Monday, July 18, 2011

Gone Fishing

Last week, I spent a whole day on a river. My family has never gone fishing on purpose, but B.'s family does it often and I was invited to come along. One of my goals for this year was to catch a fish, so another check mark has been added to the list! Here's my Top 10 of What I Learned About Fishing (and Myself):

1. Netting means you take the net and pick up the fish with it. Really, I didn't know what to do. B. thought I was joking too.

Haw-haw, you want me to do what?
2. There is a proper way to hold a fish.

And this is not it.
3. Putting double or even triple the amount of bait on the hook usually leads to catching fish.

My first fish ever-ever! Gluttonous little blighter.
4. Removing the hook from a fish is not for the faint-of-heart (nor is gutting it, but that was later on).

 5. One should not start the motor of a boat when one's fishing line is still oot and aboot.

The water was a refreshing 49 degrees
6.  One should be constantly re-applying sunscreen.

My fair Irish skin was loving me right then
7. Fish are food, not friends!


8. It's a lot of fun to take along a dog who likes the water and swimming for a half mile to catch up with her favorite member of the family (who was in the canoe), not to mention entertaining.

She also likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain

10. I need to buy practical sandals. Oh, and I like fishing!

The SECOND fish I caught! (Please note that it is bleeding on me.)
Also, I now get to use the phrase, "I done gone fishin'!!" in casual conversation...

It was a great day.


  1. Too cute!! I love your captions!

  2. Way to go Julie!!! I still scream/squirm when I bait my own hook, and I refuse to hold the fish I catch (unless others try to take victory photos with them, in which I case I MUST hold mine).

  3. Haven't gone fishing in 25 years, which is just as well ... My style of fishing is: 1) bait the hook; 2) throw the line out into the water; 3) crack open a beer; 4) ignore the hook for the rest of the day.

    BTW, I loved the reference to "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)"! Looks like you had a lot of fun.

  4. This was fun to read! Looks like a delightful fishing trip. I have never been fishing myself, but you're making me want to try it out.

  5. Oh my gosh! Just looking at this blog made me realize that I really miss fishing. It's been a long time since I caught one. I hope I'll be able to do it again on my next unwinding weekend.