Isaiah is out of school now and has been asking Grandpa to take him fishing, so Larry asked me to come along, we have taken Isaiah fishing before and he is a good kid.
They arrived about 7:30am and we loaded down Larry's SUV with chairs and ice chests, tackle boxes and fishing poles, thermos bottles and coffee cups, the orange five gallon Home Depot bucket and finally the fishing net we forgot on our last trip, a good fishing net is a necessity, even when you are chasing bunnies.
|Jimmy fishing at Fulmore Lake|
Larry baited a hook for Isaiah and turned the fishing rod over to him, Zayah made a perfect cast, and luckily so did Larry, I was plugging with one of my lures and actually got a pretty good hit but never hooked the fish, things were looking good until the bugs started biting, and Zayah took off running down the shoreline playing in the water with the fishing net.
I found myself digging in my tackle box for my stashed can of "Deep Woods Off" I bought the dry spray that isn't supposed to be slimy, it should keep the biting flies and bugs off, it works pretty well, if you spray yourself down good with it.
But I'm here to tell you that if you close your eyes before you spray your own face and neck with it, and then can't see when you open your eyes, this is a clear indication that you forgot to take your glasses off first.
While I am cleaning my glasses, Zayah is running up and down the bank trying to catch the smaller fish, the fish were all too quick for him, I warned him to be careful because it is slick right at the edge due to the thick grass growing there, "Hey Zayah, you need to be careful, that grass is slick you don't want to fall in"
I suggested that he put the net away and go back to fishing, Larry spoke up "He's alright Jimmy, just let him keep himself busy" so I went back to fishing, I steered Zayah from in front of me while I was casting, and even went so far as putting my rod and reel away, and adding a lure on Isaiah's and showing him how to fish with a lure.
He did pretty good for a while until he got bored, isn't it amazing how quick a kid gets bored, next thing I know, he walks right in front of me and hooks his lure into the tree limbs, Larry comes to the rescue.
Zayah is holding the rod in one hand and trying to remove his lure from the branches with the other, Zayah says "Here hold this Grandpa" and just as he hands Larry his rod I see him slip backwards and disappear over the edge "SPLASH!"
Zayah is now floundering in the water, he has a grip on the tree branches with one hand and is waving wildly with the other, Larry is down on his knees pulling on the arm holding the limb, and Isaiah is in the water up to his armpits.
I'm on my belly trying to catch the wildly waving arm, "Zayah grab my hand!" I yell, I finally get a hold of his wrist, Larry and I slide him back onto shore, and Isaiah walks away muddy, wet, and embarrassed.
We didn't catch any fish but overall had a good day, Isaiah dried out fishing in the sun while sitting safely on the dock, one young man in his twenties told Zayah "Hey man it's OK we have all done it at least once, that's just part of fishing"
|Jimmy holding an empty fishing stringer|
Do you use insect repellent for outdoor activities?