It's hotter out here than two rats racing in a wool sock

Lake Wheeler is behaving in typical "dog days of summer" fashion - when the farmers are on the porch drinking lemonade waiting on a few cool nights, things are darn tough on Wheeler. This is a good reservoir, but we're here at a really tough time of year. Very little wind, high humidity, and no current being pulled. Water temp is 85.


The team of Manteuffel and Schun of Huntsville, Ala. said they tried fishing deep on the Tennessee River Channel to start the morning, but moved to a field of lilly pads in the back of Fox Creek. No keepers yet, but they'll keep slinging the white topwater frog.


I'm typing from the water in Gerald Swindle's boat. Ducking under the console for shade, so I can see my laptop screen under sunny skies. He's my boat captain and color commentator - and says, "it's hotter out here than two rats racing in a wool sock."  But nobody is complaining, we've got proper perspective on this Sunday morning thanks to having retired Cpl. Ryan Dohrmann as our guest. He's part of the Wounded Warrior organization. He served our country from 2005-2011, and was injured twice in Iraq - suffering a gun shot wound and shrapnel. He's beating Swindle one bass to nuthin' so far, and it's truly an honor to share the morning with him. Humbling, actually.