We Made It This Time!

No planning, just spur of the moment, throw stuff in BOB and go!

 

I am happy to report we made it over to the ponds and the 2017 Fishing Season is offically started.

 

No fish were caught, but we can at least say we have been fishing. David said that we were practicing. It was just nice to get out and enjoy the day and some nature even if the stiff breeze was a bit chilly off the pond.

 

Was not much activity from the other residents of the ponds either. I did see a few red winged black birds squawking about, a lady bug, and a couple of other sort of flying bugs. That will all change soon enough more birds, bugs and the flying biting type bugs will make an appearance.

 

Even BOB was glad to get out of the driveway for a couple of hours.

 

When we do catch fish then it will be an offically, offical start to the 2017 Fishing Season. 😀

Whooo! Hooo! Looky, What I Caught!

at around 3 this afternoon!


Started out catching the bait fish. I had to pull him through some cattails that is why he is all fuzzy. lol Then we put him on our float pole. within just a couple of minutes a big fish was messing with it. I watched and waited. David told me to just be patient. Finally I see the float disappear just under the surface. I am repeatedly saying ” He ate it!” David says set the hook, set the hook! I give a good yank and the battle is on. I go to the left to keep him out of the cattails, I think I have him lined up to bring him through to miss them and he goes to the right. I was not fast enough to keep him out of the cattails on that side. He is hung up in them now. So David takes off his boots and socks, pulls up his pants legs, and wades out with the net to get my rascally fish. THANK YOU HUBBY! I probably would have lost him other wise. Good thing we take BOB to the pond David was able to take off his wet pants and dry off. We had to have Nick bring him some dry ones. We decided we may have to start carrying a change of clothes. lol We continued fishing. David caught himself a bait fish. He had a really good bite too, but he lost his just before the bank. He said it was about the same size as mine. We came home just a little after dark. Gets chilly once the sun is behind the ridge.

 

David’s Catfish

 

My daughter Kay, son-in-law Justin, and grandson Martin, had just stopped by the ponds to see how things were going. Then we hear David’s bell ringing like crazy. He is hollering for someone to bring the net. I take it over to the edge of the bank but it is to steep for me to get down fast enough to be of any help. So Kay gets down and I pass the net to her. She puts the net in the water sideways. David tells her to lay it flat on the bottom,  he is able to drag the fish over the net, and Kay scoops it up! Yippee team effort. David gets the fish up to BOB’s cabin door, he is trying to remove the treble hook, he asks for the needle nose pliers. I am about to hand them to him, when he says never mind the hook just fell out. The fish was only snagged behind his front fin. Good thing they got him in the net or he could have been the one that got away!

I briefly mention it in my poem, you can view the poem here.

 

 

A Poem I Wrote While Fishing Titled: I Watched, I Waited.

I Watched, I Waited.

 

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I watched a bird overhead sail.
I watched a little frog swim into my pail.

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I watched the leaves of a tree flutter all around
I watched a small bird hopping on the ground.

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I watched the coots splash and dive.

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I watched my bobber float. Is the worm still alive?

I watched water bugs race and dance.
I watched my bell, I waited for a chance.

I watched the little frog swim away, when I released him at the end of the day.

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I watched the ground, a crawdad shell I found.

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I waited for my bell to sound.

I watched my husband fight a catfish with all his might. My daughter netted it, alright!
Oh, come on now that’s not right, when am I going to get a bite.

I watched, I waited, my bell still didn’t ring.
When is it going to do its thing?

I watched day turn to night.
I watched the stars begin to twink.
I watched to see an airplane blink.
I watched the headlights, tail lights, and big rig trailer lights.
I did not get any bites.

The fishing may have not gone my way, but what a day!
I watched, I waited, did my bobber just sink?
Yes, I caught some bait, I think.

I watched , I waited.

You Snooze, You Loose!

I guess that goes for fishing too!

 

I was in my bedroom yesterday morning around 11 am trying to do some crocheting. I just couldn’t keep my eyelids from drooping, so I laid my crocheting aside and took a little nap. Well I woke up about 3 in the afternoon, as I was walking out to the kitchen I noticed BOB was not in the driveway. The day was warm and beautiful so I don’t blame David for taking off fishing while I was a snoozing. I was hoping he was having a good day.

I used the opportunity to get some computering caught up. I got several blogs posted yesterday that I have been putting off. I also continued to do some crocheting.

It is just past 7:30 pm when I see that BOB is pulling into the driveway. I am waiting on the back porch to wait for David. I am hoping he has a good fishing report to give me. He turns on the lights in BOB. I wait patiently while he gathers the worm box and bait bucket. I ask him if he caught any thing as he comes up the steps.

He says, “Go look in the bin.” We have a 30 gallon plastic storage bin in the bathtub of BOB as our live well. I put on a jacket and go look in the bin. Low and Behold there is not one, but TWO giant Northern Pikes in the bin!

I come back in and start getting things out-of-the-way in the bathroom,(I just cleaned it on Tuesday, didn’t want fish slime, blood and scales on everything.) so he can place them in the bathtub until he can clean them.

