On Friday August 12, 2011, my son (Mike Fry, 14 years old), my husband, and I went fishing on the Ohio River Bank near Dilles Bottom Ohio. My husband left one pole to re-bait another. My son yelled “Dad! You have a bite!” My husband told him to grab it, and reel it in. My son picked up the pole, which was strung with 8 lb test Eagle Claw line, set the hook, and thought he got a snag. My husband took the pole. It wasn’t a snag. He had hooked a fish, and the fish started running the drag. He handed the pole back to my son. After a grueling battle, he landed a 37″ 23# Channel Catfish.
My friend Chris and I decided that we would go fishing for perch on Edgemere road. We had caught 20 perch before it began to rain. As we were packing up I noticed that my light action rod was being dragged into the water. I ran over and picked the rod up, set the hook, and felt what I thought was a whale. It took a grueling 45min to real in this mud puppy! I was forced to run up and down the road to avoid running out of line or snapping the 4lb test. When I finally landed the monster it felt like a cylinder block. It ended up weighting 53.4lbs.
This past week our marketing team decided to get out and do a “field test” in beautiful South Park, Colorado. It started out with a scare when we almost were involved in an accident on I-70, but luckily we had Colleen “Super Mom” driving. Her parental driving skilled helped avoid the cars that were sliding back and forth like pinballs on crowded I-70. After that thrill we had a nice and pleasant drive up to the mountains. We were all glad we made it safe to enjoy our fishing trip. The fish were very active in these high mountain lakes. Linda stared off the day by catching the first fish.