Tn Ducks!

I have had a passion for chasing waterfowl since I have been barely able to walk.  It all started when I trailed behind my father carrying a stick, pretending it was a firearm.  When I turned 11, I toted around a single shot 20 guage, that on my first hunt, I almost shot an entire box of shells, without even tickling a duck!

When I moved to Tennessee 3 years ago, I fell out of the duck hunting scene a little bit.  I had no one to hunt with, and I didn't really know where to go.  A few hunts here and there over the past few seasons was all I did. 

This year, I got back into my passion.  I started hunting more often, with friends and solo.  I didn't harvest a ton of ducks, but it sure felt good to get back to the duck blind!  The sunrises,  laughter, story telling, jokes, breakfast in the blind,  and so much more are what makes it a special place.  Until next season...

Here are a few highlights!

Subfreezing Kayak Fishin!

A few weeks back, I got a text from a good friend of some very nice fish that he had been catching.  I just had to join in on the fun, so Chris, Craig, and I met at the boat ramp at 5:30 am.  It was 19 degrees out and the steam was just rolling off the water.  We unloaded our paddle crafts and were en route to the "hotspot."  After getting some good hits and a hook up on the way out, we were finally set up at the "Bar", a barrier that has been put up that we cannot cross due to construction.  

A few casts into the morning and we all begin to hook up.  Fish are busting the surface and they are doing their best to hammer my topwater baits!  Chris ended up having the "hot stick" that day as he managed to fool 6 nice striper, I put 3 in my yak and Craig and a few others did their share of setting hooks into fish also.

Was it worth getting up at 3:45 in subfreezing temps, dealing with iced reels and having the eyes on your fishing rod completely ice up?  Absolutely!  For the pictures alone it was!

Until next time....Keep Livin' Your Dream!