Yesterday, we went up to Paulina Lake with Cary's mom, Darlene, and his brother, Larry. Darlene is nearly 83, and she has been fishing this lake since the early 1970's.
The weather was mild and the skies were blue. Until the end of the day, it wasn't even very windy.
Some folks on the shore were even swimming, sunbathing and enjoying their picnic lunches. Back at the lodge, there was a pig roast and band playing, but we kind of missed all of that.
Larry drove the boat as Darlene worked on organizing her tackle box.
Larry caught the next one.
The guys worked together, as those fish kept on biting. We lost as many as we caught yesterday though.
My spot was on the sunbathing deck. It was actually a really good place to be. I'm not really 200 lbs., I was wearing my hoodie underneath my windbreaker:
Darlene was sitting on the side of the boat, which gave her plenty of room to cast out.
Then it happened! My turn! This is the first time that I have caught a fish in several years. I attribute it to being able to use my favorite fishing pole again, an old faded red one left behind by Cary's friend "England Tony". Here is my first fish:
I was pretty excited:
It was a nice Rainbow Trout:
Darlene patiently waited for her catch of the day:
Cary was busy catching more:
A couple of ducks swam by to check out the action:
We caught our limit, which was 20 fish! Cary strung them together and held them up so we could admire our work. He said, if anybody asks, just tell them it took us only and hour and a half to get that many. It actually took us five and half hours, but we had a great time.
We went back to the lodge, unloaded the boat and then went over to the store to get our pictures taken:
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