An Experienced Angler – Maybe One Day

by Jody Narantic on October 21, 2008

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Over the past few years of fishing with my hunter I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what it would be like to fish without him.  Don’t get me wrong, I love fishing with my hunter.  I love just swinging my body and pole around and having my hunter take my fish off my hook.  But I’m beginning to realize that I’m not just fishing to fish.  I’m not just fishing because he does.  I’m not just fishing to take a vacation.  I’m fishing because I really do enjoy it.

But there are many issues I struggle with.  I want to be able to put the line on my rod myself, take a fish off the hook without fear, when my line breaks I want to be able to put all the thingymajiggers back on, I want to be able to take the boat out and drive myself, everything an experienced angler would do.

Then reality kicks in when we get to the boat dock.  I panic and jump out of the truck while my hunter backs the boat in, ties it to the dock and then pulls the truck out.  Then I promise myself I would start out with a small fish and take it off the hook.

On our last trip, I caught a tiny, little, itty, bitty fish.  I turned my back so my hunter couldn’t see me.  He would have insisted I give him my line but I wanted to do it for myself.  With my back to my hunter, I try to grab ahold of the fish without screaming then the fish flip flops on my line and I just can’t bring myself to touch it.  My hunter finally notices and grabbed the camera.  I tried and tried but I just couldn’t do it without, well ….

my handi-wipe

Isn’t he cute!  I would say I’m making a little progress.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Arthur October 21, 2008 at 7:03 am

A handywipe? I guess that whole post I wrote about how to take a fish off the hook meant nothing to you. You’re suppose to use your shirt sleeve, not a handywipe:):):):)


2 Kristine Shreve October 21, 2008 at 8:30 am

That’s progress. One small step at a time, Jody, one small step at a time.

I totally identify with this post. I love fishing with my Dad and my Uncle, but they’re so conditioned to setting things up for me that I don’t really have to do anything but hold the pole. Guess I need to let them know I can handle things myself.

Kristine Shreves last blog post..Do Hunters Care?


3 Jody October 21, 2008 at 8:40 am

Arthur, Didn’t want to get my shirt sleeve slimey.

Kristine, Maybe within the next few years I will progress to the next step. No handi wipe.


4 Younger Sis October 21, 2008 at 8:44 am

Still cannot believe Miss Park Ave fishes let alone take the thing off the hook…but at least the nails are still painted nice and pretty


5 Jody October 21, 2008 at 8:48 am

Younger Sis – Always!


6 Tom Sorenson October 21, 2008 at 9:58 am

Hmm. Progress? I suppose. There is the option of crimping your barb, so that hook removal is real easy – in fact, you can do it most of the time without touching the fish. Of course, it’s also a little more difficult to land the fish in the first place, but it might be something to look into!

Tom Sorensons last blog post..Another Buck Down


7 Jody October 21, 2008 at 10:01 am

Tom, Huh? Crimping the barb? This sounds like girl thing…crimping Barbs hair.


8 marky October 21, 2008 at 11:15 am

Hee hee.. I Love that picture!!
I wouldn’t be caught dead without my purell and wipes!

markys last blog post..Happy Anniversary


9 Jody October 21, 2008 at 11:48 am

Marky, Thankfully me either.


10 Hillary Martin October 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Nice blog, I love to see this kind of content, keep up the good work.


11 Sue October 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm

I’m with Jer. I can’t believe that you fish to begin with. But, the wipes, so you. That’s funny. Uh, ya, what was Tom talking about. ha ha What a cute fish, though. What kind is that?


12 Jody October 21, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Sue, its a little baby bluegill. I need to call you tonight!!!


13 CDGardens October 21, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Such big eyes it has, and oh yes that cute little dorsal fin sticking out of it’s little blankie/handi-wipe. Way to go Jody! I can see you are working hard to change. Start small and work up to the big guys. ;)

CDGardenss last blog post..There is Hunting Happening Here


14 DeeBee October 21, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Omg! You make me laugh. I would love to hang out with you. Don’t worry.. I’m not a stalker. Well, a blog stalker, but not a real life stalker. :-)

I have a friend who loves to fish and it was one of her requirements when looking for a “boyfriend”. I’lll probably share your story with her.

DeeBees last blog post..More of our road trip to Miss. State


15 Bayou Woman October 22, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Hi Jody! Thanks for commenting on my blog recently. I have been reading your posts, looking at your photos and enjoying your whole blog. When you visited my blog, did you realize I am a female charter captain specializing in empowering women to do the very things you mentioned wanting to do? Yep, I surely do. I have a US Coast Guard captain’s license and own my own fishing charter service. We fish mostly brackish and saltwater species down here and I’m sure Mark would love it.

In 2009 I plan to offer workshops for women. We will set out crab traps, go fishing, learn to clean our catch, and cook local food with what we catch. We can learn all about reels and tackle. We might even learn to launch boats–it’s not that hard!! The possibilities are endless!!!

Please come back often, and let me know how you get a gas card to give away!!!

Your new blog friend,

Bayou Womans last blog post..Sunday Afternoon Fishing


16 Jody October 22, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Bayou Woman, Oh heavens! That comment made me nervous!!!!


17 Bayou Woman October 22, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Uh, sorry! Which part made you nervous!!!

Bayou Womans last blog post..Sunday Afternoon Fishing


18 Jody October 22, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Ummm, lets see… ALL OF IT!


19 Tammy October 22, 2008 at 11:13 pm

Baby steps, baby steps……don’t tell anyone but I sometimes have to take my hsbands fish off the hook for him….shhhhhh

Tammys last blog post..Wordless Wednesday…..


20 Robyn October 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Ooh, I got bit on the behind a few years ago by a bluegill while swimming in a lake! I’d be happy to mount that cute little bugger on my wall.


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