On Friday I connected with Travis for a great day of Carp fishing. We went out on the river in his boat. I have fished from a small Zodiac quite a number of times. I would never take my Zodiac in the Columbia. Only twice have I been in a larger boat where we could get out in the river and fish areas that you can't wade to. The Columbia is a big river. Water levels vary suddenly and dramatically during a single day. The wind can come up quickly and blow dang hard; it is no place for a small inflatable. In fact when the wind comes up hard it is no place for even an 18 foot boat with a 120 horse motor. It can be dangerous. Travis has a 16.5 foot boat with a 25 horse motor. It is enough to get out in the river but only when conditions allow it.
Just as soon as you talk with Travis you can tell he was not born here. He is from Alabama and based on this picture you might get the impression that he is a redneck. From what he told me most folks are rednecks in Alabama. He taught me about the "three g's". Now the "three g's" ain't his homies; nope not at all. What he explained is that if political candidates want to get elected in Alabama they have to get it right on the "three g's". That would be "God, Guns, and Gays." I think you can guess what "right" is.
Another shot of the bombardiers circling. They weren't flying by; they were flying around and around. They did this the entire time we were there.
Nicely done Travis!