I Don’t Discriminate

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I don’t discriminate against people or fish. Ok, that’s a lie. I really hate catching catfish. It’s true. I get really disappointed when I can feel a sailcat on the end of my line. The thing is, they can fool you sometimes. Sometimes, for a moment, you might think it is something else, then it does that classic catfish move and a groan happens. I know, but I don’t even want to say it out loud. Maybe, just maybe, it is a redfish acting like a catfish? Nope, it is slime all the way. Ew. I took the first one off by  myself a couple of days ago! I have been nervous to touch them because a) they are slimy and b) they can hurt you. So when Travis had a shark running on the shark rod and I went  to reel in his line and found a fish on the other end, I had to deal with it. I was excited at first, until I realized it was a sailcat that I would have to get off myself. I got it together and retrieved the pliers. I did it! It wasn’t that hard. All other fish, I have no problem touching, it is just catfish, ew. I love catching  new species and going new places. I think each fish has something different to give to the sport of fishing.   Yesterday, I caught my biggest fish yet! We prepared by getting some blue crab and riding out to a local bridge. We had done this once before with some cut bait and ended up with a giant catfish. I did not want that. Our goal was a big drum or red. Travis is always hoping we will get a tarpon. I think he is aiming high, but hey, he is usually right!

That is an icky sailcat.

That is an icky sailcat.

 

We had trouble with getting the anchor to stick so we had to stick to the bridge. Oh, I forgot I practiced backing the boat down and I was horrible! However, I drove the boat around the bridge and didn’t hit it, so I consider that a win! We have one rod that can handle a heavy fish, so we hooked that up with the blue crab and let it down. We also put out some chum. I lost my first crab, but on the second I was ready and set the hook! It was a different type of pull than ever before. It was heavy and resistant. It was almost like he didn;t know he was hooked at first. I reeled and let him fight at just the right times. I will never forget the first time I saw his tail break the surface! I was so close. I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time. He barely fit in our net, that I was so glad we remembered! Huge! I had a hard time holding him, but I had to! Fish of a life time! Well, it was my biggest fish yet and I will always remember it. However, I don’t want to quit trout fishing or bass fishing. I suppose I am not species specific. I love to catch all fish.

My huge drum!

My huge drum!

 

On our trip before the giant drum, I had a blast slamming trout after trout! It is a different type of thrill. On that same trip I had a Spanish Mackerel zoom away with my line. It was exhilarating because it happened so quickly! Those suckers are fast! It was a tiny 1 pounder, but it was a fighter and fast! It is to go from that to a 50 pound drum. I just love that you can never know what will tug the other end of your line. Where I fish, the water is murky, so you can’t normally see what you have on the other end until it is close. I am starting to be able to know by feel. Which is crazy. I never thought I would know just by the way the line moved, but I am getting there. That is why I love salt water fishing, because it could truly be anything.

Trout day!

Trout day!

 

I love bass fishing, too! I can’t wait to have time to go back down the river in my kayak to cast into a bass home. That is my name for a perfect place for a bass to hide. I love practicing my perfect cast and setting the hook at the perfect time. It is a different type of fishing. I don’t discriminate! I would go fishing anytime and anywhere with mostly anyone. Haha. I have people send me these cute memes and shirts with the saying, “This girl loves fishing with her husband.” Which is SO true, but the whole truth is I love fishing. Period. Both my husband and I would go fishing when the opportunity presents itself! We love fishing! He gets to go more than I do. (Yes, that is jealousy.) I don’t have a whole lot of girlfriends that want to drop a line in their spare time. In fact, I am dying to go deep sea!

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So, I don’t discriminate. I love to catch all fish and I love all types of people. To me, variety is the spice of life.  Of course, nothing is as good as a red, yet. Well, that I’ve found! I love to learn new things. I love to go new places. My dream is to fish around the world. I think it would just be fantastic to travel around, meeting new people, learning new cultures and catching new species of fish. Well, new to me. I was always taught to be open-minded. I think there is always something to learn. I certainly don’t know everything. I am a new angler and will never be an expert. I will never be an expert at life either. As long as I am growing I am living. as soon as I stop growing, I die. So for now, I will fish on and see what I can learn and see what I can catch!

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