THE LAKE — I have a confession to make and I am not proud of it.
I am nearly 40 years old and I have never caught a fish. And that's not because I haven't tried.
Over the years, I have been fishing many times. I've used different bait, tried different rods and lures, and different bodies of water in different areas — but I've never caught a thing.
I've snagged some grass before and I once hooked my uncle, but that's it. I always assumed I was either the world's most unlucky fisherman or the world's worst fisherman.
I think this video has shown that I'm just the worst.
This video is from a couple of years ago, but not too many people have seen it yet. Little Avery was out fishing with his dad in Minnesota when his reel caught something. They didn't know what it was, but little Avery was determined to get that thing in the boat. You watch his little fishing pole bend under the weight of the catch, but it never breaks.
Considering how cheap those rods are, you'd assume the fish isn't all that big because it wouldn't take a lot to put strain on that pole. Well, we were wrong. That fishing rod is more high quality than we thought.
Avery keeps reeling and his dad keeps cheering him on until the fish is eventually netted and brought onto the boat. Avery and his cheap fishing rod caught a 27-inch walleye and I've never even snagged a minnow.
I'm happy for you, Avery, and I'd like to thank you. Your catch has helped me finally see the light.
At this point, it's more amazing to go my whole life without ever catching a fish as opposed to saying I've only caught one or two. And if Avery can get that fish with that pole and I'm still 0 for a lifetime, I think it's time for me to hang up my waders and call it a day on the fishing front.