Just down stream from the reef, there was a boat parked with a family
day as best as the cool temps allowed. At one point, I saw that the kids were
netting minnows for the father to use for bait. I watched from the boat as
something. From the play, I knew it was a catfish. Why didn't they stay up on
the reef where at least while I was there, they'd be safe. I watched as he
the fish and dumped it on the deck. He picked it up for the traditional
with his finger stuffed in the gills. I couldn't watch anymore.
I know these are wild fish and I have no right to tell people to leave them
just can't stand to watch it. I was tempted to ask how he'd feel if I
threw a hook,
baited with a hotdog till I got the attention of his yappy little dog,
played him till he
gave up and then held him up by the jaw for a picture. I know there are
on the list and I'm not trying to make enemies. I just don't get the
thrill, that's all.
For me the thrill is seeing them in the water.
I returned to my digging and on surfacing, I saw he was at it again. How
the catfish would survive this guy's afternoon entertainment? Again the
and as I watched from just 20yds away, he must have seen the worry on my face.
"Do you have names for them?" he asked. "Yes" was all I could politely manage.
"They are huge" he replied with a grin. "We put them back" he said. As much
as a relief as that was, I have seen the results of fish that were "put
"My son snorkels your reef. He says it's awesome".
He knows the reef and my connection yet he has no second thoughts about fishing
for my fish right in front of me.
Very cool air temps and a steady, cool wind. I had trouble warming without
Around 4, the fisherman finally left and since I smelled rain and was
shivering, I packed up for the run home. The last 1/4 mile was a killer
with the waves
breaking over the bow but I beat the rain.
This was not a good day. And worse yet, he is a seasonal renter at a
So I guess I'd better get used to it or kill him and get it over with (just
kidding), but he
is lucky that thoughts don't kill nor looks either. It's a HUGE river and
there are catfish
taken that hit 30 inches so mine are nothing special. Why can't he fish
Why here and go for fish that are so tame you they will eat from your
hand? Who will
be missing tomorrow? Who will be damaged by rough handling with dry hands and
squirming on dry carpet? Not a good day.....
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