ON THE LINE: Windy conditions

Well I was ready for my next adventure. And this time, like always, I thought I was an expert. I was on the water at 5:45 a.m. and then something occurs that I had never thought about before – drifting. The downside to float tubing is the wind. I paddled and paddled, and tried to reposition myself, but the wind kept blowing me off course. Nature always finds a way to show me that I am not a pro, but still a beginner. All I kept thinking was, “An anchor would be nice right now.” Now it’s on my Christmas wish list. Never once was I worried about flipping, but wow – it was like being on a ride.

I spent the next couple of hours floating around, paddling, until finally, on my way back, I caught a fish! Bam, two for two with the float tube! My goal was to not get skunked.

Most people get the biggest thrill out of catching fish that weigh five pounds or more, but not me – the 10-inch fish that I landed was a lot of fun. Those things can really put up a good little fight.

Two lessons I learned: don’t cast into the wind if you don’t know what you are doing – my line just bunched right in front of me; and number two: be prepared for the wind.

Until next time, keep your rod tip up.

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