Friday, July 31, 2009

Lake Little Known-ah

...not for long! This little lake is an amazing find. I had heard about it through my friend Amy (who fishes there with her husband on a regular basis), but it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I actually experienced it for myself.

I drove to Lake Zoar in Southbury. As I remembered (as it was explained to me), Lake Lillinonah is at the top of Lake Zoar. All I had to do was listen for the jet skis and boats...and follow them north.

And I did. I found the trail guide and fishing advisory board right in a small parking lot. I found a more remote spot to park and I proceeded to this isolated lakeside spot...that was already usurped by two fellow fishers. (These guys became my instant friends as we shared our catches across the lake).

My first cast with a hula popper landed me a nice lake bass. It was not large, but it gave some nice tugs and a good little battle. I gently removed the hook and eased him back into the water with care. The next spinner lures rewarded me with two consecutive yellow perch.

I spent most of the day at Lake Lillinonah. I could have spent the evening, too, as we all know that fish love the cooler water temperatures. But duty called and I headed back to Milford, a far cry from my new found fishing hole.

Try it - Lake Little Known-ah (can you tell I love Maine?)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sarah "Pailin' " Likes to Fish

I find myself in a bit of a quandary today having spent most of the day fishing myself. I really shouldn't tease another woman who happens to be passionate about fishing. But this one, I simply can't resist.

She resigns her post as Governor of Alaska (less than a year from the date on which she joined the GOP ticket as the candidate for VP). And she manages to find the time (while fishing with her husband) to grant a few interviews.

Sarah Palin, on camera and in papers, donning chest high waders and a plain white tee shirt. Looking natural, real, and calm. Was it that they didn't allow her enough fishing during the elections? She seemed pretty high strung during those times. Balance Sarah, balance!

At the risk of sharing my complete views on political parties, candidates, and recent events, Sarah Palin's personality makes me want to lean overboard, not jump. Let's say, "chum the waters." She just doesn't stop talking. My concern is that if she fishes, does she talk while doing so? I know that I don't like much conversation when I'm fishing (which is probably why I love to fish alone).

I don't mean to be judgmental. But with a last name like Palin, it makes me wonder why a bucket-making company hasn't patented the following: "Pailin'," by Sarah. The idea is a drop in the "pails" in comparison to other really holds its weight...I mean, isn't she looking for fundraising ideas to raise capital for her next campaign?