Have you ever wondered what happens on your patio at night
when you are all curled up in bed, was there a party going on that you weren’t
invited too? Well, I haven’t thought much about it either, until I noticed a
flash of something running across the patio when I turned the light on to let
the cat out. What was it? I’m not sure, but I decided to find out just what
happens on the patio after hours. I set
up critter cam, my night, motion camera and placed a small amount of cat food
near. Here’s what happened!
8:38pm and first out is a possum looking for the all you can eat buffet.
9:19pm our cat drops by looking for action.
10:38pm a cat tail.
4:51am three baby raccoons partying on the patio
5:03am the bouncer drops by and asks the raccoons to leave.
5:25am and the cleaning folks come by to tidy things up.
I couldn't resist doing this cartoon of these waders hanging on the wall and little Johnny's artwork all over his dad's fish suit, as little Johnny calls them. Looks like that's a permanent marker in Johnny's hand. Hmm, wonder what daddy's reaction will be? Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!
I fish in this locate lake and this has been in the news lately. SMYRNA, Tenn.- A local fisherman's startling catch at Percy Priest Lake has people talking and wondering how and if an exotic fish from South America could end up in Smyrna. Bill Haynes says there is no doubt what bit his bait Saturday is a Piranha; Native to Amazon, this one somehow ended up in a Tennessee lake and Haynes says it was likely at the hands of irresponsible pet owner. He's been fishing his entire life and said even this took him by surprise, "You know what you're fishing for, but that doesn't mean you know what you are going to catch," he said. Never was that more true than what he reeled in Saturday night from his boat on Percy Priest Lake.
The Piranha exotic fish is known for its sharp teeth, sensationalized in Hollywood for its killer instinct and quick bite. And seeing it next to a Tennessee catfish in the catch bin shocked many eople docked at Percy Priest. Haynes said the fish tried to snap at him Saturday night and even ate the 15 blue carp that were also caught. "If you get them stirred up, they will probably bite you back. I know he was trying last night," he said. Haynes took a closer look at the teeth on the fish, many of which were broken off but growing back in. Bill believes this fish came from the Amazon to an aquarium before finding a home in Percy Priest. "People get them in their aquariums and they get tired of them or they get too big and they don't want to kill them, so they bring them here and turn them loose, and it's against the law," he said. What puzzles Bill even more than seeing a Piranha next to a catfish, is that they both took a bite of the same local bait. "This dumb fish bit a hot dog," he said.
Now Old Man Bill's got all of Dock C talking and watching the water for what exotic pet they might catch next. "I'm not getting in that water. If you see me in it, it's because I fell in not because I jumped in!" he said. A biologist from the TWRA is coming to take a look at the fish on Monday morning and confirm what species it is. This is not the first report of a Piranha being caught in Percy Priest Lake; a similar catch was made by a woman last year. It is uncertain if they are affecting the local habitat.
It all started yesterday, Sept 15, 2012 in the ten acre woods
when two bodies were discovered……….
Mr. Bunny lived in the meadow across the road from the
ten acre woods. He spent most of his days with his wife and 12 children in their
beautiful two hole house, only coming out in the early morning and late evening
to eat. Something was different about this day and Mr. Bunny could probably
sense it. While Mr. Bunny was enjoying a second helping of fresh clover, he was
suddenly and brutally attacked. The
evidence indicates that Mr. Bunny struggled with his attacker but was not able
to free himself. He was killed on the spot and his body was dragged from the
meadow, across the street, and down the ten acre drive.
Forensic evidence suggests
that Mr. Bunny died from bite marks around the neck area. Also, the time of
death cannot be certain, but rigamortis had set in and Mr. Bunny was likely killed
sometimes on the evening of the 15th.
While police were canvassing the area, another body was
discovered only 25ft up the drive from Mr. Bunny. This body was that of a field
rat that also lived in the meadow. It appears this victim was murdered in the
same fashion as Mr. Bunny however, evidence indicates Mr. Rat was killed on the
morning of the 16th.
Police indicated that there are four known predators of interest. All four are being interviewed.
Mr. Stormy is a grumpy 4 year old cat. Police commented that it was difficult to get
anything out of Stormy. After interviewing
Mr. Stormy, Police have concluded that Mr. Stormy is a house cat and has never
been outside. Stormy commented "I did not do it, there is no way. I’m a
full time house kitty!"
Mr. Gray was very cooperative and seemed to like the
attention even suggesting a suspect. Mr. Gray commented that he bet that it was that
mean cat Spot Nose that lives outside. Police have also concluded that Mr. Gray
is a full time house kiddy and had no means of leaving the house at the time of
Mr. Creamy is an indoor/outdoor cat. He is a loner and
kind of crazy. Police have determined that Mr. Creamy had the means and the
motive to murder the field animals. In fact, Mr. Creamy was outdoors and no one
had seen Mr. Creamy during the time of the murders. Creamy is a cat of
Mr. Spot Nose
NO PICTURE AVAILABLE FOR SPOT NOSE
Mr. Spot Nose is the bully of the neighborhood. He beats
up every cat that’s near and has even been seen chasing wild turkeys. Police
can’t even find Spot Nose to interview. Spot Nose is a cat of interest.
