Gone Fishin'

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that I caught a nice little salmon this weekend...
of course, with the help of my husband -- those suckers are a bit of a challenge to reel in!

Catch of the Day

My husband LOVES to fish.  Like, in life, fishing is his #3:

#1 - Me (at least it better be) ;)
#2 - Hunting
#3 - Fishing

He asks me to go fishing with him all the time, but most times I decline, as I have no interest to wake up super early on my weekends.  But, we are blessed to live about 15 minutes away from Lake Michigan & 2 minutes away from the Bay of Green Bay, so really, we are surrounded by large bodies of water, filled with fish.  I think sometimes I take that for granted.

Over the years, I have learned to like fishing, however I sometimes get bored when there's no action.  This weekend though, I witnessed the pure joy it brings to my husband, which was totally worth the 2:30 AM wake up call.

Zac gets so excited & is always optimistic about the fishing report.  The night before, he made sure the launch ticket was accounted for, the coffee was prepped, & the alarm was set.  At the sound of the alarm the next morning, he jumped out of bed, anxious & ready to get our fish on.

After picking up a couple friends & Zac's brother, we arrived at the busy harbor.  The guys quickly launched our boat -- they have a wonderful system & each person knows their role.  The process is like clockwork for them.  Totally seamless.

Zac drove us out into the dark lake, and then put auto pilot on & the guys quickly worked to set the lines.  Something about fishing on Lake Michigan when it's pitch black out is both nerve-racking & rewarding -- it's just such a large body of water & knowing that it can turn rough at any moment is scary!  But Lake Michigan was so good to us that morning....

sunset on Lake Michigan

Since it is currently the KD Salmon Tourney, the lake in the distance looked like a city of lights (which I neglected to document) -- filled with boats of fisherman hoping to catch the $10k winner.

Around 4:30 AM, we got two bites at the same time & the guys made the girls reel them in.  We lost one, but they helped me get my catch in safely.

fishing gear

setting lines

Salmon fishing Lake Michigan


I'm still tired, I have a sore arm & a blood blister on my pinkie (how? I have no idea), but it was so worth it!  The thrill of catching a nice fish & seeing how happy it made Zac, was my favorite.

We watched the sunrise & had a slow rest of the morning on the water.  Needless to say, we didn't catch a winning fish, but it was so calm & relaxing.  I even got in a little snooze -- the rocking of the boat puts me right to sleep! :)

Sunrise
Lake Michigan views

We ended the morning with breakfast; a perfect start to our Sunday. 

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