Were hiding…they were all hiding. Our dreams of filling our cooler with Salmon didn’t quite come true, but we still had such a fun time.
Backing up a bit…the day after the Fourth of July, we were fortunate enough to set out on a fishing charter on Lake Michigan to learn a thing or two about deep sea fishing (or at least my dad planned to learn a thing or two) and hopefully catch a bunch of fish. I should say it was really only a few hours after the Fourth of July. There was no firework-watching on this year because we were in bed. Our boat departed at 4:30 a.m., meaning the 3:45 a.m. wake up came rather early. The plus side of getting up in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT?? The most beautiful sunrise on a smooth-as-glass lake. Before the sun even came up though we had a bite on one of the lines! Grant was the first to step up to the plate, and he reeled in a nice looking King Salmon. Then it was my turn…goodness…that was a bit challenging, to say the least. The lines are out SO far. It felt like I would never actually reel it in, and then when it finally got close to the boat, it was still so heavy. But, somehow I managed (probably with the help of that long net) to get that fish into the boat! and it was another King Salmon. By the time I reeled in a fish the sun had come up, and I think our hopes of an overflowing cooler diminished a bit. (The fishermen in the group informed me that the best time to get the fish is just before the sun comes up. Apparently they’re hungry and aggressive at that time.) Despite the sun being up, our group got two more. One for each of us! Don’t we look like professionals? Yes, that’s right. Mine was the biggest. *Side note, I am the furthest thing from a real fisherman/woman/person…whatever you want to call it. I just got lucky reeling in the line with the biggest fish on it. Although I very much enjoy the boating and the reeling it in part, sticking my finger in that fish’s gill to hold it was up so gross. I tried so hard to tell myself it wasn’t gross, but I just could not play it cool. Let’s go ahead and check out that look on my face again… It was such a lovely morning out on the boat. Lake Michigan is so so big, it feels like you’re out on the ocean. At one point, we were far enough out that you couldn’t see land in any direction. The water was so calm and so peaceful. The beauty of that sunrise was far better than any fireworks we could have seen if we would have stayed awake for them and absolutely worth the early wake up. I’d like to end this one on a sappy/cheesy note:
Of all the fish in the sea…he is the only one for me.
I just love him.