My son David and grandson, Joel came to visit us this week. I asked Joel if he would like to try his luck fishing on the pond this morning and he said ok but, I had to warn him that the fishing hasn’t been too good with all the hot weather we’ve been having.
Our subdivision had a well installed a couple of years ago and this year the well has kept the water level at an acceptable depth. The normal depth is about 5 1/2 feet and, I think it is at about 4 feet now. Before the well one year we nearly had nothing but a puddle caused by a similar drought.
The fish were not biting. I had just got through explaining that channel catfish liked to prowl near the shoreline and near trees that had fallen into the lake looking for food and Joel got his bite right near the shore. I had set up his rig with a small plastic tube and a half night crawler. As you can see the fish is about 1 1/2lbs and he was a happy young man.
He wanted to grab the fish at first but I explained that catfish have spines in their fins and that if he got scratched or jabbed by one of those spines it would be painful. The spines have a sort of venom in them so, you must be very careful when handling them. I showed Joel where the spines were and asked if he wanted to hold the fish to let it go. He declined and since we had the fish out of the water to take pictures we should let it go quickly so, I did.
We got the picture and had some fun but, now it was time to get ready to go swimming with Evie, Evan, aunt Tina, and Grandma.
Another memorable moment. My hope is that Joel will continue to have fishing on his schedule at times during his life. It is wonderful sport and has made me feel closer to our creator nearly all of my life.
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