Norm M Posted April 3, 2008 Report Share Posted April 3, 2008 I got home from taking the dogs to the vet for their shots about 1015 this morning. The phone rang as I walked in the door, it was someone in need of a favor. He had a program for some kids in conjunction with the US Soil and Water Conservation districts. The kids were being tested on conservation type stuff and part of it was identifing plants, bugs and fish from local waterways. It seems they couldn't get fish for the kids to identify from the source they desired and needed some by 300PM this afternoon. I was asked to do what I could on short notice and was happy to oblige. I hit a local pond and soon had some bluegills, green sunfish and hybrid sunfish. I didn't go for largemouth because I figured that would be way too easy to identify. I hit up my local stream to round up some riverine species. Smallmouth were definitely out as it's catch and release only right now and walleye went to the will fish for if time permits category. I took some leeches and some redworms that were left from the sunfish excursion. Of course, smallies liking leeches like they do were mucling out the rockbass for a leech on the bottom. I switched to a leech off the bottom under a float and the rock bass started winning the race to the leech. I had some rock bass in my 5 gallon bucket and moved to a tributary mouth to try for some suckers with the red worms. I added a small white sucker to the bucket and kept on trying. I was hoping to add a redhorse sucker to the mix figuring that would round out the id contest. I was approached by a couple young guys maybe 18 or 19 years old. They asked why I had the those kind of fish in my bucket so I explained to them about the kids id contest. We chatted a bit more and I got snagged so I excused my self from the conversation and told them I was going to wade out and try to unsnag my line and try out a little farther. When I came back to shore not only were the two guys gone but so was my bucket with the fish in it and my leech pail. The dollar amount I lost was minimal what hurt was the loss of the fish for the kids. I had to meet the guy in less than 15 minutes and I didn't have time to get more bait and catch more fish for the kids. At first I was real mad about it and had unkind thoughts toward the two of them. Not that I have had time to think about I actually feel sorry for someone who has the type of mind that would allow them to commit such an act. It was just flat out mean spirited to deprive others of an educational opportunity and I feel saddened for the souls of those individuals. On a sidenote I did find the 5 gal bucket in a ditch on the ride home, empty of course. I guess compared to what they did earlier littering is a minor thing for their karma to deal with Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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