Steve and some buddies have been fishing Metionga Lake for many years. These guys bring their sons and (daughters) along as a part of building relationships and sharing quality time together. The young folks learn from the old(er) and do their best to keep up. The older are pro’s however in some of the finer points of “fish camp”. Part of the experiences are evening activities which sometimes go on until the wee hours of the morning sharing tall tales and a few quantitative and qualitative lies about the day’s fishing. Usually some adult beverages are included. In the morning the older get right back to fishing while the younger sometimes struggle for cognitive abilities. The best fishing is often in the morning and an old pro will not let the time be wasted.
Back to Steve and his son Brian. Brian robotically joined his father for the morning fish and immediately fell asleep in the boat. Steve latched onto the biggest walleye of the trip – 28 and 1/4/ inches – and explained to us that even harder than fighting this fish on light tackle was trying to wake Brian at the same time to have him handle the net.
Once he achieved a cognitive state, Brian performed admirably and not only expertly handled the net but managed to take a reasonably descent picture.
There is always a story.