Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Gone Fishin', Fishin's Gone.

I would have so fewer pie portraits without digital photography.....
Apple Blackberry. Good stuff.

So Lily got it in her head that she wanted to go fishing. It was a long haul to and through the holiday weekend, but Mark agreed to take her down to the pond after he grabbed a quick nap.

To help her pass the time while she was waiting I sent her on a worm digging mission. It's been pretty dry and she'd come back to me time after time empty-handed and with a little bead of sweat on her brow. Sad. So she and daddy had to make a worm run up to the gas station. Does your gas station carry worms?



A benefit of fishing at home is no special attire is required. You can wear your napping clothes.
She caught a baby bass. (All the fish are kind of babies still.) She said she wanted to eat him (because it is her mission in life to just say things to see what we'll say in return) but we told her it still has lots of growing to do and he was returned to the pond.And she caught a pretty little yellow perch which I didn't get a photo of because Mark was too traumatized by the hook being irretrievable and I was all flustered. The perch was sent back to the pond but its final fate is unknown.
No doubt Mark has had the uncooperative hook scenario more times than I can count. He's been fishing and hunting and trapping since he was a boy. But this time was different. We know these fish. And he was upset that the perch was injured, so he called 'No more fishing in the pond.'

No more fishing in the pond that was engineered and cultivated specifically for fishing. That was stocked with hundreds of dollars in fish, outfitted with a more-than-hundreds of dollars worth of fountain for aeration, that receives bimonthly servings of some mystery powders that help digest excess plant matter & provide minerals to the fish...Eh, whatever. I pretty much think of the fish as pets now, too. They come when you feed them, for pete's sake.

But that didn't eliminate Lily's urgent need to go fishing. She was just getting warmed up. So Mark took her to a local sportsman's (sportsmen's?) club he belongs to where they could fish for fish strangers.

Plus, this club is hillbilly enough that you can still wear your napping clothes and everyone is either 1. wearing the same outfit or 2. too drunk to notice.
We don't get out there enough, I tell ya...

On the way to the club:
See the mother deer and her 2 fawns?

Here is the Loch Ness Beaver:
I think the photo is just bad enough to give that Loch Ness monster vibe. There were actually 2 young beavers swimming and slapping their tails in the water in front of us. Pretty cute.

We left in a rush and only had 1 hook and bobber but Mark knew to scout around for cast off fishing gear in the pavilions and fire pits. He scored one more hook and bobber.

He set Lily up and coached her from a picnic bench. She caught a wee little blue gill. She fidgeted and chattered and missed lots of bites because she was staring off into space.

She wanted to try casting by herself and Mark let her try. She managed to wrap the line around the pavilion poles and the hook and its worm flew off into no man's land. Thank goodness for that found hook or fishing would've been over.

The sun was setting and the bats were flying. Mark said he was going to cast her line out into King Catfish Country.

And she got a bite.

From King Catfish:
Though I like to say it could be a Queen Catfish. It spit out the hook right at the shore and Mark had to catch it with his bare hands. Excitement!And Lily said she wanted to eat it (of course, because she must say it) but Mark had other plans.

We had no bucket of water to transport it in, but Mark said you can practically leave a catfish lay in the yard half a day and it will swim right away once you put it in the water. Not that you would want to...

But it turns out he was right. We live a mile or two away and after its car ride, King (or Queen) Catfish swam off with much vim and vigor as soon as it touched the water of our pond.
Welcome home, Catfish.

26 comments:

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

So much for fresh fish for dinner.
But hey you had PIE!BT picked another 4 gallons of blackberries yesterday. We made 18 jars of jelly today.
He might pick more next week if it's not too late. He's not sure the 8 gallons we have are enough. LOL

Sara said...

You just blogged entirely about fishing and I read the entire thing...engrossed. I still hate fishing. LOVE the stories though! We've been doing lots of fishing. I should blogged about it. *sigh* The pie looks amazing!

Sara said...

Are these wild blackberries or your own personal patch? Either way, I would be eating the heck out of them. Bet that jelly is to die for. Esp. with hot tea and toast in the middle of winter. Mmmmmm.

Sara, I def thought of you during the fishing follies! :)

Annette said...

That's so funny that Mark has pronounced the fish pond off limits for fishing! You guys "harvest" your own beef and pork, but no fish? I'm just not "getting" it. LOL!

Michele R said...

So that catfish has 8 lives left, right?

honeypiehorse said...

You people are so at one with nature. You should give expensive seminars to ignorant city folk.

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Becky said...

Whoa, great fishin'! I love Mark's tenderhearted embargo on pond fishing!

I'm worried that the King Catfish will eat everything in the pond and then come for you.

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Ange said...

Yee haw!
Man, I wanted to go fishing after this.
If only they'd bite onto tiny false teeth instead of hooks.

I hope your catfish grows six feet.

Sara said...

Hey, are you still around?

Annette said...

For those of you who haven't heard, Sara had a baby boy! I saw her a few weeks ago and she looked lovely (as always), but exhausted.