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Fort St. John, Fishing
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Last night was so far the most enjoyable evening I have had so far this summer. The sun was still shining, the sky was a soft blue with few clouds, and the mosquitoes were at bay. This made for a spectacular, relaxing night of fishing at Chuck’s Puddle. I was determined to catch my first fish of the year so I scouted out the perfect fishing spot at a secluded area away from the boat launch and other fishermen. My excitement and purpose shown through as I took far more time than required to choose my fishing rod and lucky fish hook that actually smelled like a fish to be sure to provide me with a BIG catch. Since I haven’t been fishing in years, it was nice to have my boyfriend along to re-teach me the trick of the trade. It all came back to me quickly as it only took me a few tries before I could cast beyond the immediate weeds. Being out at Charlie Lake provided me with a sense of calmness and peacefulness that my daily life rarely offers.
After an hour of countless casts, finally a fish was on the line! Unfortunately, it was not my bait that had lured in a Jackfish. As you can see in the picture, my boyfriend was the lucky one, or as he likes to tell me, the one with the fishing skills. I snapped a few pictures and then the fish was released back into the lake since they apparently aren’t the tastiest of fish. By the time 10 o’clock approached, the sun had set behind the trees so we decided to pack up our gear and head home. I kept telling myself “just one more cast and you’ll get one” but I finally granted the fish victory for the night. Don’t worry though, I’ll be back to get my desired Walleye, or even better, the rare Yellow Perch.