Monday, 18 April 2011

Meet Juke

Since the very first time I ever cast a rod with my friend Ben, the subject of owning a boat has been touched upon many times. At the end of last year the opportunity for Ben to finally own a boat of his own came along, and his long time dream had at last come to fruition.

Ben has worked tirelessly over the last few months fettling the boat. There is a saying amongst boat owners "A boat is a hole in the water into which you throw money into" This is perhaps a saying that Ben would almost certainly agree with. The list of purchases he's had to make before launching Juke is unenviable. Anchors, rope, chain, battery, floor matting, life jackets, electric motor, tow bar are to name just a few.

Thursday the 14TH April was to be the day that we would finally launch Juke. We headed on to a large glacial water and went about exploring various bays and swims and checking depths with the on board fish finder. We found a few decent areas to fish and went about casting lures. We didn't catch anything but we weren't too bothered as today was more about learning boat craft than catching fish... Hopefully that will come on our next trip.

We had a great day exploring the water, and I couldn't have asked for a better ending. As we came into shore Ben was the first to disembark, as he stepped out of the boat he lost his footing and disappeared out of sight (I'm laughing so much I'm struggling to write this) fully submerged he came back up absolutely soaking, making a mockery of the fact that he was wearing waders :D


Ben and Juke