A not-so fishy story
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.