Lake Fausse Point, Louisiana

June 6th, 2005

A Much Needed and Regretted Break

Over the next little while - how long, I don't know - I'll be writing less frequently. I just wanted to explain why.

First of all, the spring fishing rush is just about done here. I put off a lot of things until then so I could get all the fishing I could do in. I haven't been out in a couple weeks now I've been so busy with other things. Now it's getting hot, the fish are heading back deep, and middays are muggy and uncomfortable.

Mostly, I've been readying my big fiberglass boat for sale. After owning it for a little over a year now, I have convinced myself that I do not like it. Oh, it's a mighty fine boat, as big ugly bass boats go, don't get me wrong. It is fast as the dickens, comfortable, lots of nice electronics. I just don't like it a dadgum bit. I can't go shallow places, some of my favorite haunts, with its vee bottom. It sucks gas like a Bradley fighting vehicle and, most of all, to be perfectly honest, it just ain't a wooden boat. That's a major part of it. I don't feel comfortable in anything but wood. I was raised in a wooden boat, spent all my life fishing from a wooden boat, have built two of them. I am working on a third, a sixteen-foot, flat-bottomed skiff by John Gardner destined to be my primary fishing boat by the fall.

The sale of the big ugly bass boat will, therefore, finance completion and outfitting of the wooden boat. This process will take some time, so you see, I will be landlocked for a bit. I will write when I can, probably about the building of this boat, and whatever fishing I happen to do in my dad's little bateau or with friends when invited. But for the next few months, I'll be pretty much cutting back severely on the fishing.

It's just one of those unavoidable things. Hope ya'll don't forget about me! I will be back, I promise! I will take plenty of pictures of the building process. She's already mostly framed, in antique Douglas fir and cypress, just waiting for bottom and side planking in plywood. Should be a beauty of a boat. Husky, built strong and wide, I will power her with probably a 50 horsepower engine or so, no more than a 70, depending on how she weighs out after completion. I doubt she'll draw more than six inches of water, max. The big ugly bass boat requires three to four feet to get on plane. Drives me nuts. Three to four feet of water around here is a luxury away from the river itself and the major channels. One favorite place of mine has only about fifty yards of water that deep. So I must jam the throttle hard, get her up on plane, and haul butt out across about two feet of water, praying I don't hit anything on the way. It's no fun at all, you can imagine. A flat-bottomed boat will not only plane quicker, but sit far higher in the water.

Besides, the guy who wrote a book subtitled A Few Moments In A Small Wooden Boat shouldn't be running around in a fiberglass bass boat anyway, even if it is a Cajun model, one of the finest bass boats built and representative of half my heritage. No, it's just not right, somehow, and "A Few Moments In A Big Ugly Bass Boat" just doesn't ring right, you know?

See ya around the boatshop! ~ Roger

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