Nevermind the Lack of Fish

by Stefani on 21-July-2009

I don't know how many of you know that Mr. Blue Yonder is a serious fisherman. He catches, cooks, eats, poses alongside, talks about, text messages about, emails about, posts about, films and otherwise lives and breathes slimy, scaley fish. 

So when he came home announcing that one of his fellow anglers had given him THE recipe for easy fishing with kids, who was I to argue? 

Of course when he wrote down the list of supplies for the magic bait concoction, I began to have my doubts… 


Cream Soda. 

Big Red. 


Chilaxin', Dockside

Basically, you pour a bunch of Wheaties in your hands, 

Step 1 

throw in the sugar-y beverage (gulp some down until your mama says, "Gross! Don't DRINK that!"), 


 and then mash it up. Then you let it sit on the dock for a few minutes to harden a bit while you get a nice visual of what this kind of thing must do to your arteries. Then, you sort of clump it around your fish hook and voila, instant fish!

Ball O' Bait Fishin'"Comanche" Style

Or not. 

I think we've been had. I think this may have been just an excuse to get messy, play with your food, sit by the water and drink disgusting goo disguised as soda. 

Then again, look at this face. 

Mr. Blue Yonder

He says that it works and frankly I'd believe anything he told me. Anything. 

Amber July 21, 2009 at 8:14 am

Oh. My. Word. I’m suddenly feeling thankful for my husband’s hatred of all things sticky. I’m pretty sure it would prevent him from any endeavour of this kind.

My kids, on the other hand, would LOVE it. They would be in raptures.

Too, too funny. Well played, Mr. Blue Yonder.

Toni July 21, 2009 at 8:28 am

You go Mr. Blue Yonder!!! I love to hear people being creative …. even if it doesn’t work! I will have to pass this recipe onto my brothers who are HUGE fishermen in Arizona!

BOATBABY July 21, 2009 at 8:29 am

That is just too funny! I was thinking I needed to buy some Whaeties for a minute there. My little guy LOVES to go fishing, and thankfully we have plenty of fellas here in the marina who like to play uncle in that department.
As for me, I am a hypocrite carnivore. I LOVE eating fresh seafood (or any meat) but I can’t bear being the one to do it in. When we caught our first MahiMahi in the islands I cried and cried. But once the guys handed me the clean, faceless fillets — man it WAS tasty!

Stefani July 21, 2009 at 8:50 am

I hear you! I flat refuse to clean the fish. Of course if it weren’t so easy to get them at the grocery, and if we were out on the prairie in desperate need of protein, well I suppose I’d bring myself to do it. Maybe.

Mr. BY says that you definitely SHOULD buy the Wheaties. He swears that it really works and that it was just the heat that kept the fish from biting. 🙂

Jade July 21, 2009 at 8:59 am

we share the same husband! his fb profile pic is usually him with a fish. bread. he swears by it! you don’t need anything else. ball up old bread and you’ll catch fish for the kids all day long. 🙂

Julie Alvarez July 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I LOVED this post..!
And, hellouuuu Mr. Good Looking Blue Yonder..!

Diane July 21, 2009 at 1:15 pm

AWESOME. Fish caught or not.

Jonah Lisa July 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm

OMG!! Stefani! I have fished with Wheaties, my friend. I guess it’s a Texas thing. I think it was my Meme’s 4th husband that taught us the technique up in Grandbury when I was little. Gross but very fun.

Honestly though, I think he used beer, not soda.

Thanks for the memories.

Catherine July 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm

I’ve heard of using bread balls never wheaties.

My DH loves to fish. The girls love to see the inside of the fish stomachs to check the contents when he brings the fish home. No squeamish chicks around here.

Like you, I won’t clean them.

Anne July 21, 2009 at 9:47 pm

We have a date set for our son’s first fishing expedition…may try this since I know they will want to keep all the worms as pets.

nytesong July 22, 2009 at 5:18 am

Now what I want to know is this: if he has the recipe for easy fishing with kids…what is the recipe for easy fishing with women??

Mandy July 22, 2009 at 6:51 am

It’s nice to see the other half of the duo raising those amazing sons of yours! Hey Mr. Blue Yonder!

Leslie July 22, 2009 at 7:43 am

Oh that looks gross & cool at the same time!!

My kid caught a fish while canoeing a few years ago. She named it ‘done like dinner.’

It tasted great (And hubby did all the cleaning / gutting / cooking…. I was not going naywhere near that thing!!)

this little light July 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Sounds like a conspiracy to me….but hey, everyone had fun!

Stefani July 22, 2009 at 12:31 pm

ewwwwww! Those are some brave little fillies ya got there!

Stefani July 22, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Get outta town! Really???
I felt sure that we were the only ones ever to see a box of wheaties and think “hey that’d make great fish bait”
Too funny!

Stefani July 22, 2009 at 12:32 pm

He SO does not like making appearances, but I just couldn’t help myself. Don’t tell him. Okay.

Stefani July 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm

right? My guys always want to put the leftover minnows in our fish tank!

Stefani July 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm

as a matter of fact, I know that recipe….
1 good book
1 chilly drink
1 shady spot
1 quilt
Mix all ingredients well and enjoy!

Stefani July 22, 2009 at 12:35 pm

p.s. Mr BY always calls my shopping trips “fishing expeditions”
and he always (ahem) reminds me that “catch and release” is the best policy when it comes to such expeditions 🙂

marjorie July 22, 2009 at 8:46 pm

This is so funny! My husband dreams of being a fisherman someday… in fact the other night he said if he ever caught a big Marlin that it would be stuffed and on our wall. I told him over my dead body and he swears it will happen. We had a good laugh over it 😉
We tried fishing with the kids this week and still no luck. Guess we need wheaties! or bread…

Hannah July 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I just showed this to my husband and he commented, by way of excuse/you’re-not-expecting-me-to-do-that-I-hope, that “it would be nice to have a place go fishing around here.”
“Well, they live in Austin!” I chirped.
He’s so busted! 🙂

Relyn July 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I’ve been almost completley off-line for weeks and I’ve missed my daily dose of Texas. So glad to be back here and catching up.

Jonah Lisa July 24, 2009 at 8:24 am

I wish I could remember what we called it.

heather at brown robin July 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Holy cow. Do I have some fishing stories/epics to share with you. My man is obsessed. But he doesn’t watch sports, and he has bonsai trees, so I can put up with the fishing obsession. My kids LOVE to watch fishing “you tubes” with daddy in his lap. They can both cast better than they can ride bikes. Life is good, but oh man, I got some fishing stories for you. Now, this bait? I’m gonna have to show him your post.

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