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!