Catfish and Alabama Football Games!

Torn between spending a lazy afternoon on the Tennessee River waiting to bite or listening to The University of Alabama football games can really mess a southern boy’s head up. I have opted to do both at the same time, to lessen the pain of mental battle.

While it’s not necessary to have a boat in which to while away the hours, I prefer being in the middle of the river than sharing a good fishing spot. I don’t want anyone knowing where they were grabbed by me, while I like to brag about the fish I have caught.

My boat is outfitted with a couple of items that are not usually found on 16 foot flat bottom fishing vessels that were normal.

You gotta have a radio. You could bring a notebook, but it would be my luck to knock it overboard. A radio is cheaper; whether it is hooked up to the boat’s power source or is powered by a hand full of batteries.

For a while, I entertained the idea of a TV covered by a hood to protect it from rain, sunlight or the spray from the water as I buzzed over the lake or river. After I discovered how much satellite TV hookups cost, I nixed this idea. I settled for the radio.

You gotta know what you are fishing for if you are going to have a relaxing afternoon of fishing and soccer. If you are going after little fish then you are going to be busy most of the afternoon taking them off the hook and setting lure out. You can be distracted by this action from the excitement on the radio.

Fish for big catfish and you are almost assured that you will have an enjoyable afternoon of college soccer. After a pan sized fish has nibbled on it placing bait, can make you miss a big play.

Fish for catfish that is big! Use bait that is large normal sized fish will not give a second thought to it. Big catfish don’t bite very often so you won’t be forced to take valuable time on your radio to wrestle it into the boat away from the roar of the crowd.

You haveta have a cooler, but not filled with alcohol. I have never been one for drinking while flitting around a river or a lake in a fishing boat. It does not take a big loss of concentration to wind up sinking to the bottom of the river like a donut or floating on the surface.

My cooler is stocked with hamburger patties, sodas, bottled water, mustard, diced onions and catsup. Hamburger buns are along with coffee, paper plates and life jackets.

Because it’s not really sanitary to do it the burgers have to be patties. By the time you are hungry your hands have a fishy smell, which has a propensity to leave a smell.

You haveta have a portable propane barbeque grill. I have one hauled off in the live well of the boat. I utilize the area for other things, since I am only fishing for big fish that wouldn’t fit in the well.

There removable metal plate is installed in my boat, just over the bow deck, so grease won’t soak into the carpet on the deck.

You haveta sinkers, hooks and have the fishing tackle; reel and rod. There must be some bait in the boat in the event and you would really like to catch a fish. That would not be nearly as much fun, although you stay home and can do it the easy way and catch the game on TV.

Bob Alexander is experienced in cooking, fishing and leisure living. Bob is the author and owner of the article. Visit his sites at:

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