Another day on the Grasse River.
No good turn goes unrewarded. On Friday I did something out of character for me. I took someone fishing in my favorite ‘hot’ spot on the Grasse River. And I do mean ‘in’, we went wading down river from the bridge in Morley.
It was about here when I spotted my reward. A small heron like bird was wading along the shoreline that I could hardly make out. Once home and on the computer where I could get a better look it was possible to identify the other wader. This is a new one for me. A Green Heron.
Green Heron – Butorides virescens
Not that these are rare birds around here, I just don’t know if they are or not. They’re supposed to be shy and their swampy, marshy habitat isn’t a place most people wander around in. Besides that this is getting close the limit of their northern summer range. Whatever, I don’t recall ever seeing one before and had to do a little research to determine the identity of this other angler. And they truly are anglers, it’s reported they actually lure fish into range by dropping bait.
Back to the fish.
The Grasse River holds more smallmouth bass than you can shake a rod at in this section of the river. Admittedly they run small, most of those we caught were in the 7 to 9 inch range. But the action is constant and that’s why I brought a friend’s grandson along. His granddad does take him fishing but it seems that eating a shore lunch of hot dogs is usually the highlight on those days.
I’m not saying they don’t have fun or catch fish. For us old coots just dropping a line into the water makes for a good day. After all we’re a couple of jerks just waiting for a jerk on the other end of the line. But kids, they want to catch something, so I volunteered to be a fishing guide for a day. By the time we waded down river a mile my young friend had managed to catch about 3 dozen bass. Nothing big enough to write home about but he did catch a couple ‘big’ ones. I think by the time he got home they may have grown some in stature but I’ll swear they were ‘keepers’ in the full legal sense.
I don’t think his grandpa ever caught anything like this.
It was also good to hear ‘I caught more fish today than the rest of my life’. It just goes to prove I’m not completely full of _it when I go on about this section of the river.