Avast me Hearties!! The Ol Captain is moving !!!

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Avast me Hearties!! The Ol Captain is moving !!!

Post by olcaptain » Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:11 am

Once upon a time there was tall man in his early sixties. By today’s standards this man would be considered a bit old school because he loved the Lord, his lovely wife of over 42 years, and his family. The man had many friends and acquaintances. He had a zest and zeal for life in general as well as a passion for the great outdoors. In particular the man loved to fish for the often misunderstood, humble and lowly Common Carp.

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The tall man owned two canoes that he used to facilitate his “Carpin” habit. His favorite was a resurrected 40 plus year old 17ft aluminum canoe that had been christened the “Carp Shark.” This bulk of a heavy metal barge could carry two grown men, one dog, and additional load of Carp angling gear with ease. His smaller 11 ft 9 inch Old Town canoe was used exclusively for solo flights. The tall man simply called it “The CS TOO.” (Carp Shark also)

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The man had a trademark fishing companion. More times than not, he was seen accompanied in the canoe or on the bank by a little brown, aging Dachshund who he really didn’t own. In fact, the dog actually owned a very important part of the tall man. The dog owned the tall man’s heart.


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The man grew up fishing the salt and brackish waters surrounding his childhood home in Jacksonville, Florida. Years later, after college and marriage the man spent the next forty plus years of his life in Georgia’s Douglas and Paulding counties. These four decades were spent teaching school, being a husband, coaching middle school boy’s basketball, rearing his own children, fishing, and worshipping and serving the Lord in his local church. (Not in that particular order.)

Many don’t know it but the tall man was also a dreamer. He often dreamed about one day maybe living on or near the water. He often dreamed about after retirement, having “Six Saturdays and a Sunday” each week that he could possibly pursue his piscatorial passions until his last curtain call. He also dreamed about his two youngest grandsons who might benefit from some time spent with their “Pap” who was known in some circles as the “Ol Captain.” He would lay at night just thinking how cool would it be to spend this particular time of his life teaching these two boys about Carp fishing, frog gigging, Crappie fishing and maybe even running a trot line or a few Catfish jugs.

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The tall man longed for a chance to one day move near his lovely daughter and her family. He hoped to maybe make a difference in their lives along with being involved in a new church and a new community as well. He also hoped to occasionally go on some Daddy-Daughter dates with his daughter periodically to just enjoy some quiet time together.

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The tall man knew that leaving friends and family would be tough after two score years but he still spent many sleepless nights thinking about the endless possibilities that might lie ahead. He could only imagine the “ministry” opportunities that a place such as this might hold. His dream was that the house and property might become known as a “Harbor of Rest” to all who sailed their way. His wife could entertain friends and do Bible Studies. He could do the same and temper these events with some manly time out on the dock, around a fire, or on the bank (or all of the above.)

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As time went by the tall man’s wishes came closer to reality. He began to dream about a specific lake house on Lake Sinclair https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Sinclair that might become available for the tall man and his wife to lease. While the man’s wife’s attention focused on the inside of the house, his thoughts drifted toward the full length porch facing the lake and the huge fenced in yard.

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In his mind’s eye he could see himself rocking on the porch very early on a summer morning. While there he would be found drinking coffee and perhaps reading, studying, and listening to nature’s sunrise symphony. He could only imagine himself and the love of his life sitting on the porch in the evening. Here they could sit watching and listening to the sights and sounds of the night. Here they could reflect on the day’s activities while planning more of the same for the weeks, months and hopefully years to come. He could also see his little brown four legged friend playing in the large fenced in yard or just “relaxing” in the shade or sun.

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Not only did the man dream about the porch and yard but his thoughts often drifted down to the dock and boat house beyond. He also dreamed about the 200 plus foot of lake frontage that was included in the package. If that were not enough, the man thought of the boat house lift where he could hoist his pride and joy of a canoe. He just knew the Carp Shark would rest perfectly in the outstretched arms of the electric lift.

