Adjustments, Impossible Angles, An Unexpected Swim and Fish Porn! (Part 2)

As exciting as the fish behind the dock were; they were by no means the last of the excitement for me during Day 2 of the B.A.S.S. Open at Lake Norman.  Fish long enough and there are several things that you are going to do or have done already.  Leaving the plug out when you launch, leaving rods in the motel when you drive to the lake, forgetting to undo the tie down straps and dropping stuff overboard are all things that fall under the category of “Stupid S@#* I’ve done in the boat”.

But by far the most common, at least for me since I’m about as graceful as a 3 legged pregnant water buffalo, is to fall out of the boat.   It’s been several years in my case, but at Norman I once again joined the Competitive Angler Swim Team, henceforth know as the CAST (no periods necessary).

Surprisingly, the last two times I’ve managed this feat, I’ve done it exactly the same way.  Since I’ve resisted the urge to add Power Poles to my boats, mainly due to the cost, I use my push pole to hold the boat in place when I’m fishing for bedding fish.  This works great, although it requires a fair amount of coordination to keep the pole in one hand and the rod in the other.  This time, I caught the bass and when I unhooked it, I realized that I’d dropped the push pole into the lake.  In my best ballerina imitation, I dropped to my knees and reached for the quickly sinking pole.  Having missed it with my first swipe, I reached down a little farther and didn’t quite get it, so I went just a little farther and did a fairly respectable headlong dive into the lake.

I knew as soon as I reached that last little bit, that I had made a mistake and my first thought as I went out was “Thank God my Iphone is in the compartment, not in my pocket”.  My second thought as I entered the 61 degree water was; and I’m paraphrasing here, “Hmm, now I understand why some of the fish are sluggish, this water is brisk”.  The actual verbiage was more concise and to the point, but good taste prevents me from repeating it.  Let’s just say that most of it consisted of no more than 4 letters.

I was fortunate here in several ways.  I managed to fall over the 5 rods and numerous hooks on that side of the boat without hooking myself, dragging any rods overboard or as I did on the previous trip overboard, hit the side and break any ribs.  I was also very happy that Phoenix had included an emergency ladder on the jackplate, since I am just as graceful hauling myself back into the boat as I was when I fell out.  Fortunately for me, I’ve always carried an extra set of clothes with me on tournament days.  Unfortunately for the surrounding neighborhood, I immediately stripped completely and changed.  I will point out again that the water was very, very cold, so there wasn’t much to see.

Even with all of that excitement on Day 2, the best part of my week was watching the spawn go on all over the lake.  These fish were really into it.  I must have seen 25 pairs of bass rubbing on one another, bumping and biting.  It was like watching fish porn all week long.  I love fishing for them on beds and you can learn a lot about bass by how watching them as they react to baits.

All in all, I’d have to say it was a very eventful trip to Lake Norman and I look forward to getting back there some time in the future.   For now, I’ll start thinking about Table Rock and figuring out how to catch them there.

Thanks to the sponsors who make this all possible:  Scoutlookweather.com, Lowrance Electronics, Phoenix Bass Boats, Mercury Motors, Motorguide Trolling Motors, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Bass Angler Magazine and Mississippi Van Lines.  Without all of you, none of this would be possible.

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3 Responses to Adjustments, Impossible Angles, An Unexpected Swim and Fish Porn! (Part 2)

  1. Ben Conkin says:

    Great blog entries, Scott.

  2. very funny, in 20+ years of fishing from a boat, i havent had that happen, yet, im sure its a matter of time.

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