If people concentrated on the really
important things in life, there’d be a
shortage of fishing poles.
He prepares his tackle box
by adding the buzz bait
and crankbait—his favorites.
He has caught hundreds of bass
with both lures: smallmouth,
largemouth, and spotted bass;
white and black crappie, too—
he landed a three-pounder once.
Each time he casts, he hopes
for a smallmouth—they fight
the hardest, but the fisherman
is confident he can win the battle.
After eleven hours on the water,
he comes ashore, hopefully with five
keepers. And if he’s lucky, a top-five
win before he throws them back
so they can swim, and he can fish,
Image credit: Impressionism image of a fish (staticflickr)