Fishing Trip

For Alpha’s birthday party, we decided to celebrate somewhere new. My wife found a somewhat local fishing pond that provided full service.

trout farm fishing pond

They provide the poles,

fishing poles at a trout farm


the buckets,

buckets at a trout farm fishing pond

the bait (sorry, no photo), and the fish.

trout in the air at a fishing pond

When you’re done, they clean and fillet the fish and put it in a bag with ice.

All you need to provide are the kids to do the fishing.

kids at a trout farm fishing pond

kids at a trout farm fishing pond

Then you need to catch a fish.

underside of a trout on a line caught at a trout farm fishing pond

I expected the kids the have fun, but I didn’t expect their smiles to be so big when they caught a fish. Every child was genuinely happy upon catching a fish.

side view of a trout on a line caught at a trout farm fishing pond

After the fish is caught, you are responsible for taking out the hook

taking the fish hook out of a trout

And putting the fish in a bucket to keep it fresh.

trout fish in a bucket of water

Most of the time, the kids just let the adults handle the fish after they were caught. But my nephew was one of the few that actually touched a fish.

child holding a trout

Gamma was the other one to touch a fish, but that was not on purpose. He was standing near the fence, watching, when I was helping Beta bring his fish in. As we were swinging the fish over the fence so it could land in the grass, we didn’t lift it high enough. It was high enough to clear the fence, but not high enough to clear Gamma’s head. So he got slapped on the side of the face by a trout. He thought it was funny and he likes having that war story to tell. But since he doesn’t speak to non-family members, chances are I’ll tell the story.

When you’re done, you take your buckets to the counter, then you sit on the porch and relax while they kill it and clean it for you.

children relaxing in rocking chairs on a front porch

Or you can sit inside the cabin and enjoy the decor.

decorations inside the cabin at the trout farm fishing pond place

more decorations inside the cabin at the trout farm fishing pond place

And then you get your fish, pay, and head home.

Only this time, we didn’t head straight home because the apple orchard was only a half mile away. So we drove there and got a short tour of the trees.

Here’s Delta, picking an apple:

child picking an apple from a tree

And here are all the kids, mine plus nieces and nephews, posing in front of some of that morning’s crop:

children standing in front of bins of apples at the apple orchard

Then we went back to my parents’ house and opened some birthday presents and had some meals and all that kind of stuff.

For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken

Luke 5:9

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3 Responses to “Fishing Trip”

  1. Ricky Anderson Says:

    Fish slapping is an ancient sport: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xCwLirQS2-o&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DxCwLirQS2-o

  2. Jeff Harris Says:

    So that’s what the top of my head looks like.

    I’ve not noticed this before, but do you only post photos where faces are obscured?

  3. Some Guy Says:

    Ricky – I was unaware of that tradition, but I may have mentioned to Levi that he should move to Nineveh.

    Jeff – yes, it’s easier than obtaining waivers from everyone involved.

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