2 Fishing Trips in One Day

Morning MoonHello and thanks for dropping by.  The lunar picture was snapped outside my home on Monday.  Across the street is the countryside.  It’s a beautiful view.  I love that photo because instead of just a sliver, the camera caught the round shape of the moon.

Unfortunately, if it’s that light outside, I’ve overslept if wanting to go fishing!

This morning I decided to enjoy a day off from the McJob and catch something fresh and healthy to cook.  Unable to decide whether to go cat fishing or trout  fishing, I decided to do both!

Jet TrailsThe trout fishing came at a favorite stream near West Union in Fayette County.  Today I decided to walk a little farther above the usual places fished and that was a good decision.  It did not take long to catch five lovely fish.  Unfortunately, there was no fillet knife in the car – It was necessary to field dress them (slit and gut, leaving the heads on) with a roofing knife!

The water was crystal clear today.  From the early morning photo, one can tell the weeds were a bit wet with dew after a clear, starry night.  Jet trails reflected off the water.  Other than the gurgle of the small stream, all was quiet… until I threw a brand new $4.19 lure into the weeds and lost it after just the third cast!  Thankfully the luck improved after that and nobody heard the loud exclamation (a fecal reference) that surely would have had Mom grind a bar of soap over my teeth!

Dairy SweetAfter limiting out on trout and starting to leave the park, the stocking truck pulled in.  It’s always fun to get the limit of five fish before they are replenished.  It proves the old rule that the more difficult it is to get to a fishing hole, the better the chances there will be “carryovers” from the last week’s stocking.

On the way home, I stopped in the little town of Aurora.  It had been a very long time since the last visit.  Way back in the early 1970s, Grandma and Grandpa used to take my sister and I to the Dairy Sweet for an ice cream cone while we were driving to Backbone State Park for a day of trout fishing.  How little things change!

The ice cream brought back many memories of good times… but then came painful reminders about Mom and Dad dying and the emptiness left behind.  It’s not that there are regrets… but just that there won’t be any more of the fun times with the relatives.  But the memories endure.  Sis does not remember all of the stories …  She moved on, got married, and lives in another state.  I didn’t and just enjoy reminiscing and re-telling the stories… and experiencing some new things, too!   The return trip wasn’t so bad after the ice cream and recalling the time Uncle Clifford’s dog ate the trout bait and swallowed the hook.

PolesOnce back home in Anamosa, I took the van and headed over to the Wapsipinicon River (WOP-see-PIN-uh-kun) River.  The river cuts through the area just a mile from the trailer.  After three hours of cat fishing, there had been several bites but I wasn’t able to land anything.  It’s good that there were trout in the fridge!

The picture on the right shows the two river poles tied to a tree to prevent the fish from taking the rods into the water.  Been there, done that!  Securing the poles was necessary because after all the fishing, I had to crawl in the back of the van for a quick  snooze before heading home to cook dinner.

Stripes

Two overfed bellies full of trout

Three of the very fresh trout went into the oven in foil packets along with some of VT’s recipe for seasoned butter:

1.5 sticks salted butter
3T chopped fresh cilantro
1 finely chopped shallot
1/2t garlic salt

The cavity of each fish was also crammed full of as much fresh cilantro as possible.  The foil packets were baked 35 minutes at 375 degrees.  Jesse seemed to like the buttery, moist fish as much as his daddy.  Then it was time to zonk out on the couch – with both of our striped bellies full.

With a late shift tomorrow, there’s still a chance to camp out tonight.  Serena has been crying since I came home.  She’s wanting to go outside.  Tonight we’re sleeping in the van – even though the Express van is in the driveway.  It’s a great way to end a fun day!

Corn drying outThere will be many more enjoyable days in the future as we enter the autumn season.  While savoring the ice cream cone from the Dairy Sweet, I looked at the corn and soybeans maturing and was reminded me that we cannot hold on to things or stop time.  Winter is coming.  Vegetation will die and come back next year.  Some day I’m going to join them too.  But until then, life is still good and each day – and each fishing trip – is a gift from God.

Trout Fishes

God is Great… God is Good… And I’d fish every day if I could

 

Take care and thanks for riding along.

Bradford, the “Van Trekker” in Jones County, Iowa

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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6 Responses to 2 Fishing Trips in One Day

  1. Jo says:

    Nice fishing places you visited and great fresh fish for dinner.
    You pictures are great! Love the moon shot

  2. Meg says:

    You went catfishing? Why? Are Jesse and Serena lonely?

    😉

    • VanTrekker says:

      LOL… They were at home nearby. Jesse doesn’t like the van… Serena is gravely ill… I’m going to sleep in the van tonight with her by my side. She misses the outdoors. I’m afraid she’s not going to be with us much longer. (lotta tears lately!)

  3. Pleinguy says:

    I think you may need counseling about the fishing obsession. 🙂 Just kidding. Good food and having fun are both worthwhile. Hope the kitty recovers. Take care.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Obsession is true! Wouldn’t you know, the only day off this week is the only day with lots of rain chances. 🙁 Serena is perking up a little. She had become very ill after being treated with Frontline. The poor thing is very weak and skinny. I’m bringing home a plain McDouble – her favorite! I hope that will perk her up a little.

      Take care and thanks for stopping by! — VT