Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mid Winter Catch


I couple weeks ago we caught these fish called spottail shiners, they are very beautiful with a dark pthalo blue dot where the vertabrae stops and the tail begins. We walked out on the ice a mile to a secret spot and by some fluke I drilled on top of a large school of these fish. The Mississippi River I do believe is the most romantic place I have ever encountered, and always full of surprises, the only thing that compares are the great lakes. The river means so much to me. When I get up and look at it each day it never disappoints. Having grown up on the other side of the state with the notion of having to go "up north" the river is a real change of pace. By me there aren't very many jetski's and pleasure boaters. Unless in the main channel, the vast majority of the river, thank goodness, doesn't allow for such foolishness. There are so many places to explore and hide that are no good to the attitude that I have grown up around. Out from me lies a shallow bay choked with duckweed and anchored by lotus and coontail along with many other plants I do not know the names of but wish I did. You couldn't really put in a pier and you definitely wouldn't go swimming. To my selfish great pleasure it is of little use to most people, even though I know that it is a sad inditement of our culture. And so let people go "up north" I am fine with them overlooking the river, I know the spottail shiners don't miss them.