A few weeks ago our parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle went to a wedding, so our cousins and us decided to have a ‘rejection party’ and go fishing at our (great) uncle’s pond down the road. It was quite fun!
When we first got there we went kayaking. Our uncle had two kayaks which we used. We had a kayaking tournament but I’m not sure if we ever finished it, because I don’t recall there being a winner.
There’s a piano on the dock which my cousin is attempting to play. Half of it’s keys didn’t work though.
My brother is in the canoe in front of my kayak.
We had brought
some a lot of food, so after we kayaked we got out our food and had a mid-afternoon picnic that consisted of a lot of random foods we had brought.
When we were done eating, we started to fish. We had kind of fished on and off between kayaking but didn’t catch anything, so now we settled down and fished for real. : )
Worms are the best bait. Fake bait never works for the fish in our uncle’s pond, and bread gets soggy and falls off. My siblings and I had collected a bunch of worms a few hours before our fishing trip and we had plenty.
I found a good spot along the bank of the pond where I didn’t even have to cast. I just stuck out my pole when I saw a fish, let the worm wiggle around in the water, and soon I’d get one! I caught three there in about fifteen minutes.
(Sorry for the blurriness. Mr. Fish wasn’t interested in being photographed, he just wanted to get off my line.) I think this is a sunfish.
We caught about fifteen fish during our rejection party, but a bunch of them were small bass that we had to toss back. I think we kept nine of them.
Our prize fish was a fish that our uncle identified as a crappie. We’ve gone fishing at our uncle’s pond a lot, but we’ve never caught one of them. (My brother caught it.)
***That picture and the one below were taken by my sister Allison from A Farm Girl’s Life. She’s a great photographer – go check out her blog!***
Here is inside the mouth of one of the small bass that Allison caught. Looks pretty friendly, doesn’t it?
When we were done fishing we cleaned the fish. I found out that it is quite fun to scale fish. It’s kind of satisfying – like rubbing your hand over one of those sequin pillows.
Our fishing trip ended with a pretty sunset. We brought our cleaned fish up to our grandparents who live within walking distance of our house. Next Sunday we might have fish for Sunday lunch!
have you ever gone fishing? do you like it?
have you gone kayaking?