Every single wintertime the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shares rainbow trout in numerous general public fishing ponds all around the state. They’ll inventory anywhere from a few hundred to a number of thousand trout and it is a great prospect to introduce Texas anglers to a fish species they typically wouldn’t obtain in Texas.
Or it is in idea. I’m not entirely convinced this isn’t an elaborate prepare to influence dads who in any other case appreciate fishing that they really do not. I have only attempted to go immediately after the trout twice, but the two situations were exceptionally unfruitful.
The first time I went, I took three of the boys. We went the exact same day extra than 1,000 rainbow trout were launched into a pretty small pond. I figured it couldn’t get any less complicated than this and the boys would be confident to have a blast as the trout are known to be straightforward to catch.
We caught almost nothing but cold, fishing into the 40 mph winds of a nor’easter that blew in dropping temps into the 40s and spirits into the dust. Amazingly, there were being dozens and dozens of other anglers at the pond irrespective of the weather conditions, but only one particular fisherman caught a trout. And I type of feel he introduced that one particular from home.
This yr, I meticulously prepared the trout outing. I picked a physique of h2o that I understood would be less well known, and a day of the week I was sure would not final result in our strains becoming one of a hundred, and bought all of the Texas Parks and Wildlife-ecommended trout bait.
There had been significantly less individuals fishing at this pond and we have been there considerably less than 24 hrs following the fish were launched. How did it go? Let me crack it down for you moment-by-moment.
Minute 2 — The 7-year-old, 1 of my most devoted fisherboys, declared, “there are NO fish right here!” There weren’t a lot of men and women at the pond, but they all got a chortle out of his abrupt and practically instantaneous announcement.
Minute 7 — Three of the 4 boys I took arrive in excess of to explain to me, “My reel is broken” at the exact time. It appears to be virtually beyond belief but just one look at their reels demonstrate about 87 factors that seem broken on each reel.
Minute 16 — The 4 boys acquire off across the financial institution of the pond like a herd of buffalo. They stampede by a fellow angler who appeared uncertain as to whether they had been going to pass or plow into him. I apologize profusely.
Moment 22 — I endeavor to cast and my pole whips back at me. This is because the 7-year-old had piled spools and spools of line substantial on the ground even though “fixing” his reel and my hook caught the twisted line. The angler the boys stampeded by facet-eyes me. I have been recognized as a rookie.
Minute 30 — I check my fish rely: .
Minute 38 — The 10-12 months-outdated is now gathering used fishing line and tying it to a adhere to construct a makeshift fishing pole. We continue to have 1.5 operating rods and reels that he’s been offered but this is by some means preferable. The angler who was almost a target of their stampede is observing this 3rd occasion of weird actions and certainly imagining this is the initially time any of us has at any time gone fishing. Or out in public.
Moment 43 — A 12-ish-year-old boy who’s been fishing given that in advance of we acquired there ambles in excess of and we talk about bait. I look more than to my caveman 10-year-outdated now attempting to spear fish with the stick he tied fishing line to and then back again at the 12-yr-outdated. I guess a great deal can improve in two decades.
Minute 54 — The 8-calendar year-old falls into the h2o. It’s 52 degrees and breezy. I inquire, but he didn’t see any trout.
Minute 61 — I declare previous cast, do so, and catch nothing at all. I also declare that there are no fish in this pond.
Moment 62— The 7-12 months-aged claims, “I instructed you that an hour ago, Dad”
Harris and his wife dwell in Pflugerville with their six sons. You should e-mail reviews or suggestions for potential columns to [email protected].