Well discouraged we decided to paddle up river to the upper McAlpine damn (which they close this time of year). We paddled up river taking pictures of each other, the damn, and the Louisville skyline which at that time of the morning had a light fog hovering just above the city sky scrapers. The water was shallow and we saw lots of vulchers dinning on drum, catfish, and even a couple spoonbills. Seeing the fish gave us a second wind and we headed back down stream to try our luck again at the lower damn.
We fished for another couple of hours at the current and even from the shore and still no luck. With heads hung low we paddled back to the ramp and proceeded to get ready to head home. Of course not before swapping stories with another couple of fisherman on the shore. They also expressed their “unlucky” day and how the fish had just not been biting the last couple days. I was depressed thinking that this might be the last time that I get out on the water before the coolness of winter comes barreling in.
Upon arriving home I quickly uploaded the photos and saw the many great shots that we had gotten. Up to this point I was questioning whether or not the fishing trip was worth it or not. I mean I got up at 5:00am to load the jeep, then unload it at the ramp, then load it all up again drive home and unload it yet one more time. All this and I hadn’t even caught any fish. After toggling through the photos of the day I quickly realized that of course it was worth it. I had the opportunity to spend a beautiful morning out on the water with a good buddy fishing from my kaYAK (I guess that you still call it fishing when you don’t catch anything). I would gladly take this day over just about any day sitting in front of the computer in my office.
Well that’s what’s on my mind as I plan my next fishing trip and think to my self “is it worth it” fighting the early morning cold and getting up at the butt crack of dawn. Hopefully my next blog has something to do with actually catching fish but even if it doesn’t oh well!