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Tuck And I Steal A Boat To Go Catfishing
Tuck and I steal a boat to go catfishing.
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Matthew Dean

M. Dean

Currently I live in Tampa, FL and work in the software industry. I have a Bachelors of Science degreee from Purdue University and have lived and worked in Syracuse New York, Charlotte North Carolina, Cleveland Ohio, Columbia South Carolina, Toronto Canada, Chicago Illinois, and Silicon Valley. I have interests in computer language design, compiler construction, database technologies, and story telling.
[August 2000]
[email protected]
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Tuck And I Steal A Boat To Go Catfishing
Matthew Dean

Tuck is a good fellow, a little bit on the rambunchous side, but a good guy because you
 always know where you stand with Tuck. We liked to go catfishing together and always
 had a good time. One time we even pooled our money together and drove to a
 campground in southern Indiana and fished for the weekend. That was a lot of fun, but
 camping equipment sure would have made it a lot more comfortable.

 In my experiences the best catfishing was always done late at night. I don't know if this
 was because the waters were calmer or that the catfish fed more at night. We liked fishing
 late at night because it was easier to keep the good fishing spots secret. Usually we would
 have to lug our poles and gear a good ways before we got to the spots we liked to fish.
 One night we drove up to the river and parked at our usual spot. Then we started walking
 down the river to a path that would take us to one of our secret spots. When we got
 down there, there were some fishermen that were in a boat who started asking us where
 we were going. We knew they weren't DNR, so we didn't run. We just told them some
 general round-a-bout answer like "Oh, we're just go'n down the river." You see, you
 never want to tell someone where your good fish'n spots are. After they drove away,
 Tuck and I started talking about how we wished we had a boat so that we could fish in
 the channel like those guys. If we had a boat, we could fish right down the middle of the
 channel where the really big catfish are.

 As we walked in the dark, we remembered that two weeks ago we saw a row boat on
 the bank of the river. We discovered it one afternoon when we were driving by. We
 decided to see if it was still there. Sure enough, it was in the exact location that it was last
 week. It had sit there the whole time and no one had messed with it. It was kind of rough
 looking and didn't have any paddles or anything. As we looked at it, the same idea that
 was rolling through my head was spinning through Tuck's. Without saying anything, we
 both put our poles in the boat and started looking for a big tree limb to navigate this thing
 with. We found a couple and pulled boat into the river.

 We got out the chicken gizzards and livers, baited our hooks, and started catfishing down
 the middle of the channel. We cracked open a couple of beers and started bragging to
 each other about how great of an idea this was. The catfish starting hitting the bait pretty
 good. We kings of the channel. After a little while we noticed that the current was moving
 a little faster as we got further down the river. Tuck decided that we needed to stay out of
 the dead center of the channel. At the time, this was a reasonable explanation. So we
 took turns navigating the boat with the big stick. A little further down the river we noticed
 that the boat appeared to have a minor leak. It wasn't a big deal, the guy who was
 navigating would just have to hold the big stick with one hand and bail water with a beer
 can using his other hand. This seemed to work for a few minutes. It was kind of like
 patting your head and rubbing your tummy - difficult to do at the same time. Eventually we
 started taking on much more water as we failed to stay away from the center of the
 channel because of poor navigating. It got to the point where we decided to through the
 stick over board and just use the bait can to bail water.

 The technique of one guy bailing while the other fished worked for a while until a big
 channel-cat started to take off with my fishing line. I was supposed to be on bailing duty
 and was just dragging my line behind the boat. The dilema was, I couldn't just let this cat
 run with my line. I had to set the hook, and try to real him in. I knew he was a big one
 when he started pulling the boat. Tuck started getting mad because I had stopped bailing
 water. We argued with each other as the boat started to take on more water. Now it was
 getting pretty serious. Tuck had a fish on, and I wasn't about let the big one get away. My
 fish was so big that he sped the boat up as we drifted down the river. This caused us to
 take on water like we never had before. We each held a pole in one hand and tried to
 paddle water with the other so that we could get towards the bank of the river. As we did
 this we came to a bend in the river and the boat started to spin. Now we were sinking,
 spinning, and getting our lines tangled up. At this point we were several miles down the
 river and the boat was half full of water. It sank, and it sank fast. We jumped out of the
 boat and made it to shore. As we hiked back to the truck all we could do was argue and
 try to blame each other for not inspecting the boat before we put it in the river.



"I liked this story a lot. I am a fisherman as well, and I probably would have been doing the same thing that you guys were doing. It is always better to fish out of a boat than off of shore. I had fun reading this story." -- B.J. Kreml, Normal, Il, U.S..


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