What’s the one thing that makes all of my girls happy? It’s fishing on Big Stone Lake!
A friend of mine, with a serious look on her face, said that she needed to purchase a ‘fishing lesson’. After I recovered from my doubled-over- laughing-attack I quickly offered to give her one for free. Her look said, “Why would I listen to you when there are many experts on the subject of fishing?”
“Trust me! I catch fish! I really do! All of us RedBarn girls do! I can give you lessons. It’s not as hard as they(experts, TV shows, product packaging)want you to think it is.” Although a bit skeptical, she did pretend to be taking mental note of what I shared with her. ” Stop at Artie’s(bait shop in Ortonville)and order one large scoop of ‘fat heads'(minnows). He will put them in a really cool bag full of water and tie it in a knot. You will need a minnow bucket so they can ‘live’ in the lake water when you get home. Talk to Artie about how to put the minnow on the hook so it stays on. He’s very sweet about showing you little tips like that. Find an old rod and reel or buy a new one at the bait shop if you must and sweet Artie might even help you get it ready to go. Don’t worry much about what size or color of hook. The fish aren’t as fussy about that this time of year. Watch the wind. Pick a night with a soft little breeze out of the west and find a dock or a big rock along shore( on second thought) up the lake a ways. Pretend you are flicking water off of a hairbrush as you cast your line out. You’ll catch on after a few tries. Call if you need anything else. Oh, don’t forget to buy a fishing license when you are at Artie’s.”
That seemed like enough to get her started. She will probably watch one of those darn fishing shows anyway. I hope she catches a big walleye. At that moment she will be the happiest girl on Big Stone Lake. Trust me…..I know the feeling.