Apparent at a glance was the fact that few fishermen had taken off work at the last-minute notice of a fair-weather forecast. There were just two vehicles towing boat trailers parked at the Wilmingtons Dram Tree Park ramp. A classic 16-foot tri-hull had been launched and was in the water with its outboard warming up. The angler aboard was busy stowing gear for a fishing trip.
The rut has come and gone. Bucks that survived hunting season are dropping their battered racks. Though the whitetails are no longer at war for dominance, the competitiveness still exists even in the off season.
If the howl of the clicker on a large Penn International reel doesnt jack your adrenaline, accelerate your heart rate and cause the little hairs on the back of your neck to stand up, this story probably isnt for you.