Friday, October 4, 2013

Progress

On Wednesday, Sept 26, 2013, my dad and I made plans to fish on some private property owned by a friend of his. Located in a sleepy, unincorporated town called Progress in Mississippi, it appears the only progress going on is the beauty of the land. It was a marvelous day with the most pleasant weather conditions, though still a tad bit warm.

Daddy caught two 7-8 lb. catfish, a bream, and 2 turtles (or the same turtle twice). I finally caught a catfish and reeled it in all by myself. It was about 5-6 lbs. Daddy said I caught on to casting quickly. I was so worried about maiming his ears, eyes or getting the line tangled up in trees. Have you seen the character Sue in The Middle? I'm a little like that. My grandmother used to say I was fru-fru (clumsy). Thankfully, I managed to end the day without maiming myself or anyone else.

We fished with peeled shrimp and live worms. I could not thread the worms; it put my stomach in a turmoil. I even felt bad hooking the fish, but I've been told they don't feel pain the same way humans do. I hope that's true.
iPhone shot of the pond

Cedar trees starting to change colors



Daddy about to reel in his catch (iPhone)

Daddy's first catfish

Daddy right after he reeled it in

With a bream

Finally, my catfish. Trying to do a selfie with the phone while holding up this
wiggly, heavy fish was a challenge.
It was such a fun day. After Double D looked at the pictures, he wanted to go too, so we drove back two days later. I was the only one to catch a catfish. More photos soon!

45 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

How fun!! And beautiful place to spend the day with family...enjoying the scenery!!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh wow the reflections off of the water are breathtaking. Looks like a beautiful day :)

Buttons said...

Oh Gail time with your Dad is priceless and I can tell he thinks time with you is too. The photos are amazing and I am so happy you had such a great time. Hugs B

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Your capture of the lake with your Iphone are lovely! Fishing is so relaxing. Congrats on catching the fish. Do you throw them back?
Those are one blessed cows, what a beautiful property!

Chatty Crone said...

I was going down and looking at your gorgeous gorgeous pictures and then catfish! LOL I like catfish, but I have a hard time looking at them. Heehee.

Betty Manousos said...
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Betty Manousos said...

..and congrats on catching the fish!!

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful place to spend the day. The colors on the trees are phenomenal :) Congratulations to your dad and his first catfish - how fun! Take care, sweet friend, and have a lovely weekend. Hugs and blessings!

Betty Manousos said...
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Betty Manousos said...

wow, what a marvelous place to spend a day! such a beautiful scenery, too. i love catfish, that one is really huge!
loved seeing your photos, they are all astonishing!!

...and thanks so much for the follow; following you right back!

have a great weekend~
xo

Pallavi said...

Looks like you had a great day out with your dad . He looks like a pro in fishing :) beautiful pictures Gail. The reflections are stunning !

Deanna said...

What a fun afternoon with your Dad...and a beautiful place that you captured with your images!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That is fun. I love blackened catfish! Did you eat the one tippy caught?

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That was supposed to be the one you caught. Not sure where autocorrect came up with tippy!

Pam ;) said...

Your a real fishin-gal now Gail.
Happy memories are made on days like these.
Love your captures of fish and natures beauty :)

Pam ;) said...

ps, nice to see you back blogging again Gail- be well, be happy :)

Linda said...

The photos of the pond and the cedars are beautiful! You and your dad both caught some nice fish, but I imagine the best part of the day was the time together.

Karen said...

Lovely pond reflections Gail! What a great way to spend time with your dad.

Willow said...

Gail I can't say enough how much I love your photography skills ...you do have the eye and heart of it ! Beautiful scenes .
So great sharing time with your dad he looks very happy .

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TexWisGirl said...

how fun. glad you had some fishing time (twice, even.)

Our photos said...

WoW! Beautiful photos and a big fish!
Greetings, RW & SK

Wally Jones said...

Gail, your post made me sigh heavily with contentment.

Thank you.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Spending the day with your Dad was special even if you had caught nothing.

bailey-road.com said...

What a wonderful way to spend time with your dad! Beautiful shots.

Tricia said...

What a pretty setting! It sure sounds like you two had a great day.

Carletta said...

Wow, what a beautiful place and you got some lovely reflections!
When I was young I did put worms on but didn't like it. :)
Looking forward to the rest of the story.

Brian King said...

Look like a lot of fun and it's a beautiful place! How lucky his friend is to own that! Glad you had a great time with your dad!

eileeninmd said...

This post reminds me of a country song it was about fishing with their daughter. What a fun time. I love the beautiful photos. The reflection and colors are gorgeous! Congrats on your catch! Have a happy weekend!

Mitzi said...

What a beautiful pond to go fishing in. And daddy sure is a handsome young fellow...So glad you guys had fun. Wonderful memory making. Great post.

rainfield61 said...

That seems to be a very very very big catfish.

Terri Buster said...

Beautiful pond- but more so a beautiful memory you made with your dad. Have a great weekend!

EG CameraGirl said...

Sounds like a super way to enjoy quality time with your dad. He looks pleased with his catch.

Lynn said...

Batten down, cozy up and stay safe, Gail...T.S. KAREN can't seem to make up her mind.

Hilary said...

What a wonderful day spent with your dad. I look forward to fishing again before too long. I can hook the worms without being too squeamish.. I draw the line at unhooking the fish. For now, anyway. I'm glad you had such a fine day. :)

Kerry said...

Nice job! I bet that catfish tasted good.
I haven't been fishing in ages, and was always grossed out by worms on hooks. But I do love to eat fish! When we lived in Alabama we took the kids fishing in a N Georgia pond where they caught trout on pieces of canned corn.

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Stewart M said...

Nice set of shots - I love a spot of fishing!

I did not work too hard this week - I was on holiday! Fishing was not really going to happen as we had some serious spring storms! Lots and rain and very high winds - rain I can cope with, winds I can do without!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: sorry for slow reply - I was out of phone / internet range for most of the week - rather nice if the truth be told!

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Evelyn S. said...

Crackin' up at your sympathy for the worms! How nice to go fishing with your dad.

Donna said...

I love fishing for the atmosphere...

Linda R said...

Such a beautiful pond. I would have a bit of a problem putting the worm on a hook as well.

Hugs~

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Now Gail!! You had a great fish fry with that batch of fish!! I LOVE catfish - but the only catfish you can buy is farm raised!! Bad for you!! How awesome that you caught some fresh water catfish!! If we were closer - I'd be inviting myself over for dinner!!
BTW- Beautiful lake reflection!!

Nancy said...

Time with your Dad fishing; what wonderful memories you made...I know you had fun and to catch some fish to boot....I don't like putting the worms on the hook either; I always sweet fisherman do that for me....Of course you know about how long that lasts...

Such a beautiful place for you to spend the day and your shots as usual are gorgeous....

Barbara said...

What a wonderful experience with your dad!