Fishin’ With Vivian, A Fishing Story…
Today is our anniversary so to celebrate a little bit I thought I’d share a recent fishin’ with Vivian story. Happy anniversary sweetheart! 😛
When its time to go fishin’ with Vivian that means we need to get live bait. We put the chofer trap out overnight and get a few chofers for the livewell. We head for the first spot with the idea to try and find some trout for her to catch. She’s got a light inexpensive, from Basspro Shops, bullet proof, Ugly Stick saltwater fishing rod with a VERY small reel that has 8 lb test mono on it, with a 15 lb fluorocarbon leader, a popping cork and a small circle hook for catching trout.
At the first spot she gets baited up, but there just isn’t much happening until when trolling motoring along, I see a bunch of mullet near an old stake that might be marking an oyster bed. I have her cast to the mullet and then some smaller fish come rocketing out of the water right near the mullet. That means there might be something feeding. She gives the cork a couple of pops and pow! Somethin’ just inhales the chofer under the popping cork. Its all gone under water. She counts, then brings her rod tip up and reels slow to set the circle hook. Things come tight. Fish on! The fish runs hard to the right. The drag is screaming. Then she stops reeling and the line is slack. She thinks he came off, she thinks she lost him…but NO! I see a popping cork just under the surface of the water coming at us. The redfish is swimming right to the boat. I yell, REEL, REEL, REEL! The redfish comes at the bow, goes by the trolling motor and pop he’s off. 🙄 I got to see his back as he came by. We are only of 2 ft of water. The redfish was VERY BIG!
We are sad. 😥 So we get regrouped, fish along with the trolling motor for awhile nothing happening. We head up into a spot where I had caught some trout a couple of weeks ago. I get us positioned and we start to fish. Nothing much happening…until I see a push. Its a wave coming at us going against the tide…a school of redfish coming right for us. I grab her rod (sorry honey) and cast just in front of them and give it back to her (sorry honey). I thought maybe I was too late and I had spooked them. She jiggles the popping cork a little bit. Pow! Her cork is gone. The fish rockets out to the middle of the channel. The little reel’s drag is just squalin’ and Vivian is along for the ride. She cant slow him down much!
This time I am running around the boat, trolling motor up, engine up! She thinks she gets his head turned and then things go slack. She thinks he’s off. She didn’t turn his head. The redfish just decided to make a left turn. I look over and I yell no he’s not off! He’s coming at the boat! REEL, REEL, REEL! Sure enough, just like the other one, this redfish has made a left turn and is swimming right to the boat. She gets her slack caught up to him right near the boat. She is goes around the boat with him and then he wants to go under it. I try to get her to keep him from going under the boat, but no luck. She doesnt have enough rod to keep him out from under it and not enough line strength to really put some pressure on him.
She is at the redfish’s mercy and she has to let him do what he wants. He wants to swim under the boat! He does it TWICE! Both times bow to stern and both times he gets under the power pole! Twice I have to raise it enough to pass the rod through it and then give the rod back to Vivian. After the first time, I ask her, ‘Please don’t let him do that again!’. Ya right! The second time we had to open the bale and give him slack or he would have broke off for sure.
So the fish is seeing a lot of country and the bottom of our boat! Finally he starts to get tired and quits swimming at the boat. Vivian is patient. ‘Course she doesn’t have much choice. He finally gives up and we get him landed! He is well hooked, with the circle hook right in the corner of his lip. Pretty amazing! It was like a fire drill for awhile there. And her tackle just is NOT big redfish stuff. We are whoopin’ it up and give each other high fives!
So I’m thinkin’ that’s pretty darn good.
Not Vivian…she gets a big ol’ grin on her face and says, ‘I want to catch a shark next!’ 🙄 I think ooooookkkk, ya already caught the biggest fish of the day and got broke off on a bigger one yet. A shark? We might catch some catfish but I don’t think we will find any sharks here! There is only a couple feet of water.
I have some ladyfish in the livewell that I caught accidentally. Hmmm chum material. So I cut them up and chum with them. She casts out her chofer under her popping cork and we wait. After about 20 minutes I am ready to go and…HER CORK GOES UNDER! I’m thinkin’ sailcat. Then the cork comes up. She reels in to check it and there is a 1/2 of chofer left on the hook. Just his head, I have seen it before, nothin’ unusual. Probably a sailcat. Before I can say anything she casts it back out. I say, ‘I don’t think you’ll catch anything with just the head on there.’ It hits the water and shortly thereafter disappears again, Vivian reels slow and lifts up to set the circle hook. Things come tight! This thing goes ripping around like a sports car on a racetrack. At least its not wanting to come under the boat! She eventually gets it slowed down enough to where we get a look it and I’ll be darned its a small black tip shark!
I boat him but I don’t think I’ll let her hold him for pictures.
Except for the bait, all the fish were released alive and swimmin’. And that’s fishin’ with Vivian! 😆
So if you want to have some fun and this works GREAT for novice fisherman, young people, wives or girlfriends who don’t fish alot. Get yourself an Ugly Stick, less than $40.00 at Basspro Shops. They are nearly indestructible. Buy a popping cork or two. Tie it to your main line. Take about 2 feet of your favorite leader material, I like fluorocarbon, and tie it to the other end of the popping cork. You can vary the length of the leader given the water depth you’ll be fishing. On the end of the leader you can tie a jig head or small hook.
I prefer circle hooks for novices because you can let the fish swallow the bait. If the cork goes under, I usually have Vivian count to four. Then the person just takes up the slack by lifting the rod tip or if there too much slack out there, then just have them reel slowly until they feel weight on the end of the line. Then lift the rod tip and reel. You DO NOT jerk the line to set the hook. You’ll know when things come tight if you have a hook set. If you don’t get the hook set, you can just be patient and wait. The fish will often times come back and hit the bait again. With live chofers you can tell if something is stalking it. The chofer will get very nervous and you’ll see the cork swim or it may go to popping up and down on its own.
The circle hook will 99.99% of the time hook the fish in the corner of the mouth. For bait you can use chofers, shrimp, cut bait (redfish have been know to eat a mullet fillet with the skin on) or even plastics or scented plastics like Gulps will work. Go fishin’!
Here’s a good video of one technique using a popping cork and chofers. I have to say his techniques do work pretty well for Vivian. 😎
Gotta go! Good fishing to you all!
Mike and Vivian Foate