I was up before dawn this morning and again through no fault of my own. I didn't know it at the time but there was a fishing tournament on elephant Butte reservoir today. And we all know that fishermen want to hit the lake at 0 dark 30 not caring who they wake up in the process, and this morning one of those who's was me.
But to make the best of it I went outside with my camera just in time to get a little bit of video while 20 or 30 hugely overpowered fishing boats left the Marina before the sun came up.
Having never seen a fishing tournament before the beginning was pretty interesting. The guys were in their boats milling around in the Marina while a loudspeaker was playing the National Anthem, and my guess is they were all pretty antsy. So to prevent a huge crash with everyone trying to leave the Marina at one time, which I think would've been pretty exciting to watch, their names were called out at about 15 second intervals to string them all out so they didn't run over each other. I made a video of all that which I'm going to put in the main video of elephant Butte state Park that I'm in the process of making.
After all that excitement they disappeared in various directions at 100 miles an hour, not to be heard from again until three o'clock this afternoon.
I went down to the launch ramp at the Marina as the contestants started to trickle in about 3 o'clock and took a few pictures. I didn't hear anyone talking about fish as they were loading up there boats but they were definitely talking about the wind which had been blowing about 40 miles an hour since lunch time.
Driving around in a scary fast, cool boat, and fishing everyday sounds like a great life. But I'm pretty sure that no matter how much you enjoy doing something it ceases to be fun when you HAVE to do it to make a living. But I guess if I had to pick something I would be forced to do, driving around in a shiny boat and catching fish would be near the top of my list