Well Lester and I headed out early this morning for a full day of crappie fishing, but the day didn’t exactly go as planned. The weather was supposed to be warm and partly cloudy, but instead we had to deal with overcast skies and cold mist on the water. Not to have our spirits dampened, we headed out with a great attitude and anxious expectation for what the day would hold. Loaded up and ready to go, the sad sound of a dead battery halted our excitement. There we were in the middle of the lake without enough power to turn over the engine. After an hour or so of switching from battery to battery, we finally got a hold of some jumper cables to get the engine turned over, and from then on out it was nothing but fishing. We hit multiple points and coves where we had slayed crappie before, but not a bite… The day was not going as planned. Lester and I are pretty good at rolling with the punches, so we headed for the mouth of the inflowing river to target largemouth bass.
Lester quickly hauled in two big keepers, and just like that the excitement was back. This could be a big bass day. We targeted the muddier water with spinner baits high in the strike zone and did quite well. After mixing in some crankbaits and rattle traps we had hooked quite a few decent fish.
Fishing is rarely as you expect it to be. Just like life. We make elaborate plans to guide each step we take, but sometimes life throws you a curve. This is where our reliance on God comes in. Life is often not as we have planned, but we must remember that God is in control. We must have faith that He will get us through and decide to enjoy the ride. We didn’t come home with a livewell full of crappie, but we did come home with some great memories and a couple of BASS THUMBS.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11