Saturday morning I was up at 4:45 am and headed out onto the water for an early morning fishing trip at 5 am. We fished shallow water this time hoping to catch some fish still up along the banks before the arrival of the hot sun. We caught some really nice big bluegill and a few bass up close before moving back out deep for the cool water species.
Todd and his crew fished pink bodied road runners that he called funky chicken or something obscure like that. They did alot of casting and some trolling and caught 40 really nice crappies and 15 bluegill!
My fishing crew was called team Awesome! And let me just say that they kicked some major ......... in this fishing tournament. With four young lady anglers and myself out in the boat I had to come up with some serious creative fishing techniques to not only put fish in the boat, but to keep their attention, focus, have a great time, and win the tournament too. I made sure we had plenty of drinks, doritos, sunscreen and snacks for the 3 hour tour.... I knew I wouldnt remember their names so their new names for the fishing trip were #1, #2, #3, and #4.
Usually I like to take pics out in the boat, but with this being a tournament and me taking off fish, tangles, and baiting hooks nonstop while running the motor I just didn't get er done. Then once we got back the girls headed out swimming and I headed out to meet the excavator to talk about the wetland project for one of the lakes. Anyhow once we nailed down a gameplan with the bulldozer guy we counted our fish and snapped a couple quick pics. We ended up catching 33 crappies and 26 bluegill to win the tournament with a total of 59 fish in less than 2 hours on the water! If you do the math, that is exactly one fish in the cooler every 2 minutes of the trip.
I got back to the lake about 9pm and just sat by the fire and scarfed down some big chunks of fire roasted bacon and then finished off the whole bowl of puppy chow.
Sunday we woked up bright and early and just played the whole day. First thing I went out fishing with my dad, brother chad, sister amy, and her husband Jared. We just fished for an hour quick before church and caught lots of big bluegill, a couple goldens, and several rainbow trout.
Not even many of my friends or family know this, but I am actually a very deep thinker. I have trouble with speaking words and really conversation in general, but thinking and comprehending in depth is something that I do very well. The Bible has me fascinated to say the least. I am so intrigued that here is my challenge to anyone with enough spare time to be reading this far down in a blog post from the diary of a lake nerd: Just take a half an hour some time to close out the entire world, everything. All of your thoughts, ideas, beliefs, assumptions, schedules, this, that, and the other thing. Just simply open the Bible up to the new testament or to Acts 27 if you want and read for awhile. If you can get to a moment where you can close out the world and simply read I think you will be fascinated with what is documented in that book.
So after the kids got back I took em horseback riding (with much help from Rebekah and Annie). Mae, Noah, and all of the herd of kids running around everywhere absolutely love the horses. My Aunts and Uncles have been boarding, raising, and training horses for 27 or more years and they brought out some kid friendly horses for the weekend. They started breeding fresian horses a few years back and have a whole herd of all kinds of different horses out in Middle Grove and Hanna City. They kind of turned their hobby into business just like I did with fish.