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In My Sights: Traci Schauf and her own private bass tournament

I wouldn’t say that my spouse and I compete when it come to fishing. I wouldn’t exactly say we try to top one another. I’d say we do … data tracking. We like to track things like who caught the first fish. (Note to self: Post picture on Facebook).

Who caught the biggest fish (Note to self: Twitter about the nice bass).

Who caught the most fish (Note to self: Sharpen hubby’s fish knife for him).

This year, I’m adding “who caught the first fish of the year.”  Not that I’m the bragging type who’d keep score (Note to self: Update spreadsheet FISH 2011 after blogging).

Our first fishing trip of the year went like this:

Me: Whoo hoo!  Another one!

Him: If you weren’t catching fish, I’d be ready to go. It’s too windy.

Me: Whoo Hoo!  Another one!

Him: I think we should come back later.

Me: Whoopi!  Another one!

Him: Great. I just broke the tip of my pole.

Me: So you’ll clean these so we can have them for dinner?

Him: Me?!  I didn’t catch those fish!

Me: No, but that’s the agreement.

Him: I didn’t agree to cleaning your fish.

Me: Oh yes, you did. It was a tacit, implied contract that you agreed to when A) you didn’t catch any fish and B) when you accepted that new electric fish knife from me at Christmas. I catch em’, you clean ’em, I cook ’em. I’m doing two-thirds of the work.

Him: What’s for dinner if I don’t clean these fish?

Me: Cereal.

Him: I think this system is broken. And I want slaw and cornbread with those fish. Beer batter. And cherry pie.

Me: Pie?!  There’s no pie in this deal. Hmm, I might need to re-negotiate this contract.

Follow Traci’s bass season at her blog.

Traci Schauf and her first big bass of the 2011 season. Photo by her husband.

  • About Traci Schauf

    Traci Schauf ia a blogger, a blonde, a bookphile and outdoor obsessed. She contributes "The Happy Camper" to The WON. She also hosts her own daily blogs about her family and outdoor life.


The Conversation

  • Traci Schauf says: February 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    HAhaha!! No, I caught the bass in a farm pond. The “creek” is a manmade decorative water element behind our house. It makes a great place to keep the fish until hubby gets around to cleaning them!

  • Women's Outdoor News says: February 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I laughed out loud when I read this one, too. Nice photo …. were you really fishing in that snowy, cold creek? Not for bass like that?