Fresh or Frozen?
This week the cold winter days of the past few months have begun to thaw out into Spring days. While having a slow day fishing with worms (which usually catch a lot of fish in our small lake) I met another fisherman who had been fishing in a kayak. He had caught a few small bass and crappie using minnows. As he was leaving he offered me the bucket of minnows he had left over. I hooked one minnow through the tail and flipped it out under a bobber. It only took a couple minutes before I hooked into a 12 inch bass. A while after that I caught a large shellcracker using the same method.
Don’t Waste That Bait!
Since it was getting cooler with the upstart of a cold wind, I decided to return home and warm up. I looked down and saw all the minnows in the bucket and hated to waste them but knew they would not live to the next day! So I took them home and put them in a couple Ziplock bags and threw them in the freezer.
This afternoon I took one of the bags of frozen minnows and hooked up a freshly thawed minnow. I decided to put it on the bottom of the lake with a couple split shot on the line instead of below a bobber. It was shortly thereafter that I hooked into this 16 inch spotted bass.
The Bigger the Better: Second Bass of the Day:
A little while later this 17 inch bass grabbed a minnow and bent the pole. A few bites later I caught a ten inch bass. Needless to say I had quite a stringer of fish to take home.
It’s Taco Time!
After getting back home I cleaned up the fish into several nice fillets. I rolled them in flower and fried them up in butter. Next, I shredded up some lettuce, sliced some tomatoes and onions, threw on some sour cream and cheese, and tossed it all in some taco shells.
Thank God for The Opportunity:
Each time I go to the lake to fish I am reminded of God’s goodness to us. His creation is an amazing gift to mankind. Sitting by the lake you have plenty of time to meditate on the things He has shown us, not only through His creation, but also through His Word. Before heading to the lake, I start each day with some time in the Bible. That gives me a little to think about while waiting for the fish to bite. I often spend time thanking Him for His many blessings including my surroundings and the opportunity to fish and watch the many creatures that live around the lake.
Think of Ways to Extend to Blessings:
While thinking about not wasting the left over minnows I was reminded of so many other things that could be extended. Why waste the opportunities for enjoying the blessings of God? Each day brings us opportunities to express our gratitude to God and others for the things they share with us. Being thankful makes our days more enjoyable as well as affects the mood of the others around us. What are several things you are thankful for? Why not take some time to express your gratitude? You will find it makes your days more fulfilling.