Amidst other activities today, we made some time this afternoon to take the kids fishing.
We loaded up equipment, packed a cooler of drinks and snacks (an absolute necessity when on an outing with children) and headed to the lake (seemed an obvious choice). It was pretty crowded, but we found some empty space along the bank near the spillway. Maybe not prime real estate, but the kids could not have cared less. They just wanted to get their poles in the water.
Isaac was the first to get the green light. He chose to use a rod & reel, which meant we had to re-teach him the art of casting. At first it was downright scary, but he eventually got the hang of it, and actually got quite good at it by the end of the day.
Meagan was next. This was her, feeling sorry for the worm. Nice.
She needed a few pointers... the main pointer being, "Leave the hook in the water."
She was the first one to catch a fish. She caught three in all.
Sebastian tried and tried - tried his cane pole, tried the rod and reel - but never ended up catching anything today. He was a good sport about it, and he kept trying. He even encouraged his brother and congratulated his sister. He's a sweet kid.
Little legs get tired.
Occasionally, somewhere between baiting hooks and unhooking fish Lucas got a LITTLE bit of fishing in himself. I didn't fish today... I didn't by a license today, so I just helped Meagan mostly (and gave the boys some casting lessons).
Isaac caught 2 fish today. He wouldn't try to take the fish off the hook, but he wanted to throw the fish back into the water. So Lucas would take the fish off, and then Isaac would toss the guy back.
In case you were wondering.... this...
...results in this... (muddy butt)
By the end of it all, we were getting lots of "I'm hungry" and "I'm thirsty," and we figured it was time to pack it in. Next time I will most definitely have my license with me, so that I can fish too.