Yaw-aww-awwn!!! Errrggggppphhhh. Yawn stretch scratch repeat. It's Monday again. Let's have some coffee. Here, let me pour- is that good? Great.
Well, I saved all my fishing for the weekend. I worked all week at getting the April Vokey interview finished and then it took two nights for me to get my gear together for the weekend. I had a trip lined up for Saturday with Pere Marquette River guide Steve Martinez of Indigo Guide Service. I drove down to Baldwin Friday night, and we floated all day Saturday, from 8 AM t 8 PM.
If I ever wanted to know what the limits of my fishing skills are I found out Saturday. I blew so many chances at fish that I felt sorry for Steve. Mind you I got cheap-shotted by a bunch of fish. For instance, I hooked up on a very large fish while indie fishing which subsequently swam straight at the boat leaving me with my rod high in the air and my line stretched all over the place. A little slack and presto he was gone. Then there were the two big browns that hit my streamer as I began to roll-cast. With all my line arcing through the air there was no way to set the hook. A whole bunch of fish hit when I had my streamer stripped back in and had paused it while I looked for my next cast. This kind of thing happened many times over Saturday, but on at least six big fish I missed the hook-set plain and simple. A couple of these fish were real dingers. Finally I hooked up on a decent fish toward the end of the float- it started flopping around on the surface, and then I lost hold of my line in my rod hand. Slack = no fish. So if you've ever thought "that Fontinalis guy is a great fisherman" the answer is a firm "no". I'm just a regular guy who fishes a lot. Even a blind pig sets a hook better than I do. I want to thank Steve for taking me out and putting up with me. I really had a good time, the river was beautiful and it was a lovely spring day, I just couldn't keep up my end. Sometimes that's fishing.
|1st consolation prize|
|the beauty queen.|
If you haven't already, make sure you check out my interview of April Vokey. Nothing to win this time, just a good interview. My next victim will be Shane Gray of Gray Wolf Products, builder of fine fiberglass rods, so look for that to post later in the week. And congratulations to Steven Ebling for winning last weeks drawing. He won a signed copy of Eric Stroup's book "River Pimp".
Okay, well, it's time for work and I must run out the door.
Let's get after it.