Spring break for most people means sunny and warm. Not for Eric. I found out 3 days ago that he was going to be spending his first college spring break at home. No warm sun, no beach, and certainly no babes in bikinis. I also found out that he has never been walleye fishing on a river. Since I couldn't bring him warm sun, beaches and babes, I figured I could at least try to show him a good time on the river.
This afternoon I met him at the access along with Mike and Tim. With the rising waters I honestly figured the bite to be tough. I warned Eric that the walleyes may not be jumping into the boat like they had been the previous days. He didn't care and was just happy to be floating. Two minutes into the first spot and it was game on. Eric set the hook into what he thought to be a big one. Seconds into the battle we snickered as he revealed what was the perfect catch for a first time river angler. A log that was approximately 4 feet long with a 15 inch girth. Not too shabby. To make it even better, Tim also set the hook into his own piece of timber. It was a double that put us all in the right mood for the rest of our afternoon.
The conditions weren't favorable for a ton of action, but Eric pulled us through. He caught the first fish, a nice walleye, and he kept our morale up. Soon after he caught another, then another. It was at that point that we were starting to wonder what was happening. He had 3 walleyes to his name, and the rest of us had zero combined. To say that I was happy for him was an understatement. As I have said many times, seeing that kind of excitement in a fellow angler is what makes every day on the water such a blessing for me.
Eric's laughter and excitement, not to mention smart alick comments, inspired us all to fish harder and more importantly, knock him off of his pedestal. That is just what we did. Tim started the catching spree, and soon after I found my touch too. It was then that we all got lost in the action and stopped keeping score. Even in the cold water temps and rising water levels, we had found an active school. I didn't see it coming, but nobody was complaining. Every one of us took turns netting and catching. It was a hoot. To top it all off, Eric decided to catch the biggest fish of the day. A fish that he informed us was his biggest walleye ever. She was a dandy, and to be a part of it all was something I may never forget. We ended the night on that fish and called it an unexpected perfect day.
Eric, here's to the rest of your spring break being as good as the start. Who knows, maybe with your luck you'll end up finding the sun, the beach, and babes in bikinis? Until then, I'll just keep livin' in my dream!