Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Mystery onThe Lake

by Leann

I grew up near water--big water. Niagara Falls and Lake Erie. I had my share of summers on the lake up north and though I enjoyed much of it, it was always too cold for me, even in summer. Now I have returned to water, though on a much smaller scale. I find it a very soothing place to live.

This is our first full summer here in the new house and I watch and learn. This past week has been
quite interesting. A lone fisherman in his camo bass boat seems to like a spot about 50 feet out from our house. One day this past week he was there from dawn until I went to bed. He didn't seem to be doing a whole lot of fishing, though I did see him catch an occasional small fish. As you can imagine, I love a mystery. What in the heck would make
a fisherman stay in the same spot all day long?

Since my husband was out of town for several days, it made me nervous to look out the window and see him there doing a whole lot of nothing. He didn't have binoculars so he wasn't staring into our windows. But he's been there every day for a week. My husband thinks this is his vacation. But my imagination has gone in all different directions.

I am already writing the book for 2016 so I can't use these strange thoughts I've come up with, but now I have all sorts of ideas for the 2017 book. It will definitely involve a fisherman who keeps returning to the same spot day after day to fish, whether they're biting or not.

What do you think? Could you come up with some great ideas that involve a lone fisherman obsessed with a certain spot on a lake in South Carolina? I'd love to hear them!

17 comments:

Jen Scott said...

That does seem odd. Maybe he is an undercover agent keeping watch over a safe house (from the boat). Or maybe he is an apparition/ghost returning to the same fishing spot. Maybe he goes out to have a few drinks while fishing.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

That sure is strange... Do you have neighbors who see him too? Perhaps they know about him. Could be he knew someone who drowned just about there. Perhaps his grandfather took him fishing to that spot and they caught a large fish. Perhaps he just likes the look from there. I just wonder what he does and if he is just sitting in the same way all the time.. Perhaps he is drinking and when he sobers up, he goes home? It would make me nervous too. Have you looked at him with binoculars? I would.

Leann Sweeney said...

Good ideas, Jen! I am banking any and all ideas for future storytelling!! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

I have looked at him with binoculars and cannot really see much, but all your ideas are interesting!! He was there again when I woke this morning and now it's about 9AM and he left. It's just weird!

Anonymous said...

Interesting! He must really like that spot, Leann! :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Who knows? But it does get my imagination going!

Anonymous said...

Will be interesting if he's there again tomorrow. If he doesn't come back, your husband may be right about him being on vacation. Maybe he has a high stress job with lots of noise and he just needs to have quiet to decompress once a year. Do your fur babies notice/react to him? Cordella

Annette N said...

When he was in high school he was the football super star and he was madly in love with the head cheerleader. They used to come to the lake to make out. She disappeared and was assumed to have drowned in the lake right near the spot where he fishes now. He was tried and found guilty for man slaughter. He was recently released from prison. Now he comes to that spot to connect to the past, her soul and all he has lost in his life. In the back of his mind, he wants to solve the puzzle of what happened to the love of his life, and clear his name.

Margaret said...

Yes, that would probably getting my mind going too! LOL But what a great idea for a mystery. It kind of reminds me of something you would see in an old Columbo mystery or Murder She Wrote or even Perry Mason. And of course there would be someone watching the fisherman with their binoculars and they would see him do something.
All though it may be nothing, a creative mind can see so many differnt things. And I prefer to make up a story. LOL But, it is funny when you see things and they just do look "weird."

Leann Sweeney said...

Rosie looks out the window and barks, but now that he's been there so many times she's like, "I cannot be bothered. Sleep is more important!" Maybe I should take a cue from her! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, good one, Annette. Do not be surprised if any of these ideas end up in a book!! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

I'm the one with the binoculars! LOL. This event will not leave me and I WILL have to write it into a book!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We often have these shadowy fishermen (always men) near our cottage in the middle of the night or at dawn. Very unnerving, but good material for fiction.

Hugs.

Lynda Turpin said...

That would sort of freak me out, I think. I guess he could just have found the best fishing spot, but it's strange that he comes to the same place all the time. I think I would worry more if he was watching the houses (or staring back at me). Are there any other houses near where he's "parking", or was there previously a home on the land where you built your house? It definitely sparks the imagination. It will be interesting to see how long he continues to come.

Laurie Fancy said...

Hi there! I've known fishermen who can be quite hard-headed and tenacious about "The Catch". They find their spot and they return again and again, as long as it takes.

But I would like to think it's a place where he can be free of distractions, electronic and otherwise, and all the pressures and stressors of life. Or maybe he has lost the love of his life...and he's thinking of ending it all, and he lacks the courage to decide either way...

Robert Giddings said...

He and his late wife came to this spot on their honeymoon and now he returns to feel close to her.

This was a spot his grandfather brought him, or maybe this where he taught his kids about fishing...and life.

Robert Giddings said...

He and his late wife came to this spot on their honeymoon and now he returns to feel close to her.

This was a spot his grandfather brought him, or maybe this where he taught his kids about fishing...and life.