March 15, 2007

Good Day

A friend of a friend wants to hear a story about the good old days in Owatonna, and so here is a story about one very good day. Dave, Jim and I decided to go fishing and Dad lent me the boat and trailer (and the car). We drove up to Lake Shields outside of Faribault. There was an indescribable feeling of pure joy as we drove through downtown Faribault with the boat. We rolled down the windows. We have a boat! You don't! We're going fishing! We even cracked some jokes about their High School team mascot, the falcon. Sorry about that. We got to the landing and put the boat in the water, got the outboard hooked up and sped off in search of happiness. Dropped anchor by some bullrushes in the sun and we couldn't keep the fish off our hooks. At one point Jim rigged a system of three hooks with worms on a single line to see what would happen, and I'll be a monkey's uncle if he didn't pull up three bullheads at once. Good thing the DNR wasn't there. We had a wire cage and filled it up with the little brown devils-- 113 in all if I remember. I think the idea was to help clean all the junk fish out of the lake to make room for good clean honest God-fearing fish like sunfish, crappies and bass, and to stock up for a big bullhead fry. No it was not as much fun cleaning 'em as it was catching 'em.


At March 19, 2007 11:02 PM , Blogger Papa Twister said...

I wrote a comment, but I don't know where it went. I believe that the three hook rig used to be legal when we were kids, because I used to use them in Lake Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. I had a day once with my cousin where we caught over 100 perch in an hour in Lake Michigan. Of course, those days are gone forever. The zebra mussles came through and sucked all the nutrients out of Lake Michigan which dropped the perch population to an all time low. Now there's a perch fishing ban in Lake Michigan. Also, I'm planning a fishing trip in late July to the Eastern Sierras. Come on out. The fishing is always good.

At March 19, 2007 11:05 PM , Blogger Papa Twister said...

Oh yeah, and we're going with someone who grew up in Switzerland... Isn't that kinda like Sweden? It starts with "sw". Michigan... Minnesota... Same thing... Right?

At March 23, 2007 2:46 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Fishing, Sierras, late July, oh that sounds great!


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