As time has gone on, i've become a little busier and haven't been able to spend the time out there that i've wished I could. With me working weekends, it can be hard to coordinate trips, but it doesn't stop me from trying. Today was finally the perfect day. My dad and I launched the boat in the early morning hours and headed to one of our favorite spots. After getting a little bit of bait we settled into an attempt at trying to get enough fish to fry tonight.
It didn't take us very long to start getting bites, and when it started it became a frenzy for a little bit. It feels good to put the first trout in the boat. For about 20 mins, every time we threw a bait out into the water we got a bite almost instantly. Now, quite a few of them were too small to keep, but we still managed to get enough for the cooler. As, quickly as the bite started, it quit. Little did we know it wouldn't pick up at all for the rest of the day, but it wasn't going to keep us from trying.
After deciding that the fish weren't biting at this spot anymore we pulled up the anchor and headed for fresh grounds. Something very interesting happened there. I cast a bait out and got a bite fairly quickly. As I watched the strike I noticed something peculiar. It didn't look like a normal fish. My dad noted that he thought it might be some kind of ray. We were surprised to see what came up with my line.
Yes, that is a sea turtle!
I had my dad scoop him up in the net so I could work on the hook. I worked as carefully as I could to make sure no more damage was inflicted in the little guy. Once I finally got the hook out I had to pose for a quick photo op before setting him back free. This little turtle was VERY energetic and spent most of its time trying to bite my fingers. When I set him back in the water, he was gone in an instant.
Full throttle flapping!
You never know what you're going to see out there. We continued on into the early afternoon before calling it a day and heading home. The bite never picked back up, but the wind certainly did.
We got back to the house and went through the regular motions of cleaning fish and the boat. Then the best part happened. There is nothing like fresh fish that you caught that morning.
We didn't catch a ton, but definitely enough
for a good dinner!
My mom was nice enough to fry some up for
me before I headed back home. Thanks Mom!
Until Next Time,