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#10950249 - 06/30/15 09:34 PM Catching a Break
Aggroman Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/08/13
Posts: 505
Loc: Texas
Kind of a long post, but hey, if you're bored at work, here ya go. grin

I had come to terms with the fact I wasn’t going to get out fishing for a while. It’s already been two weeks and I figured it would be a few more. But around 8pm last night, a few things changed. I was released from prior obligations and suddenly my busy day off became “my” day off. My mind started racing with ideas. I knew I was going to have to hurry with whatever I did. Main problem is my piece of junk truck isn’t running right now, so we’re down to one vehicle. In all fairness, if you take out the transmission and engine, it’s a great truck. smile So the plan was made to head to the river after I dropped off my wife at work.

I gathered together my gear, and had everything ready to go. I went outside to get the kayak trailer hooked up and….lightning….thunder….the smell of rain. In my haste and excitement, I had forgot to check the weather for the coming day. Uh-oh. It’s 9:30pm and i’m almost completely ready for the morning. And then the rains came down. Feeling a bit defeated, I slowly put away my gear, all the while trying real hard not to say any discouraging remarks about this precious rain we are always praying for. So it rained. And it rained. And it rained. 2-3 inches in some places. I came to the conclusion it wasn’t meant to be.

This morning I woke up and slowly got myself together. I checked the weather, and came to an abrupt realization. The storm that blew through last night, did just that…blew through. Sun was out, and no wind. But at this point I have less than twenty minutes to get everything together before we have to leave the house. It took about 2.7 seconds to make the decision. I’m going fishin’!

Remarkably, I was able to get everything ready. The trailer hooked up, the kayak strapped on, and my gear thrown in before my wife said, “we need to leave, I don’t want to be late!”

I knew I only had a few hours to fish, and the river is 20 miles away. So I sped…um, I mean, I hurried to the river. My only thoughts were, “how much rain did they get down there, and what if the river is up?” There were a wide range of amounts reported. Anywhere from a half an inch all the way to 4 inches. I crossed my fingers, kept the pedal to the floor and hoped for the best.

My drop in was free of debris and people, but noticed the water was up a few inches. That can be good for less dragging. The water was slightly murky, but I could see bait fish, so I knew it would be just fine.

It was amazing that once I pushed off from the bank, all the stress seemed to go away. It was like I needed to be out there.

I knew I was short on time, but I wanted to enjoy it while I had the chance. For me, the fishing is only a small part of why i’m out here. Catching fish is awesome, but so is just being in the middle of nowhere. No phones, no internet, no people. Just me and the river. I enjoy challenging myself to, not only be creative, but come back with something that I will always remember. I’m a photographer before anything else, so sometimes I spend more time looking for shots than looking for fish.

That’s not to say i’m not a hardcore fisherman. I definitely am. I just have to find a balance in the things i’m passionate about. And that balance usually varies on the day.

This morning I was able to find a middle ground. The fishing was great. I managed 7 fish total. 4 bass and 3 sunfish on the fly. Definitely not bad for a little over 2 hours on the river. Also caught 2 of my personal best . A four foot wide oak stump, and a metal fence that somehow tied my line into what looked to be a complete surgeon’s knot. Rather impressive on back to back casts. smile

I guess the rains brought everything out and about. The spiders were out like mad. The birds were singing, and the river was alive with action everywhere you looked. Even had a tag-along for a little bit.

Here was an interesting log I came across. It looked like a helping hand. Although my first thought was, where was that helping hand when I stepped in that hole a while back and messed up my back?

Soon I was getting that “pressed for time” feeling, so I turned back and started to head for the car. It was a great time and I left there feeling refreshed and a little less stressed. I was able to get some decent photos, some decent fish, and some decent piece of mind.

Thanks for coming along,


#10950451 - 06/30/15 11:51 PM Re: Catching a Break [Re: Aggroman]
Duck_Hunter Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 14422
Loc: North Texas
Great pictures and great story. Looks very peaceful. I'm jealous. Haven't been able to get out more than once this year.

#10950457 - 07/01/15 12:16 AM Re: Catching a Break [Re: Aggroman]
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 2536
Loc: Richardson, Texas
Great pics and story. I don't get out that often but cherish the times I do. I felt every emotion there, thanks for sharing.

#10950569 - 07/01/15 06:51 AM Re: Catching a Break [Re: Aggroman]
Jimbo Online   content
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 16035
Loc: South Texas
Nice story and pictures!

Don't know why it is, but seems like the better trips are always when you are pressed for time.
Just one more cast!

#10950762 - 07/01/15 08:38 AM Re: Catching a Break [Re: Aggroman]
Shanelunker Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/21/15
Posts: 13
Loc: Lubbock
Great write up....where was this at?

Shane Hunter

#10950801 - 07/01/15 08:53 AM Re: Catching a Break [Re: Aggroman]
Anchorman Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/02/15
Posts: 1192
Loc: Small Town NE Texas
I enjoy posts like this. It's great to know you have the ability to release all that don't matter and take in what does. Sometimes anglers get caught up in trying to keep up and too worried about what everyone else is doing and how they are doing it. If everyone would just slow down every now and then like you and take in what the good Lord has given us to enjoy they would enjoy their outings much more. Photography is a great way to open the eyes. Watch, look, and listen is what I was taught and what I teach my boys.

Thanks for the great story and taking us along. Glad you had a nice stress relieving day.
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#10950808 - 07/01/15 08:57 AM Re: Catching a Break [Re: Aggroman]
timbertoes Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/07/09
Posts: 1483
Loc: Van Alstyne
enjoyed the post smile

#10950958 - 07/01/15 09:48 AM Re: Catching a Break [Re: Aggroman]
Aggroman Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/08/13
Posts: 505
Loc: Texas
Thanks guys, appreciate it.

Shane, this was the Concho River south of San Angelo.

#10951129 - 07/01/15 11:07 AM Re: Catching a Break [Re: Aggroman]
HeavyLead Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/18/14
Posts: 1006
Loc: Rowlett, Texas
Beautiful scenery! With all that clear water I knew it couldn't have been anywhere close around here!

#10951316 - 07/01/15 12:28 PM Re: Catching a Break [Re: Aggroman]
Astro77 Offline
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Registered: 06/03/13
Posts: 940
Loc: Tyler, TX
Originally Posted By: Aggroman

For me, the fishing is only a small part of why i’m out here. Catching fish is awesome, but so is just being in the middle of nowhere. No phones, no internet, no people. Just me and the river.

I can totally relate with this statement. Thanks for posting I enjoyed it...ohh and grats on those PBs lol
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