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Published: July 10th 2019
This morning we had another fun walk down the road and thankfully most of the mud had dried up from yesterday’s hot weather. We met two ladies on the walk with two dogs and two young girls, one about 8-9 was bawling her eyes out complaining of having to walk. Seems mother’s remedy was to walk off and leave the bawling child behind about 100 ft. We were sympathetic to the mother and glad to see her generation letting her daughter understand the harsh realities of life. Yes it is hot outside! Since we had to put Red and Dottie back on leash it was a shorter walk than normal, just too noisy. LOL.
It was a quiet afternoon, took a nap and did some chores. Late afternoon we started fishing. Yesterday, we only had minnows eating our worms, no real bites. There was a storm warning around 4pm for overnight and we could see some really dark clouds way in the distance and to the north of us. David and I went ahead and cleaned up our campsite, put the outdoor rug and extra chairs away. Just so we have less to do in morning when we
leave and in preparation for wind and rain overnight.
I went back to fishing as the sun began to set while David finished up chores. I finally got a bite and reeled in a 10” nice little rainbow. You had to have your finger on the line to even feel this little guy nibbling. David ran over to help and we returned the rainbow to the lake. The shoreline is old concrete fill and about a 5 foot drop to the water. Extra help negotiating a fish was really nice. David went back to his chores and within moments he was back over helping me again. This time I could tell I had a much bigger fish on the line. It took me awhile to get him near the shore and then found the weight was caught in the concrete chunks. I’d been using a weight as the wind made it near impossible to cast, and the lake current didn’t help either. I could see the fish flopping but I couldn’t reel him in with my weight caught so my husband proceeded to go down to the waters edge and then promptly wade into the lake. As I kept
my line tight David scooped the fish into the net and using the net he got the weights unstuck. The fish was a nice 18” channel cat that was not very happy to be in the net. David carefully grabbed him, without getting jabbed by the spines on the fins. He held him up briefly for a photo and then back in the lake he went. Poor David was soaking wet from the knees down and laughing. Yes he’d saved his wife who’d at least caught a fish at this beautiful lake. We finished packing up, David broke down the fishing gear and I went into make dinner.
After dinner we took a walk around the park and headed to bed early. Tomorrow we are headed to Kansas but will stop in Grand Island Nebraska one night.
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