This past weekend I had the pleasure of introducing one of my close friends to fishing. Bea is from Salvador, Brazil, and first came to Canada five years ago for a one-year-long exchange. During her time in Canada I experienced tons of very Canadian firsts with her: snow, canoeing, and even a moose sighting.
When I found out Bea was coming back to Canada for a few weeks to visit I immediately wanted to take her fishing. I loved the idea of adding yet another Canadian experience to her list.
Bea met me at my home on Big Cedar Lake in Ontario to do some fishing of the dock. She had never held a fishing rod in her life, but after a bit of instruction she started casting off the dock. After a few clumsy first attempts I left her to it and started fishing on my own. I had barely casted my line out when Bea started yelling that she had something. I told her to reel in, and she pulled out a nice-sized bass.
The smile on her face says it all! Seeing her excitement at catching her first ever fish was so rewarding. I got my first taste of what it’s like to introduce someone to fishing, and it’s safe to say I’m hooked.