Sunday, April 28, 2013

Two Great Days Last Week!

Last Tuesday
IMG_2552We went back to Douglas Lake and got our limit again! This is the second time in my life when we got our limit for crappie on Douglas Lake. It was a good day for sure. We use two fish counters (see picture). The one on the left shows how many under-sized crappie that we tossed back in the lake. The other counter shows the “keepers”. The limit is 15 per day and they have to be 10 inches or larger.

IMG_2555This picture shows the two guys I fish with. Doug is on the left and Ralph is on the right. We make a good team. It takes all three of us to fish my boat since we are trolling with 16 rods with rear-drag spinning reels. Our primary bait is lead head jigs with plastic. However, this year we have caught the majority of fish with Road Runners  baited with Crappie Sliders.

Last Thursday
I went to a luncheon to celebrate a good friend’s 25 year anniversary with Eastman Chemical Company. His name is Arved and I remember the day we interviewed and hired him. He came to Eastman from Wise, Virginia and he had a Master’s degree in Statistics from Virginia Tech. It was a great to see Arved and many others that I had worked with when I was working at Eastman.

The picture below was taken a few months after Arved was hired. He is on the far left. This was taken when Dr. W. Edwards Deming came to Eastman in 1988. Dr. Deming is surrounded by all the statisticians who were working at Eastman Chemical Co. at that time.

photoYes, Tennessee Granddaddy is in the picture. See if you can find him. He turned 50 the week this picture was taken.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
During this path of life, be careful that you don’t burn bridges. It much better to build new bridges and lay stepping stones for others.

Quotes of the Day

Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.  You won't have time to make them all yourself.
~Alfred Sheinwold

Experience is not what happens to a man.  It is what a man does with what happens to him.
~Aldous Leonard Huxley

Joke of the Day

A man walked by a table in a hotel and noticed three men and a dog playing cards.

The dog, predictably, was losing.

"He would probably do better if he could read the cards," the man commented.

"Oh, he can read cards just fine," said one of the players. "But every time he gets a good hand he wags his tail."

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Monday, April 22, 2013

My Fishing Report

Crappie Fishing
Actually the fishing has not been “crappie” but very good for us last week on Douglas Lake. We went twice, and we don’t do that very often unless the the fishing is good.

IMG_2527-001On Tuesday, the three of us caught our limit of 45 crappie. The state allows 15 crappie per person provided they are 10” or greater in length. However, in order to get 45 keepers we caught a total of 206 fish. That’s only about a 22% success rate for keepers.

IMG_2543On Thursday we only caught 30 keepers out of 156 total fish. That’s a 19% success rate for keepers.

I call that some pretty good fishing and even though 4 out of 5 fish are too small to keep it is lots of fun and it keeps you busy. And on both days we caught some nice catfish to go with the crappie.

Now I’m ready for some fried crappie filets, with some fried potatoes, coleslaw, and cornbread or hushpuppies. Yum! Yum!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says: 
Enjoy the beautiful weather.
Go fishing!
Then you will smile and relax.

Quote of the Day
The gods do not deduct from man's
allotted span the hours spent in fishing.
~Babylonian Proverb

Joke of the Day

During John's physical, the doctor asked him about his daily activity level.

John replied, "Well, yesterday morning, I waded along the edge of a lake, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, marched up and down several rocky hills, stood in a patch of poison ivy, crawled out of quicksand, and jumped away from an aggressive rattlesnake."

Inspired by the story, the doctor said, "You must be some outdoorsman!"

"No," John replied, "I'm just a lousy golfer."

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

First Day

Of Fishing in 2013
IMG_2518We went to Douglas Lake today to fish for crappie. It was the first trip this year and the first trip to test the equipment (boat, motor, fishing gear) my new hip. Everything worked perfectly.

And we caught fish! We caught a total of 42 crappie, but only 19 were “keepers”. A good day.

That’s my friend Ralph holding the stringer and you can see Doug in the background.

We have had a late spring for sure. I was checking our fishing trips we made last year, and I was surprised that we had already made 3 trips to fish Douglas. The first fishing trip last year was on March 13!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Our winter was not severe, but so long. The late Spring is here at last. Soon the redbuds will be blooming and the dogwoods not far behind. Ahhh!

Quote of the Day
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
~Benjamin Franklin

Joke of the Day

A recently ordained pastor was invited fishing by two senior pastors. They rowed their boat out into the middle of a lake and started casting.

Suddenly, one of the senior pastors says, "I forgot my bait. I'll be right back." Then he hops out of the boat, walks across the water to shore. A few minutes later, he comes walking back and gets in the boat.

The junior pastor is astonished, but manages to keep it to himself.

A bit later, the other senior pastor says, "I forgot my sunscreen. I'll be right back." Then he hops out of the boat, walks across the water to shore. A few minutes later, he comes walking back and gets in the boat.

The junior pastor is now certain that these are two men of supreme faith and he doesn't want to appear less spiritual.

After a few moments, the junior pastor says, "I forgot my lunch. I'll be right back." He hops out of the boat and plunges straight to the bottom of the lake.

One senior pastor turns to the other and says, "We forgot to tell him about the stepping stones."

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