Riding with the red hot Britt Hite got us some photos on Bassmaster.com
I will hopefully have the Marshal trip blog up soon. I have lots of pics and plenty of story to tell.
Blog Entry for April 13, 2014
I do believe that Spring has finally sprung here in the North Country. I still have a couple of piles of snow in the front yard, but it is going fast. I've tried to help it along each day, for the last several days, by chopping it up and trying to spread it around. I'm and sick of looking at it. The only problem with it all being gone, is I now have oak leaves and a pick up load of sticks to pick up. There are those though that are still fishing on hard water. Here's a picture of my Okeechobee buddy, Josh Peacock, with some dandy crappie he caught just yesterday.
We got back from our trip down to Table Rock Tuesday about 7:30 pm. It's been a rough couple of weeks. My wife and I came down with sore throats prior to leaving. I went in on a Sunday to an Urgent Care facility and got a throat culture, and it was negative for Strep. The next day, I went in to see my family doctor, and he felt I had a viral infection with a secondary bacterial infection, so he put me on some antibiotic. That took several days to kick some of my symptoms. We postponed leaving until the last possible minute thinking we may have to cancel. We could leave as late as Tuesday afternoon and still make it down for the Wednesday Marshal's meeting which I had to attend.
Long story short we decided to go. We drove as far as South St. Louis. Jude, who was feeling better than I, drove most of the way. The next morning we made the remainder of the drive to Branson in about three, or maybe it was four, hours. We had time to check in to the hotel and reconnoiter the area. The meeting was held at Big Cedar Lodge, one of Johnny Morris' properties, a jewel of the South. I'll have more of a write up on how all that went when I do my Marshal expose.
As I mentioned, we both came down with this nasty sore throat and were on antibiotics. They ran out after seven days, at which time the both our throats got sorer and sorer, right back to where they were. We went back to the doctor and had strep and blood work done for mono which both came back negative. At about this time though, I developed pink eye and had to start drops. We both missed work and are still fighting the remnants of this infection. It is definitely getting old.
I just haven't had the gumption to start on the Marshal trip blog. However, I thought I'd do this brief blog promising or at least committing myself through peer pressure to get going on it. I plan on going over all the pics, hundreds, and selecting the good ones and resizing them. Then I need to upload them to the program I use for the blog and then place them and type in the text. It will take a few days, but I don't work this week, so I should be able to get 'er done.
One of the things I have done since coming home is I took a couple hours to watch Major League Fishing. I saw episode two on the Outdoor Channel, but because I had signed up for their new Fantasy Fishing, I really was curious how the anglers in the first round did. I looked on the website and saw that you could watch the extended coverage for round one online. I clicked and thoroughly enjoyed watching. I really like the MLF format, and I really like the extended coverage that you get online. Lots of pointers and tips from the pros. Here is the link to the Challenge Cup Episode One .
My Fantasy Fishing picks for Table Rock, weren't all that good once again. Middle of the pack is about where I'm at. One of our Tear Drop Fantasy League groupies, D. Adams is in 60th place overall, outstanding! There are thousands of participants, and Darcy has a real shot at placing in the big time with a couple more good tournaments. Here's a look at the top half of our league. My screen capture only lets me get about half the names.
I was reading on the Bassmaster.com site where they said 27 players made the perfect picks of Bucket A - Aaron Martens, Bucket - B Mike McClelland, Bucket C - Kevin Van Dam, Bucket D - Brandon Paliniuk, Bucket E - Edwin Evers. The next event isn't until May 1 on the famous Many, LA Toledo Bend. The Elites have been there before and as I recall Dean "The Frog Fishing Machine" Rojas had a day, as did Gerald "The G Man" Swindle.
Speaking of the G-Man, he's going to be one of the Pros that will be down at D&R Sports, Randy Van Dam's store, in Kalamazo. The Spring Fling will be the 18th and 19th, which is this coming Friday and Saturday. Along with Gerald Swindle they are also going to have Brandon Palaniuk, Ish Monroe, KVD, JVD, Zona, Chris Noffsinger, and Gery Gostenink. Last year I missed going down to D&R for their Spring Open House. This year, I made sure I took time off from Cabela's so I wouldn't miss it this year. I'll be going down all day on Friday. I had hoped to hear Brandon, but he has his seminar on Saturday at 3:30 pm. Drats!! Here is a link to the D&R Seminar Schedule for their Spring Fling.
One last thing before I close today is to send my regards to by good friend Ron Hicks. He broke his leg recently in a four wheeler accident. I would also like to send my best out to Rick and jean Skinner who celebrate their anniversary on April 18th.
I'll leave you today with a quote from the infamous Dr. Seuss, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Have a good day!