Our alarm was set for 5:45 Thursday morning, but long before that Ted was awake and monitoring the weather radar on his phone. When I awoke minutes before the alarm sounded, the first thing I heard was rain hitting the bedroom windows, and only a few seconds later Ted’s phone rang. It was Captain Chris Becker, owner and operator of North Shore Fishing Charters.
“Let’s wait a couple of hours and see if this rain lets up,” Chris said. “Looking at the radar, I think we’ll be good to leave about 9:30 (we were previously scheduled to leave at 7:00 am). I reached for my phone on the nightstand and texted Jordan and Matthew in their bedrooms two floors below us. “Go back to sleep,” I texted. “Leaving for the boat at 9:00.”
By 9:00 the clouds were scattering, it was cool, and there was a slight breeze as we walked into Doud’s Market with our cooler-on-wheels, already packed with ice. We filled it with bottles of water and deli sandwiches, then walked back over to the marina. Where over 200 sailboats had filled the marina the day before, that morning most of them were gone, and folks with reservations to dock in the marina had begun to fill the empty spaces.
Brian Bailey and his son Kyle, who we’d invited along, were already waiting, and Captain Chris, aboard the North Shore Leader, tied up a few moments later.
I’m so sad to the first fish caught was by Ted, and it happened so fast I wasn’t ready with the camera! Of course we teased him the rest of the day that it was also the smallest fish caught (it was).
Ted and Matthew’s catches were followed by about 30 minutes of non-stop action . . .
After all that instant gratification, there was an hour or so of lull. We shifted positions several times, occasionally having a fish take the bait, but then having it shake it off as it was reeled in.
Before we headed back in Kyle caught a second fish, and . . . .
A couple more pics . . .
It was truly a spectacular day out on Lake Huron. The temperature was perfect, the water was mirror-calm, and there was a little breeze.
Oh! What did we do with the fish?
What a fun day . . . making memories with Jordan and Matthew!