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To say I was a little nervous about how Little BC, Jack, would react to being on a boat out on the middle of Lake Erie fishing for walleye for a few hours early on a Sunday morning after a 5 a.m. wakeup call is an understatement. My worst fear Sunday was that the boat captain, Matt from Huckeye Charters out of Port Clinton, OH and his first mate Brian, would pull away from Catawba Island State Park and there would be a face full of tears. For a six year old, things can go south fast over the littlest thing. Thanks to Discoverboating.com for helping find a fishing charter near me and making this trip a breeze from start to finish.
Add in the fact that we would be heading out across Lake Erie roller waves at a high speed — not some glassy flat state park lake joyride, that’s for sure — and all I could do was wait and see how it went when Matt unleashed the power of the 350 Mercury powering his 2019 Ranger boat.
The boat left the no wake zone and Matt launched out across the far northwestern point of Catawba Island and that’s when the rollers got bigger and the Ranger started hitting them like speed bumps in a Camaro at a high rate of speed.
BAM! BAM! BAM!
And with each smack of the boat to wave I would see Little BC still smiling, trying to figure out where we were going and where he’d be fishing. Eventually Matt had us off Rattlesnake Island where dozens of walleye fishing charters were busy drifting for clients in relatively calm weather where the wind wouldn’t wobble the boat for the duration of our trip. Not only did Little BC survive still with a smile on his face, but he was fired up over the speed and adventure that went along with the ride, seemingly oblivious that he jumped right into boating and fishing on the Great Lakes.
• There’s new research from Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind: The surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do that Dr. J hopes will lead to new ways to treat those dealing with stress. Dr. J stopped by last week to explain Blue Mind and the benefits of getting on the water and away from a cellular connection:
Thanks again to Discoverboating.com for making this experience possible with my son. Memories of a lifetime were made for sure.
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