We have made a number of friends through the various activities our little guy has participated in. One of the dads we have become friends with through scouts sent me a text asking if our little guy and I were interested in going fishing on ne of the local piers out here on an early Saturday morning. I told newmom about the offer and I gladly accepted.
Now we did not tell the little guy what we were up to, only that he and I were going to do something Saturday morning together. He was tormented, needing to know what it was, so he kept asking for hints and clues so he could try to guess. So we gave him the following clues:
1) it was something he wanted to do
2) You needed special equipment to do it
3) you needed water to do it.
Needless to say, he was not overly thrilled with the quality of the clues we gave him. When we told him who we were going with he groaned ‘are we going on another hike?’ (see This post for the last adventure we went on with these same friends). We assured him we were not going on another hike and finished getting ready to go.
We met our friends along with another Scout friend and his dad (it was a dads and sons morning) at the elementary school, packed up their minivan and were on our way. We made a short stop at McDonalds for breakfast (the kids LOVE McDonalds, whether for Breakfast, lunch or dinner!), made potty breaks and were off to Newport pier!!
When we arrived we unpacked the van, our friend had all the gear we needed for all six of us. We made our way out and got a good spot on the pier, overlooking the waters, a little further out that the surfers who were waiting for the waves to come it. we were blessed with good weather, we were afraid it might have been a bit chilly but it was quite comfortable. Our very gracious host helped get the rods all set, and we were off and running. It did not take long for our first bite of the day, and it happened like the first or second time the rod was cast out. So we had our first bites like in less than 10 minutes. There were two fish on the line (we were using a sabiki rig that had 6 small hooks on it) and we were all excited that it was going to be a good day, we hadn’t even finished getting the rest of the rods set up!
That unfortunately was not the case.
There were a total of THREE fish caught the entire day. The same little guy that caught those first two fish ended up having the only other bite. We tried both sides of the pier, no luck at all. it didn’t take long for the two boys who were not regularly fishing to start to get B-O-R-E-D. My little guy asked a couple times if we were almost done. I told him we just have to be patient. Sad to report that patience was not virtuous. We did not have any luck. Towards the end my little guy wanted to just go off the pier and build a sand castle. If it would have been just the two of us, I would have said yes and taken him to the sand, but we were there to fish and I REALLY wanted to catch at least one fish! So I made him a promise to have a beach day with him in the near future (I hope we get a few warm days so I can follow through on that promise before too much time passes).
After packing up and corralling the boys back to the minivan we were headed back. Our host said he was very surprised at our lack of bites, we had 5 poles in the water for over 2 hours with no luck. The other dad and I said it was quite alright, the boys got out, did something new and we had a great time.
This is something I would definitely do again. I had a great time with the little guy outdoors, neither of us were staring at a screen, rather we were staring at the sea (yes, that is a blatant Cure Reference!). I think that I can get the little guy excited about giving it another shot, he says he doesn’t want to do it again, but I think he thinks fishing is more catching, and there will be a fish at the end of the line every time we cast out. So I suppose this is a good lesson, that you don’t always win, you don’t always get a fish. DAD TIP – Always look for teachable moments, don’t let them slip away, good or bad.
A HUGE THANK YOU to our very, very, gracious host and his son for including us on a great way to spend a Saturday morning, fishing with our friends (and sons!). This is our second adventure with Sam, and I am looking forward to what’s next!