent creature had eluded capture for so long, I could feel it in my bones this would be the day I would outsmart the monster dwelling below the surface.

I cast my line into the tides and immediately felt a tremendous tug as my rod tip bent forward, the line began to spin violently off of the reel and the drag screamed as I cranked the handle, the confrontation had started.

The line finally stopped and began to come in as I gained traction; I continued my struggle to crank the handle just as the beast broke the surface and gracefully sprang high above the surface........

Ok back to reality, if you haven't guessed already I did get to go fishing last Wednesday.

Cindy's Uncle Larry picked me up about 7:30am and we headed up the mountain towards Idyllwild, there is a small lake there that I really enjoy fishing, it has been a while since I have caught anything at Lake Fulmore and I felt this may be a good day.

As Larry was rigging his line I attached a gold Super Duper lure I had just picked up and made my first cast, as I reeled in I got a strong hit, The rod tip bent and the drag ran slightly as I reeled in a long awaited catch, and on my first cast of the day, this was a fisherman’s dream.

Two casts later I had landed another trout, and Larry still had no line in the water, this looks like a good day he shouted as he cast his line with a ball of Powerbait attached into the lake, what's the limit? He asked me to which I answered five, he smiled and said looks like we are going to limit out before nine.

Just as I was reeling in a third rainbow trout, Larry was reeling his line in and wanting to know what I was using, I told him as he was throwing his tackle box open and digging through it.

It was now 8:30am and I had three fish on the stringer, Larry was wanting to see my lure as he continued to dig through his tackle box, Larry never uses lures and generally laughs at me when I do, but now he was borrowing one of mine.

I wasn’t going to change my lure at this point and Larry settled on a gold Kastmaster from my tackle box, then he tried a gold and red Panther Martin spinner, then several others, at about 1pm he had all the fun that he could stand and was ready to go home.

I was getting ready also because after that third fish there was no more action, not just for me but for everyone at the lake, it was like someone flipped the switch off and it went off as Larry was searching for a lure in my tackle box, needless to say he never got a bite.

We gathered up our gear and headed for the exit, fishermen always visit and show off their catch so every few steps I had to stop and show my fish to someone, there were several people fishing by the time we left and I think that I must have caught the only three fish in the lake so far that day.

I got to tell my dramatic story of catching the fish, what lure I used, I even gave suggestions on what bait to use and where the best spot to fish would be, I bet I was stopped by fifteen different people who wanted to see the fish and get my suggestions, it was kind of fun and poor old Larry didn’t have much to say.

Every time we go fishing and he doesn’t catch anything he calls his wife to tell her the sad news, “Sorry Hun, I guess we won't have trout tonight, set out some tilapia OK” and before he made the sad call I gave him my catch for the day, he was really appreciative for just a minute… then he looked at me and said “I guess this means I have to clean them”
This was a Super Duper day for me, I got to go fishing and actually catch a few, I gave food to a relative who didn’t catch anything, and I didn’t have to clean any fish.

Which activity do you like for fun and relaxation?

36 comments:

  1. AND you got a great story to blog about .... you forgot that little perk didn't you?
    What do I do for fun and relaxation? You mean other than nagging and bossing the hubs? Oh! I knit. I'm boring, I know.

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    1. Thank you Delores, I wouldn't say boring, knitting I think is becoming a lost art, anytime you can create anything with your hands is impressive to me.

      With that said in my opinion knitting I think it would be relaxing and almost as much fun as keeping the husband in line, I know Cindy enjoys that.

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  2. Fun and Excitement, me? Reading and watching movies. I would love to have had your day! I haven't been fishing in ages, but your day sounds absolutely perfect to me. Is my idea of heaven.

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    1. Good morning Lady, both reading and watching movies is a great way to relax, my problem with movies is that I relax too much.

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  3. I'm not a fisherman, but I love to fish, kind of like I love playing guitar, but am not a guitar player. It is funny how fish will start to bite and then it is over just like, as you say, someone flipped a switch.

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    1. Hi Joe, I can relate to that statement, I love to fish and I love to catch, but I have done a lot more fishing than catching.

      I have never figured that one out how they will all of a sudden stop biting, I have also fished right next to someone, using the same line and bait while they continue to catch and I never get a bite.

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  4. I would love to go fishing if I didn't have to put a line in the water, catch, clean or fry a fish. Just being on the water and buying fish at a restaurant on the way home would be my ideal fishing trip. I haven't been fishing for fifty years. I should put it on my to-do list, shouldn't I.

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    1. Good morning Jean,that is an excellent idea for your to-do list, a day at the lake or river enjoying the scenery and wildlife then stopping for a fish dinner on the way home, this sounds like a win/win to me.

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  5. Wow! Nice catch, Jimmy!

    I like to read books, drink wine and explore nature.

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    1. Hi Bijoux, sounds to me like you have it figured out, ultimate relaxation in what you described, I could go for that myself.

