I will start this post with a quote from Aldous Huxley who said:

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Aldous Huxley

I am going to throw caution to the wind and just write about whatever crazy idea pops into my head. Leastways until my Muse returns since she has sort of left me over the past few weeks. So, let me change gears this week and entertain you with a story about fishing – hang in there for those of you that do not like fishing – it does get comical.

The back of our home faces a lake where we see many types of waterfowl, sea planes practicing taking off and landing on the water, fishermen in their boats, skidoos, and we even see a gator (which we have named Gary) meander past every now and then – in the water that is. Seeing these people fish from their boats reminds me of the times our family went camping in Arizona. Our camping trips sometimes included places where we would do our best to catch some fish. You got that right; I said do our best to catch some fish – we weren’t too good at catching fish. But, for the most part those camping trips were fun even though we seemed to spend more time cutting turtles and eels off our line causing us to lose some line and the hooks. And in many instances, the only things biting were the mosquitos. But being together as a family was all that mattered, and we had a good time whether we caught fish or not. 

As I said, we often see boats on the lake with the guys fishing from their boats. The type fishing, they do though was different than the type fishing we were used to. These guys do what is known as “fly fishing”. Fly fishing, in my humble opinion, is different from traditional fishing which is what I tried to teach my sons.

Fly Fishing means one attaches the bait which usually looks like a fly or some sort of the bug to the fishing line and then the fisherman casts the bait out on the top of the water creating the illusion that a bug has landed on the top of the water or possibly slightly lower than the waters surface. Then he or she slowly reels the lure back in towards the boat with the hope that a fish will see it, lunge for it and Walla – the fisherman catches a fish.

Traditional fishing or the type fishing I taught our sons is where the fisherman (me) casts out the bait attached to the hook on the line (usually worms or some other type of bait) and the fishing line also had a weight and float attached to the far end of the line. This was so that the line did go below the water line with the float floating on top of the water. When the fish bites at the worm, the float would bob up and down indicating that a fish was nibbling at the bait. Seeing the bobbing float meant that it was time to reel it in with the hope that in doing so, the hook would catch on the inside of the fish’s mouth and thus be caught. Fishing like this though takes time and patience because sometimes you can wait as long as ten or more minutes until one sees a tug on the line. And then there are times – no nibbles – as the saying goes.

Are you with me so far? Here is where I change gears if you will and throw some wild and crazy ideas into the post. As you can tell so far into this little story, we didn’t catch many fish when camping. So, being the wild and crazy guy I am, I decided to think up some comical things about why fish don’t bite, leastways why they didn’t when we went fishing. Here goes:

Picture this – a question I asked myself more than once while we were fishing. Why is it that we didn’t catch many fish? Is it possible that the water was too hot and thus the fish were being lazy and resting on the bottom of the river or lake until things cooled off?

Or since there are deep sea fish perhaps the fish in the lake were deep lake fish and were deeper than the length of the line we were casting out. Think about it, when casting your fishing line into the lake, the fly (bait) at the end of the line only floats on or slightly below the surface of the water and thus, you are only attracting the fish that rise to the level of the bait at the end of your line. Your tantalizing fly or whatever type insect (real or fake) you are using will never tease any deep lake fish to bite. Nope! Them thar fish are resting on the bottom of the lake cooling off while sipping Tequila and having burritos.

While they say the early bird catches the worm, it may not apply to early morning fishing. Perhaps, by going out too early, the fish may still be sleeping and haven’t had their first cup of coffee. Think about that for a minute – you know how you feel when you haven’t had your morning coffee.

Or you are one of those individuals that likes to unwind at the end of the day. And part of your unwinding routine is to go fishing – if you wait until it is too late, you may have waited too long because by the time you go out fishing, the fish may be tired and no longer looking for worms, insects or whatever you are using for bait. But I can dang guarantee you – you will succeed in getting bites – except they will be mosquito bites and not the fish biting.

If you are a fisherman – and there is a special lake where you go fishing, perhaps the day you went out to go fishing, you learned that the lake wasn’t stocked. Yup, you guessed it, due to your not keeping track of that fact, the day you went fishing happened to be the last day of the season before they restocked the lake. It was either that or the pet store where you get your children’s goldfish forgot to stock the lake with their rejects.

Say it is a river that you are fishing in, perhaps the fish decided to mate and instead of being where you are – they took a break and are up the river from you spawning. I mean they must reproduce otherwise you wouldn’t be able to fish as often as you do now. A different way of restocking (other than pet store rejects that is).

Or here is another scenario that is taking from your favorite pastime of fishing. You live on a lake where water skiers and motorboat enthusiasts decide to enjoy the lake and their toys (skidoo’s; motorboats; and water skiers) stir up the lake thus chasing the fish to another part of the lake. I mean have you ever seen the guys on those toys fishing while doing their thing?

And then perhaps the fish decided today they only wanted to bite on crickets and other big bugs and all you have is worms.

As you can see – there might be a whole passel of reasons why you aren’t catching your fair share of fish when you do get out there.

Look at that, it would seem as though my muse came back during all my thinking about fishing, but this post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t add something extra to make you laugh assuming of course that the above little story about fishing didn’t get you smiling, so here goes:

While you are out there fishing – make sure you take some music to listen to – you know – something catchy!

Until next time!


2 thoughts on “Fishing!

  1. Your muse has not deserted you. If anything she has more than inspired you.

    I have done both kinds of fishing with some success and also some deep sea trawling. During those days however, we did not have the kind of mobile gadgets to accompany us for listening to some thing catchy! There, I did not miss the punchline!

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