Thursday, March 5, 2009
A Fish(less) Story…
A few of the beach boys...
All the ‘reel’ guys camping at Inskip Point have fishing rods…
So, I decided, “I need a fishing rod, too!”
The 12-foot, cherry-red (with stylish black accents), light-action fiberglass “Fish Hunter II” surf rod with it’s Jarvis Walker 750, 4.1-1 gear ratio ball bearing system and .35 mm, 15-lb. high-tensile strength monofilament line is worth every cent of the $69.95 it cost me at Rainbow Beach Bait & Tackle. Yes siree, Mr. Man!
Couple that with a tempered steel fillet knife (from Japan, of course; including rubberized custom sheath with handy belt loop,) and a bag of IQF (individually quick frozen) Prawns and I’m off the porch and running with the big dogs!
The only problem is; I’m not sure where I’m going?!?
A fishing buddy nets some "hardie" bait for us to use.
I’ve been casting in ankle-deep, knee-deep and waist-deep surf for two days straight. High-tide, low-tide, slack-tide… at dawn and at dusk; fishing with prawns as bait, “hardies” (fresh and day-old) as bait; mud bugs, soldier crabs, cheddar cheese cubes, even Spaghetti-O’s with Meatballs as bait, and NO luck :-(.
I wonder how tasty our minnow bait would be?
I’ve tried three sizes and styles of hooks; two different shapes of lead weights; some brass swivels, some black-colored brass swivels and even some small, multi-colored rubber beads that are guaranteed to “Drive any fish in the ocean crazy!,” – it’s like a “Mardi Gras” buffet at the end of my line and still NO nibble :-( .*
*Where’s Ron Popeil with his ‘Pocket Fisherman’ when you need him?
I’ve heard it said that a true fisherman enjoys the pure sport of fishing, regardless of whether or not he catches any fish. Yeah, right… I’ll bet that’s the same fisherman whose camping gear includes a 30-pack of BUD Lite! As for me, I would savor a good fish feed.
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So it’s Day Three and I reek of rancid bait. I’m on my second tube of SPF 60 sun screen and I can play ‘connect the dots’ with the mozzie bites on my legs; finding half the constellations in the southern hemisphere, (including the Southern Cross, the Big Sauce Pan and the Little Sauce Pan) – I’m getting desperate. For those of you with fond memories of Pep’s annual fishing trip with us ‘boys;’ you’ll appreciate how dire my situation is when I say, “I’m even ready to try a little… (Dare I admit it?) ...Spray-on Bait Lure!!!
Crossing my fingers…. JP :-)
Posted by Jeff at 7:33 PM