Monday, October 21, 2013

My Arrogance Has Angered the Fish Gods

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Ahem. Short and sweet for today , as I have a batch of homebrew that I need to get started on. Long story short , in my arrogance I may have angered the fish gods , but I still managed to draw first blood on the new top secret water my friend and I are Striper fishing this year. The fish gods are very capable of mocking you whenever you draw their ire.

I've hinted at some new water several times lately , but for now I'd rather keep it secret. Why? Because it has a population of Striped Bass that I want to test out first before I start writing a steamy tell-all memoir. Not that I have a huge audience or anything , but fishing spots posted online anywhere have a way of drawing anglers , especially if the fishing is good. It promises to be good , maybe even great at Lake X , so we'll leave the names out for now.

Lately , I haven't done much Striper fishing. I won't dispute that , but I've honestly spent more hours on the water fishing for landlocked Stripers over the past 15 years than most people have spent fishing in their entire lives. I know Stripers. For the past two weeks , I've confidently arrogantly told a couple of friends that I was going to catch a Striper out of Lake X. This angered the fish gods , and they mocked me.

You can't catch them if they're dead!

Here have a Striper , jerk!

And another , you big pink-chair-sitting-coke-drinking sissy!
Yep. I was a little disappointed , but I'll take what I can get and try to remember to be more humble in the future.

No. You know what? I said I was gonna catch a Striper , and I did. Me 2 , Fish Gods 0.

All kidding aside , I only had about an hour and a half to tinker around the boat launch while I waited on the Mrs. I didn't expect to see these two little fish , and was really fishing more for bass and bluegill so they were a pleasant surprise. They did give me a wealth of information (as did the zombie fish above). Mainly that the water temperature is fast approaching the range it needs to be for the fish to move in for the winter. After my friend goes on another scouting trip , we'll probably be on the fish. It made my day to catch a Striper out of there before him , regardless of size , since he's a local. HA! First blood is mine!

Have a good week!


  1. Those were about the size of the bait we were using for Stripers out at New Hogan earlier this year. Oops, sorry..Still friends?

    1. HA! Of course we're still friends! I know they were tiny , which is kind of odd for Striper fishing - my average catch for Stripers is around 6-8 pounds. I usually use bait that is bigger than those two , too. Using them for bait crossed my mind , but I couldn't bring myself to do it.

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    1. Thanks Owl! As you can tell , it doesn't take much to excite me these days'


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