I finally made it out fishing for the first time in 2.5 months. My good doctor gave me the go ahead for 2 shoes and I’ve been working them around the house with crutches and baby steps but haven’t ventured outside that way…yet. Fishing was no different. I have a buddy who’s fishing a bass tournament on the Detroit River / Lake Erie coming up and he asked me to practice with him. So I got up at 5am to meet him at his house. In the morning’s I’m still really slow - so I booted up and headed out, no way I’d risk two shoes on a boat in choppy water. For those of you that don’t know, Lake Erie can get pretty rough, especially in a 21ft bass boat.

Crawling from the main seat to the back deck’s seat wasn’t easy with the boot, and the waves didn’t make it easier. Those of you in a boot know you’re at the mercy of the thing when you step on uneven ground, so when the boat rocked so did I. I just made sure I had three parts of my body down at all times. Two hands and a boot or a boot a foot and a leg and I was ok. Made it through a thunderstorm (and my garbage bag / boot protector) and a few minutes of rough water, but all in all it went well. I even made sure to get the boot in a picture. It was so great being out and able to do something I love again.

After the long day of fishing - 6+ hours, we got back and I was feeling pretty good. I made the 30 minute drive home and then sat down, still doing well, then it felt like someone hit me with a truck. I was tired, achy and sore - not so much my bad leg, but everywhere else, everything I haven’t used in what seems like forever. So when I started to ice it, I fell asleep instantly. Best sleep I’ve had yet.


Since Stuart Asked, here’s some more

7 Comments so far

  1. Stuart on July 24th, 2013

    Just one photo? More about the fishing trip please. I remember how great it feels to get out and do something that makes you feel normal. Years ago I was recovering from a motorcycle accident and a mate took me trout fishing. We camped in a hut with his eldest son and even with the fire going every bit of water froze. My left hand did not work all that well but I still managed to reel in a 52cm brown trout from a little stream. Just being there was a great mental boost. I also got out Bass fishing in a boat while recovering from the ATR. I think our Australian Bass are generally a bit smaller than yours but still good sport. My favourite thing was hiking up the river and catching big Bass on light fly gear.

  2. kellygirl on July 24th, 2013

    Great photo! Glad that you got to get out and do something fun. You look like a bad a#$ fisherman with that boot on! The fish doesn’t look too bad either although rather unlucky to have gotten caught. I don’t suppose this is catch and release, eh?

    The three points tip is brilliant. That rocker sole is a doozy when trying to balance. I hope that you have many more restful nights ahead of you! Good luck!

  3. brokendad on July 24th, 2013

    Very nice. Its advanced physical therapy. Blues and Strippers are running in a couple of months and I can’t wait to get back out.

  4. superjewgrl on July 24th, 2013

    Totally awesome! That is living life to the fullest. Congrats.

  5. craiger9er on July 24th, 2013

    It was catch and release, everything else on the day was as well. Most of my fishing is, but every now and then I gotta bring something home to put on the table.

    Brokendad - hope you get some and share some pics with us as well!

  6. Stuart on July 25th, 2013

    Catch and release all Bass here. Take the odd trout. I now have 2km of on one of the best trout streams in the country as my boundary so I can fish every day during the season if I want.

  7. micah1 on July 25th, 2013

    Nothing like a great day out doing something that you love! I will conjour up an image of you with your catch when i’m doing my heel lifts this morning!

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