Now I ain’t sure if y’all noticed or not, but the seasons, they are a-changing.
I have seen some leaves changing colors, some starting to fall, and the cool, dry night air is just plain old fan-freakin’-
tastic. The mighty Rock River has cooled to a mere 64 degrees, and the migrant bald eagles are returning very quickly.
Heck, I’m already seeing signs of wintering patterns in some of them big ol’ catfish I like to chase around all the time.
This week was just plain old awesome out on the water. Almost 20 hours of hard fishing logged in the old G3, with more than 10 flatheads coming to the boat. Not only was the fishing top-notch, but you talk about some solitude; 20 hours on the river, and I only came across 3 other boats. Now, you just can’t get privacy like that on a body of water anymore.
Anywho, the fishing ... it’s only going to get better, and the weather. With the water cooling like it is, many species of fish are really starting to feed, and this is just the beginning.
The cats are really turning on right now like I mentioned before, but as the water drops further down on into the 50s, many other popular species of fish are going to strap on the feed bag as well.
One of my favorite species of fish – to munch on, anyway – will be showing up any day now. Yep, them old crappies ought to be on the prowl real quick-like.
Now, catching crappie is just an OK thing to do, if you ask me, but when the catching and cleaning is done, well then it’s one fine hunk of meat. These little dudes ain’t gonna peel drag and double over rods, but what they will do is make you fat. If you can walk by a pan of these dudes all fried up nice, even when you’re full, and not grab more, then you’re a stronger man than I.
I guess it don’t really matter what you’re into. It’s all ready to rock right now. I mean, you got ducks and geese and squirrels and deer and fish and doves and, well, you got it all. I guess you just gotta walk out to the old man-cave in the mornings and flip a coin and go from there.
That’s what is so great about this time of year: It’s like a smorgasbord of outdoor activities. You could literally run yourself ragged chasing critters right now. Now, that there is the kinda ragged that just hurts so good.
So let’s get it on, let the fall begin and with it, let the true outdoorsman in all of us run wild for a few months and relieve the stresses of the past year.
Let’s review then, shall we? Lots to do outside, so do it.