|Largemouth Bass caught at St. Ellen Mine Park in O'Fallon, IL. 09-12-10.|
It is not uncommon for me to go fishing and not even come home with a bite let alone a fish. I am ok with that. I may grumble a bit, but I love getting outside and being on the water. Catching fish is an added bonus. I think I get a real kick out of the chance to catch a fish. You never really know what you are going to hook up with.
Well, last Sunday, the good Lord smiled on me! Actually, in 2 ways. 1. Our church started a Sunday night service at 6pm. Of course this actually means that I now have Sunday am as a fishing option. Sweetness. 2. Somehow I was in the right spot with the right bait or something because I caught a bunch of bass. Many in the 2lb range. That may be a wimpy day of fishing for most, but for me it is unheard of. I usually only get one or two fish. This was great. I was using a plastic worm and fishing next to weed beds. This was my second trip out with the fish finder I installed on the canoe. That may have played a part in catching fish as well? Who knows?
It could also be that I was on the water for 6 hours. My wife, Abbie, dropped me off at the lake and went to St. Louis for the day with her sister. We share a car, so I really only had 2 options. Go with them, or be dropped of at the lake for 6 hours. Hmmmmm...... Easy decision for me!
Either way, God gave me a beautiful day and fish to catch. What else does a person really need?
I haven't been using the fly rod as much lately. I am still trying to learn how to fish deep with that tackle. I am reading all that I can and watching guys who know how to do it. I bring it with me every time I go out. I fish streamers with it to practice. One day, hopefully soon, I will be able to fish well with streamers and deep water fly fishing tackle. I suck at it now, bigtime!