Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Follow-up To Last Tuesday's Trip

Like I mentioned last Tuesday, I made a couple trips across the stones from the truck to the lake.

Actually it took two trips to get my gear from the truck to the lake and two to get it back to the truck. I'm talking about 50' over rocky ground. In between I made one trip past the truck to the little boys room and back.

Now the good and the bad. The good is that I can still walk without a cane. The bad is that the pain started Tuesday afternoon when I got home and didn't subside (I say subside because there is always pain somewhere between my lower back and my feet) until Friday morning.

During the time between Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning I have to "carefully" walk with a cane or I will fall flat on my face.

At this point, I just don't know if it's worth it. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Well, I Got Out

This was the plan. Drive out to Lake Camanche North Shore and see if, A they are still planting, B if anyone is catching anything, and C see if there is any water in the lake.

I got there at 9:00 and at check-in the girl said they planted (I made sure it was a trout plant) last Friday. So I paid the entrance fee (an arm and a leg since my yearly pass expired) and drove out to the day use area.

Parked at the day use area

My destination
I was planning to put my chair and gear by that little clump of bushes in the center of the picture.

The lake
I was pleasantly surprised that the lake was FULL.

From the lot to the lake

Ready for action
For the next three hours I sat. Occasionally tossing a Kastmaster, in multiple colors, while one rod sat and soaked Power Bait.

There was a guy to my right who was there when I got there and left about 11:00 skunked. There was a couple to my left that showed up about 10:00, caught one about 10:30 and left so fast I didn't even have a chance to ask what they were using. THAT was a little fishy, no pun intended.

How will I feel after walking to and from the truck a few times on the uneven ground? Tomorrow will tell. BUT having to pay the usual $6.25 to fish, but an increase entrance fee from $8.00 before to $13.00 as of today (bad timing on my part) was a little stiff for continuing skunks.

At this point, I'm not sure what plan B is, but I'll be hard pressed to put out $19.25 again any time soon. 

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.