Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fishin' With Dad On Lake Okeechobee

I was speaking with a friend of mine today about bass fishing and I recalled a time in the past when my father and I went fishing on the famous Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Mom and Dad had gone to the lake on vacation and he invited me to join them on the weekend.

When I arrived at the Lake on Friday evening, Dad was a bit down and told me that neither he or anyone else caught anything all week. He said that he told everyone that I was coming for the weekend and that we would catch some bass when I arrived. Although I know the Lake relatively well, that was quite a burden that he put on me and I hoped to live up to his expectations.

The first day, we headed out to a little spot I knew about and as I neared the spot, I turned off the boat motor and used the trolling motor to quietly approach a little break in the shoreline where water flowed into the main canal leading to the Lake itself.

As we glided into position, I turned the trolling motor off and reached to grab my rod when Dad yelled, "Got one!". Feeling happy for Dad, I netted his bass (about two pounds), put it on the stringer and reached to grab my rod and cast.

Suddenly, Dad yelled, "Got another one!". I put down my rod, netted his bass and put it on the stringer. Before I could even reach for my rod, Dad yelled again. "Another one!" I faithfully netted the bass, put it on the stringer and grabbed my rod.

After repeating this scene for three more bass (all within ten minutes), when Dad yelled for the sixth time, "Got one on!", I said "Great, get it in the boat and put him on the stringer. My turn to fish!" Dad just laughed.

We caught the limit (twenty bass) both Saturday and Sunday and Dad walked around that fish camp telling anyone that he could corner about how we "tore 'em up" on the Lake. I felt kind of proud of myself that I could make my Dad and Mom so happy.

Mom and Dad have since passed on but I can still fondly recall those good times in the past and especially that weekend on Lake Okeechobee.

The News As I See It: Next month, the movie "Titanic" will be re-released in 3-D. In this version, the captain doesn't see the iceberg coming because he's not wearing the special glasses.

The new iPad went on sale this week. The picture's so fantastic, you can see with amazing clarity just how obsolete the iPad you got for Christmas is.

A new study shows that 30 million China citizens live in caves. A spokesperson for the citizens said, "Hey, it beats making iPads."

A Massachusetts medical clinic is trying to entice men to get a vasectomy by offering a free pizza. The disturbing part is for both the pizza and the vasectomy, they use the same rolling wheel knife.

The Denver Broncos have signed Peyton Manning as their new quarterback. That means Tim Tebow may be traded. There's no telling where he'll end up — you know, like one of his passes. The question, "What would Jesus do?", has now been answered. He'd sign Peyton Manning.

A photo of a shirtless Rick Santorum lounging in a pool is circulating on the Internet. Ironically, the photo has proven to be a very effective form of birth control. Santorum wants to crack down on pornography. Most political analysts say it could hurt him with the "every man in America" vote.

Drug users in San Francisco have formed a drug users union. If you're in the drug users union and you pass the drug test, do they kick you out?

This Date In History: 1556; The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the stake as a heretic. 1804; The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was officially put forth. 1871; Journalist Henry M. Stanley began his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone.

1960; Police fired on demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, after which the African National Congress was banned. 25 years later, a march marking the anniversary was also disrupted by police fire.

1963; Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay, a harsh maximum security jail which once housed gangster Al Capone, closed. 1965; Martin Luther King, Jr., led the start of a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

2010; The House of Representatives passes a bill that will overhaul the American health-care system. The bill, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will be sent to President Odumbo to sign into law.

Picture Of The Day: According to Dad, we "tore 'em up!"

Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) An escalator can never break. It can only become stairs. You would never see an "Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order" sign, just "Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience." 2 Alcoholism is a disease, but it's the only one you can get yelled at for having. Damn it Harry, you are an alcoholic! Damn it Harry, you have Lupus! One of those two doesn't sound right. 3) I had a paper route when I was a kid. I was supposed to go to 300 houses....or two dumpsters.

4) I have a cheese-shredder, which is its positive name. They don't call it by its negative name, which is sponge-ruiner. Because I wanted to clean it, but now I have little bits of sponge that would melt easily over tortilla chips. 5) I find that a duck's opinion of me is influenced by whether or not I have bread. A duck loves bread, but he does not have the capability to buy a loaf. Oh sure, if he works a few odd jobs he could afford bread but, other than Aflack and Walt Disney, who'd hire a duck?.....and that's five !

