I decided to go down to the boat dock Tuesday afternoon and bait up half a dozen yo-yo’s with shiners to catch a mess of catfish for supper tomorrow night. After getting them baited, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to make a few casts with a shiner under a cork off the dock.
I could see rain clouds coming from all six directions and knew I didn’t have but a minute, so I tossed the shiner out where perhaps there is an old concrete bucket with a few short pieces of pvc pipe in it sunk in about 8 feet of water. Bop! A white perch hit it. I was kind of surprised. I really wasn’t expecting it, but the fiesty pound and a half fish was on the dock with me within a minute.
I had to take a selfie…or is that a fishie? Who would believe it. Of course, some of my friends don’t even believe my fish pictures, much less my fish stories.
I put it in the live net in case I did catch some cats and decided I might as well use another of the $14 a pound minnows and try again. Here came the rain, so I stepped under the boat house roof and kept watching the cork. Bop! Another crappie. Then another and another.
It was raining so hard now it was hard to see the cork. And the wind was kicking up some little waves now, but they kept on biting. The fish didn’t know, or care, that it was raining. My wife called down from the back porch on the cell phone to see what I was doing.
“Are you crazy?” she asked. “Yes,” I said. Once we confirmed that everything was indeed normal, she told me to carry on. It could have been worse. There were two boats out in the lake about 400 yards. They must have been catching something because they stayed right through the rain and wind and never moved.
In a matter of about 30 minutes, I had landed nine and made a mad dash to the house (okay, a slow saunter…sorry, that’s all I have these days)…I ate a bite of supper and went back again. Before dark, I had 14. Unbelievable. No need for catfish now. By the way, they were all males. And if I threw my bait more than a foot away from the underwater structure, I didn’t even get a nibble.
It just proved once again — never try to figure the fish out all the time. You really will drive yourself crazy.