Police have completed a profile of the murderer that
suggests the murderer is a predator, likes for his victims to be found, kills
in the early morning or late evening, is a pathological murderer who preys on
small helpless field animals. A policeman was quoted as saying “we have a
serial killer in our neighborhood” stay in your hole. Stay Tuned for more
information on this riveting story…………….
I have been lucky to have a couple of lures that my grandfather fished with in the 30s. Now, my grandfather was not much of a fisherman, but did fish on a rare occasion. When I was a kid, the family cleaned out his home after he passed. My father and I found these old Heddon lures in his shop. My father said he remembered these when he was a kid and fished with them on the Duck River during the depression.
As you can see, they have seen better days. In fact, someone tried to modify the top lure for some reason. I do wonder what's the story behind this bait, where was it purchased, and what fish were caught. I'm sure if this bait could talk, it would be fascinating.
They are made of wood. The shellac has deteriorated with age and the paint is starting to crack and flake off. The quality of the craftsmanship is excellent. The diving spoon is thick and made from high quality metal, no rust after 80-85 years.
I bet my father or his brother modified this lure when they were young and decided a spinner would be better added to the front. Oh well, I am glad to have these old relics.They are not worth much to anyone else but me. I do want to preserve the story and place them in a better container. So, I decided to print and build an old fashion lure box made of paper.
Now folks in the future will know a little more about these old lures and the story behind the bait. "Old fishermen may pass, but their bait lives on!"
The above is a proto-type box and I am working to improve. I think it needs to be a little thicker and better graphics. I will add a new picture when I finish.
Remember: Life is short, get away from the big the screen and get on the big screen.
Bubba has been thinking! What would be better than combining two popular sports such as shark fishing and hillbilly hand fishing. Bubba can see it now, his own TV series showing him hauling in hugh Great Whites. The rating would be outrageous and Bubba would be a star. Then........
Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!
I know you have reached way back to the edge of the
fridge, searching under the frozen peas and corn to pullout that package of frozen
You didn’t know it, but you just Hillbilly Handfished,
sort of. This recreational activity is taking over the country. In fact it's so popular, signs
are going up everywhere to ban this sport. Well maybe not in New York City. Did
you know that you can actually hire a Hillbilly Handfishin guide? Yep, he or
she can show you the appropriate technique; yes Hillbilly Handfishin has technique
just like trout fishing.
Believe it or not this is the only natural way to catch fish
because no bait is used so no animals/worms are harmed,”The all Natural Caught
Fish!” In fact, Hillbilly Handfishin caught
fish may be coming to a health food store near you. Be lookin for them!
I can’t wait to show tomorrows cartoon, I think it’s just
too funny and may be my best!
Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and
get on a big stream! Oh, and try Hillbilly Handfishin.
Outrageous signs! You’ve seen them near recreational, boating, and fishing areas. They are big, yellow, and rectangular. The goal is to communicate caution by using the international language, simple pictures. Now days they are just getting outrageous for some of the messages they’re trying to convey.Not to be out done, I came up with my own humorous signs that you may see at a recreational area near you. I call them “Guess the Sign.” I will be adding new ones every day or two this week. Here is today’s sign.
It’s a known fact, banjo music make fishermen very nervous. If you were unaware of that fact, then you may need to watch the movie……….Deliverance. If you hear banjo music when fishing, kayaking, or boating……RUN FAST in the opposite direction.
Now this brings up the hottest new product of 2013! Do you want to protect your favorite fishing hole from other fishermen that are trying to catch your trophy? Some clever fishermen are using banjo music, yep banjo music. They install a motion detector that is connected to a battery operated CD player. When a fisherman comes near their favorite fishing hole, banjo music starts to play. Boy, fishermen run so fast they often leave their fishing gear behind along with that trophy fish. Look for this new product in recreational stores near you.
Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream, but always be aware of banjo music.
A Blast from the PAST! I remember the late sixties and seventies as a kid, barefoot on the river bank, mud squeezing between the toes and fishing. Yes, we had shoes in the south but preferred not to use them in the mud. How did this memory come about? I was looking in my father's old tackle box the other day and found a few of these snelled hook packages. If you are not familiar with snelled hooks, basically they're assorted sized hooks with 6-8" of monofilament line attached. They're great for kids to easily tie the hooks to the fishing line. Interestingly, this package cost $0.98 for 60 hooks. It was purchases at Fred's, a store that still exists today. I think this package is 40 to 45 years old.
I am great at determining useless information, so this got me thinking about the inflation of fishing gear. I did a little research to see if I could find today's cost of snelled hooks. After some Internet surfing, I found a package that is still being sold today and is similar with 48 hooks. The cost is $3.59. Now, doing a little math, I found that the increase in Snelled Hooks have averaged 6-7% over the last 40-45 years. So what does this mean? It means fishing gear is double the historical inflation rate of 3-3.5%. Why, because they can? Of course, this may not be for all fishing gear, but appears to be for snelled hooks.
Anyway, check out the knot diagram on the package. Great, for kids learning to tie knots.
Last but not least, the back panel. Hope you enoyed this useless information. Hmmmmmm, it's raining outside and my shoes are off. Maybe I will..........Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!