Celebrating on the sidelines

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 09:48 PM

Happy birthday to me.

Today is my 54th birthday. They are really coming around fast now.

My Grandma Bowen, God rest her wonderful soul, told me once that when she was a little girl, it took over two years for Christmas to come around. Then at 80, it was coming around about every other week.

I spent last weekend hanging out with my almost 5-year-old grandson, John II.

We went out to eat, hiked to a waterfall in Hanging Rock State Park, visited several people, and played on his riding toys in the yard.

John is a great kid, and I can see much of me in his mannerisms. Which can be both a good and a bad thing. Things like not paying much attention to people who try to tell him what to do, preferring to figure it out in his own way.

As far as fishing, I didn’t do any last weekend. I heard Mark Robertson caught a 16-pound limit over at Lake Gaston to win the Kerr Lake Bassmasters club tournament last Saturday.

Mark was pretty tight-lipped about how he landed these fish, preferring to hold that information until after the upcoming BFL where first place would mean a check of over $5,000 and a big trophy.

This weekend, I am once again having to miss fishing, but this time not by plan. I got really sick late on Thursday and ended up at the doctor Friday, where I was prescribed a strong antibiotic for an internal infection that was making me feel about as terrible as I’ve ever felt.

This weekend will find me sitting on the couch and lying in bed where hopefully I can recover well enough to get back fishing late next week, and maybe even work for a few days.

Kerr Lake fishing report – Stripers on top on pencil poppers around the mouth of Butcher Creek. More largemouth bass will be moving shallow and they’ll be hungry over the next couple of months while they feed up for the winter.

Upcoming area tournaments – There’s a two-day BFL super tournament next weekend on Gaston leaving from Americamps that I will be competing in.

Next week’s report – Not going to have much of a report to offer as I sit here aching and trying to get well so I can fish next week.   

Tip of the week — If you start feeling bad, go to the doctor early. Trying to be a tough guy and waiting will often mean more time out of commission.

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