Does Santa Claus fish?
Hmm, let’s think about this. Well for one, Santa has stuffed many a stocking over the years with the latest technologically advanced products. If it was designed to land a fish, he probably placed it under a tree before you ever got it hung in one. From rods to reels to lures to Live Scope electronics, you can bet he’s had every gadget and every gizmo loaded on his sleigh. And, somehow over the years, he seems to always come through with the best gifts. Okay, aside from that year or maybe a few when you got that deserving bag of coal, thanks to Santa you scored big time with at least one amazing gift to unwrap on Christmas morn. And, yeah, we all have experienced receiving that not-so-high-on-the-wish-list gift, too. The one that immediately upon opening you’re suddenly wishing you would have at least once, auditioned for the school play. With only half the wrapping paper pulled back, you uncontrollably put on your Santa face as all your blood rushes to your cheeks. And, while you tactfully attempt to choreograph a smile and execute your enthusiasm, your only wish now is you don’t execute your friendship at the same time. These “it’s the thought that counts” gifts are given via the hands of an amateur. Unless Uncle Bob, Grandma, your closest friend, or worse yet a loving spouse reside at the North Pole you can bet these memorable gifts weren’t wrapped there. Santa’s gifts, rock. No acting lessons are needed here. He must spend countless hours firsthand with the aid of his spirited elves testing out every innovation, every hook, every line, and every sinker. How else could he achieve this flawless gift-giving expertise? Google reviews aren’t that good. Could it simply be that Santa really does fish?
Speaking of spirited…
Santa couldn’t pull off this massive event without the aid of his all-green geeks of gift-giving. Somehow, smiling all the time, he successfully manages an infinite number of high-strung, high-pitched, high-energy elves. Reality check here, either the red-cheeked guy has a medical marijuana card, or he must escape and wet a line from time to time.
Tis the time to believe!
How could Santa not fish? He works and resides at the North Pole, a chunk of shifting ice floating in the Arctic Ocean. The water there is 13,980 feet deep (fish live in water). The nearest dry land is said to be off the northern coast of Greenland about 430 miles away. We already covered the “green thing”. Even if Greenland was only four blocks away, when Santa needs a break, he’s not going there. The North Pole is the northernmost point on Earth where all directions point south. Santa can’t go farther north. Santa can’t go due east, and Santa can’t go due west. It appears that he has two choices. When Santa’s only wish is to escape from it all, he either goes south or he goes fishing. The spirit of Christmas and the magic of Santa have never gone south on any of us. HO HO HO… Santa’s Gone Fishin’! Merry Christmas to All, and to All a good Bite!
A “Speck-tacular” time to be on Talquin.
Four thousand one hundred and fifteen miles south of the North Pole is Lake Talquin. With the water temperature running around 50 to 55 degrees you’re not likely to sight any floating ice. But you are likely to see a few anglers trying out those new Christmas toys. And you are equally likely to see a few fish being landed, too. So far this season trolling for specks in 12 – 20’ of water has been like opening another gift from Santa. Unless of course, you were high enough on Santa’s nice list to score a new Garmin forward facing sonar, live imaging unit. Nonetheless, the crappie have been grouping up at the lake’s creek mouths. But, if the water temps continue to drop the fish will usually ease a little deeper into the main lake river channel. A very slow approach is usually needed then. Another good wintertime spot for specks is in the upper Ochlockonee River from the Iron Curtain and upstream. It’s a great place to get out of the way of those seasonal north winds, too. Blue and chartreuse-colored jigs worked last year and appear to be doing it again. Nighttime anglers with their boats decorated in lights have been landing good quality specks with ATX baby shad jigs and live minnows. Just bundle up…no bug spray is required. Now if a big bass is on your wish list, fishing in late December through January just might be your winning ticket. Wintertime is trophy time! Pre-spawn bass feast on shad. Fishin’ in 8-12′ of water around docks in the creeks may very well result in full filling that big fish wish. Oh yeah, one last tip. If you happen to see Santa on Lake Talquin, keep it low-key. It just might be your ticket to finally get off the naughty list.