Today's Horoscope: Aries - March 21st: It's hump day and all will be well. Remember that there are two more days until the weekend, so don't overdo it tonight. If you do any grocery shopping today, keep in mind that animal crackers make people think that all animals taste the same, except a skunk. Chance of romance is 83.52 percent with a slight chance of wind.

Birthdays: Johann S. Bach, German composer and organist 1685, Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier, mathematician and physicist 1768, Benito Juarez, statesman 1806, Modest Mussorgsky, composer 1839, Florenz Ziegfeld, theatrical producer 1868, Phyllis McGinley, poet 1905, Matthew Broderick, actor 1962.

The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: A funeral service is being held for a woman who has just passed away. At the end of the service the pall bearers are carrying the casket out when they accidentally bump into a wall, jarring the casket. They hear a faint moan. They open the casket and find that the woman is actually alive.

She lives for ten more years and then dies. A ceremony is again held at the same place and at the end of the ceremony the pall bearers are again carrying out the casket. As they are walking, the husband cries out, "Watch out for the damned wall!"

An old man (not me, Jack or Garnett) goes into a brothel and tells the madam he would like a young girl for the night. Surprised, she looks at the ancient man and asks his age. The old man says, "I'm 80 years old." The woman says, "80? Don't you realize you've had it?" The old man says, "Oh, sorry. How much do I owe you?"

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: Morris wakes up in the morning. He has a massive hangover and can't remember anything he did last night. He picks up his bath robe from the floor and puts it on. He notices there's something in one of the pockets and it turns out to be a bra. He thinks "What the hell happened last night?"

He walks towards the bathroom and finds a pair of panties in the other pocket of his robe. Again he thinks "What happened last night, what have I done? Must have been a wild party". He opens the bathroom door, walks in and has a look in the mirror. He notices a little string hanging out of his mouth and his first thought is "Lord please let this be a teabag."

Matt's dad picked him up from school to take him to baseball practice. Knowing the parts for the school play were supposed to be posted today, he asked his son if he got a part. Matt enthusiastically announced that he'd gotten a part. He said, "I play a man who's been married for twenty years." His father replied, "That's great, son. Keep up the good work and before you know it they'll be giving you a speaking part."

The artist tried to concentrate on his work, but the attraction he felt for his model finally became irresistible. He threw down his palette, took her in his arms and kissed her. She pushed him away saying, "Maybe your other models let you kiss them, but I'm not that kind!"

The mad sadly uttered, "Actually, I've never tried to kiss a model before." The model, softening a bit, said, "Really? Well, how many models have there been?" The artist replied, "Four so far. A jug, two apples and a vase."

That's it for today, my little yearlings. Remember, there's no fool like an old fool, but the young ones are coming right along. I'm heading over to AREA 51 for happy hour. More on Friday.

Stay Tuned !


jack69 said...

I wouldn't have missed the fish story for the world. Great, it is such a pleasure to remember great times with your dad. yeah, I still miss mine and it has been a very long time.
BUT, That was Garnett, cause I know when I have had it! (He don't get reminders!!!)

Careful in Area 51!

Woody said...

Nice pictures, nice mess of bass, I prefer specs for eating, can't wait for winter to get back down there..... Take care of yourself, "Go Fishing"!!!

Helen said...

Great memories you have of the fishing trip with your dad. I went on a few with my dad. How he loved to fish. Hubby and I got him out of the nursing home for a weekend of fishing a couple of months before he died. Got out in our boat and flew down the river with him just grinning. He caught some crappie, he was really thrilled. Helen

Rose said...

Loved the fishing story with you Dad. Great memories!

Hugs, Rose

James Hutchner said...

Wow jimmy! It's great that you've been able to catch those kinds of memories.

I'm looking forward to make same memory with my family this weekend. We'll be at the Lake Okeechobee and we'll be having some fishing activities too! We've already contacted a Lake Okeechobee boat rental business to have a boat for us.

I'm excited!