Fishing Lines With Dan Hayes

Fishing Lines With Dan Hayes

By Dan Hayes, Bass Angler

It’s been awhile since I’ve written an article for The Rock River Times, but in a way, it feels good to slow down after a very busy fishing season. Fishing has been very good this year. I spent 100 days on the water, at least. I think this year was the best in my life. Fishing with my guide service from pre-spawn all the way to ice-up, I met some people who have become my best friends.

I had a chance to go out with Scott Leber from Channel 17 Sports for a half-day of fishing that was shown on the 5 o’clock news show called The Fishing Hole. I’ll be the first to admit that I was a little nervous. To make a long story short, my wife’s uncle was visiting from out of state, and he wanted to go fishing, too. All of us piled in the boat, as well as the camera man. When we started fishing, I made Uncle … let’s call him “Uncle Tom” so I don’t start a family feud… I made “Uncle Tom” stay in the back of the boat.

Well, we were fishing along. I was doing my thing, minding my own business when all at once, from the back of the boat, “Uncle Tom” set the hook. He was using a tube jig with a 3/4 ounce bullet weight. And here it came, like a rocket. It had a very funny noise to it, as it zeroed in on Scott’s forehead because there were 10 pounds of weeds with it. And like any good marksman, “Uncle Tom” hit his mark. That was one of those times that I wanted to tie the anchor to my belt, go out to deep water and jump. But, like any good sportsman, I said, “Are you okay?” and waited for the answer. Then, finally, Scott said, “Okay.” And down I went, laughing until I thought my side was going to split. I look forward to fishing in the spring with Scott again, but I’ll give him a football helmet and a rod. It was another day on the water that I’ll never forget.

I’ll be at Bass Pro Shops in Gurnee, Ill., on Feb. 1-2 for the Anglers’ Weekend, and on March 20-24 for the Spring Classic. Shoot over and say “hi” and we’ll talk fishing.

Dan Hayes is a professional bass angler residing at Lake Summerset, Ill.

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