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!
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.
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.
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!
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!