Friday, November 20, 2009

I Caught A Noodle...

I was chatting with my good friend Paul Dhaemers today and we were discussing a trip I took to Goodnews Bay earlier this year. It sounds like we're going to be heading out that way again within the next few weeks and Mr. Dhaemers and I were discussing which fun winter activities will be fun for us to do. He informed me that there probably won't be any noodles in the Goodnews River this time of year but that I was welcome to come down and fish anyway. I was then reminded that I hadn't shared my noodle story with my blog readers (hi Mom...lol).

Soooo...

Paul Dhaemers was nice enough to bring us all fishing (me, Brian and Paul's friend, Ken, who was here visiting from South Dakota). South Dakota doesn't have it's own professional football team...fyi. Anyway, that's all beside the point.

It was pretty chilly when we headed out but we were all excited. Paul kept telling me how many fish we were going to get and how much fun we were going to have and all that. He really built it up that it was going to be the trip of a lifetime.

Heading to the Goodnews River...


Dhaemers driving his sweet marine rig...

We got out on the river and went to Paul's favorite spot. We fished for a bit and I think we may have caught one there but we definitely weren't slaying them as Paul promised. We moved a couple of times and tried our luck elsewhere. As we fished I was successful in snagging some things. Mainly logs and the other shore. Every time I snagged something I'd try to unsnag myself. Paul would then saunter over, reassure me that it's about having fun and that everyone loses lures and then tug until it came free or the lure came off. He'd get me set up with another lure and I'd start casting again. I even caught the same snag twice. That's how awesome I am at fishing. I lost the lure. Paul put a new lure on. I cast again (in the same exact spot mind you) and lost the lure again. Paul never even wavered...he was super patient and kind to me.

Anyway, we ended up in the spot where we initially started out and then we began catching some fish!!! They were super feisty and put up a great fight. We were just really getting into 'catching' when I reeled in the best catch of the day...a noodle...a fettuccine noodle to be exact.

I wasn't sure at first what it was hanging off the end of my lure. I kind of stared at it a bit and yelled, "Hey...this looks like a noodle!" Then I touched it, immediately started laughing and yelled again, "I CAUGHT A NOODLE, I CAUGHT A NOODLE!" (the caps lock was on purpose...I was trying to show how excited I was). Paul, Brian, and Ken came over and were all amazed at my super cool noodle. We figured someone must have dumped their lunch in that particular spot in the river and I was the lucky one to catch the dumped noodle.


We also saw a bear. Paul was super tough and fired a round off to scare it away. That bear just wouldn't go though. Paul ended up guarding us and watching for the bear. Ken and Brian quickly cleaned fish and I...well, I continued to fish. I had protection, I didn't have to get my hands dirty and I got to continue to have fun. It was a great trip and a wonderful adventure! Lookin' forward to my next Goodnews adventure!



Scary bear...go away!


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your going to make your brother very jelious. Mom

Anonymous said...

Did you eat the noodle with your fish? How did you cook it? Fry it up in some garlic and onions? A touch of lemon - complimenting the salmon too? A creamy carbonara sauce? Tomato and herb, with parmesan? Or did you throw it back for the bear?

Anonymous said...

seriously, I'm dying over here! I'm having chicken noodle soup for lunch right now and there are fettucine noodles in my soup, how does one catch a noodle? why doesn't the noodle break???? So many questions. thanks for my lunchtime entertainment :) HK

Anonymous said...

NEED UPDATE.....CAN'T WAIT MUCH LON....GER......