Those of you who know me, probably think I'm tough. I hear that a lot and I don't know why. I cry at Little House on the Prairie for goodness sakes! Anyway, I am fiercely competitive. I didn't fish for the longest time because I did not want to touch the fish. When I would ask my husband to take the fish off, he would give me a hard time. I know that's hard to believe- a man giving a woman a hard time about something they hate. Alas, it's true... So, I just would go until I had to hear the complaining about taking the fish off then I would be done.
The thing is I liked fishing. I started taking the fish off the hook without touching the fish. That worked ok for most fish, but I started catching larger fish and it just sort of happened. You really can't brag about your catch when someone is taking it off the hook for you. So you have to take that fish off. The only fish I have an issue taking off the hook is saltwater. That is mainly because those fish can actually hurt you! I don't know all the spots to touch them, yet. I will learn as time goes by, but for now, my dad is a wealth of knowledge for me.
|Me holding a nice smallmouth just to prove I'm telling the truth, not for bragging purposes!|