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Well folks, occasionally dreams do come true! By the end of February if not before, Ramona and I will be leaving the Douglas/Paulding area for the first time in over forty years and we will be moving to Eatonton, Georgia! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eatonton,_Georgia
We will be less than 20 minutes from Lauren and her family and about the same distance from her school. We will be less than 15 miles from Wallace Dam dock and in time we hope to find a church nearby where we can serve and worship our God who has blessed us beyond measure. For those of you who might be wondering, we will only be two hours away from Chad as well as Ramona’s Mom and we will be there for them whenever we are needed.

We hope that you will pray for us in this exciting time of transition and once we are settled in we want you to come see us and help us enjoy this “Harbor of Rest.”

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Re: Avast me Hearties!! The Ol Captain is moving !!!

Post by 67197mlk » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:06 am

Interesting story. Hood luck on a new set of adventures. Being a Cheesehead from Wisconsin, I have caught my fair share of carp, yet I never targeted them specifically. It is interesting to see someone out there in love with such an odd lipped fish. Best of luck to you and your wife.
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Post by Clark » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:07 am

Good for you. :thumbright: Best wishes in your new home.
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Post by shallowrunner123 » Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:59 pm

Good luck :-)
In case you haven’t noticed, there really are some enormous and enormously fragile egos in fishing. I can tell you that having a big ego is like owning one of those huge dogs that crap on the floor and eat the couch if they don’t get constant attention.

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Re: Avast me Hearties!! The Ol Captain is moving !!!

Post by troutman » Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:16 pm

May the Lord bless you Sir! Some of my best memories are frog gigging, trot lines & fishing with my Dad, my brother & my uncles! I have enjoyed your stories - so keep um' coming!
and on the 7th day GOD created Fishing!

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Post by olcaptain » Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:41 pm

Thanks to all for the reading and for your kind words. Stay tuned!!
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Re: Avast me Hearties!! The Ol Captain is moving !!!

Post by Chap » Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:03 pm

Plenty of good paddling in that area. Maybe I'll make the drive up that way and fish with you and the Carp Hound one day. Good luck on the move.
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Post by ChippMatt » Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:40 pm

Good luck Captain! Living on the water is a dream of mine as well. Well wishes to you and your family. Enjoy the new digs!
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Post by WoodyHuband » Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:19 pm

I would say that the further you move away from Atlanta, the better your life will be. Especially where a daughter is involved. Congrats.

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Post by DaveInYak » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:35 am

Congrats Captain! I can't see a down side to that move at all.

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Re: Avast me Hearties!! The Ol Captain is moving !!!

Post by JohnYaksJax » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:39 pm

Hello Horace, and sorry that I missed this one earlier!! (think that I saw it on FB tho...)

Big move for you and Ramona and it must be pretty difficult to "pull your roots outta that red Georgia clay" after 40+ years!! Being right on Lake Sinclair would be one heck of a draw since I am CERTAIN there must be some monster carp in there and living right on the water sure is attractive too. Saw that it is 15,330 acres in size, so that small area behind your dock must be a tributary or small cove off of it...??? Read there are some HUGE flathead catfish in there also, so HANG ON when in the Carp Shark and you go for a "sleigh ride".....LOL!!!

Loved all the pix of your present home and really liked the windmill on that property....but lakeside views and that back porch will be awfully nice, and Max will love roaming that big back yard. Being closer to Lauren and your two cute grandsons sure must be a draw also....like Charlotte, NC is for me with my 3 Grandkids up there....headed there next week in fact!!

You are only about 5 1/2 hours and 335 miles from Jax so you can see Brother Dan more often too, and...I might finally head up there on my way to CLT since it is not too far outta my way, and I am pretty used to that JAX to Macon trip since my daughter and SIL lived up in Macon when they attended Mercer Univ.

So, Good Luck with your upcoming move and please do not be a stranger in here since we all still love your "Carpin' Tales".....John
PS: Good Luck and Prayers sent to Chad io his next round of treatment!!

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