Date: 5 August 2023. Bait Bucket Blues.
Yesterday afternoon I saved a life. Though there is some hyperbole
in the previous statement, there is a level of truth too. One small
creature is free at last. That is due to yours truly. The tale
many boaters, I regularly scan the water. While walking near the
mangrove trees I spotted a bait bucket floating in the canal.
Fortunately it was close enough that with a boat hook I could
retrieve the yellow bucket.
The bucket saw floating was old,
slimy and had a few barnacles too.
This is the second rogue
bait bucket I have retrieved. The first had a 4" (10cm)
living inside. Each also had a short piece
(2-3' or 60-90cm) of frayed line attached to the handle. I
suspect these bait buckets belonged to a property owner
nearby. If your home is on the water please verify that the
line securing the bait bucket to the dock is in good
condition. Also, please be sure it is empty of living
After pulling the bait bucket up to the dock I opened it. Inside the
water was murky. I dumped the water into the canal. A quick glance
inside showed no fish, shrimp nor bait of any sort. Then, just
before I was going to take the bucket to the garbage can I heard
A quick peek showed me a desperate 2" (5cm) minnow flopping around
in the now almost empty bucket. I quickly flipped it into the water.
Whew!!! This may sound silly, however rescuing that fish has brought
the biggest smile to my face. And now I share it with you. Happiness
is freedom found in the seas.
Thank you for being a part of my world. Thanks too
Do you have a bait bucket?
And, do you leave it in the water??
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