Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pictorial Recap of 2013...Through Joes Eyes

It seems as though it's been forever since my last post , I've definitely been slacking this month. To be honest between the weather and the Holidays I just havn't had the opportunity to get out on the water or even spend much time at the tying desk. I'm hoping to change that after the first of the year and have a couple trips in the works for the month of January already.
Seeing as I'll be stuck at work every day between now and January 1st , I'm obviously not going to have anything resembling a current trip report to post so I thought I'd do a quick picture laden recap of 2013. I've done this in years past when time allowed but thought I'd put a new spin on it this year...I'm going to let my best fishing buddy narrate this one. While the most and largest fish of the year might not have been caught on these trips with Joe , hands down each and every outing would still be at the top of my list of favorites. Good company trumps great fishing every time.
Chasing wipers at the local power plant in January (unsuccessfully I might add)
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You just can't beat a good ear rubbing...
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February carping at a local city lake...
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Early March carp quest on an area creek and river backwater...
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April adventures... Bluelines , Tailwaters and more carp.
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Just one lick..c'mon man!
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Peanut -butter crackers , oh boy!!
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Just one more belly rub before you crawl in that sleeping bag??
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Damn this waters cold!!
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First one to blink loses...
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Mayday tailwater wipers...
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I like crappie!
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But I like ham sandwiches even more!
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May trip to the Driftless area...
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That's it , that's the spot!!
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Did you see that one??
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Just one more snooze...
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You said "one last cast" over an hour ago dipshit!!
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Memorial Weekend family camping trip...
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I really think we should hit that next hole...
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Carp ,Cats and Bass in June...
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Back on the bluelines in October...
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I'm telling you , that was a hit!!
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I thought you said there were fish in there??
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I'm a growing pup , I need a bigger bite than that!!
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I hope you enjoyed a quick look back at Joe and my best trips of 2013. Here's wishing everyone a GREAT 2014 filled with lots of time spent on the water with your best friends , until next year....


  1. Tell Joe that was an excellent recap of a great year. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Brad. It's funny how you don't really think about how lucky you are to have so many great trips until you start looking back on them.

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    1. I 'm pretty sure I could do another 2013 review with just the trips you and I took last year , and it'd be just as good! We gotta get out even more in 2013 though...

  3. Great year. Hoping you and Joe have a great'14

    1. Thanks Alan...After looking back I do feel lucky to have had so many opportunities to do what I love so frequently.

  4. Great Pics & looks like many pleasant fishing trips. Ron & Juanita

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It's pretty hard not to enjoy time spent on the water with a best friend like Joe!

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  6. i ADORE your joe! best kind of companion, ever! :) SOOOO sweet. :)

    1. He's got quite a fan club among the blogging world! It doesn't escape me that most folks would much rather look at pictures of a good looking dog like Joe over my ugly mug. He's the real star of the show , I just put the words to paper so to speak.
      Thanks for stopping by...

  7. Fantastic, very original idea for doing a recap. Can't wait to meet Joe one day. PS my availability next semester will be much more open, starting after the 14th of this month until end of May. Lets aim for a trip or two. Maybe Muskie :)

    1. Thanks man...I'm all for it , I would especially love to get out and chase some of those toothy critters but I'd settle for trout or smallies as well!

  8. Nice pics! you and Joe had a fantastic year! Always a pleasure and thanks for sharing! I look forward to your 2014 trips! Happy New Year!

  9. Thanks!! It was a pretty good year , I got to spend a lot of time on the water with good friends just enjoying mother nature and occassionally catching a fish or two. It's pretty hard to top that in my book!

  10. Jeff, great recap, great dog. I know we met once on the Niangua, but I probably wouldn't recoginze you on the street. However, If I see Joe on the river some day, I'll be sure to come up and say "Hey"!


    1. Thanks Dave...I remember the meeting on the river , you guys were just putting in I believe to do a float. Like you though , sometimes I don't even recognize my own face in the mirror!!
      Joe's pretty easy to recognize so if you ever see a big white dog and an ugly fat guy on the river be sure to stop and say hi.

  11. That was nice! As I've said before, you have one of the best fishing partners you could have. And so does he. Glad to see your great year together.

    1. Thanks said it pretty well , he's about as good of a partner as you'll find.

  12. Wish dogs lives were like 3 to a mans/women's. They deserve that kindness,

    Great stuff you and Joe shared!


    1. Thanks Gregg! I share your sentiments as well , it's just not fair that we only get a limited time to share with them. You just make the most of the time you do have....

  13. Hey Buddy check this link out
    crazy good stuff man crazy!