What a day this past Saturday fishing the Palestine Tournament. Prepared to fish but not prepared for I Angler ap. Had new phone that I only know how to answer some of the time. Didn't even have email set up at 5:00 a.m before the captain's meeting, didn't remember password for e mail, couldn't install ap. Thankfully I met Joey Montgomery who set me up with everything. No way I could have done it without him.
Launched at Flat Creek and headed to the fishing grounds. Catch my first fish quick and realize I have forgotten my reading glasses. No time to make the paddle back to jeep to retrieve them. Take picture of fish on measuring board, can't hear if camera is taking pictures as I must have sound of shutter turned off or so low I can't hear it and don't have any idea how to turn it up. Must have taken five or six pictures.. Release fish. That's about the same time I realize I have forgotten to have my identifier in picture. Scratch first fish. Start catching some good fish a little later, all on 5 inch Fringe Tackle hollow belly swimbaits. Sun getting high as I reach for sun block stick, grab fish (scent) stick (identical size tubes) instead and almost wipe it on my face before realizing they don't smell the same.
Have my limit around 11:30 and start fishing my way back to truck as I need to get to tournament weigh in with reading glasses to figure out what length fish I've caught. Load up at ramp and head to tournament headquarters.. my day is done very early as I'm afraid something else will go wrong. Get Duc to help me enter the pictures, all is well. About 30 minutes later I'm rested and feeling pretty good when I find out I still have another hour to fish if I want. I'm in 4th place with the real time scoring of IAngler available for everyone to see at scoring tent. Decide to launch kayak again, this time from JB RV Park. It was the launch from he77. Had to carry kayak on my head for about a 100 yards, down a steep embankment and through a mud pit to get to the water. Had to make 3 trips to get all my gear down there as well. Make a quick paddle under the bridge and start fishing. Thirty minutes of nothing biting when I find an area holding fish. One, two, three, .. I catch 7 legal fish, the last one at 2:53, with 7 minutes to get it loaded into I angler ap. It's 16.75 inches and will get me a third place paycheck. Seemed like a done deal, nope.. I worked on it for 6 minutes trying to remember what my new passcode was. Couldn't think straight.. gave up with a minute to go. Just wasn't my day when I couldn't remember that my passcode was my name.
smile emoticon Congratulations to Joey Montgomery for helping me set up my phone and him winning the tournament.. couldn't have happened to a better guy in my opinion!
Found out later that even had I entered the last fish I would have been a quarter inch short for third place. Oh well.
It was great to see so many new faces and all the old ugly ones.
A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.
Zane Grey, Tales of Fishes, 1919https://vimeo.com/73372194