Friday, January 6, 2017

My God, I Just Got Reminded I'm Old

I don't think any of you out there have reached 70. Keep in mind that I worked for a Mutual Funds Investment Company for 10 years. I know about retirement accounts. I know that when you're 70 1/2 you have to take mandatory withdrawals from your accounts, BUT when one of those payments drops into your checking account (like one did this morning) it's a stark reminder that you're OLD. 

Screw it, I'm going fishing.................

OK, five hours later, here's the story.

Pulled out of the house at 8:15. Temperature 27 degrees. When I got to lake it was 31 degrees. The only saving grace was that I was sitting with my back to the wind. Carhart hooded jacket and gloves and I still froze. I even took a thermos of Mendocino Hotel blend (same as they serve at the hotel in Mendocino) coffee and drank the whole thing. Finally just after Noon it got warm enough to take the gloves off, but not the jacket.

I threw everything I had at them and was totally ignored. I did see a couple caught and the were using the same bait as I was.

So 2017 starts out a:

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Just so the day isn't ruined completely I took a couple pictures for your pleasure.

Remember Dave from the last post? That's him over there.
North Shore boat launch

South Shore boat launch
It was my only chance to fish this week and next week, rain for at least 7 days with this weekend predicting (by the weather guessers of course) 4 to 8 inches of rain here in Jackson. Can you say BOAT?

So a stinky start to 2017, but I'll keep trying.

Stay tuned. 


  1. I would still take a day on the water catching nothing, compared to sitting here looking at 8" of snow out my window...
    For every skunk, Mark, remember there is a rose somewhere. My bet is on you finding that rose.......

  2. Hey Mark, don't listen to Mel...he's old.

  3. I was going to go for comic relief but clearly Howard beat me to it.

  4. Braver than I. I'm allergic to cold.

  5. Mark
    Too cold for me, I won't wet a fly until March. Had 2" of snow here at the house yesterday, wind chill 5 most of the day here and that is cold here---I'm getting close to that mandatory age!

  6. Mark
    I forgot to mention, old is not in your 70's old is when you can't make it to the water anymore. Have a good week!!

  7. Nice pictures, even if it was a skunk day. O well, you have the whole year ahead of you!