On the 19Th of this month I was camped out in Gadsden Al. There was a young man and his wife fishing from the bank and not having much luck. I asked him if he would like to go out in my boat for a while in the later afternoon. He jumped at the chance and wanted to learn about bass fishing. I met him at the dock where I had my boat tied and we talked about tactics used to catch bass. We left the dock and went under a bridge and fished the downwind side of the bank. He kept on hanging up so I moved out a little more than I usually fish. He finally hooked a small bass and was as proud as a peacock. We fished on around the bank throwing soft plastics. We both caught a couple of fish and I told him (Jake) that the point in front of us was going to be holding some larger bass. I adjusted to boat and Maddie a long cast with a crank bait in shad color and a few casts later hooked up with a nice three pounder which had followed the lure up to the boat before it took the bait, about three feet from the rod tip. My drag was set loose so I landed the fish. We then moved on down the bank and blanked out. I moved to a big cove across the river and hit the grass with a horneytoad and caught another nice bass. I then switched to a Rage Claw and flipped it up on the grass and pulled it off and got another three pound er. Jake was fishing from the rear of the boat and was catching a few small bass but he was enjoying his time on the water. It was getting dark and Jake said he was in trouble with the Wife for staying out so long. I cranked up the big motor and headed back in to the dock and ramp to take the boat out. As I pulled up to the dock Jake reached out and pulled the front of the boat into the dock and smashed my trolling motor into the dock he lost his balance and steeped on my front depthfinder and broke the mount on it. I don't think he even noticed what damage he had done. I got home and started to look for a new bracket for the trolling motor. They don't make them any more so I Had to buy some liquid weld and repair the mount myself. I got out the super glue and repaired the bracket for the depth finder and am back in action ready to go back on the lake. The transducer was also knocked off but with a little filing and sanding and super glue it was back in place.
Bama Joe. Put a rod in my hand and boat under my feet and turn me loose.
Official Field Tester for "Fish Candy Bait Company"
Member Al/Ga. Bass Club
Sounds like y'all had a great time. I took a stranger (coworker) fishing the other day as well. He's a youngun not even 20 I don't think. He showed up to the ramp with three rods and reels and two tackle boxes. It looked like he could have condensed his tackle into one box to save space. A soft sided tackle bag would be a great thing and the more efficient use of space would really make anyone he fishes with happy. He kept getting up on the front deck with me occasionally making me have to make an avasive move in wind blowing a steady 15-20mph. At the first spot by the ramp he birdsnested his baitcaster leaving a fairly whippy spinning rod for ripping a jig through the grass. I caught a brim and a bass at the second spot and he caught a bass at the last spot right before the heat got to me. When I put the boat on the trailer I had him pull me out of the water. I don't strap the nose when someone is pulling me out because I hold the boat down on the trailer with the big motor. He gassed the mighty HEMI a little too hard and if I hadn't of goosed the motor to compensate my boat would have ended up on the ramp. Overall it was a good trip despite the tough weather conditions and now he's familiar with my rig and the big difference in power my truck has over the v6 in his Blazer. I told him about and hope he sees this post. I try to stay stubbornly patient with new fishing partners knowing they need to learn my rules and I need to learn their boundaries. My language can get a little rough and comments nasty. Overall it was a great decision to invite him into my boat and he is appreciative. He's a lot like I was when I was his age right down to pulling the boat out of the water a little too fast.
The only person I won't fish behind is myself. I appreciate the lunkers others leave behind for me to catch and show.
Hey Joe, you did a great thing...greater than most men would have done. He'll probably be talking about it for years all thanks to you. And who knows, maybe you'll get a new trolling motor and finder a little sooner than anticipated!!
It really was a cool thing to take a complete stranger fishing like that. I bet he felt really bad for damaging your stuff but was probably to embarrassed to point out his mistake. Still I bet he had a great time!
Hook 'em like you mean it!