Dale Keyor, a contractor by trade, explained, "We usually try to get out at least once a week. As you can imagine, fishing has become a pretty popular pursuit in our family. And we often come home late."
Lynn agreed. "Caitlin's determination has really got him more into it!"
Caitlin is a special young lady. She has survived a very traumatic car accident at a young age and despite a long process of rehabilitation, she is currently a freshman at Saranac Central School.
When I asked about her fishing adventures, Caitlin explained, "I live fishing! It's awesome. I caught my first fish when we were camping at Buck Pond when I was four years old."
Lynn added, " Ever since then, she'd rather be outdoors than indoors."
When I asked where she caught the big laker, like a veteran angler, Caitlin wouldn't give up the location. She responded simply, "In a secret Adirondack pond."
Her father detailed the event.
"I got home from work and called my buddy, who didn't want to go. So I hooked up the boat and Caitlin made the choice of location. She also chose the lure, and cast it herself. I looked up and her pole was just crippled right over!"
"She hooked into it and fought it for a while before she got it to the boat. I saw it and slipped a net under, and when I hauled it out, the lure popped right out of it's mouth."
"It was awesome", Caitlin chimed in. "I used my favorite lure, and I call it the Scarface lure. He (dad) doesn't have the luck I have."
It's a wonderful story, but even more telling is Caitlin's enthusiasm for the outdoor life. She is a Girl Scout, who loves biking, hiking, snowmobiling and driving a four wheeler and explained that she would "rather be outdoors than anywhere!"
We need more kids like her!
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at email@example.com