I casted back out, and hooked up right away. This time I brought the bass all the way in, and nabbed a picture of it underwater.
We stayed close to the bank, hammering fish after fish on poppers.
I also wanted a bluegill, so I shot my line into Andrew’s spot and hooked up immediately. The bluegill fought like a pro, and when I brought it in, I could see it was in full spawning colors.
The day was flying by, and things had started to slow down. We started to head back to the car when I felt the need for one more fish.
“We each have to get one more fish, Andrew.” I said to him, before we headed back. Catching one last fish can be a dangerous game; it often leave you out on the water much later than expected, and empty-handed.
Andrew and I went back to his bluegill cove and worked it hard with our poppers. My popper got hit, and I ripped in my last fish of the day.
Andrew stayed stealthy as he inched closer to the weeds. He plopped his popper right where it needed to be, and WHAM!
Each of us caught a fish on our last casts. Before I could think of another reason to stick around, I clipped off my popper and reeled in my line.
“This was a good day!” I said to Andrew as we made it back to the car.
“Yeah, thanks for bringing me out.” He said, “even though I didn’t catch as many fish as you did, it was still fun.”
“Don’t worry about it. The only reason you didn’t catch as many fish as I was because I gave you a defective popper.” I said with a smile.
“What?” Andrew asked, looking at his popper.
“I’m kidding, but at least you don’t have bass thumb.” I said, showing him my thumbs. The little teeth on a bass are like rough sand paper, and when you lip enough of them them it can leave your thumb a little tore up.
“Be careful, bass thumb is very contagious and, before you know it, you will be back trying to catch it.” I said as we packed up the float tubes.
“I can’t wait to get back out there.” Andrew said, as we pulled away.
“Careful, Andrew, that’s the bass thumb talking.” I said, and we took off, knowing this was only the beginning of popper season.