He caught the larger one around 4:45 pm, the smaller one about 20 minutes later. He continued to get bites after he caught the smaller one. He thinks those were probably the catfish starting to bite. He decided to pack up and come home at about 7:40 pm.

This is the large Northern Pike David is posing with before placing it in the bathtub.

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The Large One In The Bathtub

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Both Fish In The Bathtub

 

I guess I won’t be snoozing on beautiful October days again. Hmmm, today is supposed to be a beauty. 😀

 

 

A Couple of The Pond’s Locals

You could say they are a couple of old coots, no not David and I. Hee hee hee

American Coots are a diving bird, so it is fun to watch them when the fishing is slow.

You never know where they will pop up next.

 

I am sorry for poor picture quality. I had to zoom in to 32x and they didn’t stop swimming. The second two photos are a bit better as they were closer to me that day. Oh, and let’s not forget the wind making all those ripples and waves. 🙂

My New Camera Is A Canon ELPH 180!

 

My wonderful son, Nick got it for me. He purchased it at our local Walmart, but it is also available on Amazon.

Here is a bit more detail on my  Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 (Silver) with 20.0 MP CCD Sensor and 8x Optical Zoom

For those wanting a simple way to capture moments with family, friends and more, the slim, stylish PowerShot ELPH 180 camera has easy-to-use features to help create photos that are as stunning as you want. The 8x Optical Zoom lets you get close to the action, while the 20.0 Megapixel* CCD sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor help produce vibrant, clear images to share or print. Take more than just still images, with the ability to record movies at 720p HD. For added convenience, Smart AUTO figures out suitable settings for what you’re photographing so you don’t have to worry about finding a picture mode yourself. To help reduce the effects of camera shake, Digital IS helps keep blur to a minimum. On top of that, the Auto Zoom feature can automatically close in on your subject and keep it in focus for easy shooting. (This is the Canon Description on both websites.)

The following description of features is from the Walmart website. Amazon has one too but it is all in graph form.  🙂

  • 20 megapixel resolution with high-quality still images and video recordings
    Featuring Scene Modes with 720p HD Movie Recording
  • Canon 5-40mm zoom lens with 8x optical/4x digital zoom
    Equivalent to a 28-224mm lens on an analog camera with TTL Autofocus, Glass Lens
  • 2.7″ TFT LCD screen with image editing features
    Featuring Graphical User Interface, color TFT LCD screen
  • Built-in flash with Auto On/Off and Slow-Sync Flash

Additional Features:

  • 1 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot (memory card not included)
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 300 shots
  • ISO Modes: Auto, 1600, 800, 400, 200, 100
  • File Formats Supported: EXIF, JPEG, DPOF, DCF, MP4
  • 3.75″ x 2.14″ x 0.87″; 4.44 oz

Compatibility and Warranty:

  • Compatible with PC or Mac
  • 1-year limited manufacturer warranty
Here is the screen and contols.

Here is the screen and controls.

This camera is almost exactly like my old one. I guess Canon just gave it a cute new name. One difference in this “model” is it has a dedicated trash can button. It makes it easier to toss out those bad photos. I can now also protect a photo so I don’t accidentally toss it.

It came with the rechargeable battery and the charger for the battery. Which were the same as my old camera.  Now I have a spare of both, I will now always have a battery charged. No waiting! It did not come with the USB cord to connect to laptop, but the one I had for my old camera works so no worries there.

 

It still has the different effects setting to choose from. I have not found my way to them yet. The menu set up is a little different also.

My old SD card was a separate disc and adapter set up. It started acting weird, so he also got me a new one that is all one piece. The old SD card was 4GB the new one is 8GB.

He gave it to me early because I will need it to take many pictures of Marty’s First Birthday! We will be having a BBQ pot luck lunch at the local State Park.

Here are a few of the first photos I took.

The Final Four Photos

From My Ancient Cell Pone!

 

Plan B

 

We had been fishing for some time this day. We each had a couple of small bites, but no takers just a couple of quick tugs then nothing.

It was after dark, when David finally got a good bite on his Big Game pole baited with a small perch. I got up from my lawn chair to be ready with the net. David feels a good tug then pulls back and sets the hook. The fish makes a run for it, the line plays out with that wonderful zzt zzzt zzzzt sound. David pulls back and reels in the slack then everything comes to a halt. The fish has manage to snag himself in the weeds, tree limb, or other debris. He continues to pull but the fish is not budging. So he grabs the line its self and pulls on it… SNAP the line breaks. We are both bummed, but as I turn to return to my chair I see my pole tip is bent over and the butt is lifting off the ground. I grab it up and start reeling. There is a bit of a fight, but then it reels in easily. It seems pretty heavy, and not coming in at a proper angle. I finally get it up to the bank. The fish is wrapped up in my line and David’s busted line,weight and the hooks are in the fish’s lip and his front fin. We both look at each other and laugh. David hooked it but I reeled it in.

When the fish went on his run he went through my line. Usually when either of us hook a big one we will reel in the other poles. I was so excited about him finally hooking something I forgot this time. (Yep,fishing for the big fish has been slow this season.) We decided to call this new method of fishing Plan B. 🙂