Spend enough time on a boat, and you’ll see some really crazy sights. But I had no idea at this same time last year what was in store for me throughout 2019.
I witnessed events that, for me at least, had no precedent in more than 40 years of hardcore fishing. They will likely never be duplicated.
I compiled them all into a Top-10 video, included below, so check it out to see the events actually occurring. But following is the list:
10. In February, I caught five species of game fish on a single fishing trip.
9. Also in the late winter, I was having success catching crappie on a river near my house, when I began to hear a drumbeat far in the distance. Before long, I realized it was a marching band from a local high school. They marched right in front of me, performing “Play That Funky Music,” while I put fish in the boat.
8. In marshes that hold redfish and speckled trout, largemouth bass don’t get very big, but in late June, I caught one that weighed north of 4 pounds, which is a true trophy for the area.
7. Also in June, while vacationing in Florida, I caught a long, heavily spotted speckled trout on a Matrix Mullet.
6. In early April, my longtime fishing buddy Jonathan Ryan accidentally hooked and got boat-side three alligators while targeting speckled trout and redfish. Neither of us had ever hooked even a single alligator in more than 50 combined years of fishing.
5. In August, after coming out on the short end of a challenge, I was forced to use gummy worms to catch redfish. The tasty confections actually worked!
4. Our gator-hooking trend continued, when my nephew Jake Springer snagged a gator and used his bare hands to wrangle the large reptile. Maybe not the best decision ever, but we got our hook back!
3. In January, a fellow boater told us we were lucky he didn’t run us over before lowering his throttle and jumping on plane less than 5 feet from our boat.
2. In May, my buddy Justin Bowles and I came upon a beast of an alligator that had clamped down on a bull redfish, and wasn’t about to let go despite the intense protestations of the fish. Really an incredible sight!
1. Then in December, I hooked and landed a largemouth bass that had broken my son’s line 15 minutes earlier in a completely different stretch of the bayou we were fishing. The fish still had Joel’s hook and lure in its mouth.
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