Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I'm your Huckleberry ... Finn.

No, Wyatt Earp did not say that exact phrase in "Tombstone." Just go with me.

When talking about fishing and famous fishermen, I can't think of a one. Only Huckleberry Finn comes to mind.

On the Fourth, we decided to go fishing ... not a common occurrence in our household.

When asked how they felt about the whole going-fishing thing, this was the daughters' reactions. Notice the difference. K Belle and I had similar feelings about this adventure.
Beau was a little iffy.
Me ... I'm along for the ride. Sun beating down on me, combined with smelly fish was not appealing. 
The worst part about fishing ... the bait.
Chicken livers? Really? Catfish eating chicken livers was an odd choice to me. It's like chickens eating cows. Weird.
The swinging of the chicken liver near my face was a little too much.
But, the kicker was when I was just standing there fishing, minding my own business, and one of these disgusting bloody chicken livers landed on my foot. The top of my foot was bare ... bare, I tell you.Let's just say, K Belle was a bit challenged with her casting at first. She was about 20 feet away. Yeah.
I did fear for my life every time La Petite Belle came near me with her fishing pole or got ready to cast out her line. She almost stabbed each of us about 3 times.

Doesn't it look like that she is wearing that barrel on her head?
It was HOT. La Petite Belle ended up with a bad heat rash and we were all a little pinker.
In the end, K Belle caught 4 fish and I caught 2. Beau and La Petite Belle ... none.
Here's my first one. What a beauty.
K Belle and I's secret ... shrimp as bait and not those nasty chicken livers. Actually, K Belle peeled the shrimp and said that her bait was "finely prepared." We kept telling her she didn't have to peel them. But since she caught the most fish, I guess she was right.

The way catfish look the best.
What a way to celebrate the Fourth ... fried fish, fried okra, and french fries. Nothing says "America" like fried food. (I did make a salad too ... umm ... ahem ... and a strawberry cake.)

Minus the heat, the bait, the stench, the flies, and the danger of the hook, a good time was had by all.


3 Blessings said...

Too funny! I love the barrel "on" your daughter's head. Fried catfish is the only fish I like. :)

Rach@In His Hands said...

Wow, the Belles and Beau go fishin'! I'll have to remember that shrimp tip if I ever find myself fishing for catfish.

RachelQ said...

I love fishing... but we used worms or crickets.. shrimp.. that's for me!!LOL

Your 4th dinner looks yummy!! We had pizza with my brother and his family!

Bella said...

We are off to 'go fish' this week...will have to use the shrimp thang.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

So you also prepared and cooked THE catfish? You are a stronger woman than I. I have fantasies about being some kind of farm woman, but when I really think about the details such as fish bait and gutting, I realize it's all a fantasy. Strange fantasy, huh. I just like grass and chickens is what I really mean.

H-Mama said...

To put it in my dd's words, "Ewe, ewe, and double ewe!" Liver? So funny. My girlie girls would not have even come close.

I did a lot of trolling when I was little, but my step-dad would get upset with me b/c I threw all of the lil' fish back in the water as soon as I could to save their lives... while some of the shrimp jumped back in the water. I did not enjoy this job... nor de-heading the shrimp. I didn't even eat shrimp. I'm sure there are child labor laws that were broken. ;)

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Love the pics :)

tonya said...

My husband is going. to. snap. if we don't go fishing soon. He uses minnows (Grandma calls them 'minners'...she also calls me Tonyer...what a redneck) & mussels for bait.

Why am I rambling???

I intended to simply comment on how great the fried goods look...wow...drooling here.

Lois Lane II said...

LOL, I love K Belle's and your expressions. Priceless!!

The Hat Chick said...

Fried okra...yum!! Fried catfish....YUM YUM! K Belle knows the secret to catching fish.

"Rachel" said...

The expression on yours & K Belle's faces are priceless! :)

Kora Bruce said...

This post is absolutely adorable. The photos tell it all...I'm totally with you and K Belle!

Where'd you guys end up fishing at?

thedomesticfringe said...

My husband and kids love fishing. I just go along for the ride.


Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

OH MY GOSH... hate fishing... unless I am trying to impress a cute boy, then I'm okay... except I'm married now, so fishing is out! lol!

Sherry said...

I've never cared for fishing either -- all because of the bait!

The end results looks delicious. We had fish this past weekend, too. Yum!

In the end, it looks like you had some nice family time together!

Kora Bruce said...

oh yes... Erath. Our friends in Henry had a BBQ so we got to catch some of the fireworks.

Catfish Heaven?! I was just thinking about that place. I used to go there as a kid, and now I pass it every time I'm on my way to Gentleman Caller's house by Lake Martin.

Just wanted to say that I love love love your blog!

bkokc00 said...

My boyfriend and i go fishing a lot, heck with a boat payment to pay, might as well get the most out of it. Funny you posted this today cause we went fishing after my boyfriend got off work and i ended up with 3 catfish..my boyfriend caught 0, of course i had to rub it in a little..ok a LOT and i was teasing him since he probably owns every bait, lure bass pro shop sells..what did i catch my fish with? Shrimp..yep = )

TCKK said...

Too funny! Although the fried food looks pretty good!!