Happy birthday to our niece Rebecca!

Fishing was so good yesterday that we took Tre today. It was a bit rushed because he has to be sleeping by a certain time; I sure am glad I’m not a kid anymore. We had a great time, Wanda and Tre caught lots of Freshwater Drum, and Bullheads, and maybe one of those bullheads were a catfish. They caught so many, we didn’t look all the time.


And finally, I bought a new fishing rod and reel. I phoned a few people before I bought it, as I didn’t know anything about the style of reel that it had on it.  Everyone that I phoned had never used one, so I bought it. As I drove home Aaron called, I told him about the reel; he had heard of it, they suck.  The deal is, when you want to cast you flip a lever to unlock the spool (all is good), you place your thumb on the spool do your back swing (all is good), do the forward swing of your cast while removing your thumb to allow the spool to let line out (all is good), then when the lure hits the water you touch the spool to stop it from spinning (BIG PROBLEMS). As it works out I touched the spool too late, the lure hit the water, then I touched it; the outcome is the spool makes a few (lots) revolutions without the line leaving the rod and you have an instant birds nest in your reel. To fix this you have to reel it in, tie your line to the chain link fence, and go for a walk, a really long walk. Once the bad part of the line is off the reel, you can reel it all in again then go back to fishing. It’s all fun and games the first time, but by the fifth time it’s not funny anymore. It took ten casts to figure out that I was casting into the wind and the lure was slowing down too much (going slower than the line speed of the spool), the fix is to touch the spool as the lure is flying; it may shorten your casts but you catch more fish and less fences. I like the reel now, but don’t buy one