Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Veterans Day Doubleheader

 
Bass fishing or deer hunting, bass fishing or deer hunting?...
 
Hell with it, it's Veterans Day and I'm going to do both because I can!
 

On this Veterans Day, I decided to spend my time on the water and in the woods instead of on the couch or at the desk. Feeling care-free, this is how I decided to go about my day:
  • Sleep in
  • Bass fish in the morning
  • Bowhunt in the afternoon 
  • Cocktail hour to top it all off
 
Normally I would wake up well before sunrise to catch the early morning bite, but not this time. I didn't want to hear any alarm clock, rooster, dog, nothing! This day was supposed to be stress free with zero deadlines. So I went about it just like that, careless as careless could be. Ya know what...I loved every minute of it!
 
I was greeted with bright blue skies and a reflection on the water that instantly made you think you were in a different world. I took my time loading and launching my PredatorMX with the hopes of catching a couple of bass while not worrying about anything. I worked spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and jerkbaits the first couple of hours to no avail. The bass must have been in the same "chill mode" that I was in, because they didn't want to do anything that entailed work! It was a good time to play off my relaxed and care-free attitude and slow it down a bit. I texas rigged one of my favorite worms and started chucking it to the base of cyprus trees. Jackpot!
 
These fish couldn't deny a slow moving meal. During the last hour on the water, I landed 3 bass up to 19". Even a couple small pickerel couldn't resist the texas rigged snack.
 
 
I'm a sucker for fall colors and observing nature in it's purest form. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try and capture my thought process while using the lens of my camera.
 
 
 
 
After a quick turn at the house and a swap of gear, it was on to the deer woods. Check this out...I was sitting in my deer stand for what felt like an eternity (actually 4 hours total), and the craziest thing happened to me. I heard some leaves moving off to my left, but didn't see anything. I looked around to my right and didn't see anything. Then when I finally looked behind me, I finally saw it. There stood a big...fat....tall...NOTHING at all! I didn't see anything besides hundreds of leaves falling to the ground and a parade of grey squirrels acting like they were all hoped up on Mountain Dew. Bummer!
 
That was it, my happy-go-lucky Veterans Day was in the books. I would be messing up if I didn't give credit where credit is due. Saying this not only as an American, but also as a veteran, thank you to those that have served, are actively serving, and to those that one day will take the oath to support and defend our great nation. Please, don't forget about these men and women the other 364 days of the year. Currently on active duty, I can tell you that there is nothing better than having somebody randomly tell you, "Sir, thank you for your service." Sometimes it's those little things that keeps us going with a smile.
 
Cheers to our Veterans! 
 
~See ya on the water!

 


44 comments:

  1. Fantastic. Would have loved to be there.

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  2. Great pics. What kind of camera are you using?

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    1. Thanks Haynes! I was using a Nikon D5100 DSLR for that entire post. I try and use that as much as I can, along with my GoPros and Olmpus 8010. My Nikon is by far my favorite.

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  3. awesome write up and even better with the fantastic pictures and you are so right THANK you and all the others past present and future for your continued service

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  4. Great write up! Happy belated Veteran's Day and thank you for your service.

    -Jameson

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  5. That was superb on many levels. Stress relief is the reason I fish from kayaks. Not for paper, prestige or anything else. You hit the nail squarely on the head on this one. Thanks buddy, I hope more anglers and future anglers read this and just enjoy the GIFT of FREEDOM that has been paid for with blood, sweat and tears. Also that is a nice bass any day of the week! Thanks Rich, keep standing the watch with honor.

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  6. Wonderful write up. What makes me happy as your mother are a few things. #1 You are my son. #2 You serve our great country with pride. #3 Your passion for the things you love is worn like a badge of honor. #4 I am so happy I gave you that camera. Your photos allow your passion for life to be shared in an amazing way. Leaps and bounds you have come. Leaps and bounds is how you will continue.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart to you and all who have served and continue to do so. It is for your lack of selfishness that we are FREE. I am counting the days, hours and minutes before I can look into your eyes and say welcome home. PS. Bring your camera. Love , MOM

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