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DUDE! It’s Just a Fish!

August 10, 2009

Written Wednesday, July 01, 2009

After a hard day of fishing, swimming, golf cart riding and chatting with other campers at the resort my buddy Billy and I like to unwind with a nice dinner and a cup of fresh java for dessert. Billy and I find a good cup of coffee after dinner along with some good conversation a great way to unwind after such a stressful day. Most evenings Tommy and his wife Katy join in on the conversation but choose Jack & Coke as their poison. We congregate at Billy’s sometimes until the wee hours of the morning sitting around a roaring campfire telling stories, chatting about this and that and do A LOT of laughing.

Last night while having our evening conversation at Billy’s, we started talking about the older guy that pulled in with his wife in a Winnebago a few days ago next to Billy. None of us were catching any fish and Billy had noticed the guy catching quite a few nice size catfish the past couple of days. “Did you ask him what he was using for bait” Tommy and I asked. “No, I haven’t asked him yet” Billy responded. Immediately following Billy’s response and before anyone could say anything more, we all heard one of the bells the guy had hanging on his pole designed to ring when your pole is being tugged on by a fish. Billy looked at Tommy and I and said “see, he’s got another one”. We all turned our attention towards the older gentleman to see what kind of fish he was hauling in and how big it was.

The guy walks out from behind his Winnebago, grabs his fishing pole and begins to reel it in with all of us watching. As he reels, we see him look over his shoulder and ask his wife to pickup the light sitting on the ground and hold it for him so he can see. His wife soon appears from behind the Winnebago and walks towards the light in the dark. Unfortunately, the wife didn’t see the fire pit in the dark and tripped over it head first and started rolling down the short and very steep hill towards the lake. How on earth that poor woman didn’t end up in the lake is still a mystery to us. As soon as we saw what had happened, we all rushed over to her to make sure she was ok. On the way over to her, the husband had knelt down beside her with fishing pole still in hand as she laid there motionless. We all asked if she was ok and she responded with a quiet and very embarrassed yes. “Let me take your pole so you can help your wife” I said to the husband. “There’s a fish on it” he said as he reluctantly handed me the pole. I started to reel in the fish for the husband and he started rubbing his wife’s arm, never taking his eyes off of me with his pole.

While I am reeling in the pole with the old man watching my every move and telling me to be careful not to lose it, Billy and Tommy started to ask the woman if they could get her anything, help her in any way and telling her not to be embarrassed and we are all just happy she is alright because she could have easily ended up in the lake or she could have broken a bone. Now guys, I don’t know about your wife but I KNOW that if my wife took a fall like that and I paid more attention to the guy reeling in my fish than taking care of her, there would be HELL to pay. Honestly, I can’t say that I would blame her either! I couldn’t believe this guy was more worried about me and that fish than taking care of his wife after a nasty fall.

After the fish was safely on shore, the old man took the pole from me and started to get the hook out of the mouth of the fish. The woman got up from the ground with the help of Tommy and Billy, gave her husband a look of PURE EVIL and walked inside the camper. When I saw the look she gave her husband it made me thank god I was not that old man. I KNEW what was in store for that poor sap when he got that fish on his stringer. We went back to Billy’s camper next door and watched the old man walk to the door of his Winnebago with his head hung low. Nobody saw either one of them until 7:00pm the following evening.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2009 10:02 PM

    Yes, WTH is wrong with him?!!! I would have killed Toby if he’d just left me lay there! The bigger question is, did you see what he was using for bait?!

    • August 11, 2009 6:18 PM

      LOL….no, I never did see what he was using. LOL

  2. August 11, 2009 9:31 AM

    He would be the fish bait if he was my husband!

    • August 11, 2009 6:18 PM

      If I would have left Paula laying there like that I would have been fish bait too! What a goober!

  3. August 11, 2009 11:15 AM

    Paul would be living in the camper if that were him. Or maybe I would choose to live in it! One way or the other, I’d be pissed right off!!! LOL Sue, what was the bait!!!!!

    • August 11, 2009 6:19 PM

      Can’t say that I would blame you one little bit Joy. LOL I couldn’t believe that guy!!

  4. August 11, 2009 2:18 PM

    Pity you didn’t get to see what he used for bait… If you did atleast some use would’ve come off it!
    The next time you see him you should raise your eyebrows and ask… So how did the missus take the fall?

    • August 11, 2009 6:21 PM

      Pity for sure cause he was sure catching them! I still don’t know what he was using. Oh well, bummer for me I suppose. LOL I just couldn’t believe that guy let his wife lay there like that. LOL

  5. S. Le permalink
    August 11, 2009 2:21 PM

    But you did see them both, right? And both were alive? Whew!

    • August 11, 2009 6:21 PM

      Yeah, they were both still alive. I had my doubts about the old man all day but he finally came out to play the next evening. LOL

  6. August 12, 2009 7:44 AM

    Ok, the curiosity is getting to me. Don’t make me come out there and ask him myself what bait he uses! LOL! I hope his wife is doing alright. I wonder if they’ve been married for a long time? He seems pretty disinterested in her well being.

    • August 12, 2009 2:32 PM

      I would ask him for you Era but they left without saying goodbye. 😦 It might have been the whole emberassment thing? LOL She seemed to be doing just fine the very next day so I’m sure all is well with her. I’m guessing they HAVE been married an AWFULLY long time. 🙂

  7. August 14, 2009 6:41 PM

    I certainly would’ve paid dearly if it was me & Michelle

    • August 18, 2009 11:04 AM

      I bet you would Tony! Lord KNOWS I would of as well! 🙂

  8. August 19, 2009 7:50 AM

    just tack an incident like that up to why my old man and I are just co-existing. I slipped on our steps one winter (because the da) didn’t put salt down…oh heaven forbid any of that get on his plants that creep over the sidewalk and kill them. I landed and cracked my head open on the sidewalk. I kept thinking at some point because he was waiting in the van for me and I wasn’t showing up he MIGHT come looking. Nope. I finally was able to get up…went back in the house to get a towel to blot up the blood and check to see if I needed stitches…and then proceeded to the van where he was waiting. That’s been like 15 years ago and he’s still paying for it!

    what an ass! I think I would have let the fish get away just for shits and giggles!

    • August 20, 2009 9:50 PM

      Oh man! So did you need stitches? I bet HE IS still paying for that one. I would be scared to live with you after doing something like that. LOL

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