I haven't been doing much fishing the last couple months but got out for an overnighter on Monday. I took some time away from fishing since my trip to not Cody, lingering shoulder problems persisted and were causing some nerve irritation down my arm into my hand. Nerve shit is scary and it got me thinking about the long term future and there were a few times I really didn't know if or when I would be fishing again...With a lot of work things have improved over the last couple months but still along way to go to correct the poor mechanics and bad habits brought on by 3+ years of favoring, guarding and recovering from injury. Ball and socket joints are a motha'
Anyways... Last week I checked if the shad were in town as they had been rumored to be.
They were...When the shad show up the river banks get crowded and the striper have a never ending buffet of herring snacks. In years past we've fished for weeks on end with out touching a stripe so I headed to the river with the intention of just lazily swinging for shad, drinking beer and enjoying whats looking like the last of the cooler weather.
Grabbed some tacos.
Loaded up with the god.
Checked in on the newest river chicken.
Poked around in some stripe water I like, got teased but bycatch put me on the board.
Pulled into a slew and got blown up on the first chug...new plan: fuck shad, throw top water, pick on green fish.
Threw camp up and got back to it.
[img]https://i.imgur.com/EX9cD7A.jpg?1[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/lRonMcS.jpg?1[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/QKqiYEL.jpg?1[/img]
Sun started to drop, made a few more cast and headed back towards the beach.
[img]https://i.imgur.com/yT6uzX0.jpg?2[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/M7ZKwoP.jpg?1[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/PEYEqXg.jpg?1[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/7n2YRzH.jpg?1[/img]
Thought about some random dude I've never met who had to put down his god last week, sorry for your loss BM, Ernie shares a striking resemblance to the family golden retriever I grew up with...the god got a few extra scratches, a sip of IPA and a few bites of sausage in the god bowl.
Drank a few and enjoyed the night...
[img]https://i.imgur.com/sF0PueT.jpg[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/mTCmpxW.jpg[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/BUI6dvv.jpg?1[/img]
Crawled into what I thought was my bed, god thought otherwise.
Woke up and picked on a few more.
Blew some shots at poop fish.
I bought a new troot rod a few months ago, it hasn't moved...I might trade it for a poop fish rod, they seem like more fun.