Saturday, August 07, 2010


Today is my husband's birthday. You can figure his age from the title of the post.

After a marriage of 41 years and no children, we usually choose our own celebration or lack thereof. This year he chose a guided striped bass (colloquially called stripers) trip on Lake Norfork with a friend, also our neighbor.

I previously gave him a guided trip about two years ago, so guessed it was one gift I won the lottery on. Gifting sometimes is difficult as life churns on.

I actually think he started celebrating with all the improvements and renovations we completed on the property. But that is OK, too.

He is fishing as I write this, and hope one or both guys hook one of the big ones. For those who are unfamiliar with stripers, they are an ocean fish that have adapted to certain deep freshwater lakes. The striped bass is related to the fresh water white bass; and there are hybrids of the species. A striped bass can be over 6 feet long and weigh about 125 lbs. Typically in our area they are much less.

 A hybrid is still a pretty big fish, too.

So I am waiting for his arrival home in a couple of hours to see if they were lucky today. Hot weather is not the best fishing time for a great number of species in our area as they are lethargic and deep. So I just hope they catch a keeper of any species.

We'll post results and pictures later as he took his camera.

Usually if the guide fails to deliver results, a second trip is given free or half price.


lakeviewer said...

What a great gift! Tell us how you prepare your bass-I'm counting on the success of this trip-.
I'll send people over from my new real food blog to meet your catch. It should be a beauty.

Arkansas Patti said...

Now that is a thoughtful gift. Too bad you didn't get to go for I believe you like to fish also.
I like that "no fish, redo policy". Don't hear of that often.
At least today is slightly cooler so hopefully he will get a nice catch.
Happy Birthday big guy.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your husband! I hope they catch lots of fish or one great big one. Will be looking forward to seeing the pictures. Hugs

faye said...

Happy Birthday. Hope he caught
enough fish for supper... and don't
forget the hush puppies.

Ginny said...

We have them at Crab Meadow too. They are very tasty so I hope he caught a bunch. What a great and way to celebrate a special birthday.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Your so sweet to give such a wonderful Birthday gift. I hope he had a very Happy Birthday and caught lots of fish.
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