and what a boxshot it is . . .
here’s a closer look. They are really beautiful fish. Sometimes they come out of the water glowing phosphorescent pink.
I knew this particular day would be my last chance to fish in my boat for at least a week because of family responsibilities like moving back to our old home.
It was a chilly morning, with the winds blowing about 4 mph out of the SE. First stop was at the SE corner of the lake, and after about eight casts with no bites, we moved on to stop number two. Again, not a bump. Third stop, same thing. But stop number four, where we could see a current line was pay dirt for two excited fishermen.
I was fishing with a light blue plastic bait, on bottom with a slow retrieve, while Tenacious Termite was calling the trout to his hook with his trusty
orange popping cork with a light-colored lure. We fished side by side for several minutes,
when his rig produced several of these beauts.
Stubbornly fishing on the bottom, I did not get a nibble–not a bite.
Meanwhile, TT’s action heated up to the point he had to shed his jacket. His largest trout of the day was 17 inches and about as fat as they come. After he took me to school on popping corks, I retired my bottom rig to the rack and joined him with my popping-cork rig, making this mother-and-son team unstoppable.
About two hours later, TT decided to count the trout–34. A limit of trout is 25 per person, and keepers must be at least 12 inches. Termite took great pride in doing the math and informing me that we only needed to catch 16 more trout to make our limits. So we pulled up the trolling motor and, using the outboard, repositioned the boat where our next drift once again put us on the fish.
Termite slung his next trout into the boat with a chorus of “only 15 more to go, Mom!”
Counting down from 16 to zero in a matter of half an hour–that’s how we finished our trip,
and as fishermen down here love to say, “We left ’em biting!”
This is how the fishing will be in December and January, when all conditions line up like it did for us this day.
And if you don’t believe me, well, you know how to find me!