FREMONT, OH – While the girls went shopping and played at home, the boys headed to the river. As Bryce and I made the hour drive to the grandparent’s house, it was very special to be able to explain what Memorial Day was about. He grasped the main components of the holiday, and was waving an American Flag at any vehicle we passed. This day was destined to be awesome.
Arriving to the river, we eagerly got lines in the water. One set up for still fishing with nothing more than a worm suspended under a bobber, and the other I went about casting lures. It didn’t take long and I had a nice big Freshwater Drum hit my inline spinner. While Bryce and I took turns between reeling in the fish and manning the net to get the fish landed, I heard a loud splash. A fish had pulled the other rod into the water. There wasn’t anything I could do about the lost rod, so we just did our photo session with the drum (pictured above) before sending it back to the water.
After the big drum we continued to catch fish, namely a few Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, and Channel Catfish. I’m not sure who was more excited, father or son, to be catching so many fish and multi species variety. As if we weren’t having enough fun, we started seeing the bobber surface from the rod that had gone into the water! I grabbed a canoe, and kept paddling to where the bobber had come up, only to have it go back under and surface 10 to 20 feet away again. Bryce thought this was very funny. Finally, I got close enough to the bobber to slip the paddle under it and get ahold of the line. The rod end of the line was unable to be budged, so I went ahead and pulled in the fish by hand. No surprise that it was a rather large Channel Catfish.
I threw the fish in the canoe so Bryce could see it up close and do a couple pictures. After the fish was released, I was shocked to see the bobber was out of sight again. With no fish pulling it, I assumed it would stay at the surface and my plan was to swim out to it, follow the line to the rod and free the rod from whatever it was stuck on. Even though the bobber was not visible, I swam out thinking I would still be able to feel the line or bobber under the surface. After 30 minutes, I gave up, and decided to just leave it as another good fishing story.