Thursday, November 28, 2013

What I am Thankful For.

I am glad this is my 200th blog post. What better way to celebrate this on Thanksgiving than share what I am thankful for... It has been a wild ride moving to California, finding a job, becoming foster parents, and then finding out my wife is pregnant with a boy. 
Just a week or two until Fisher Alan arrives and I can not wait. I got the kayak ready. 
Fisher I have not even met you yet, but I am thankful for you, and your mom putting p with you beating her up form the inside. I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving, because I know I will. 

Thanks for reading,


P.S. I know the car seat should be rear facing. I'll switch it up before we hit the beach. :D

Friday, November 22, 2013

Commenting on Comments

As an avid outdoor blogger I love reading and responding to comments. Hit counters can show trends in what people are clicking on, but the comments are where I can see if my writing is actually connecting with people. I write this blog for myself. I am not sponsored (but am open to it), I am not anyone’s prostaff (but I am open to it), and I don’t do many product reviews on products that ate given to be by companies (really open to that one). So when I see a new comment I get excited. I wrote something worthy of someone leaving a comment. It means someone read my writing and had a reactionand they want to have a conversation.  That connection builds community and friendship. So a comment is not an ego boost, but a sign I am not alone and there is a person facing the monitor who potentally values what I create.

Then I get this in my email…

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         I just hope there is a special place in Hell for spammers and people who program spam-bots. This is just a small sampling of the spam I get. I know others who get much more. I am just glad the filters catch most of it before it posts and pollutes your day the way it does mine. If this bothers you as well make my day and throw a comment in the block.  

Thanks for reading,


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lake Kaweah is Looking Pretty Low.

             I woke up at five in the morning and quietly got ready as to not disturb my sleeping wife. I was excited to get on the water. The last time I fished was at the Cambria Slam Down in September. To say I was eager to catch a fish would have been an understatement. I am fairly certain with the upcoming birth of my son this will be one of my last fishing trips of the year. I was unloaded and on the water by sunrise.

             I just can not get used to the crazy amount of fluctuation the water levels go through over the course of a year. The first time I fished Kaweah I caught fish in rocks that are now fifty yards or more out of the water! How the fish deal with this I will never know. It is handy seeing the structure first hand with the water low. These California reservoirs are so much different than the ponds and lakes I fished in Illinois. It is a whole new kind of fishing when there is no vegetation for the bass to hide in.  

           I my friend, Caleb, arrived at about 0730. I switched between a dropshot and jig for at least two hours before I even got a nibble. Caleb had a hit on his dropshotted Robo Worm on the second cast. The green and brown robo worm proved to be the hot bait.

There was not a cloud in the sky. The water was murky with sediment reducing visibility to about three feet. 
       I must say I did have a blast watching Caleb catching fish. He gave me two robo worms and I got hits right away. The problem is the little spotted bass go airborne and throw the hooks so easy. I lost one a few feet form the kayak and had one hit just as I was bringing the bait out of the water. The problem was I lost the two worms he gave me leaving him with one worm. I am not about to take the last bait just to loose it. Caleb ended up with five or six total. I got the skunk.  
                 I figured if I wasn't catching fish at least I could try to add some karma points by cleaning up the place. I grabbed beer cans and bottles when convenient, as well as any fishing line or lure I could grab. I even found a anchor that appeared to have gotten tangled in a submerged tree when the water was much higher. I ended up with four soft plastic swimbaits, five light colored brush hawgs, three Senkos, a bee man, a Spro crankbait, and a whole lot of fishing line. So at least I did not paddle away empty handed.

Thanks for reading,