Last weekend we went camping as a family at a place called Camp Barstow in Saluda. It is a camp for the Cub scouts. We had a lot of fun. I think the thing Joel was looking forward to the most was the fishing part. Saturday afternoon we had some free time and found a dock where we sat down for about an hour and just let him fish. Riley was a bit excited about it too because she had fished before and caught 2 fishes. Joel however... had never caught anything and he just knew that he would catch something. So while being very patient and showing off his fishing skills, Riley decides to borrow daddy's rod and try to catch a fish. I guess Riley didn't really care too much about catching one or not because she took her shoes off and dipped her feet into the lake and was splashing around. Well, let me tell you... about 5 minutes of doing this she started yelling "I think I got one"!! You should have SEEN Joel's face. So Terry walks over to Riley and helps her reel her fishing line. And sure enough, there was a fish. (See pictures below). As you can tell from her pictures, she was very proud:)
So after Terry threw the fish back into the water, Joel very quietly moved from his spot to Riley's spot in hopes to catch something. And sure enough, 5 minutes later his line was being pulled. He started reeling it in and at one point it got pretty heavy and Terry had to take over. He was so excited...I believe he was looking mostly forward to having a picture taken with his very first catch. The closer Terry got it to the dock, the louder we all got. We could not believe how BIG this fish looked. He must have been between 3 & 4 lbs. As the fish got right up to the dock Terry was getting ready to pull it up and put it on the dock.....
THE LINE BROKE!!!
As you can imagine, Joel was very disappointed! We really had to convince him that he did catch a fish. He was so sad. I felt for him. He did finally understand that he did catch a fish it just got a way from him. I think it helped that we got some pictures of it in the water. Let me tell you, even though he was pretty upset that it got away...he was a good sport!! So, next time you see Joel ask him to tell you his "fishing Story". He is pretty good at telling the story. Just be prepared for one HUGE fish story! I think at one point he was telling people it was a 7 to 10 pounder! I guess he is pretty good at telling "fish stories"!