Wednesday, September 13, 2006

August, 2006

Here, for lack of anything interesting happening recently, is a post about the Annual August Civic Holiday Weekend Cottage Trip™. Junior Ricardipus #1 was very excited about going fishing, and so I bought a couple of new lures at great expense at that store that has a bad reputation among some bloggers for not-quite fixing cars, toddled off to Snug Harbour where I dutifully renewed my fishing licence, and headed cottageward.

Someone once made the mistake of telling JR#1 that the best time to go fishing was very early in the morning. So, true to form and using his elephant-like memory, at 5:30 AM he was up and about, dancing in place with excitement, saying “I’m really excited about fishing!”.


Dragged myself down to the dock, and into the water the line went… and:

That, my friends, is a truly massive Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Lepomis gibbosus. And when I say 'massive', what I really mean is 'miniscule'.

Final score for the weekend:

Bluegill Sunfish: 4
Pumpkinseed Sunfish: 2
Smallmouth Bass: 1

Total caught with new, spiffy lures: exactly 1.

Largest fish: a whopping 6 inches long. That's, oh, 16 centimetres. Barely enough to feed the cat, if, indeed, there was such an animal there. I sure couldn't be bothered scaling, cleaning and cooking something that small. Actually, it could have been 20 pounds and I wouldn't have bothered, either. Bluch. Fish guts. Yeeeurgh.

Ah well. We didn't exactly set any records, but we managed to not fall in the water. Except JR1, who in all the excitement, forgot where the edge of the dock was and ended up submerged, something he normally avoids at all costs, even during swimming lessons. We did see this fellow though, and a few of his other froggy friends, as well as the usual collection of turtles, loons, chipmunks and deer:

That's a Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana. I wouldn't eat this fellow either, not even the legs.


Alethea said...

Yep, I did that theme song thing. You just brought it back - but it does fade with time.

As for the sunfish, I cut my palm open badly with the dorsal fin of a sunfish in a similar pose to yours with your prize (and never had more luck). That put me off fishing a fair bit.

Heck, I'm sure your kid was happy no matter what you caught or how wet y'all were.

Ricardipus said...

Hey Alethea, thanks for stopping by.

Theme song thing? Are we reading the same blog? Maybe I'd better go over to your place and read yours again...

At least the sunfish don't have any teeth to speak of. I'd be scared to death of a pike.

The Wrath of Dawn said...

Ah, the traditional fish story.

See? I told you you'd be a brilliant blogger. And you said you'd have nothing to blog. Ha! Shows what you know.*

*Lots, but not that you'd be a good blogger.

Ricardipus said...


Thank you, O Wrathful One.

/grovel mode

zed said...


Ricardipus said...

Zed - there was a blue-spotted salamander last year, but no photos unfortunately. Not quite a newt, but same idea, more or less.

The frog was cute though. We have wood frogs and leopard frogs up there as well.

Alethea said...

Checking back in - I was combining comments to two posts. I vividly remember the theme song to Rolie Polie Ollie and it's been easily 4 years since it was trotting through my head every day. There is a blessed silence now.

The Wrath of Dawn said...


Oh. Sorry. I thought you said "gravel" mode.

/gets coat

Ricardipus said...

Alethea - duh. Sorry, I probably could have figured that out myself...

There is worse though. I say only this:



Anna said...

Cute frog!

Did you happen to see Katie and Dave when you were at Snug Harbor? That website was funny.

Ricardipus said...

Anna - no, I didn't see any blow-up dolls when I was there, and, frankly, I'm a bit baffled by those pictures...