Glen Lake – July 7th, 2007

July 7, 2007

Took my father in law out on this fine day to a local lake. He is visiting from Portugal and wanted to go out fishing. Never done this with him before but was very excited to.

Trolled and got a fish right off. He reeled in a nice little white perch. He thought that was pretty neat. I rigged up the planer boards for fun too and so he could see them in action. Trolled some more and got another. As we trolled I showed him all of my bass lures and tried to explain them. He speaks as much English as I do Portuguese so it is sometimes a challenge for us but we both know what we are talking about in the end so I guess that is all that counts.

Then we fished for bass in some of the shallows. I caught a huge pickerel and showed him the teeth on it. He thought that was pretty cool and kept on fishing. Got a bass on a spinnerbait. Kept moving along and he casted over a downed tree. He got stuck so I went over th help him get out of it. When I did I literally had to stand on the log to get to his line. Pulling on it I felt some kick back and though since it was a fresh tree it may have a branch stuck to his hook. Nope, he had a decent largemouth bass on. I carefully followed the line down and lipped the fish into the boat. A quick picture and Fransisco caught another fish.

Decided to troll some more and as we did, he told me a story that I could not make out 100% but in general it was about him and his friend catching a monster sized carp from a small pond. I guess it was so big the two of them had to pick it up together. Neat story and while I had trouble translating it because I don’t speak enough Portuguese, I really enjoyed what I understood and appreciated him sharing it with me. Really cool when you can bring out an 81 year old man and have him recall memories of the past as you share new ones with him.

He caught a big crappie next on one of the trolling lines and I told him he could keep that one for the table (which he really wanted to do). Headed home shortly after that.

Got home, filleted the fish, added some butter, breadcrumbs and pepper then served it to him withing an 1/2 hour of him catching it. He thought that was the berries and loved it.

This was a very special trip for me. One that I know I may not have many more of but when given the chance in any future, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Francisco

-Brian

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