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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

• Cross Lake Report 7-23-2008

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

I started around 6:30am and fished until 10:30am. I didn't pay much attention to water temps. Everything was in the upper 80s. It really didn't work in my favor today. The front unit is blinking -4.0 degrees Fahrenheit. One board on the trailer has started to rot and I lost one of the three screws that holds it on the trailer. Two of those screws fell out. I didn't catch anything. When I got back to the ramp, I found a stray puppy enjoying the shade behind my vehicle who kept getting in the way while I tried to get the trailer in the water. Fun day.

So as for fishing, I started as far back as I could go in what I consider Pawpaw according to the markers on trees. The canal is completely mucked over (see photo below). So much for my plans. I *was* hoping to go way back in there and fish some of the deep holes. Oh well. I fished trees with a jig and ran a Rage Toad over the same areas. I headed back east around 9am tossing the jig to pads and trees. Didn't even get a bump. Couldn't take the heat and I knew loading the boat would be a task of its own, so I quit and went back to the ramp. I did happen upon a Bill Dance Heddon Pop'N Image up in a tree by a duck blind. I'm always finding lures on this lake. Can't beat free stuff. That's one good thing that happened today I guess. Gar were out and hitting the top everywhere back in there. I did see one bowfin swim away too. Didn't want to have any part of that. On my way back, the speedometer wasn't working very good. Must be clogged. All I will need to do is clean out around the sensor back near the prop (Tracker Speedometer Fix).

Got back in to Fleming to find a puppy curled up in the shade from my vehicle. I couldn't get it to move. It followed me all the way over to the ramp and stood in the way while I was trying to load the trailer. I moved the dog out of the way quite a few times and was finally able to tie down the board to the trailer with some spare rope I had along with me. Loaded the boat just fine and packed up. The pup followed over to where I was packing up, so I called someone to get ahold of Animal Control so they could come pick this stray up. She was injured too. Had a limp. She did have a tag, but not any useful identification. It was a tag for a lost pet web site which I later discovered turned up no results. I knew a few houses nearby had dogs, so I locked everything up and walked over to a few of them. Most were gated and inaccessible. One home even shut their gate as I was walking up. How very nice of them. Asked the mailman who tried to help, but I never found anyone at any of these houses. Animal Control it was.

Of course they never came, so I put the dog in the car and drove the short drive home making sure to let Animal Control know to meet me there instead. Finally showed up around 2:30pm. The pup spent the entire time resting under the shade of the boat on the trailer. Fed and watered her a little. Check the photo to see if you recognize her. If it belongs to someone that lives near the boat launch, let them know. There were a few people at the boat launch and they really didn't care much about offering to help me with either problem. You know, that good southern hospitality everyone talks about. I guess the lesson to be learned is that the folks in and around the Fleming boat launch aren't all that friendly. Too bad. Imagine if someone really needed help in an emergency! The other lesson to be learned is to check the boards on your trailer after a couple of years to see if they need replacing. I knew about the tendency to rot, but never gave it much thought to periodically check.

The heat really took a lot out of me today, so I'm glad to finally be home and indoors with a chance to relax. The SPF-30 did what it's supposed to do, so at least I didn't burn. Guess I won't be going out in the boat any time soon until I get the trailer fixed. I called up Lowrance and once I fax proof of purchase of the unit with the boat, they'll send a new transducer free of charge. That's a second good thing I suppose.


Basspastor said...

Good job on taking some responsibility for the puppy. Hopefully it will make it home or get a new one.