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 Post subject: They Ask Me Why I Paddle
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:05 pm 
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Some have asked at almost 65 years of age, why I still choose to paddle my old Spartan barge of a canoe. They ask questions like, “Why don’t you get yourself a real boat?” or “When are you going to get a motor for “that thing?” The reasons that I paddle my canoe even exceed the number of strokes that it takes me to get from the Dachshund’s Dock out to our Honey Hole near the Crooked Creek Bridge. (Beyond the boat house to the port side of our bow.)

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I paddle my canoe because it is more than just a canoe to me. To begin with, the boat was a gift. A gift that I will never forget receiving. Later it became not just a gift, but a labor of love when it was repaired by one friend and later painted by another.

I paddle my canoe because I love to pretend. Sometimes I am the Last of the Mohicans. At other times I am Meriwether Lewis or William Clark exploring new territory. But my favorite character is Santiago from the Old Man and the Sea. He talked to the Great Fish and he understood the ways of the sea. The part of Lake Sinclair on my side of Crooked Creek Bridge is my sea and if only for a little while on a warm November day I can pretend. I can be a boy again and it makes me happy. That is why I still paddle my boat.

I paddle because I like to see how close we can get to the geese before spooking them.

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I paddle because with each pull of the paddle my arms and back tell me that my arms are stronger than they would ever be otherwise. Also at 65 my arms and back tell me that at times, I may be more like Lois and Clark than Lewis and Clark. I paddle because I like setting goals and meeting them. I can focus on the horizon and alternate pulling 20 strokes on either side of the boat and gradually but eventually, my target is within reach.

I have fished the no wake zone at the bridge now three times. Today was my best trip there to date. After anchoring around 11:15 AM I proceeded to catch two nice Blue Cats and several small Channel Cats before my prearranged quitting time of 3:00 PM arrived.

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I quit at three so Max and I can get back and clean the fish before the sun goes down. Paddling (like walking), isn’t crowded. I don’t go out there on the weekends and I don’t go if it’s windy. If the situation isn’t close to ideal, I stay at home or in the creek.

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Max and I had a great adventure today and we appreciate you going with us. We hope you’ve enjoyed the telling as well as the photos.

When you get a chance, come visit us on our "Sea."

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"Be Ye Fishers of men. You catch 'em and He will clean 'em"


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:28 pm 
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Ol Captain....One of your best fishing reports and stories in a LONG TIME that I have known you....but we only met once here in JAX with your brother, Dan.
C'mon back soon and we'll go fishing down here!!
JohnYaksJax
PS: Ya got some good lunches or dinners in those 2 blue cats!!! :cheers:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:13 pm 
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JohnYaksJax wrote:
Ol Captain....One of your best fishing reports and stories in a LONG TIME that I have known you....but we only met once here in JAX with your brother, Dan.
C'mon back soon and we'll go fishing down here!!
JohnYaksJax
PS: Ya got some good lunches or dinners in those 2 blue cats!!! :cheers:



Thanks John!

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