Usually in the fall of the last week of September every year, my son, brother, me and a friend travelled to McConnelsville, Ohio for 3 hours. This is an autumn fishing trip, usually we stay for about three days. We fish the area owned by the AEP (American Electric Power Company), which is open to the public; all it needs is a permit, which you can print from their website. AEP has about 300 lakes where you can fish, some are small, and others are more than a mile. But this is not a story about fishing in the AEP area, but a story about Muskingum river carp and cat fish.
Every day we would walk around the AEP area and then return to the Three Sisters Hotel at NW 60 in the evening. We fished for the bass around 4:00 pm all day, so we went back to the hotel to clean up and eat something. Because it takes a lot of time to get back to the lake, and the Muskingen River opposite the hotel, the hotel has its own pier, so we had to try some river fishing. We usually never fish for carp, but we come up with “Hey, why not”. I didn’t come to watch TV in the hotel room this time, I can do it at home.
This is an interesting place, but I need to provide you with the layout of the area. The hotel is located on the main road, next to a small restaurant. There are no large chain stores, only a small town restaurant, but the food is really good. The McDonald’s restaurant is not far from the restaurant. I know you are telling yourself what carp and catfish fishing have to do; wait a minute, I will tie them together.
Okay, this is when I decided to cross the road and fish for carp and cat fish. Others in our group are not so keen on carp fishing or cat fishing. You might say that they are a bit picky about everything except bass. I looked at my fishing gear and chose the heaviest rod and line that I carried with me. I used a hook to make a Kentucky drill. However, part of the story here is hard to believe. When I put my fishing gear together, a sister at the Three Sisters Hotel told me that the best bait for McDonald’s French fries. Yes, you read this article correctly, McDonald’s French Fries. Therefore, I have never fished carp before, so I listened to any advice I could get. So I went downstairs to the restaurant to buy bait. By the way, this is the first time I can eat snacks on bait.
So here, I am on the pier with chips, fishing rod and fishing reel, ready for luck. Around the time I was about to shoot, the others became bored and came over to watch me fishing and tease my bait. Within a few minutes, I pulled up a 5-pound carp, which made me want to fight very much, and cleared the water several times like a bass. I put back the hook with a special bait, and soon I pulled another fish, but this time it was a was fish. Before long, four fishing tackles with special baits were placed on the dock, and we were all catching fish. My brother has never fished for carp and became a loyal fan in a short period of time, casting more fish than the rest of us. We have a bright ideal to try the French fries from the little restaurant I mentioned. But not bitten. The fish knows what he likes, and closing does not count.
The moral of this story is that old dogs can learn new skills that we are sure to do.