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Pac in Arkansas
04-21-2018, 09:59 AM
When my wife fishes she is a devout bobber watcher. Yesterday I was able to get her to go spider rigging with me. She hasn't fished in many years & I really wanted to show her how fun fishing this way can be.
I got her involved with setting the boat up at the ramp and explained the general idea. As we took off across the water the wind was rough but not as bad as it has been. I took it easy on the ride to a protective cove in the little tin boat & made sure any spray come my way instead of hers. My goal was to do whatever it took to make this an enjoyable experience for her.

There are several brush piles in the cove but there is one in particular that usually holds a crappie and a bass or two. My thinking was better to at least catch a bass quick to get her attention than start out exploring. I got the 8 rods set out & asked if she wanted to fish or watch me first. She said she wanted to watch first so she would know what to do. In about 2 minutes the first rod tip was snatched under water by a bass. Within minutes we had caught several more bass. By now she was watching the poles like a hawk from the back seat of the jon boat.

The first time she yelled, "#4!" I didn't know what the heck she was talking about as I pulled in a crappie. What she was telling me was rod number 4 had a bite. Soon it was #1, #7 etc. The problem I saw with her method was she was counting the rods from right to left & I was counting them left to right. Once I realized this I asked her to simply say left or right. She compromised by yelling out, "Right 3" or "left 8" and so on. I again asked her to just yell out left or right due to my slow mathematical skills compounded by an additional equation to the issue. I said I was glad I didn't have 11 or more poles out otherwise I'd have to take my shoes off to use her method.

I never could get her to sit up front with the poles. She was content to sit in the back. She retired from 24 years active duty 18 years ago & I believe sitting back there shouting direction, encouragement and counseling when I would occasionally be too slow to figure out which rod she was talking about brought some of the NCO to the forefront once again.

We caught a lot of bass and 15 crappie. I thought she would be hooked on spider rigging for sure. While she enjoyed her day she said she would still prefer to watch a bobber. She said she enjoyed the thrill of watching the minnow get nervous as seen by the bobber acting erratically just before going under. She said she would like to go again but asked if I could set her up with a single pole with bobber for her to watch. My answer was a strong, "You bet!"

04-21-2018, 10:02 AM
That's good stuff. Thanks

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04-21-2018, 10:31 AM
Good stuff Pac


04-21-2018, 10:33 AM
Good times

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04-21-2018, 10:39 AM

Noodle rod
04-21-2018, 11:20 AM
Great story, thank you for sharing.

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04-21-2018, 12:20 PM
Great job glad you got her to go! You will have to rig her up a slip float on one those rigging rods!

04-21-2018, 12:29 PM
:highfive Nothing like have the wife as a fishing partner. Thanks for sharing the spider rigging report.

04-21-2018, 12:29 PM
Great report. When my wife goes she just does the crossword puzzle.

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ET Fish
04-21-2018, 01:42 PM
Glad you’ve found the BEST fishing partner!

04-21-2018, 05:07 PM
Thanks for sharing.

04-22-2018, 06:28 AM
and here in lies the only problem we have with the opposite sex ....they think the opposite of us .....LOL

04-22-2018, 03:13 PM
Put bobbers on the spider rig poles and let her watch them

04-23-2018, 11:02 AM
lol and that don't happen often...

04-23-2018, 11:20 AM
Awesome, sounds like you two had a good time.

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04-23-2018, 11:55 AM
Wow, great story, congrats !

04-23-2018, 04:00 PM
Awesome! My wife loves to night fish, and is a fair weather camper.
Congrats, makes it easier to get new gear when the wife is on board! Pun intended. Lol

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04-23-2018, 04:59 PM
Great story. If you add a picture it'd make a good home page article.

04-23-2018, 05:08 PM
It would make a nice article!!

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04-23-2018, 09:03 PM
Good story, I think I have my wife convinced to go fishing for the first time. I do not have my poles yet but only plan to start with 3 poles. should be easy to count. your story had me laughing also

Tom 513
04-24-2018, 08:03 PM
I read your post to my wife, and we both agreed you could of been talking about her, be patient Lord knows I have to be

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Pac in Arkansas
04-28-2018, 11:25 PM
So today we went on her 2nd trip spider rigging. I asked her to sit up front for a pic and she obliged. Understand a few days ago she was happy to sit in the back shouting words of encouragement. This was suppose to only be a photo op.


Next I said, "You might as well stay there for a few minutes and see if you can catch one." It didn't take long and she had her 1st spider rig crappie.


After that first fish this is who commandeered the "Captain's" seat the rest of the day.


I got to be the deck hand and didn't fish anymore the rest of the day. I was too busy putting minnows on the hook, netting fish or taking fish off the hook. I did strike a fine Captain Morgan pose as I had my left foot on the boat floor and my right foot on the deck to run the trolling motor. For added flair I crossed my right forearm across my knee to really sell the look. But boy of boy is my back killing me after a few hours of that. But such is the price of looking cool.