How is everyone today? It's a rainy day here in Ottawa, but I still got in a good walk with Blitz and a workout this morning. We will be heading out for another walk shortly. I've been looking through old photos today and thought I would continue sharing some 'throw backs' with you guys to keep some positivity flowing through the news feed. Here's a photo from a spring crappie adventure from 2012, featuring bright red hair, one of my favourite plaid shirts (that I still wear), and fave reels (Shimano Stradic). This was a super warm spring which allowed me to get in some early crappie action without all the layers (I was wearing shorts as well, in March)! What do you think, should I go red again?
How is everyone? I would love to hear from you and find out how you're doing. I'm throwing it back a few years with this photo when I was aboard my old Alumacraft, Ruby, catching black crappie on the Rideau River! Spring is my most anticipated season with the ice fading away to open water, birds singing again, longer and warmer days, and of course various fishing opportunities to take advantage of. I had anticipated chasing crappie on the Rideau this spring to kick off my open water season, but it'll be put on hold for now. The fish will be waiting once I get back out! In the meantime I am sticking close to home and avoiding all non-essential travel.
#busterjerk in blue silver is smoking hot in the archipelago of Blekinge at the moment nice fish sent to us from @hulten64 - please keep share your catch with us #catchwithcare
Dad and I braved the snowstorm for some socially distanced fishing today. He outfished me 2-0, and though these fish were smaller than we normally catch and one has a nasty lamprey wound, it was a great day. . I needed a break today because after nearly seven years writing for newspapers around the PNW, almost all of my contracts were terminated due to Coronavirus-related budget constraints. . If you’ve enjoyed reading my columns in your local paper in Bend, Blackfoot, Estacada, Klamath Falls, Longview, Medford, Pendleton, Roseburg, Seattle, or Woodburn, please know you can still read them by subscribing to my Patreon (www.patreon/CaughtOvgard), a site that enables writers to keep producing content in the ever-changing landscape. . For as little as $1 per month, you will be able to read my column every week, just as so many of you have for half a decade. . Additional tiers at $3, $10, and $25 per month add in access to even more exclusive content, including up to 4 additional stories per month, merch, signed copies of my upcoming book, and a chance to win one of several guided fishing trips for trophy Redband Trout with yours truly. . Payment is processed securely when you sign up and on the first of the month thereafter, so if you signup today, you’ll pay again on May 1. . Click the link to subscribe to CaughtOvgard, which will be available every Friday morning. . Thank you for your support, and I hope you continue reading. . www.patreon.com/CaughtOvgard
This is a photo taken last spring when I was on Lake Ontario chasing lake trout while feeling so grateful to be back aboard my boat, for big fish hitting the net, and for the long open water season on the horizon. This spring will be entirely different to say the very least. If you’ve been home like I have been over the past few weeks, and you are healthy – you are among the lucky. My heart is with all of you impacted by this awful virus. To the superstars in healthcare, first responders, grocery stores, food services, pharmacies, delivery and transportation, manufacturing, cleaning services, government, and beyond – you are INCREDIBLE! We all have a job to do in protecting ourselves, our families, and the people in the professions above who are making sure we all get what we need to get through this. Please stay home! In this fast-paced world, it is strange for many of us to slow down. I have been adjusting and taking this time to focus on projects around home that I didn’t seem to have time for in the past. To name a couple… I’m excited to attempt my first real vegetable garden this spring (happy to accept pointers), and have been upping my fitness regime (down 5 pounds already). I’m still getting outdoors every day for long walks with Blitz, and I created a big to-do list to give myself goals and to stay on track. All of my work/projects/trips are on hold and I won’t be traveling anywhere to fish until this storm passes. If we all do our part, we can help get through this sooner. Stay safe, be good to each other, and stay in touch