A not-so fishy story

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

When the hus­band told me he was en­ter­ing him­self and our kids in the Lake Dunstan Fish­ing Clas­sic, I en­vi­sioned my­self sit­ting on a sunny bank some­where with a good book, my cam­era and maybe a cold beer. I thought I’d sit back, re­lax and wait for that ac­tion shot of the kids reel­ing a fish in. Ha! Sun­day morn­ing saw me climb­ing out of bed way too early for a weekend and driv­ing 40 min­utes with two ex­cited kids and a surly teenager. My book stayed in my bag all day, pho­tos of bendy rods and splashy fish were sadly lack­ing and I lost track of how many times I hauled the gear in and out of the truck as we searched for that per­fect spot. Poor Hubby spent so much time re­plac­ing lost bait, or un­tan­gling birds’ nests, he re­ally didn’t fish at all. But that’s what it’s all about though isn’t it? Get­ting out there, do­ing it. Giv­ing kids ex­pe­ri­ences like th­ese teach lessons and mak­ing mem­o­ries. I hope that when they look back one day they won’t dwell on be­ing fish­less but re­mem­ber cook­ing sausages by the wa­ter for lunch and singing songs about catch­ing a fishy. We re­ally did end up have a great day. The sun was out, the wind ab­sent, we met Bill, a lovely man from Fish and Game who was happy to chat and of­fer ad­vice and the kids got a cool lure and cer­tifi­cate for par­tic­i­pa­tion. My wee man never gave up; he fished right to the last minute try­ing to get a fish for weigh-in and de­spite not catch­ing any­thing, still went home with a smile on his face. ● Suzie Sykes: Mother of three, fish­less and happy.

Got away: Paul and Char­lotte, 5, Sykes – mak­ing mem­o­ries de­spite not catch­ing any fish at the Lake Dunstan Fish­ing Clas­sic.

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