I don’t like to fish.
I take that back.
I really don’t like to fish. But my husband would spend every morning on the water if he could. He grew up fishing with his dad and his love for the sport has only grown as he has gotten older. When we were choosing the plot of land for our new home we opted for one with pond access because he loved the idea of being able to walk out the back door and cast a line.
After the fast and furious way our youngest daughter came into the world a couple of months ago (which involved Carl being responsible for delivering her), I wanted to do something a little extra special for him for Father’s Day this year. We agreed a long time ago that we would only gift experiences because we have more than enough stuff. Our money is much better spent making memories than adding clutter to our house.
When I was presented with the opportunity to do a chartered fishing trip with Brookdog Fishing Company I knew that I had the perfect gift. I invited my father-in-law along because the trip would be even more special for my husband if he got to experience it with his dad – the man who taught him how to fish.
In the days leading up to the trip I dragged my feet about purchasing my one-day fishing license because I really had no intention of fishing myself. I wanted to tag along so that I could take some photos and get a few video clips to create a keepsake for Carl and his dad.
And then Ryan taught me how to fish.
I don’t know if it was because it was the first time I had been away from the girls for more than an hour since Camila was born, or the sunshine on my face, or the really fast boat ride (I am a sucker for speed), but I have developed a new appreciation for fishing. I might even go so far as to say I like it.
After spending countless hours at medical conferences and seminars over the years for work, I learned that even the dullest of subjects can be made interesting by someone who is passionate about the subject matter. Ryan’s knowledge of and passion for the sport of fishing was apparent after just a few minutes on the boat with him. It was obvious that he truly loves what he does. He has found his calling as a fishing guide.
In less than 5 minutes after learning how to throw out a line, I reeled in my first bass. Before both of the boys 😉 And then a few more after that. I quickly learned that fishing is an art, and Ryan is the best art teacher I’ve ever had.
Whether you’re an expert angler or a skeptical novice like me, a trip with Brookdog Fishing Company is a great way to spend a day. Even if you don’t pick up a rod, it’s an incredible way to tour the Buffalo Niagara region. I never thought I’d say this, but it makes for a pretty awesome date night. You might even get sent home with dinner.
If you’re looking for a Buffalo fishing charter, check out all that Brookdog Fishing Company has to offer here.
Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by an experience you thought you wouldn’t like?
This post was sponsored by Brookdog Fishing Co. All opinions are my own.