As l've mentioned before my wife has taken to fishing. She's still at the beginner's level, fishing with a spin-cast, bobber, and worms for bluegills. She doesn't much like taking the fish off the hook, but will do it if I'm not handy. So far she's caught a few dozen bluegills and a couple of small bass. Until yesterday that is.
Yesterday she went fishing after I had left for work. About 10am I got a phone call from her, she was so excited she was laughing and stuttering trying to get the big news out. She had caught a big catfish. Man was she pumped. As much fun as that was to hear, her story of how she caught it was priceless.
"I'd been fishing and had run out of worms. All I had was a tiny piece of torn up worm skin on my hook so I decided to wade back to the house. I don't know why, but instead of reeling in my line first I just let it drag out behind me. So I'm wading along (it's down current to our house from where she was fishing) and I remembered I'd left my walking stick so I turned around to look for it, and I noticed that my bobber was gone. I started reeling in the line and didn't feel anything on it so I was thinking the bobber had come loose."
"Then all of a sudden I felt something on the line and about that time this huge catfish came shooting up out of the water right at me! I screamed and started running as fast as I could in the water towards the house, but it kept following me, it was chasing me. At one point it drew up even with me and I had to speed up. This whole time I'm screaming something awful - if anyone had heard me they'd have called the cops and an ambulance. When I got to our bank I ran up it dragging the catfish behind me. Screaming all the way. Finally your son heard me and came out to see what kind of accident I'd been in. When he saw what happened he just about fell down laughing."
Let me tell you, I can visualize all of this so easily, hear her scream and everything. But she was just beside her self with happiness at the big cat and put it in a tub of water so she could show men when I got home - and it was a very nice cat. Picture below.