It was a wonderful day, though only tiny fish were caught, I did see some good friends in the intra-coastal waterway and in the channel at Mitchell’s Cut. I saw, for the second time in 10 years, porpoise swimming around. It was a great sight, and I loved every second of it.
It seems to me that more often than not, when the husband and I go fishing, at some point we are going to end up in the mud. Of course, I’ve mentioned that it usually ends up with me bailing over the side of the boat to push us out while he masterfully mans the helm.
You may be thinking that we are horrible sailors, but you really need to understand that where we go fishing, it gets very shallow, very quickly in a lot of places. Our little bay is only about 5 ½ feet deep at its deepest point. Ending up in the mud is no anomaly around here, even for the most seasoned captains.
Today, was a little different. While we did get stuck in the mud, I didn’t have take a trip in the water to get us out. I was thankful for that, though we damn near blew up a $10,000 outboard motor, not to mention the water pump to the bait well. Fortunately, all is well on that front.
This, of course reminds me of a time when we ended up in the mud in the johnboat and we had a buddy of ours with us. So without further ado, I am going to tell that story in an attempt to entertain the masses once more.
My husband, our friend Willam, and I were in the johnboat, headed down to the cut to go fishing. My husband was at the helm and he ended up making a wrong turn. In all fairness, the channel markers were really unclear and so he was a little confused.
Anyway, he makes his turn and suddenly we are at a dead stop, the motor is churning up mud, we had run aground. William had this adorable ‘deer in the headlights’ look and he was just looking at me, then at the husband, then back at me again.
Finally, I spoke up and said, “Fine, send a woman overboard to do a man’s job!” And of course, swinging both feet overboard, I descend into the mud. The problem here was that I sank into that mud thigh deep!
Of course, not to be outdone, William decides that he’s not going to let a girl get the better of him and he decides to join me in the mud. In doing so, the poor man only stepped out of the boat with one foot and as he began sinking in the mud, the side of the boat proceeded to play TSA agent and plant itself right in his boys.
The look on poor William’s face as he made an “OOF” sound and proceeded to fall overboard was classic. He knocked me on my rear end in the mud which was a whole other bikini bottom issue for me, but despite it all I, was doing my best to stifle to a laugh as I fixed my issues and then helped him up. We did get the boat out of the mud and get back into the water and made our way to our destination.
The moral of the story, when you have to go overboard, do so with both feet, you never know about those soggy bottoms!
Until next time.