So Ive been prepping with my buddy Cannon for my first real fly fishing adventure in May. Me and my wife Destiny are going to join Cannon and his family on their yearly vacation to a cabin they go to in North Carolina and im super pumped about it. Ive always been drawn to fly fishing ever since I saw A River Runs Through It years ago, but have never pursued it. I feel like im already in love with it without ever even going. Fly fishing has always held a nostalgic place in my mind and i cant wait to get out there and experience it. Big thanks to Cannon for giving me an outlet to do something Ive always wanted to, and I couldn't think of a better guy to experience it with. We went out to a local hole and had a couple beginner lessons fly fishing for bluegill. I loved it and cant wait to get knee deep in some creek and catch my first trout! My phone died halfway through our trip so of course there are some stolen photos taken by Cannon. Check out his blog at www.floridaduckdays,blogspot.com
So I purchased myself a lil Gheenoe that im slowly transforming into a duck slaying machine/flats boat. Ive got a long list of things i want to do to it and im slowly getting there. So i figured id document the transformation on here. It had a 18hp outboard on it, which i sold and bought a 20hp Kohler Longtail BogHog mudmotor. Alittle tweaking was required but Ive got her running pretty good now. I had to redo my trailer to fit the Gheenoe also. I had to put in a removable seat for the back so i could steer the motor. Put some running lights, fog light and patched some soft spots in it and its lookin pretty good. Still want to wrap it in camo,install a grab bar and also make some kind of removeable blind for it. Ill be keeping yall posted on the progress.
Went fishing today with my good bud Joe and his son Nolan. We pulled an all-dayer and had a blast. Nolan has been out a couple times with us and he's getting to be quite the little fisherman. His favorite thing to do is say "here fishy fishy" while he swings his pole around trying to hook his dad and me at the same time. We had a good time out on the water and then headed in for some pizza at a local shop. There wasnt a soul in the place, but Nolan kept saying "We're having a pizza party!" That we were! After pizza, it was nap time for the lil fella so me and Joe went out to try and catch some bass. Not too much luck, Joe hooked a yearling. Wasnt much, but we hadnt been out freshwater fishing in a good while so it was still fun to get one in the boat. We headed in feeling pretty good about the whole day, then we had a little accident that involved backing up the trailer and the brakes going out in my truck at the same time. not pretty. We bent it back and headed home. Looks like we have a "trailer repair day" in store for us. Busted trailer or not, it was a great day that ill remember for a long time. Its very rewarding to see the excitement in Nolans eyes when he knows he's going fishin with Uncle Johnny. Cant wait to take that lil guy on his first duck hunt!