Last fall I had a fue days off and a fue extra Daddy points with the Wife and she gave me the OK to go down to lake Erwin in Kansas. Now its a good lake for big channels and has some nice Flats in it also. well I loaded up the boat and gear and off I went its about a five and a half hour drive from Co.Bluffs Ia.I got to the lake early afternoon stopped and picked up a license and headed for the ramp.Launched the boat and went and caught some bait. now lake Erwin is a large lake several thousand acres anyway and when the wind blows it can get perty rough. I fish out of a 18 ft. Lund Alasken with a 30HP. tiller steer. there was a storm front that was moving in later that evening and sometimes before a storm the fish really turn on so I was hyped up for some good fishing I felt.Well I had made two drifts and had put three nice size channel cat in the live well. it was getting dark so I fired up the lantern. I could see the storm comimg off in the distance so I figured I would finish the drift and head for the ramp. I had only saw a fue other boats all afternoon and they had pulled off already. Now this is where it starts to get interesting I have two rods in the water and its pitch dark storm getting closer Im looking off to the west and I catch a glimpse of something swimming in the water so I watch it as it seem to be comming right at the boat as it gets closer I realize it a snake now I think .Whats a snake doing out here in the middle of this big old lake? And about that time it gets to the back of the boat and climbs right the back of the Merc. motor and into the boat(Oh crap)I'm scared to death of snakes anyway so I jump up to the front of the boat. Now this is a fine situation your in john that snake got to go. BUT how? This rascal is about three and a half foot long and I dident know if it was poisonous or not but I wasent going to find out by letting it bite me.So I pick up a rod and try and throw it back in the water from a distance of course. Now it just makes him mad and he climbs up on top of the battery in the back of the boat in the little open cubby hole that holds the battery and the bildge pumps and areater pumps for the live well.now how am I going to run the motor with that sneak right there 12 inches away. Boy thats when I really wished I had a steering wheel on that boat instead of the tiller.So I set down in the front boat seat fire up a ciggarett and take the flashlight turn it on and shine it in the battery cubby hole yep there he is looking at me with those beedie eyes. now the wind has picked up and there are big bolts of lightning flashing across the sky. NOT GOOD that snake got to go! He dident buy no gas, He dident help catch bait. and this isent his boat.So I've got an idea. I open up a storage compartment and get a big can of off jnsect repellant slip to the back of the boat and give a big shot into the battery compartment He dident move Tough sneak. Bad idea! Now What?The whitecaps are running about two feet high,and the wind is really blowing.I've got to figure something out.Got another Idea so I grab the Bola Grip works for big fish dosent it should work for this snake. WRONG wouldent let me get ahold of him still pissed off about the insect repellant I guess.Now I know Gods getting even with me for for blowing up poor old Mrs.cummings mailbox with a cherry bomb when I was a Kid.Thats got to be why this is happing to Right? So I get in the tackle box and grab a number 4/0 owners trebble hook get a rod and cut the Kaylie hook off and tie on the trebble hook reel it up tight to the first eye. look like a perty good gaff to me the old boat is a rocking the wind blowing great big bolts of lightning flashing all around and now its pouring down buckets of rain. so I make my way to the back of the boat and with the flashlightne hand and the rod in the other I reach back in the cubby hole with the rod and give a big jerk and hook the snake and pull him out .Now if I thought he was upset before I was mistaken. he was thrashing around like mad so I drop the flashlight take the rod in both hands and give it a heafty throw forgot to push the release on the ABU 6500C3 rod sliped right out of my hands went about 20 yards splat into the water. Lost the whole rig the ABU and a st. croix rod. I was shaking like a dog sat down try and light a smoke all soaked wouldent light. well I fired up the engin and went back to the ramp,and took the boat out.Pulled the truck into the parking lot. wet to the bone fell asleep in the front seat. Aint fishing fun. Bigcatman0816.