Ok, I’m starting to have withdrawal symptoms. It’s been over three weeks and I haven’t been fishing. I’ve got all sorts of excuses, but it really boils down to the fact that it’s been way too hot to even consider getting outside for the last few weeks. But I’ve checked the ScoutLookWeather.com forecast and this Saturday looks like it’ll be the perfect day to cure what ails me. Their hourly forecast shows that it shouldn’t get over 90 until after lunch and even then, it’ll only be 94. Sounds perfect to me!
The withdrawal symptoms have gotten pretty bad. I’ve started to slow the truck down at every body of water I go by and I’ve sorted through the tackle that I’ve got in my office so many times that the bags are starting to wear out. There is also an interesting mix of garlic and crawfish scent that seems to be permeating the air, but that could just be my overactive imagination.
Other symptoms include:
- Feeling a bump in the road through the steering wheel and the first thought is “I’ve got a bite”.
- All dreams involve catching fish, loosing fish or swimming with fish.
- Thinking seriously about fishing in the water feature in the back yard.
- Every time I close my eyes, I see a frog bouncing across the pads with a bass in close pursuit.
- While I was trying to decide what I wanted for dinner the other night, the only things that appealed to me were crawdads or fish.
- I tied my shoe laces with an improved clinch knot today.
Obviously, I need to do something about this before things get serious. If I go much longer, I might start trying to turn right in the car by pushing down with the front on my foot.
Now comes the hard part. I’ve got to decide where to go. Should I fish a smaller private lake or head to Ross Barnett for some pad fishing? Each of the options has its appeal. Fishing the smaller lakes will probably (almost certainly) result in catching more fish, but heading to Barnett means that I get to open up the Phoenix and do a little boat riding (maybe watch some pretty scenery go by).
Wherever I decide to go, I wouldn’t recommend getting between me and the water. After all, there are few places on the road more dangerous than being between a bassaholic in full fishing frenzy mode and the water he’s headed to.
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.