This week Johnny invited me to go fishing on his boat. I guess we should have stayed home. The weather said that the wind would be from the northwest, five to ten miles per hour. No, it wasn’t. We were bouncing on the water and fishing and catching fish, stripers. Johnny had one on his line and got it to the boat. We were fishing with Rattle Traps. As he was getting the striper unhooked, the fish hooked him and set the mustard hook into Johnny’s finger. It was a mess. I managed to unhook the fish but was hurting Johnny at the same time. The Rattle Trap, an ounce in weight that was chrome with a blue back, was hanging from his finger. We struggled to get the treble hook off the ring of the lure. Now Johnny only had the treble hook in him. The treble hook was not long enough to push it through and cut. It really hurt Johnny when we tried and going the other way hurt even more. So we got ready to go to the hospital. But our troubles didn’t end there. The button was pushed to pull the anchor up. All that came up was rope. It had come loose from the chain and anchor. At least the boat started. There is always something to praise the Lord for. We had caught fish and now the boat started. I thought about the infection that is in the water. One guy I know, Andy, almost lost his arm because he didn’t take care of a cut.
We left the boat tied to the dock and unhooked the trailer from the truck. Johnny’s finger was really hurting. At the hospital in Tappahannock there was no wait. The doctor shot some numbing serum into Johnny’s finger and used a scalpel to cut the hook out. He gave him some pills and a prescription of antibiotics to take for ten days. Next we went to Rappai where Johnny ordered a new anchor. Chris let us borrow one for the day so back to the boat we went and back to fishing. Johnny’s finger wasn’t working very well. The borrowed anchor really made us work as well as the wind buffeting the boat around. But we were still fishing. We are hard-core fishermen! The doctor had given me back the hook that he cut out, and I struggled to reattach it on the Rattle Trap with the boat rocking all over the place.
What a day! Johnny ended up breaking his fishing rod; and while he was taking the Rattle Trap off that I had fixed by reattaching the hook, it fell in the river. Fishing is expensive! Don’t get out of practice!