This weekend Grandpa Penn came down to take the guys fishing. We got up early and headed out to the lake in the Jon Boat. We really had a great day catching fish and just spending time together.
The weather was great - this was the first good cold fall weekend. The leaves were turning and there was a mist on the water. (That's a picture of Old Kinmundy Lake.)
My son started us off with a nice catch. It was also a lot of fun to see the Largemouth hit Grandpa's frog lure on the top of the water. I even had a lot of fun setting the hook on some Largemouth myself. But later in the afternoon, someone set the hook on me!
That's right - one of my fishing buddies was making a cast and on their back swing caught a hold of my right ear with an Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Wide Gap Worm Hook. And yes, the way you are cringing right now is exactly how it feels!
At first it felt like someone just slapped me really hard across the right side of my face, but then I quickly realized that something else was attached to my previously undisturbed lobe. Not only that, but about 5 seconds after I realized what had happened, I thought I had a fish on my own pole. At least this time I can claim the "big one got away" because of my new instant piercing.
Grandpa examined his patient and the barb was only partially through my lobe.
Now my frustration level really started rising. I knew this meant we had to end our fishing day and I would have to go and wait in an E.R. room for probably a few hours. We headed in to the boat dock and just as I got out of the boat my wife called. All I heard from her was laughing. Of course, it really is pretty funny - unless your the one with a new red worm hook hanging from your lobe.
On days like these I'm reminded of one of my Mom's favorite phrases...
"We're just makin' memories."