It's good, having goals.
This year, a fishing goal of mine is to fish every pond in Falmouth. So, driving home after some paddling and fishing in Waquoit Bay, I parked at the East Falmouth Library. (But not to venture across the street to Smitty's Ice Cream.)
I pulled on the waders and went down behind the library to cast into the lily pads of Mill Pond, a spot I had not fished since the 1980's—which brings me back to my point about goals being good things.
The "Fish Every Pond" goal got me to fish the pond, not just drive past it yet again.
I cast a two-tone green worm at some lily pads and got a hit.
As I pulled in a 4-pound largemouth bass, a voice behind me said, "Now, that's beats a stick in the eye.''
It was a man about to launch his aluminum boat.
We chatted, I released the bass and told myself, yes, there are plenty of big bass in Falmouth's ponds.
I also felt blessed. We have, of course, striper fishing until at least October. And so much fresh-water fishing in town.
Got to get my kayak into Morse Pond behind the Senior Center soon. It has been 10 years since I fished there.