Thursday, March 26, 2015

A long time coming

It's been almost a year.

A lot has happened since my last blog post...

some of it good, some not so good...

but fishing remains a constant in our lives.

We've been fishing through it all. I wish I had some incredible fish pictures to show off, but we haven't caught any really amazing fish since the last blog post either. That's not to say we haven't caught many fish or any decent fish... just nothing big enough, incredible enough, or legendary enough to motivate me to write about it. Sure enough there have been some good stories, and perhaps we'll revisit some of those memories in some upcoming posts, but for the moment we're looking ahead.

Kelly and I are counting the hours until we pack up and head to Florida to spend a week camping, fishing, and enjoying Mother Nature. We depart Saturday, and the gear is all coming together.

It's been almost four years since we've taken a real vacation with more than a 36 hour window for fishing. The last big trip we took was during the summer of 2011 to the U.P. of Michigan... and the fishing we experienced left a lot to be desired. We will be revisiting some of the same Florida fishing spots we went to in mid March 2011 as well as adding some new adventures to our agenda. Kelly caught her personal best Largemouth on that trip four years ago, and I'm hoping I get another shot at the fish I missed back then. It's had four years to put on some size, so maybe it will break my 9 wt this time around... that would make for a good story.

Since no blog post is really complete without at least one photo... here's a reminder of why we're going back to Florida at this time of year...

Kelly's BIG Florida Largemouth, March 2011

T-minus 37 hours until launch.

12 comments:

  1. Jay
    Glad to see you back, I know you guys will have an awesome trip and look forward to some fishy photos. Will be in touch soon concerning our trip. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, thank you for your comment. I hope we can fulfill your expectations for an awesome trip and some good fishy photos. We're very much looking forward to another Smith Lake trip with you.

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  2. I can't tell you enough how good it is to see Kelly's smiling face with a fish that's probably bigger than yours! Have a great vacation guys!

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    1. Howard, you can pretty safely assume that if any monster fish are caught on this trip, they will be held up for hero photos by a female heroine... and sadly not the male "hero" going on this odyssey.

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  3. Sounds like a long overdue vacation my friend. Hope you guys hit it right and catch some memorable fish while down there...most importantly though, just have a great time!!

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    1. HPFF, Thanks for the positive thoughts! The Subaru leaves the station in about an hour. I just hope I don't forget anything. We've got about dozen rods and reels packed... and a bunch of flies too... and that's really all I care about!

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  4. I hope the vacation was beyond stellar, and was the breath of fresh air it sounds like you both needed. Look forward to reading about it.

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    1. We're back now, and the trip had some stellar moments. It was quite an adventure as always. I'm looking forward to sharing the highlights.

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  5. oh man, will you be close to any peacock bass holes?

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    1. Juan,
      We're already back from our trip. I'll probably give a report in the next few days. We didn't make it far enough down for Peacock Bass... but we did see a peacock (bird) in someone's yard on our way out to the salt marsh. Does that count? ;)

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  6. Yea we need to see some pictures. www.islikely.com for a great weather app that has many personal features.

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