Friday, March 20, 2009

Gone Fishin'

Gunner has been chomping at the bit to go fishing. When we were first dating, he would come visit me in Dallas and we would go to this little lake and fish several times a month. We never caught anything that was big enough to keep, but it was cheap entertainment.

While Gunner was in Iraq the first time I went to visit my sister in Alaska and went deep sea fishing. I sent him the pictures of the HUGE halibut I caught and he was jealous.

So yesterday Gunner decided it was time to go fishing. We got cheap fishing poles (less than $9), he dragged out the stuff he had been collecting over the years, and this morning he got up early. He sliced open his hand trying to get the fishing poles out of the wrapper. I asked him why he didn't use a pair of scissors, and he said that he did after he hurt himself.

We packed a lunch, and hit the road. Em wanted to go to spring break camp so that she could see the movie Escape to Witch mountain or whatever it was. We tried to talk to her, but she is a tween and wanted the movie more. At least there was no fighting today.

We went to the Rod and Gun club to get fishing licenses and permits, and all that good stuff. Gunner was happy that he was able to get a hunting and fishing license for free. Now he just needs to find someone to hunt with. He's a good shot!

After filling out all that paperwork, we left with two dozen worms. Abs was fascinated by them. She later explained that if she had to choose a creature to describe herself with she would choose the earthworm and the glo-worm. I asked for further clarification and she said the glo-worm because she was known to be very active at times (at times????), and the earthworm because she could be mellow at times too, and sit and read a book.

Junior and Abs waiting for their Dad to bait their hooks.

Abs making sure she didn't lose her worm. We didn't even get a nibble.

Abs was content to sit there most of the day, casting over and over again trying to catch something. She discussed the finer points of fishing with me, which she learned from a Survival book that I bought her a while back. She was prepared to instruct her father on how to fillet the fish as well.
Junior trying to decide why he wasn't catching any fish.We went to the first spot, where Junior and Abs were dying to get a hold of their fishing poles. Junior's came with a rubber fish which Gunner misplaced somewhere, unfortunately. We left the hook off of his, and we would cast it out for him and he would reel it in. Over and over and over and over again. He never got tired of it.

Gunner packed the tent so that Junior would have a place to rest (HA!) if needed. He did hang out in it for a while, but it was kind of windy and the tent was not anchored, so it blew over with Junior in it and was blowing down towards the water. Everyone was watching us as we went chasing after the tent and Junior was screeching. We never lack for excitement.
The only thing we caught today.....a set of keys to a Ford.Gunner just left again to go with all three kids to the lake near our house to test the waters with the remainder of the worms. Hopefully they return with something!


stan said...

U r fortunate to have the space and culture to go fishing - what a great way to spend family time! I wish my parents had done tt before.

Brandi said...

It looks like you guys had a complete blast. I'll be honest I wish I could have seen the tent rolling around. : x

Brandi : )

Marilyn Sue said...

Fishing is a grand time! I never catch a thing unless I am at a paylake.

Abs reminds me so much of my youngest grandniece. I saw her in Indiana last week and we talked about her upcoming visit to Texas. I told her there were things to watch out for and she explained that the jumping cactus was a danger. She illustrated how each time you look away the cactus will jump just a little bit closer . . . A grand time is anticipated- but no fish. :(

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

What a nice day for you guys! Sounds relaxing except for the hand slicing and the tent rolling :) But, if it weren't those happenings your day would have been boring, and you guys just don't do boring!

Hope they caught something tonight!!


cj said...

What an absolutely lovely post and an even better day. I know you're enjoying it all.


Allison said...

Hey. If you could find the Ford that matched the keys it would be a pretty big catch!

I love all the pictures.

Erin said...

I'm calling the hog hunting place for Scout and Gunner. You and the family game for that?

Kasey said...

It looks like a lot of fun! I am not a fan of fishing because I have an insane fear of worms, but my family has several ponds on their property so my dad takes my son all the time. It is a great activity to do as a family. ♥