A good way to start a kid fishing is to take them shad fishing. It is easy to catch fish that are running. They are also on the larger size and fight hard. Grandpa Wish gave me a pflugger plug to practice casting. I saw how those men caught a lot of fish by throwing their lines out farther.
At school, I told the boys about the two fish I had caught and my new fishing rod. When I got home, I practiced casting. I wanted to be ready to go to the river next time. It seemed like a long time before we went again because my grandparents didn’t drive yet. They lived in Richmond on Ellwood Avenue, and they either rode the bus or walked. Uncle Russell drove and had a car, so everything depended on his schedule. It was a few years later that Grandpa got a driver’s license and bought a 1963 Dodge Dart. That blue Dodge Dart lasted a long time. When he finally bought a brown Dodge Dart, my parents got the blue one.
The next time Uncle Russell took us fishing it was in a pond. I don’t remember where it was. This time he fished with a hook and worm or with minnows. Grandpa Wish tied a little spinner that he made on my line and set me up before he got ready. He watched me cast with encouraging words and told me how to wind the reel. Then he got his ready, putting on a floating plug. He caught the first fish. It was a large-mouth bass, and it was big. Or at least it was big to me. And just like the shad fishing, he unhooked the bass and let it back in the water.
Uncle Russell and I did catch fish, but mine were smaller. They were called brim. Mine were kept and ate.
I guess the highlight of this past week was when I was invited to fish in Lake Anna. Erick has a fancy bass boat. It’s a Ranger that he used to use to fish tournaments. He broke his neck somehow, and now he is trying to get back into tournament shape.
I get to come along to help. The first time I went to Lake Anna, I only caught one bass and one brim. This past week I caught fourteen bass and a catfish. I learned a lot from going there the first time and listening to Erick. I’m not good with colors; but, apparently, you can have the same lure as the other person. But if the color is different, the fish won’t bite your lure. Listening and watching someone who knows what they are doing will improve your own ability. And that is not only in fishing. It works in all areas of life.
Erick has the knowledge to fish tournaments, but he isn’t physically ready. So that makes me not ready. It is difficult for me to fish, run the trolling motor, and watch the screen at the same time. And we keep having these little mishaps that we have to work out. One time I had a bass on and it got off. Then another bass hit my lure, and Erick got a bass at the same time. We got both of them in even though we couldn’t help each other and that was an improvement.
Take time to listen and practice what you take in. The Bible is a great place to start. You will hear God talking to you!
Last week I scheduled too many visitations. Badona went with me on Thursday. Now she says I owe her a day.
Alvin and I went fishing on Friday. It was a relaxing day, bottom fishing from the bank of the York River. We fished both the incoming and outgoing tides. Together we caught a total of 35 fish, mostly croakers. We also caught a couple of small spots that I saved to use later for cut bait. Alvin caught a 20” striper! It really made his day. He took a lot of the fish home to eat and share with others. I took the rest. My cats enjoyed three meals of fish.
Our garden is all planted. Badona does most of that.
My third book, Mastermind, is now out! We had a lot of problems with formatting and had to order an extra proof. It was like the Devil didn’t want it to be published. We plan to take our time on the next book, By Design. So many other things are going on in our lives. God is blessing us, and we are praising Him every moment!