I recently went on my annual Father and Son fishing trip to Bayfield Lodge, in the Bayfield Inlet of Pointe Au Baril, in the Georgian Bay Region. We’ve been going to this same lodge for over 20 years, and enjoy the combination of friendship, scenery, and hopefully a few fish along the way. This photo shows my brother with the big fish of the weekend.
One of the aspects of the trip I really enjoy, is that while we want to catch fish, the emphasis is really on the fellowship and the fish are a bonus. On this particular trip, I did pretty well by historical standards. I caught a few bigger fish, caught some variety and generally had a relaxing time (while fighting a wicked head cold). This year was a great year for a couple of the guys though, who sometimes don’t catch as many fish.
The picture just above shows Brian catching a personal best in bass, and the photo to the left shows Ed with a personal best in Northern Pike. What was great about the Pike is that Ed had provided a “first fish of the day” prize, and one it. He then used it and got this guy. In case you are interested, it was a chrome Cotton Cordell shallow diver.
So this trip was really enjoyable to me. Great conversation, good weather, a wicked shore lunch, and the fish were spread around the group with a few highlights. I love to fish and catch big fish, but I equally love watching other folks get the same enjoyment out of the sport as I do, and this weekend was perfect for that.