As I mentioned in the beginning of this blog, my goal is to be able to catch my own food...at least once in my life. On my past fishing trips I didn't even consider keeping any of my previous keeper bluegill, catfish, or crappie aka I was scared to touch the fish & to actually have to clean the fish. But it was about time for me to step up and get the job done.
So I grabbed a cooler and stopped by 7-11 on the way to the lake for some Ice. By day's end this cooler would be filled. Flash forward...It wasn't...crap...
After catching 5 delicious looking keeper sized crappie the day before and repeating the same rig and lake location this day, I yeilded 0 fish. After a few hours my ice was melting and I had no fish and I had lost 3 bobbers (beginner mistakes). This was going to be harder than I thought! Why didn't I bring the cooler yesterday!!!
Eventually I caught a bluegill that was iffy size. I looked at him and thought for probably 4 minutes about taking it home, but instead decided it was a hair too small and let the poor guy go. A mistake?
I continued to fish with no luck whatsoever. Was I going to go home empty handed after 5 fishing trips with good sized fish, all let go?! Was this $3 bag of ice a waste of money!! Why didn't I keep that gil!
Finally, a miracle happened. I snagged another bluegill. This one wasn't very big, maybe 6 inches, but it was bigger and fatter than the first one. This would do for my first fish cleaning experience. I placed the fish, named Gilly, in the cooler and headed home for the next part of the adventure...cleaning the fish...
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