“Some of my fondest memories are the hunting and fishing stories Dad and my uncles shared with us kids back then – generally around the wood stove, and other times in the field,” said Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. “Unfortunately, it was pure and simple storytelling, so all I have are the memories. Now, as a father and grandfather and having hunted and fished all my life, I am taking the time to write down some of my own stories – for the enjoyment of my children, grandchildren, friends and Customers. These are all real stories that I participated in, nothing is made up; and I write them purely for your enjoyment.”
Read “Fishing With Brenda” here: http://media.midwayusa.com/cms/larrys-stories/2015_12/133_fishing-with-brenda.pdf.
Fishing with Brenda
by Larry Potterfield
On this particular Sunday afternoon I was feeling a little guilty, after having caught some nice bass earlier in the week; so, I decided to ask Brenda if she wanted to go fishing. She did!
We put in at a 10 acre watershed impoundment called Cooper Lake. The wind was blowing lightly from the south, over the dam and toward some scattered dead trees in the north end of the lake. We headed in that direction, fishing along the way.
My first experiences with largemouth bass were fishing with dad in farm ponds and lakes like this, in Marion County, Missouri. There were never many big bass, and a catfish or carp was just as sporting to dad. His favorite lures for bass were the Lazy Ike, Hula Popper and a weedless Silver Spoon. Crankbaits and spinners, with a medium weight rod, have always been my preference.
The largemouth is arguably the most popular game fish in the southern half of the United States and it has always been amazing to me just how many small farm ponds and lakes don’t get much, if any, fishing pressure. On one seven acre lake, a few days ago, three of us caught 100 bass in less than two hours – but nothing over 15 inches.
Largemouth bass don’t hold quite the same magic for me as rainbow trout or king salmon, and I’m not serious enough about bass fishing to have a ‘bass boat’ or fish the big public lakes. But in 30 minutes or so, I can be fishing from the bank of any one of a number of small farm ponds in the area or sitting in a jon boat in the middle of a larger lake. In any case, there are lots of bass in these small waters and once in awhile, there are some really nice ones.
Approaching the first trees, Brenda started catching fish; we were fishing nearly the same crank baits, just a slight difference in color. She was hauling them in while I was taking them off, taking pictures, running the boat and switching from crankbait to spinner, trying to change my luck; but my luck didn’t change. She caught six nice bass, one really nice, and I caught a couple of small bluegill. At the end of the day, it wasn’t the number of fish I caught that mattered – it was a great time fishing with Brenda.
To read the rest of Larry’s Short Stories, please visit http://www.midwayusa.com/larrys-stories.
Both country kids from Missouri, Larry and Brenda Potterfield turned their passion for shooting sports into a career by opening a small gun shop in 1977 that would eventually become MidwayUSA (http://www.midwayusa.com). They instilled family values like honesty, integrity and respect for others into the business, and strive to maintain this culture with each Employee added to their growing team. For over 38 years, MidwayUSA has maintained an unyielding focus on Customer Satisfaction and continues to offer JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING for Shooting, Hunting and the Outdoors.
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