Love ItLove It

wander project chasing the Wily Bass!

When I was fifteen years old, I had to do drivers ed in the summer. Drivers Ed in the US is a class you take to learn how to drive. Driving is a privilege, not a right, and the cost in the US is doing that “drivers ed” class. You learned how to drive in a classroom, and then you went out on the road and drove. Then we watched a few videos designed to scare us about the impact and reality of driving. I still see some of the video clips in my head when I am driving. I would say overall, that wasn’t the best method as I am not a fan of scare education.

When Drivers Ed was done, I went up to Wisconsin and Lake Ripley to hang out with my grandparents for a month. The thing I remember from that summer was being told I was allowed to take the speedboat out by myself. I didn’t have to have an adult with me any longer. In the past, if I wanted to go fishing away from the dock, I had to take a rowboat. I was able to use a boat pretty well, but rowing a ½ mile early in the morning to fish wasn’t something that I wanted to do. It meant, as a teenager, that I would have to get up way too early in the morning.

So having the ability to pop into the speedboat and fly over to the fishing spots was freedom. As a teenager, I remember that. I’ve never thought about boats the way I think about cars. Even though it is, in the long run, more straightforward to stop a car than stopping a ship, it doesn’t seem that way to me. Boats don’t have brakes (other than throwing an anchor), so staying a boat takes more planning than stopping a car (stand on the brakes). That summer, the powerboat was freedom. I finally got to fish on the far side of the lake, away from all the people that were using rowboats to go fishing!

I had been convinced since I started fishing on Lake Ripley that the largemouth Bass, were in the area just past the Scout Camp on the other side of the lake. So early one morning, I took the powerboat from the dock and headed to where I knew the Bass was.  My grandfather had taught me to read the water for fish. He taught me to pay attention to the details of the water.

I was right.

After an hour, I had caught three largemouth bass and let them go!

This work is Copyright DocAndersen. Any resemblance to people real or fictional in this piece is accidental.


What do you think?

12 Points

Written by DocAndersen

One fan, One team and a long time dream Go Cubs!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Leave a Reply
  1. We have different types of fish, and not sure whether your lake was fresh or salt water? Heard of but never seen a bass.
    All our lives Dad took us fishing but fishing and going to the beach was for work not fun..
    However, now I am glad he did it. It give me a mindset of self sustainability..which is a skill probably needed for the future.


Leave a Reply