It's been so many years since I've registered a boat; I forgot all about the numbers for our new inflatable, but I had the card and the stickers, took my chances of a marine police visit, those chances negligible. Instructions for numbers are on the back of the stickers, but I had never turned them over to look.
Looks like snow in the black & white, and it sort of felt like it by 7:00 when we began to head in after three or four hours. Heavy wind never allowed us out of the launch cove, but it's a large area with plenty deep water, surface temperature never rising above 56, cold for this time of year. And without a cloud in the sky, I just resigned myself to herring, shiners, and nightcrawlers, besides trolling a 10- foot diving crankbait in hopes of a trout. I had thought the kids might try crankbaits with me, but we're just getting acquainted with this cozy boat--comfortable for being so soft, cushions--cramped and very low to the water.
I definitely felt today that once I can spring for an aluminum rig, I'm buying it. But I also felt--hey, this works, though it's a lot of work. For the interim, which would I prefer: to have a boat or not? So the work is worthwhile.
It's my son's gift from an uncle. I bought the Minn-Kota Endura 55, etc. He's not 16 yet to earn the boater's safety certificate and use the machine, which has such thrust that the first time I clicked to maximum, I almost destroyed the motor by dunking within a minute of trying 'er out. The motor plate angled against the give of the air inflation. In a nick of time I clicked to lower thrust.
We enjoyed the day. My son, Matt, felt animated. Anderson took a lot in. I enjoy wildlife and today we saw four bald eagles together in the sky. A first for me. Also spotted an osprey.
Matt missed hits from panfish on nightcrawlers. He's known the difference for many years. This was all for us. I need to get a plexi-plate to mount the portable graph transducer. We never marked a fish, though I managed to get some readings.
Spoke to guys from two boats--one had a laker, the other two lakers and two browns. Of course I was a little jealous, only slightly. It's much more important to know exactly where you are with your own equipment and keep right on growing piece by every little piece.