Ever since our brief New Hampshire fishing experience in the rain, the first thing Madison asked at every stop was "can we fish there?" She was becoming disappointed with our inability to fish, so our stop at Zipple Bay was designed to satisfy this desire. We are right on the border of Canada, and we pass one fishing resort after another. This entire area is built upon fishing - winter and summer. I am not sure how the day would pan out, but I rent a 17 foot boat with an outboard motor to go out into the bay.
We got as much advice as we could, stocked up with a huge bag of guppies, and headed out to the bay by about 9am. For nearly 2 hours it was quite windy and extremely choppy.
Our boat was really bouncing, and I was replacing guppies almost nonstop, which prevented me from focussing on the horizon - the result was me getting quite seasick. I was very tempted to put my head over the side, but I did my best to hold back...and then after about 2 hours the wind seemed to die down and the waves stopped. The rest of the day was so much better, regardless of our fishing success.
We were getting lots of bites, but the fish seemed to be winning! However, soon after the waters calmed Madison hooked the first fish.
She struggled to bring it in, and I waited with the net. When she brought it in, it was an 18 inch Walleye! You have never seen a girls so proud of herself, and you have never seen a father so relieved. I was already thinking about what I was going to do if she did not catch anything, and spending another day out on the water in search of Walleye was not an option I wanted to pursue! With that catch, the pressure of the day went away because whatever else happened, Madison caught her fish and won the battle!
Not long after this I also caught a Walleye, although only a little bit over a foot long.
We still kept it and figured we at least had enough for a small meal! Katelyn was already long past being bored, and took to reading a book on fishing tips and pointing out our mistakes...she actually had many good points, and was probably the most knowledgeable by the end of the day.
Emma was more determined than ever to get fish, and vowed to not return to land until she caught one. However, hours passed with no more bites, and the lack of guppies and hunger caused her to finally relent at about 4:30.
After getting towed in due to a failed starter in the boat, Madison and I had the restaurant cook our fish and we enjoyed our fresh Walleye while the 2 vegetarians enjoyed a grilled cheese.
After dinner, Madison and Emma decided that they were not done and begged to go back out until sunset. Katelyn had little interest, but when I told her she could play the iPod she became a willing participant. We did not go out far, and again had little success - but everyone had fun: Katelyn with the iPod, Emma with the guppies, and Madison fishing.
Madison did bring a VERY large Walleye to the surface, but we did not net it in time and it broke free. It was much bigger than the last, probably 30 inches long, but I'm sure it will be even bigger by the time we get home!!
We had a long and fun day on the water, and considered it a success since Madison caught her fish and came away with some stories to tell!