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I'd Rather Be... Working??

We tried fishing Christmas Bay, TX. Launched out of Ernie's and paddled east. Fished all over the area without a single bite. So we decided to head over to the abandoned camp. This is when it all started.

First of all, my homemade stack-out stick bends and then breaks. Oh well, I spent $6 on it. We decide to fish the drop-off by the house. Tried anchoring, but my anchor wouldn't grab; current was really strong. Finally the anchor grabs close to the stairs.

Start fishing. Nothing. So we decide to move and guess what? My anchors caught on something. Finally had to cut it.

During this anchor challenge, what's left of my stack out stick floats into the cove by the house. Now I have to go get it. Paddle to the stick and my yak bottoms out in the mud.

Get out of yak, mud wasn't too bad - just sink a little… Go to grab my stick when my yak decides to start floating away; no anchor or stick to hold the yak.

Go to grab my yak, take one step and end up sinking into mud up to my waist! Finally grab the yak and try pulling myself out of the mud. Manage to get one leg out, the other sinks further.


So I think, "I'll just lift my unstuck leg into the yak." Bad idea…

As soon as my leg gets in the yak, I sink further and splash.


Finally get loose and back in the yak exhausted… try to fish a little more. No bites. Nothing.

Nothing but mud... all over me and my gear.

Head in, load up. Best thing about the day was the burger at Ernie's.

I never thought it was possible to have a day of fishing and thinking I would rather be at work...

Written by: Mark Clark - The Woodlands, TX

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