-William Humphrey in "The Armchair Angler"
This most recent trip was my 29th visit.
I don't know how I can capture in words what the total experience has been.
And how a few days in a weather beaten cabin in the middle of a lake touches something deep within me.
It is so much more than fishing... though I spend most of the daylight hours chasing the little green fish with thousands of casts.
The more I have come, the more I remember... and soon I begin to know the Lake and the features both visible and invisible. Underwater, the surface lake looks like a distant plan with large stretches of electronic desert and wasteland. It is primarily a lake of contours- humps, ditches, holes that depending on the time of year hold schools of baitfish and bass in a never ending cycle of chase and kill to survive.
The lake features two old roadbeds, that I got to see a portion of when the dam was damaged in 2019/2020.
These roadbeds outline the main part of the lake that has the deepest water near the dam. And though you find occasional timber and brush, it is mostly a barren bottom.
At night, the stars are majestic as no big city lights hide their luster. I look up and know that God is alive and feel a depth of gratitude for the day He has given me.
We hear the calls and whines of coyotes at times, desperate to find a way in to scar paradise. I'm sure it is the battle cry of demons as the howl in a way that is laugher, without smiles or good intent.
"Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger."When I am at Lake Caroline, I feel the peace that God intends when we retreat from our anxious toils and employments. Jesus had the mountains and the Gethsemenean garden.... I find respite in the nature of Lake Caroline.