I like all of God’s creatures; I just like some of them better stuffed. – Ramona Calvert, Hope Floats
I totally agree with you, Ramona. Snakes are definitely one of those creatures that are better stuffed or made into a pair boots. I know they have their place, but cottonmouths or water moccasins are just bad news. They are too curious and they stink to high heaven.
About a month ago, my husband and I went fishing at one of his many spots. I hadn’t had the pleasure of fishing at this one before and I didn’t have that pleasure this time either. For him, being a fisherman is kind of like being a golfer except instead of fishing in any kind of weather, it’s adapting to your surroundings whether it be fishing a pond, bluff, side of a cliff with rope tied around your waste… okay so maybe I exaggerate a little.
This particular time we were fishing by a small bridge on a very steep grade of loose gravel. The gravel was so loose that when he
told me to come down a little further by the water, my rear end met the gravel in an unfriendly way and I’m sure blooper-ish also. I decided that since I fell in this blessed spot, I would plant it there for the remaining of our stay.
While I got comfy cozy with a good size piece of gravel leaving an imprint in my backside, I, like many a patient fisher-person does, watched my cork for any signs of a big crappie. My husband was catching quite a few under the bridge and had caught another to add to the basket so I turned watching him take it off and he threw his limp lifeless minnow across me into the water to replace it with his next victim.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one watching him throw it. There was a 6 foot… alright, it was only 3 foot cottonmouth swimming towards the side of the bank to where he threw the minnow. Needless to say, I managed to find my grip and hauled myself up scaring him from getting the minnow. Luckily, he didn’t come back for it, but for the remainder of our stay, I kept my eyes peeled and kept imagining him laying not far just watching us… and waiting…
He would have made a lovely purse!
Thank you for reading,
Picture of the handsome man fishing and the lake provided by me.