It’s Thanksgiving Week and I’ve got tons of things to be thankful for. My family and I are very Blessed. I give thanks for that every day. I’ve also got quite a list of things I’m thankful for – present and past – when it comes to the outdoors. I’m sure you do to. This is day three of sharing some of them, in no particular order. I hope you enjoy the list. You’ll probably recognize many of them. Some I felt the need to put a short explanation behind. Others, you just figure it out. And HEY — I’d love to hear comments from you on some things you are most thankful for in the outdoors! Just click the comment button below…
Vienna sausages, saltines, hoop cheese and fresh summer tomato from the garden eaten on a hot aluminum boat seat * Big chinquapin bream * The Zebco 33 (and the 22 and 11) * Getting married on the opening day of duck season * The 50’s Diner (fried fish and sweet potato fries)* The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society * Fiberglas jig poles * Being able to leave the lake gracefully when behind in the fish catching count * Castor Creek * “Mr. Kinny…want to go fishing? (greeting from the young man next door sitting in my boat when I got home from work).
Jack, who taught me how to catch speckled trout and redfish, fry a turkey, make a good gumbo and use an old discarded worm to catch a 12-pound bass off the bank * Boudin & Dr. Pepper breakfasts on Belle River * Finch Lake * Never shooting the Mojo Duck (at least not yet) * The Gator Hole * Not getting eaten in the Gator Hole * Claiborne State Park * Duck hunting with Herbie * Surviving duck hunting with Herbie * Dog Trot and Cozy Point on Toledo Bend * Learning to flip jigs on Lake Bistineau with Larry Nixon * The blue-back shad color Little N * The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Convention (where someone once accidentally told the truth) * Ethel’s at Toledo Bend * Hollis’ Seafood buffet * Cliff Shelby’s fishing cartoons * Catching 50 – 100 pound carp with Paul Carter * Stowe Creek * The Mixing Hole * The Aquarium.
Evie catching crickets and throwing them in the lake (“catching bream”) * Williiam playing in the pontoon boat * What Stewart will be doing soon! (those are the three grandkids) * Lauren and Andy for putting up with and joining family outdoor pursuits (no matter how crazy) * Julie baiting her own hook since I can remember * Igloo ice chests * The Leatherman multi-tool * Ducks Unlimited * Countless duck hunting knowledge from Adam and Matthew * Mallard drakes * Mallard hens * Strange noises in the duck blind before daylight * Chemin-A-Haut State Park * Lew’s Speed Sticks with white handles * The original Lake D’Arbonne high school bass tournament * LBK’s fried catfish & turnip greens * Never going ice fishing * Catching 50 pound flatheads on stump lines with Catfish Jack Pruden * Actually catching a largemouth bass on the Ohio River within sight of downtown Cincinnati * Corney Lake * Duck hunting flooded woods in the Overflow National Wildlife Refuge * Tone deaf ducks (the only ones I can call in) * Texas rigged plastic worms * Bayou D’Arbonne.
More tomorrow. . .