August 11 2018 Day 1
once,Cody and I headed out to a local lake near our house, we usually go fishing with grandpa but due to a surgery he was laid up for a few weeks. We got out on the lake around 6:00 in the morning and it was a fairly clear morning a little cloud cover and looking around the lake we saw a spot with some lily pads and decided to give it a try. We started catching some small bass around 1 and 1 1/2 pounders and we were having a great time. We were out on this spot for around 4 hours. We had to run back to the landing for a mother nature break as we were heading back, I saw a small depression on the graph and stopped and told Cody to throw out his drop shot rig off the back of the boat. He jumped up on the back and gave a big cast and it wasn't even ten seconds in the water and BOOM! His rod was bent and he was fighting whatever was on the end of the line. He asked for my help since he was on the back of the boat he didn't want his line to get cut by the prop of the boat. I went back and got the pole and it did seem he might be stuck on something, the rod didn't want to move. I pulled up and reeled and up and reeled and then we saw it about 3 feet under the prop, a nice looking bass. We both got excited and I lured it to the side of the boat away from the prop. We got it in finally once the bass got tired and we weighed it. It was a 3 pounder, a great looking bass and Cody's personal best. He was excited and asked if he could get it mounted and I said, maybe not this one, if you catch one over 4 pounds how about that? He said, ok, reluctantly. We decided after all that excitement we'd head home and get ready for tomorrow.
August 12 2018 Day 2
We were going to bring the boat back to my dads around noon so we decided to get up early again and try a lake near my parents home. We got on the lake around 6:30 in the morning and we took it slow for a while. I was using a drop shot rig, the one he used the day before. Cody was using a tube bait at the time and right around 7:30 I caught a tiny little bass and he said enough of this and reels in his line and throws off the tube and just slaps on a artificial worm on a 0/4 hook and casts it in. He reels it back in and does another cast in the same spot. He says OH Dad! He starts reeling in the line and I noticed the rod is bent farther than it was the day before. (I'm thinking am I going to eat those words I said to him yesterday?) He asks for my help, I said this is all you bud your up front and the trolling motor is up, you can do this. He reels and reels and it surfaces by the boat and its a good size and he's fighting Cody. Neither fisherman nor fish are giving up. It was really awesome to see the determination in my sons face and he wasn't giving up. He gets it close enough to the side of the boat and it surfaces just a little and we both looked at each other with those GET THE NET!! eyes. I got the net out and we get the bass into the boat. Well to say we were both excited is an understatement. This was bigger. We grab our scale and it was 4.34 pounds. We had to facetime Jennifer/mom to show what he just reeled in himself. She saw it in the live well and was as excited as we were. Jennifer and our daughter drove out to the lake with the cooler, towel and some ice and we brought it home and got it in the freezer. Now it was time to look for a taxidermist after all it was over 4 pounds.
Finding a taxidermist
Well this is out of my wheel house. I don't know who's good, who's bad, how much is too much. I don't usually keep fish to mount..… ok never really had the chance to even think about it. This was Cody's first big fish the story of two days of fishing and him bringing in this bass all on his own was worth getting it done and I wanted to get it done right for him. I went on websites after websites and some were amazing and some were well scary. Then I came across Arrowed 1 Taxidermy in Big Lake and he had great looking mounts on his website and he was only about 16 miles from the house. I called Randy up and he gave me a call right back, we figured a time when we could drop the fish off. We arrived at his place and he welcomed us and my kids asked a few questions about some of the mounts that were out, bear and deer, which he politely answered. Then it was time to talk about Cody's catch. I let him tell Randy what he would like the mount to look like. He said it would be ready around the end of February that was a long time from now but I knew Cody could wait. Well every month from then I was asked at least twice a month when the fish was going to be done and the answer was always February. I understood the excitement, I was excited to see it and I was excited for Cody.
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The end of February came and I got the call from Randy the mount was done and ready to be picked up. We got there and it was amazing, just like Cody ordered. The bass looked like it was going for the bait and Cody's smile says it all. Big thanks to Arrowed 1 Taxidermy for a fantastic job on the mount and hope to do more buisness with you in the future.
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