By Rich Miller
Man, it has been a heck of a month! It has been one show after the other and then to make things worse at my biggest show of the year my computer decided it was going to quit on me. I have it back up and working now so hopefully you guys didn’t miss me too bad; heck' you probably needed a break from me on here anyway. For about two weeks in a row I was only home for one night so all I have done is work. If I would have had my computer, I wouldn’t have had anything to write about.
One of my problems has been the days when I have been home and had a chance to go fishing the weather has been crappy. Finally, last week I caught a pretty day and the weather was good enough to do a little Crappie fishing. I talked to my uncle to see if he wanted to go because he is the Crappie guru! He and I loaded up and had my little boy tagging along with us. Tye had wanted to go fishing everyday that I was home and it has been all he could talk about. He wants to go rain or shine – and that is a good thing when it comes to hunting or fishing.
We started out at the café for a big breakfast to fuel up and let the temperature rise before we got on the water. By the time we got on the water it was in the lower 60’s, but the wind got up and made it feel a lot colder. Luckily, I had brought Tye enough clothes; plus, the way he ran around the boat checking on the rods we had on the water. I don’t think he could have gotten cold anyway. The first place we stopped we caught four fish pretty quick and then it died. The good thing was every one that we caught was a slab and Tye got to catch two of them. We hit several more places and every place we went we caught a few fish. Although we caught fish every place we went, we never really just got on them like when the Crappie are eating it up. Most of the ones that we caught were really white so they are just sliding up and it should just get better from here on out.
Tye was great all day and fished his butt off all day long, although we had to make sure he stayed down in the bottom of the boat and not up on the decks with us. It got pretty chilly around 4:30 when we decided to head in, but Tye didn’t want to leave. He said he wanted to stay and fish for the night. If it would have been warm and the fish biting better, I would have been right in there with him...but Jimmy and I were about frozen!