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Willard on the way home 3/17

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Willard on the way home 3/17
I finally did it!!! I finally walked away from Willard without the skunky smell of defeat. For the last couple of years I have been making short 15 - 60 minute stops on my way home from work. These stops are infrequent and unpredictable. They usually depend on what time I get off work, traffic conditions and a lack of any pressing business at home or in the yard. I'd say in reality these trips only happen about once or twice a month and are always of the bank tangling variety. I like to call them my "twenty-cast trips" because that's about all I have time for.

While Mantua and Hyrum often will yield a fishy reward within this brief time frame, Willard has never been so kind to me. I'll be honest, I have never put serious effort into it. I've only fished it 7-8 times, never during prime fishing hours, always from the shore and never for more than 90 minutes. I have managed to hook into some Willard wiper and walleye but never landed one; some fish even getting away with my lures. My unlucky streak changed for the better on Friday when I stopped by the SE corner for 50 minutes on my way home from work. I wasn't too hopeful as I chatted with some fellow anglers that hadn't even got a nibble. I decided to try anyway because it was still better than yard work.

I tied on a 4" Gulp Alive minnow on a 1/8oz jig head and squeezed some scent on it. I rigged it about 3ft under a bobber, figuring the boat waves and slight breeze would give it some mild action while I pitched lures with my other rod.

I must have made the right choice because I couldn't even get a lure tied on my other rod before I had a 4lb 21" kitty on the line.

I pitched plastics, cranks and spinners with the other rod but didn't get even a tap. I should have just put the second rod away because while I was messing around with it I missed two other fish on the dead stick. I needed to go and so I packed up my gear and invited my new whiskered friend to come home. I gave that fish the royal treatment; a new panko coat and a hot oil bath.

The guest of honor was seated in a prominent location for the fish taco feast.

The taste of success (even though minor) tastes better than skunk smells any day!
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Re: [Hazzy_Hazbourne] Willard on the way home 3/17 In reply to
That was a nice healthy looking cat. Good work with the way you plated it up, looks very tasty.
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Re: [tigerpincer] Willard on the way home 3/17 In reply to
Good healthy looking kitty. Bet it tasted good too.

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