Today I went to the CT River to remember Our friend, my friend, Ray Z. I brought my custom drop shot rod that Ray had built for me and threw a soft jerkbait. I was hoping for one fish, just one, in Rayís honor. My wish came true when a spunky little smallie smashed the bait, and after a noble fight, came to hand. I took a picture and talked to Ray for a while, and knew that he was smiling down on me from above.
I caught a few on a tube too including a fall fish
The fluke was the star of the day again, and I stayed with it most of the afternoon and it got bit a lot.
I continued to hit fish consistently as I worked a nice current seam. Then, I hooked the fish of dreams. A river tiger smallie worthy of Rayís memory and the rod he had built for me. This fish was everything you could ask for in a smallmouth: massive, acrobatic, tenaciously determined to break me off and strong... oh so strong from a long life of fighting in the current. My new PB River smallie, and close to 5 lbs.
This was Rayís fish. Iím happy to have had this encounter with an amazing fish, and, like Ray, I will never forget it.
""Happy Talk" . . . . . Because it has worked so well thus far"
"It is not necessary to change; survival is not mandatory" - Edward Deming
"Unless we start to focus everything on this, our targets will soon be out of reach" - Greta Thunberg January 2020
"I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats and the rest I wasted" - Elmore Leonard.
Team Man Made Climate Change is Real.
"When we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 out of 100 climate scientists from what the National Academy of Scientists said on what is causing climate change, and manís contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science" - John Huntsman December 2011
"Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of world we may be leaving to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them" - Pope Francis September 2015
"The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy," Donald Trump 2012