So my buddy wants to go fishing, I say heck yeah no prob. He says that he's gonna take the kids (step kids) and we're gonna meet a few buddies at the Jetties on South Padre. Well, after finally getting all our gear together, getting the kids fed, and driving for about an hour, we get there about 7:45pm. Waves are choppy, wind is fierce, but we are still good to go... Well, the events that happen for the next several hours nearly break me!
The kids have never fished, so my buddy is running back and forth either re-baiting their hooks or trying to get the line free from being stuck. One of the kids is a 14 year old girl, she's actually into it, but she's also a teenager and well... is just annoying. The younger step kid is about 10, he's quiet and shy, not really into well anything that I can figure. He just kind of sits there and complains.
*(Disclaimer: I have not been blessed with children yet so I get annoyed quick, sorry! Also, the step kids dad actually died a few years ago, but I don't think he was really "there" for his kids... think he worked a lot.)
Well I try my best to just do my thing when on my second cast my reel begins to act up. Mind you I just got it back from being repaired and was working great prior. Basically, the bail on my spinning reel does not close all the way, maybe about 3/4. She still spins, but the line keeps slipping from the spool. I toyed with it a bit but no luck. This has never happened before. I have a Shimano Stradic btw, about 4 years old, and very well maintained... or so I thought. While I was attempting to figure out what was wrong, my line got caught on the rocks, lost most of it... Luckily, I had just purchased some line the night before. What I did to "fix" the bail situation, was to bend the actual bail so that at least she would still retrieve line. Well by this time it was dark, kids were cranky so we decided to head to the pier in Port Isabel, It's lighted, and safer.
We got in, my buddy is still doing his dance between the two kids. I finally get to re-spool my line, and on the first cast it just gets tangled, huge "bird-nest", well by some miracle, I get it untangled, have a few successful casts, but it birdnests again... by this time, its late I'm tired and cranky, my wife calls, tells me she's on her way home... oh... did I mention she went out with her girlfriends to watch a male review... yeah... anyway... Just so utterly p!ssed at my reel when as we begin to walk up the long pier, it begins to rain.. not sprinkle, but full on heavy rain! Sigh... I felt like Charlie Brown everytime he missed kicking that football. Sooo, I will probably go find a secluded spot out in the boonies and attempt to fix my reel with my Sig Saurer 516... maybe that will make me feel better...