Fishing with Sophia

Hi Folks-

So you know how we all want to act with honor and grace when it comes to doing something that is really important. Last Sunday night I called Katy and asked her if Sophia might want to go fishing the next day. Our whole family had had a tough week, including Sophia, and I wanted her to do something that was completely different for her than what she usually did. I suggested to her that we go fishing. Fishing is not my thing but it sounded like a great thing to do with my eleven year old grand daughter.

She readily agreed but sounded like she wasn’t sure what we were really doing. I promised we were going to have fun. The thing I didn’t tell her was that I hadn’t fished in twenty years, that I never fished when I was a kid, and that we had no equipment at all to catch fish. But we were going fishing, Peter and Sophia, together in whatever happened.

We went to Walmart and bought two fishing outfits, including rod, reel, sinkers, lures and bobbers, all encased in industrial strength plastic. I bought a knife so I was assured of being able to get into the fish pole packages. I bought a license for $26 so at least we were legal. When we headed toward the spot I had in mind, which was on the Dog River in Riverton and was this really cool waterfall that fed into a 15 ft. pool, we quickly saw that the path over the railroad tracks was posted “no trespassing”. I couldn’t show Sophia this terrific site I knew, so what was I going to do now?

We found another spot nearby, a perfectly plausible place to catch trout. Then there was this sign, it said you not only had to release whatever fish you caught but that you couldn’t use any live bait, minnows or worms, to catch the fish. I had planned mine and Sophia’s campaign using worms as bait, and I was discouraged. It was clearly the task at hand to man up and take the latest hardship as just one of those things, so I proceeded to tie a couple inane looking lures on mine and Sophia’s lines and we started to cast our fluorescent lures into the waves. Sophia was pretty good with it. Then in the next ten minutes both hers and my lines got irrevocably tangled up and neither she nor I had any juice left to fix them. We decided to go swimming in the potential trout pond and we did, forgetting completely about catching brown trout in a stream. Sophia still loves her Papa, I know because I asked her, and even though I was not the worldly fisherman for my grand daughter that I wanted to be, we had fun. We’ll go fishing again.

We have great meat and fish to grill this weekend. Don’t cook inside – grill anything on the following list and you won’t be sorry, except possibly the sole because it’s so delicate to handle.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Striped Bass
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Yellowfin Tuna
  • Soft Shell Crabs
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Pemaquid oysters
  • PEI Mussels

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

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