I agreed to take him fishing out of some sense of unclish obligation, but wasn't really looking forward to it. Mike is basically a nice guy, but he's just never gotten his act together. He's 31 years old and always bounced job to job, and always with some story about some angle he was working...all of his explanations always beginning with "I've got a buddy". In essence his plan for success in life rely's more on having the right hook up rather than working hard and bringing something of value to the workplace/market. Since he's between jobs right now, I was somewhat anticipating a day on the water of having to hear about his latest grand scheme. I was also a bit concerned that his idea of fishing may be to get shitfaced in a boat on the water, as he's a bit of a partier. Also, when I told him that I could take him and a friend fishing today, he immediately jumped into "great, I've got a couple of other buddies with boats that can follow us....etc" which I quickly threw a wet blanket on. One, I don't need a bunch of googans running all over the water I like to fish, and two, none of his buddies would know what the hell to do with a push pole and I'd have had to spend half the day getting boats unstuck.
I have to say Mike didn't live down to my expectations today and we had a good time. He showed up with his friend also named Mike, they picked up the tab for gas and ice and were good company in the boat. They were a bit remedial with regard to the fishing, but the fish were schooling and cooperating in spite of high water and much wind, and we were able to put 10 redfish in the boat. They tried the fly rod for a while but with all of the wind, I switched them off to spinning tackle, I caught a few reds on fly from the polling platform. It was a fun short trip and cool to reconnect with my nephew.
"Put in the effort and good things happen"... Hogleg
"Salinity is proportional to sanity for sure" ..The Volfish