Saturday, October 27, 2012

I have the plan, but not the stones.

There is a somewhat seedy little amusement park not far from here with name of Lake Winnepesaukah. Supposedly the name is derived from a Native American word for beautiful or bountiful water. Locals call the place Lake Winnie for short.

The owners of the park hold fireworks shows several times during the summer. When I lived on Missionary Ridge I could hear the booms of these pyrotechnics going off and it was not hard at all to imagine Bragg firing his batteries at Grant's men as they stormed up the slopes of the ridge and overwhelmed the Confederate positions. Not hard at all.

Anyway, there is a lake in the park. A small body of water unremarkable in everyway except that a significant population of large, and I mean large, carp resides there.

Which is where the plan comes in. Each summer I work out a scheme in my head to sneak in a travel rod and a handful of flies. I'm thinking #10 sulphur dries ought to do the trick since these fish will often rise to a bit of popcorn pitched onto the surface. I'll stand in line for the paddleboats and when my turn comes I'll paddle to the middle of the lake where I can assemble the rod discreetly. And then I'll give those brutes a go. The only real question from that point is whether or not I could land a fish before security got to me.

Each summer I try to convince myself to pull it off. What's the worst that could happen? Probably a lifetime ban from the park. Confiscation of the rod, etc. I'm not sure they would, or could, do much more than that.

But I still have not been able to summon the guts needed to go through with it. Not yet anyway.


Unknown said...

We have the exact same situation. Lakeside amusement park. My first memory of carp is feeding hordes of hungry popcorn there. Well, they don't feed them popcorn anymore but the Lake at Lakeside is absolutely loaded and absolutely off-limits. There is a train ride around the lake that is sheer torture for a carper. Tailing fish every 15 feet the whole ride.

John Montana said...

Just go for know you can't resist.

e.m.b. said...

Yup. The Zoo....koi...I want to catch a koi so bad! *Sigh* Last time I went to the zoo with a friend an her kid was pure torture.

Brent Wilson said...

DO IT!! Worst case scenario - you don't get to fish there again...which is better than never fishing there at all.

Ty said...

I can see now that nothing will do but to go through with this.

Miles said...

Neutral zone violation. The worst that can happen would be a 5 yard penalty.

Gregg said...

Ty, Pop corn fish are the easiest to entice on top and below I have found. A small yellow egg takes them well also sunk after a few fish. You must seriously think this through but do it. I read a story of a trout pond being poached. The suspect was just never seen until a pound and a half fish traveled up his leg into his pants. If there is a will ther is a way.


Gregg said...

On second thoght Ty,

We have a park pond connected to another by a tiny trickle that runs under a major avenue. The one I used to fish but something is amiss-not worth it now. The other is designed for walking and has the most tremendous water you can imagine. Carp-large-everywhere plus huge grassies. The only cty park off limits to fishing. I know from my boys' fish and game transgressions in the past that they could take your gear away and your licencse as well. I so want to fish there-but I don't dare. I gave you bad advice, perhaps it is NOT worth it.


Mr. P. said...

Heck Ty, maybe security will be so impressed with you catching a Carp that they will start selling tickets to do it. You could be a trail blazer.

Ty said...

Yeah Miles, as long as they don't throw some fool personal foul penalty in there and throw me out of the game. Or into the pokey.

Don't think I would equate this poaching, Gregg. I wouldn't be keeping any fish and I wouldn't be trying to hide from anyone. I'd pull that fly rod out in front of God and everybody and go to work! I think the consequences would be determined by the sense of humor of the security detail.

Heck yeah Mr P. Maybe they would let me guide the paying customers. I can see it now. "I heard you're a guide. Where do you guide?" "Lake Winnie".

Anonymous said...

However, should you will find the right ones that enables
one to extend them, then you are able to balance out to create it work inside your
favor payday uk ,
are entitled to $25 billion in low-interest government loans to retool plants, while auto lenders could get funding from your $700 u.

Unknown said...

air jordan 13
fitflop shoes sale
burberry outlet
juicy couture
kate spade outlet
under armour sale
canada goose jacket outlet
coach purses outlet
lebron 12
canada goose
canada goose jackets
jordans for women
nike air max
fitflop outlet store usa
coach outlet online
north face
gucci belts
michael kors handbags
replica rolex watches
gucci outlet
jordan 12
burberry sale
coach outlet online store
marc jacobs bags
coach sale
nike free
jordan shoes
michael kors watches discount outlet
michael kors handbags
nike online
celine bags
coach factory outlet
the north face outlet
new balance
ugg boots sale
under armour shoes

Anonymous said...

michael kors outlet
ralph lauren outlet
mont blanc pens
asics,asics israel,asics shoes,asics running shoes,asics israel,asics gel,asics running,asics gel nimbus,asics gel kayano
mulberry uk
swarovski jewelry
ralph lauren uk
longchamp pliage
pandora jewelry
thomas sabo uk
hollister shirts
adidas trainers
coach outlet
michael kors wallet
fitflops sale
true religion jeans
louis vuitton bags
adidas shoes
hermes bags
kate spade uk
toms outlet
louis vuitton outlet stores
louis vuitton neverfull sale
discount michael kors handbags
longchamp handbags
prada outlet
michael kors factory outlet
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors handbags
polo ralph lauren
true religion jeans
cartier outlet store
michael kors outlet
omega outlet

caiyan said...

ugg boots outlet
adidas yeezy
michael kors outlet clearance
polo outlet
true religion outlet
moncler outlet
adidas nmd
adidas shoes
ralph lauren outlet

Unknown said...

kate spade
fitflops shoes
rolex watches uk
moncler outlet
ray ban sunglasses outlet
jordan shoes
michael kors outlet clearance
cheap uggs
basketball shoes
cheap uggs

Unknown said...

adidas ultra boost
chrome hearts online
michael kors handbags
jordan shoes
jordan shoes
longchamp sale
nike dunks shoes
lacoste polo
lacoste online shop

steve said...

معلومات مفيدة جدا شكرا لك يمكنك زيارة :

شركة شحن عفش من جدة الى الامارات
شركة شحن عفش من جدة الى الاردن
نقل عفش من جدة الى الدمام
شركة نقل عفش من المدينة المنورة الى جدة

samaher said...

نجار بالرياض
شركة تنظيف كنب بالرياض
شركة صيانة مكيفات بالرياض

افضل شركة شفط بيارات بالرياض
ارخص شركة تنظيف بيارات بالرياض

steve said...تسليك-مجارى-بالرياض/
و افضل افضل شركة تنظيف بالدمام

شركة شفط بيارات بالرياض
تنظيف بيارات بالرياض

IvanKelly said...

WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait..

Click Here
Visit Web

Gabriella Jackson said...

There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made certain nice points in features also.

Click Here
Visit Web