The payoff of exploring? An abundance of smallies. :)
I decided to leave the 'yak at home and just grab my bike, my backpack, and my pole. I rode for about 20-25 minutes on one of our numerous new paved paths that have been laid out across the city. I found a path that didn't seem to be used often and let wading commence. I caught a buttload, but here's the biggest one. To bad I didn't bring the measuring tape. Any guesses on the length? As you can see I have the fish right up next to my body for a realistic representation of its size.
It was an awesome outing, up until I realized that my nice Trek bike got jacked. Doh!!!
It seems all i read on this site now days is crap..we have hoover thefts and now we have a guy get his bike ripped 2 threads down we have a guy in a yak that gets bullied by a boater his lines cut,a thread or so more and its devoted to people who come and push up on you while fishing. its going from OGF to OMG everytime i sign in. its crazy i tell ya
I'm up in Westerville Mushi'. 3 creeks is a little far for me, so that wasn't me. I had the bike locked up. There's so many theives out there these days. For their physical well being I hope I never catch them on the outs with my bike. What made the journey home easier is the fact that I'm very into long distance running and I just ran home. Running 8-9 miles wasn't easy with the backpack and pole straped to it, but it was a damn good work out.
Congrats on the smallie!!!! Regarding the stolen bike, or for that matter, anything of high value like boats, tackle bags, and of course expensive bikes....if the value of the item is high enough, i'll pick up a small GPS tracking system with a website feed or something (you could stick the transmitter under the seat or something) because nothing is more satisfying than pulling up to a house that has your stolen bike in the front yard
Sore Thumbs????......It was a good day.
nice fish man. im sorry about your bike. ive heard reports of people that are up to no good walking these new paths. and i have seen kids with there pants around there ankles packed into cars roaming around the local parks. makes me feel uneasy so i always take all the goods out of my car and hide everything.
I used to be a bit of a cyclist myself. (still am just haven't gotten the bike out this year) my philosophy on it is this. Never leave something you dont want stolen untended in this day and age. and if you have to look away LOCK IT UP with a quality lock. the master python is a great lock (a bit bulky but better than a stolen bike) Sorry again man but good luck fishing.
First off, thank you for not posting your fishing location.
Second, sorry to hear about your bike. I used to do this a lot. It's best to forego the standard bike locks and get a very heavy duty length of chain and lock and stash it deep and lock it to a tree. Thieves are too lazy to saw a decent size tree. You probably won't be doing this again though.
Third, glad you caught fish! Takes a little of the sting out of it.
I applaud your efforts to not be stymied by the heat and low water and find a different modus opperandi.
When you get a new bike, consider using it as a shuttle for solo yak trips. Drop off the yak and lock it up....or stash it if it is very remote. Drive to your drop off point, and ride back on your bike to your yak. Lock it up, and pick it up at the end of the day. You either have to stash your fishing gear with your yak or carry minimal gear as you did on your bike today.
"You get what you tolerate." Ditka
Last edited by streamstalker; 06-28-2012 at 05:14 PM.