Getting the boot!
by: David Coulson 9/26/2012
This was published in the Explorer Section of the Fort Collins Coloradoan on Sept 23, 2012
Last weekend (Sept 18, 2012), after a morning of hard fishing at Aurora Reservoir, I got the “boot,” literally. No, I didn’t get tossed from the area; rather I was given the booby prize in the OG/YG competition.
I guess a bit of explanation and history is in order. It starts with FishExplorer.com, a fishing website I’m affiliated with. Many of the members fish together and as is often the case with fishing buddies, they talk a lot of smack. I’m more than happy to join in on occasion, especially when the conversation is about who are the better anglers, OG’s (Old Guys) or YG’s (Young Guys)? The dividing line between the groups is 50 years of age.
In order to demonstrate which group is superior, the group has been meeting on occasion for a day’s fishing followed by a pot luck/BBQ/picnic afterwards to swap tales and determine which group has out fished the other. There are no entry fees, no registrations, very basic rules, and no prizes (other than the traveling boot and bragging rights).
The boot came into being when a group of OGs were fishing Cherry Creek Reservoir and snagged bottom. In the process of retrieving their lure, they pulled up this boot covered with a large number of lures. After a bit of discussion, they decided this would be a great prize for the YGs at the next get-together. Not a bad idea as the OGs had yet to lose, regardless of the numbers of YGs competing. That is they never lost before I joined in, and in my two attempts to help the OGs win, we’ve lost both times. Not sure why, but I do have excellent excuses.
At the first outing I fished, the OGs were badly outnumbered, by a ratio of approximately five to one. Plus, it was an all-night event during which I called it an early night. Unlike the YGs, we OGs seem to appreciate a good night’s sleep. Outnumbered and early bedtimes did us in.
This round the numbers of anglers within each group were closer to even and it was a daylight contest so no excuses there. So it had to have been fishing unfamiliar waters, as I’ve only fished Aurora a few times. Couple that with the rules and it was advantage YGs; one point for the largest fish of any species caught, the side with the most points wins,. Yep, the YGs caught the four biggest fish. While I catch my share of nice fish, I’ve never won a big fish contest in my life, so that had to be the problem.
Regardless of the excuses, the reality is the OG’s lost and I was rewarded by being selected as the representative OG and thus received the boot. Not sure why I got the honor of being the OG representative. Someone suggested it was due to talking smack, but I just don’t see it.
Regardless of the why, I’ve been tasked with organizing the next event, which includes picking the location, time, and establishing the “fishing rules”. Trust that I’ll work hard to turn the advantage back to the OGs so I can give the YGs the “boot”. Maybe I can find a seniors only pond for us to fish! Or maybe I’ll select a location I fish frequently, such as Boyd. Yep, it’ll be advantage OGs the next go.
Regardless of where, when, the rules, or the amount of smack spoken, what I do know for sure is when this group gathers again, win, lose or draw, it’ll be a great time. And that is what fishing should always be, a great time.
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Wattzz, CO 9/26/2012 8:48:57 PM
Nice read Dave,guess I'll have make one of these events???maybe there will be one in the ice?
IceFishingFool, CO 9/26/2012 10:46:13 PM
Wattzz are you kidding me ? Have you gone mad ? Are you completely insane ? LOL, let the smack begin.....OGs Rule, thats the rule for the next one. Now a little more history about the boot....the stump you see sticking out of the boot, was pulled up and at a YG/OG meeting thought there should be a throphy for the YGs getting stumped, which they did, they even tried to get into the win column by following OGs around to different spots to find where the willing fish could be caught, trouble was they never caught a fish, so they truely got stumped.
takeakidfishing, CO 9/27/2012 2:13:53 AM
Great read...It was honor to meet you out there Dave...Had a blast as always with these events..Can't wait until the next one..
Tiny Stevens, CO 9/27/2012 2:19:10 AM
Great read Dave.... I really must say though... it's time you OG's step aside.. the day of the YG has arrived! 2 tourneys this year... 2 wins for the YG's! WooHoo!!!!!!!!
Bud.... watch out there buddy... You are in your OWN category! AOG ! Antique Old Guy! LOLOLOLOL
Rsrecurvehunter, CO 9/27/2012 9:49:15 AM
Not only did the OG's get the boot, it's a big one! Size 17 I believe, LOL!
JKaboom, CO 10/1/2012 4:58:00 PM
Thanks for the write-up I wondered what the full history of this was. I couldn't make the last one due to back problems - so maybe if you're injured you can play for the OG team - LOL.
Catdubbing, CO 12/4/2012 8:13:05 AM
Thats my kastmaster hanging there
BITE ME, CO 12/4/2012 8:37:24 AM
Next time Dave ! OG's Have always ruled we just let them think big just this one time. Next year we will pick natural water with no home field advantage. I can guarantee you that us OG'S will give them BOOT and it won't shine from any direction. LOL
Bassackwards, CO 12/4/2012 4:11:35 PM
What constitutes and og from a yg. I need to know the age cutoff...is there a mag (Middle aged guy)????
BITE ME, CO 12/4/2012 4:38:28 PM
The big 50 is a OG