There's nothing I hate more than someone stealing my killie trap at the boat ramp. I left it there yesterday full of killies and I was planning on fishing with them today. Guess what? Gone! Stolen. I think it was probably kids out there playing and pulling up lines but it is still very frustrating when I pre-plan my fishing trips and get thwarted by a mischievous act like this.
It was rainy, windy and drippy all day long. Yuck. I didn't know what to do with myself for the better part of the day. I wound up getting the crab line in order - a project that I was not looking forward to. It's always a messy job. And sometimes smelly. Luckily, I had the whole thing frozen in the garage freezer and it didn't decompose at all since last season. I just had to take all the chewed on chicken bones off and replace them with new ones - about 60 of them.
Later in the day I was a bit bored and instead of vegging out in front of the TV I decided to take a ride down to the boat ramp area and look for some ducks or geese to chase around. There weren't any BUT. . . as I was rummaging around I found something that looked like an old rusted wire trap. I think it was a squirrel trap that someone had just discarded and left it in front of the garbage pale in the park. Well, after inspecting it I noticed it was broken. However, maybe there was some way to fix it or at least make it semi functional again. I took it home and cleaned off all this moss and crap that was attached to it. Then I looked around my garage for parts that may make this trap useful again. I found an old crab trap that was made of wire frame. I took one of the frames from it and was able to make a trap door for the squirrel trap. I added a bungee cord and there ya have it - a new (to me) squirrel trap.
I replaced one of my plastic lid traps with this one and used some string and a fishing pole to set the spring for the trap door. Baited with a peanut butter pretzel, we'll have to see if this contraption works. I was also thinking about putting some fish guts or bones in it at night to see if it would attract a coon or possum. If I could get a larger animal like that, I think that would justify getting something like a hamburger in the market as trade in value. Ha!
As far as food goes, the fluke and rice and salad greens have been sustaining me just fine. I think I have enough for the rest of the week - maybe I'll have to fish one more time before the end in order to have a solid supply.