It was a pretty awesome Texas day on Thursday. Highs were in the 80’s with some fast-moving clouds overhead. So, Little NH and I headed to Wal-Mart to pick up her very first fishing pole. She passed on the Disney Princess pole and went for the Dora the Explorer model instead. Not a move I would have predicted but such is life as a father of two girls.
After the trip to Wal-Mart, we met Mrs. NH and NH2 for a tasty outdoor lunch at Los Cucos. I had a margarita and enjoyed the sunny day with my girls. Little NH2 had plenty of shade and slept through the whole meal, seemingly smug from having gained 4 oz over the last 48 hours.
After that, we all came home and took a nap as a Texas rainstorm blew in and scattered as quickly as it came. When little NH awoke, we tied on the Dora practice plug and threw a few casts in the backyard. With the concept firmly down, we hit the lake in the subdivision where we’re staying. The whole family. Yep, little breastfeeding baby and all.
Little NH is generally a lucky kid. On her first time playing the arcade “claw” game with me she won a stuffed dinosaur. On her first trip fishing, her luck was mixed. She caught something on her 3rd cast. Unfortunately, it was a turtle. Lucky for her dad, he slipped off the hook about a foot from the dock. Little NH was momentarily crestfallen and I was relieved. After that expedition, we made the requisite excited calls to the grandparents and went to sleep dreaming of more fish to come.
On day two, Friday, we stacked the deck in our favor of packing a wheat bagel as bait as well as the can of corn we had used the day before.
I mentioned that Little NH is lucky a couple paragraphs above, right? Well get a load of these numbers: 5 casts, 3 hooks, 2 weights, one bagel, one snapping turtle, one 3″ crappie and one 16″ largemouth bass.
It was an exciting 45 minutes before the sun went down, I’ll tell you. You should have seen the way the Dora rod bowed in two as we hauled in the fat ‘ol bass. The folks canoeing on the lake and sitting outside their houses shared in our elation by saying, “Wow, that’s a big fish!” “It’s only the second one she’s ever caught,” I yelled back.
Much like catching the big dinosaur with the claw on her first try, this experience is going to be tough to top. That said, I think we both look forward to a lifetime of trying.