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Author:  olcaptain [ Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:05 pm ]
Post subject:  The Hampton of the Hill

The Hampton of the Hill

Several weeks ago, I shared a story with a reference to “Hampton’s Hill” here on Crooked Creek. I named this hill after my friend Phillip Hampton who has an affinity for small Bream. I made the connection after realizing that these fish happen to be quite plentiful along this unusually steep bank.

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Because Max and I have been busy with guests lately I have left our VIP seat secured in the bow of the canoe. Depending on height, weight and experience things change with every person who sits there. I knew as I anticipated the arrival of our guest that today would bring its own special challenges.

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Folks, there is more in the following photo than meets the eye and when I say more I mean just that. What you see is more than simply two men and a dog. What you see is two men who average 6’6” and 260 lbs, and 69 years each along with an 18 pound hound (whose height or lack thereof wasn’t factored in).

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We boarded by 9:00 and shortly after leaving port I knew that I either had a very special guest in front of me or a Baby Grand Piano.

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Soon we were tied up and anchored on Hampton’s Hill. The boat talk as well as the bite almost immediately began and for the next two hours or more we laughed, shared and enjoyed being boys again.

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I’m not sure how it happened but at one point in time both Phillip and I leaned to the starboard side of the boat. Having flipped a canoe a time or two in the past I knew what was coming!! But (change of direction) within a split second there was either some Divine Intervention or Max with his cat-like quickness shifting his weight immediately to Port that saved us!! It was amazing! We actually stayed upright and high and dry! It was a rare and wonderful moment! The water here is only 3ft deep, but it is just so inconvenient to flip your fully rigged craft in the middle of some great boat talk!

With this new experience under our belts we pampered our high center of gravity for the rest of the morning. While we were out we took in some sights including the Old bridge and I even stepped out once to catch a photo of what Phillip might look like if he were to paddle!

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Guys, you might grow old, but you do not have to grow up! Especially when you are here on Crooked Creek where boys become men and at least for a few hours, old men become boys.

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Author:  JohnYaksJax [ Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Hampton of the Hill

Hello Ol Captain, and THANKS again for sharing your pix and tales (and Max's tail) with us!!

Phillip is one of the only "guests" you take out canoeing that is nearly as big as you!!

Thinking that the steep slope of the Hill might be a Fish Feeder in disguise!! I would bet those bream are attracted to it after a good rain, which might wash ants, bugs, and even worms into the creek...just a "theory" and all Old Salt Fishermen have LOTS of theories!!
Take care and please keep the reports coming!!!
John aka JohnYaksJax

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