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(Mis)adventures in Ice Fishing
Written by Kevin Laliberte of Winnipeg, MB
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It was the perfect idea. At least, it started out that way. It happened eight years ago. The plan struck me, as many plans do, be they good or bad, late one night. I was laying in bed when I received my inspiration. I turned over to my wife, and said “I’m going to take you fishing.” Not only that, we were going to drive nine-and-a-half hours from Winnipeg to Flin Flon, MB to do it.
“Why Flin Flon?” she asked.
“Because neither of us has been there,” I replied, quite pleased with myself.
“But I don’t fish,” she said.
Now, keep in mind, we were newly married, and this was our first winter together. Eight years later, I would now recognize the tone in her voice when she answered, and let the idea die right there, but I wasn’t so intuitive then. So I persisted, and instead of taking my lovely new wife on a winter holiday to Cuba or The Cayman Islands, we loaded up the SUV with my ice fishing gear and spent a day driving to Flin Flon.
It was a quiet drive.
My plan had been to get my wife to enjoy ice fishing as much as I do. She said she hated fishing, but why would anyone hate fishing? I thought that driving to Northern Manitoba would show her how much fun fishing could really be. “We’ll eat what we catch,” I said. “It’s going to be great!”
The day after arriving in Flin Flon, we woke up before sunrise and headed out to one of the hundreds of lakes in the area. I drilled us some holes, set up our hooks, and had my wife drop hers in. Mere minutes later, true to Northern Manitoba form, she had a fish on. Moments later, she pulled a beautiful northern pike onto the ice. It was about three pounds, and from a cold, clear, deep lake, would be utterly delicious.
I turned to congratulate my wife on her first fish, and saw the tear rolling down her cheek. She was looking her fish in the eye, I looked down at the pike, and I swear that fish was crying too. She felt bad for it, and it dawned on me why she didn’t like fishing. Back in the hole it went. We packed up the fishing gear, drove to our hotel to pick up our luggage, and started the long drive home, cutting short our week-long fishing holiday. It was the last time I made her go fishing. Now I fish alone, and we fly South for our winter holiday.
And no one cries.
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