Fun/no fun

Hello my fellow amateur anglers. I am going to ask you a question, but first let me relate today’s fishing trip.

It’s Saturday May 21, 2016. My alarm goes off at the “arrgh” hour of 2 a.m. letting me know it’s time to begin my fishing day. I have a 2.5 hour drive ahead of me if I want to be on the water early. You see, today I am going to southern NH to meet up with my brother. We are headed to today’s fishing spot, Powder Mill Pond in Bennington, NH to do some Largemouth Bass fishing.

NitroWhen we arrived, there were two other fisherman launching a beautiful 17 ft. Nitro X-5 bass boat with 115 HP motor and all the tech you’d expect on such a fishing machine. With such a boat, all of the pond was open to them and they were on the water and off  to fish in mere minutes.

jon boatWe on the other hand were launching our 14 ft. jon boat with a 5 hp outboard and a trolling motor. First, taking the boat off the rack of the truck, and then setting it up with the motors and all our fishing gear. This was not accomplished in mere minutes. Unfortunately for us, the day began on the downside when we could not get the outboard to fire up. Though we tried everything we could think of, it just wouldn’t start. So back to the truck to drop it off. After all that, it was a good half hour after the Nitro left before we got under way.

PMP MapNow, armed with only a trolling motor, we knew our range of travel was going to be limited. We were only able to fish that section of pond inside the red boundary.

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We caught a few Perch..

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…and a couple kibbies…

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…a couple Rock Bass…

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…and a couple of stunning Crappie…

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PL3PA1but we did not catch what we came after, the Largemouth Bass. Though we originally came to hunt Largemouth, we discovered early that it was the Pickerel that were active, and after the first couple of Pickerel, we forgot all about the Bass. We were casting top water baits and the excitement of watching the blow ups as the Pickerel attacked left us in awe. In one section, the water was so shallow that the jon boat was grounded, but even water only 8 inches deep didn’t stop the voracious attacks of the aggressive Pickerel.PL1PA3

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Let me tell you, we had a fantastic day catching fish. We had so much fun catching some big Pickerel. We joked as the Lunkerhunt frog I was using first lost one leg, then a couple casts later lost his other leg, to be followed by the loss of the whole lure when a large fish pull with enough power to straighten out my coast lock leader. We continued to bring up my poor frog all afternoon and laughed again. It was a day that had both factors for great memories, good company + good fishing.

We finally called it a day and shortly after we got back to the launch, the Nitro pulled in. When I asked how they did, there was a lot of grumbling from both men. When I remarked that the Pickerel sure were active, one of the men said “don’t talk to me about the effing Pickerel” while the other said “I’m sick of the GD pickerel”. Everything about their deportment screamed bad mood. Despite the beautiful day, the great surroundings, and being out fishing, it was absolutely obvious that these two fellows felt like they wasted a day.

Now for the question I told you I was going to ask at the beginning of this post. Four men go Bass fishing. Two in a dedicated Bass boat loaded with technology, and two in a row boat. They catch the same fish in the same amount of time, but only the two in the row boat have a great time. Why? What is the difference between fun and no fun?

Attitude, plain and simple. They weren’t catching the fish they wanted to be catching and their “fun” was dependent on that, whereas, we weren’t catching the fish we started out after, but we were catching fish and we were loving it. My fellow amateurs, check your expectations at the boat launch and just enjoy a day of catching fish. At the end of the day who would you rather be? The guys who had a great time, or the guys who wasted a day?

tight lines, the Amateur Angler

 

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4 thoughts on “Fun/no fun

    • Thanks for the comment Jason

      You have the right attitude when it comes to enjoying fishing. Fishing is meant to be fun and if more anglers felt like we do then I think there would be more people fishing. Anglers like us know the secret… It doesn’t matter what you catch, or the size of the catch. if you can enjoy the fight and/or just being out getting your line wet, then you are bound to have a good day.

      tight lines, the Amateur Angler

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  1. Awesome wisdom here, Amateur Angler!

    And I agree completely.

    I had a somewhat similar experience, without the Nitro duo!

    Went bass fishing (always going bass fishing) at one of my favorite spots, Hawkins Pond. Restricted water, so no Nitros allowed.

    I was the only guy fishing, and the only guy out there at all, as near as I could see. No bass all day.

    Like you and your brother, I did catch a couple of perch. And a peck of pickerel! I was using a spinnerbait, which I love, throwing it up next to the weed line. And was crashed by those pickerel! And I enjoyed watching the hit, and hauling them in. Plus I had my long pliers, so I didn’t have to worry about the teeth slicing my tender flesh!

    I even put on a tiny spinner to catch a “kivvie.” And had a blast with that.

    Caught 10 fish total, but “officially” was “skunked,” since I never even saw a bass.

    Though I would sure love to have a boat like the Nitro, or even a Hobie Pro Angler, or at least anything with a trolling motor (my range is even MORE limited, since my Hobie Float Cat pontoon craft is all BassHole powered!), what’s the point it you can’t have fun catching fish?

    Great post!

    Keep ’em coming!

    Tight lines!

    Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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    • Hi Roger

      It’s nice to know that others see the most important side of fishing and that is to have fun. When we were kids just learning, we didn’t care what kind of fish it was, only that we were catching fish. More fisherman/women would enjoy their fishing days if we could get back to these roots. Fishing should be fun! regardless if you are catching bass, pickerel or perch. A fish is a fish and the fun is catching them. Glad you can enjoy fishing even when you are not catching the fish you want to be catching.

      tight lines, the Amateur Angler

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