Friday, September 26, 2008

Fishing Story

A friend of mine, Gail, was telling me about her experience fishing and the problems that her & Steve had with raccoons stealing their bait, running off with their soda pop cans and just wreaking havoc on a fishing trip, and just all kinds of raccoony things. Her story reminded me of one of our fishing experiences, and below is what I wrote to her.

I laughed at your raccoon problem because we never see raccoons here, only at the zoo or dead on the roads. That would be so neat to see raccoons racing to greet you as you get out of your truck and getting into your bait bucket stealing your bait. I remember once while fishing with Jimmy when a snake was giving Jimmy a hard time. This is how it started......

I know that Jimmy is afraid of snakes so when I spotted one in some cattails I used my fishing pole to push it gently (like guiding it) over into Jimmy's direction. It took me about 30 minutes of wrangling with this snake to get him to where I wanted him. When the snake was almost near to where Jimmy was it spotted his small bluegill on a stringer in the water and began swallowing one of Jimmy's fish. I left the snake alone at this point because Jimmy would see me fooling around with the snake, and I didn’t want that….I wanted the snake to be a surprise. While the snake was attempting to swallow a fish that was a little larger than it could comfortably fit into it's mouth, Jimmy had caught another bluegill, took it off his hook and pulled up the stringer only to pull up the snake with it with one of his fish in the snake’s mouth. It was so funny to see Jimmy scream, throw the fish stringer back into the water and run to get a big long stick to fight off the snake with. The snake got away unharmed, thank goodness but it came back, time after time trying to get at those bluegill on the stringer. Jimmy couldn't concentrate on fishing with that snake so close and we finally had to call it quits and come home. I finally told Jimmy how the snake got there, and we had a good laugh. Unfortunately he doesn't take me fishing anymore.

5 comments:

Tomas Dennis said...

We have a similar story where Motherkitty and I are fishing for bluegill in a neighbors pond. When we pulled up the stringer a large snake had swallowed the last bluegill on the stringer. We could not remove the snake so we gave up and let him have the fish and stringer.

Tomas Dennis said...

Another story. Motherkitty and I were fishing on a wooden landing at Barkley Lake when a snake came by our bobbers. She smacked at the snake with her fishing pole to chase the snake away. What happened next was that the snake took offense and decided to get on the wooden platform with us and promptly chased us away from our fishing spot. We had to wait for the snake to vacate the platform to retrieve our gear.

Rachel said...

I was laughing at that story Sandy!! I wish you had gotten that on video!! Priceless!!

Jellyhead said...

Sandy you are a wicked woman!! but very funny!

Kerri said...

I was thinking exactly the same as Jellyhead :)
No wonder your poor, dear husband won't take you fishing anymore!Great story :)