LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Life is Good

We have received 9.6 inches of rain since Sunday night! What a wonderful relief. There has been surprisingly little flooding in our area despite three days of steady rain. Oh, life is good.

My computer is fixed and it's like having an old friend back. I have truly missed reading your blogs and I'm looking forward to catching up.

On Monday, our newspaper printed a delightful story that I would like to share with you. A Western North Carolina man (David Hayes) regularly takes his three-year-old granddaughter Alyssa fishing. The two of them go out to the garden to catch crickets and dig worms and then go to the pond behind the house. Mr. Hayes usually does not fish; he baits Alyssa's hook and takes off the catch, usually small bluegills.

During one of their outings this month, Alyssa had a sudden urge to go to the bathroom. She asked her grandfather to hold her fishing pole. The pole is a hot pink Barbie Rod and Reel. A few minutes later, Mr. Hayes felt a tug on the pole. He had hooked a fish...a really big fish.

After a twenty-five-minute struggle, Mr. Hayes pulled in a catfish. It was a big catfish. In fact, the channel catfish Mr. Hayes caught on the Barbie Rod and Reel breaks the North Carolina state record! The fish weighed 21 pounds, one ounce, and at 32 inches in length it was longer than the Barbie Rod.

Courtesy photo from the Transylvania Times
Mr. Hayes says he has taken a lot of kidding from his fellow anglers. He just smiles and tells them he's the one with the record catch and that while the rules say that the fish must be caught with a rod and reel, they make no mention of the type. What a wonderful memory for Mr. Hayes and Alyssa.
Kudos to Mr. Hayes and to every grandfather or father, grandmother or mother who takes a child fishing.

11 comments:

KGMom said...

Oh this is precious and funny all rolled up. Good for grandpa making a catch on a hot pink Barbie pole. Now, how do you top that?

Dog_geek said...

Glad to have you back! What a great story! That Barbie rod must be tougher than it looks! (And who knew Barbie had a fishing rod!)

MicheleRF said...

Great news about the rain and a wonderful "Fish Story". Thanks for sharing Carolyn!

The Birdlady said...

Good grief! I never saw such a fish! Fishing guy will have a fit.
Glad you got rain - we haven't yet.

Jayne said...

Welcome back Carolyn! What a wonderful story! We got lots of that rain too and it all soaked into the ground for the most part as well.

Ruth said...

That is a lot of rain! It must have come gently, not in torrents. Glad you are not flooded. Quite the fishing story!

Toni said...

yea the computer is fixed.

oh love this story! Kudos to all the Grandpas who spend time with their grandkids.

fishing guy said...

Carolyn: What a wonderful story, that is a minster catfish on a baby rod.

NCmountainwoman said...

Donna - I can just see his fellow fishermen having fun with this story.

Dog geek - I think there is a Barbie anything-you-can-market.

Michele - I loved the story as well.

Helen - Hope you get some rain soon. We have gotten another couple of inches overnight and today.

Jayne - We were fortunate that the rain started with very gentle, soaking rain so there wasn't a lot of runoff in our area.

Ruth - We are indeed fortunate to have so little flooding.

Toni - I'm so glad my computer could be fixed. I don't want to learn Vista yet.

Fishing guy - I loved it too, especially the expression on Grandpa's face.

scienceguy288 said...

What a fish and a great story. I don't know how he could've done it.

Shellmo said...

Hope everything stays well w/ your computer! Now I need to go buy my husband a barbie fishing pool to help him out - ha,ha!