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  6. Wow, it was a super duper day! Great looking fish too! I like what Bijoux likes to do minus exploring nature part :)

    betty

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    1. Hi Betty, just find a pretty spot and view nature rather having to do the exploring thing ;)

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  7. Cleaning them is the worst part, which is why i always give them a kiss and let them go.

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    1. Yes Stephen, that is another reason I like the lures, normally just a snag in the lip, easier to remove and less damage to the fish when you do release it.

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  8. What a perfect day fishing. The thrill of the catch, the chance to brag a bit, making a relative happy and no cleaning. I was thinking you probably caught the only three fish in the lake also.
    Me, I like getting my hands dirty and veggie garden.

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    1. Hi Patti, one of the pleasures of working in a garden for me is sampling the veggies while you pick them.

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  9. Sounds like a perfect day but didn't you keep at least one trout for yourself? I don't have any hobbies these days but I could write a book about all those I did have over the years. No, I won't go down that path, too lazy now.

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    1. Good morning Valerie, it really was a good day for me, I figured I had all the joy of catching the trout and Larry did all the driving with nothing to show for it, he could at least have them to bring home for his wife.

      I am sure if you did write a book on your hobbies that it would be a best seller.

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  10. Fun and relaxation? Top choice would have to be a comfy arm chair and a pile of books to read, a close second is walking along the beaches and on the boardwalk along the cliffs.

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    1. Hi River, I too enjoy reading, always have in fact, the beach walk including the boardwalk and cliffs you described I have never done but it does sound like a lot of fun.

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  11. I wonder if that fishing "off" switch has anything to do with the angle of the sun on the water? That could also explain why people on the same lake/river don't get fish when someone just a couple of feet downstream or up stream is reeling them in.

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    1. That sounds like a reasonable answer, I know that it has happened more times than I can count.

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  12. I used to love to go fishing with my grandmother who was was an avid Catfish fisherman. If I had it my way, Id be at the beach relaxing in my camper every day. I have even said, "when I move to the beach, Im taking up surf fishing". It looks like fun. So until then, Ill just keep crocheting to relax.
    Lisa

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    1. Hey Lisa, I have waded in a lot of waters but have never surf fished, I bet that would be a lot of fun, fish awhile then relax on the beach awhile.

      Cindy does some crocheting too, she makes it look easy and I can see how this would be relaxing for you.

      Good to see you Lisa.

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  13. The stat stocks the spillway of Smith Dam with rainbow trout. It's a great place for fly fishing. I've landed some nice trout there but I catch and release. There are always bigger when I tell the story afterwards:)

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    1. Danf spellcheck!!! The State and they are always bigger.

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    2. Very true Rick, all the ones I ever released were always trophy catches, there have been some nice trout caught here, Cindys Dad caught a five pounder that we actually weighed.

      They mostly fish with powerbait which the fish most always swallow, another reason I like lures and spinners, less trauma on the fish when you release.

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    3. Oh yeah spellcheck either our best friend or worst enemy ha ha

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  14. Great opening to this post, Jimmy! You had me "lured" in with excitement! Ha!

    Big congrats on your THREE fishes, that's awesome! When my family moved to Florida, my father bought a speed boat and would take us fishing. I also used the boat for water skiing!

    I usually take walks or spend time within nature in some of the parks here. Also, like Bijoux, I love a nice glass of red wine at night to relax!

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    1. Hey Ron, thank you Buddy, it is nice to have a boat you can both fish and ski from, all of my fishing now is done from the shore.

      It looks like Bijoux got us all thinking alike now ha ha.

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  15. Nice job, Jimmy! I love me some grilled trout! Your story reminds me of the times I've been fishing - me in the role of those people not catching anything and asking you what your trick is. But I also enjoy time on the banks of a lake.

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    1. Hi Abby, you can't go wrong with grilled trout, that is a good fish for sure.

      I understand what you are saying, it has been many times that I was also the one watching everybody else do the catching, always fun to go though.

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  16. I've always wanted to fish, and our house in AZ is on a lake, but the issue is I don't like eating fish, so it seems a pointless thing to do really. Although I think I'm meant to chuck the fish back in the lake afterwards anyway.

    You did well!

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    1. Hi Joey, good to see you, you can always go fishing if you enjoy it, a lot of people are strictly catch and release fishermen, my wife doesn't eat fish either so she is more happy when I don't catch anything ha ha.

      I'd love a house on the lake, whether you fish or not that would have to be nice.

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  17. Wonderful story of your to be proud success as fisherman Jimmy!

    reminded me one of my cousin who was so lucky and all other were so eny as he went always with them and found some fish always hanging in his hands i don't know what was with him as he often found something which was lost by someone on ground in park and even while travelling .i still think about his strange luck

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    1. Hello Baili, Some people like your cousin are very lucky no matter what they are doing, while the rest of us only get to share in that luck occasionally.

      I imagine your cousin is very popular when he is fishing.

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