The Fishing Trip Jayden
“Don’t forget your sleeping bag!” Tommy’s mother reminded him. “Yup, I’ll remember,” exclaimed Tommy. Tommy had been bouncing around all day, he was going on his first fishing trip! He and his dad planned on hopping on a plane and taking off to Alaska for a few days. But first they had to take their car to the airport. So, the night before they had packed the car with their rods, tackle, nets and any other possible thing you would need for a fishing trip. Now, they were ready for the crack of dawn to hop in the car and take off to the airport.
Tommy had trouble sleeping that night. How would he be able to sleep? He was so excited that it was his first fishing trip, and he was going with his dad. Who wouldn’t be excited? He couldn’t help but look at his alarm clock every five minutes to see how much closer he would be to getting on that plane and taking off to Alaska.
Finally, he was able to get a couple of hours of sleep, but then he was woken by the familiar and irritating sound of the dreaded alarm clock. But Tommy wasn’t dreading it today, in fact he was actually excited hear it. He sprung out of bed nearly tripping over his blankets he left on the floor the night before. He ran out to the kitchen to see his Grandpa and Mother talking over a cup of coffee. “What are you doing here?” Tommy questioned. “Well, your dad couldn’t make it, he had to go on a trip,” Tommy’s grandpa said reluctantly, not wanting to make his grandson disappointed. “Oh,” Tommy said with his head hanging low. “But I’m coming!” exclaimed Grandpa, hoping to lift spirits in the room. “Really?” Tommy said with a great amount of excitement in his voice. “Hop in the car!” And with that Tommy shot out of the kitchen and out to the garage.
With no time to spare they made it to their plane. Once they were seated, they were calmer, but a few minutes before it was quite the scramble. They tossed their carry-on bags above them and got settled into their row. No more than 30 seconds later a flight attendant came and offered them some peanuts and a bottle of water. “Sure, why not,” Grandpa replied. So they got their snacks, ate them, and in no time were snoring at the top of the lungs. The passengers enjoyed this very much.
A few hours later they got awakened by the sound of the pilot announcing, “If you look to your right you will see out landing strip. You will notice that I put the “fasten seatbelt” sign back on, so please do so and get ready for landing. In unison the passengers on the plane fastened up their seatbelts and got prepared for the landing. With a few quick maneuvers and a few tightly gripped armrests, they were landed safely and exiting the plane. After exiting the plane, grabbing their luggage and getting a rental car to drive to the lodge. After a long drive the lodge was finally in sight.
“Well, there it is!” Grandpa said as they rolled into the slightly ingrown parking lot. “Wow, it’s bigger than I thought!” Exclaimed Tommy with joy gleaming in his eyes. They exited the car, grabbed their bags and made their way to the desk to check into their room that they would be staying in for the next few days. They settled in and made themselves comfortable in their room that they were given. “Can we go now?” Tommy asked his grandpa. “No, it’s getting late. We should go to bed and rest up for tomorrow, you’re going to have to pull in a massive pike!” Tommy agreed and went to bed with a smile on his face, imagining him reeling in a huge fish.
Beep, beep, beep. There it was again, the alarm clock. Tommy opened his eyes and looked over and smacked the alarm clock. He knew what time it was; it was time to go fishing! Tommy sprang out of bed and ran over to his grandpa’s bed side and tapped him to wake him up, in case the alarm didn’t already do the job. “I’m up, I’m up,” grumbled Grandpa. “Do I look ready!” Shouted Tommy. Grandpa giggled and eventually got himself up out of bed and started to get ready for the long day of fishing that they were about to have. Once they got their teeth brushed, hair combed, face washed and all the other components of a regular morning routine, they started on their adventure.
After loading up their boat with rods, tackle, nets and any other possible thing you would need to catch a bunch of fish, they got unhooked from the dock and were set to go fishing. “You think we’ll catch anything?” Grandpa questioned Tommy. “Believe me Grandpa, I’ve done my research, we’ll catch some fish,” Tommy said with a smirk on his face as he tossed his line in the water for the first time. Tommy hadn’t felt this much excitement in a while! The last time he was close to this excited was when he saw that Santa had placed a Hot Wheels car in his stocking. That moment was close but fishing had topped that definitely.
Cast, reel, cast, reel, cast, reel. It seemed like a never ending loop with no results. Every time he thought he caught a fish, it was just his hook caught on a rock, every single time. After no luck after hours of fishing they decided to head back to the lodge to get some food. After all, it was already 2:30 and they hadn’t even had breakfast.
On their way back to the lodge Tommy decided to try to toss his line in the water just one more time, maybe this was his lucky toss. But once again, no luck.
So, they arrived to the dock, tied up their boat and headed up the hill to get some lunch. After eating their lunch, they went back up to their room. Grandpa pulled out the brochure they were given out of the nightstand next to their bed and started listing off all the different things that they could do. “There’s jet skiing but I don’t know if I can trust you on one of those things.” “You’re probably right,” Tommy agreed. “There’s water skiing, fishing of course, basketball,” Grandpa continued to list off all the activities. “How about we try something new and go fishing,” Tommy said with a wink. So they headed back down to the water, unhooked their boat, and headed out for the second time today.
“This time we’ll catch something, I can feel it,” said Tommy with hope. After what have been another few hours of fishing Tommy happened to glance over to the far shore of the lake and noticed a shadowy figure standing on the edge of the water. “Grandpa, who is that?” Questioned Tommy. “Probably just a deer, responded Grandpa. Tommy just shrugged it off and kept fishing. Grandpa was probably right, it was probably just a deer.
After another couple hours of fishing, they both agreed that it was enough fishing for one day and that they should head back to the lodge. Tomorrow would be their last chance and they had to catch a fish. As they made their way back up the hill they noticed a glow coming from the top. As they got closer they noticed it was the other campers having a bonfire and making smores.
“Mind if we join?” Questioned Grandpa. “Only if you bring marshmallows,” responded one of the campers, laughing at his own joke. So they sat down, roasted some marshmallows and went to bed with a full stomach.
For the last time of the trip, Tommy heard the alarm go off for the final time. So, they did their usual routine. Get ready, head down to the boat, and keep fishing. This time Tommy brought his lure that an old camper gave him the night before. He told him that it was his lucky lure and that he would for sure catch a fish if he used it. So, Tommy took it hoping it would do the trick.
After a few more casts Tommy happened to look over and saw the familiar shadowy figure. Tommy was so mesmerized at the figure that he didn’t notice that his grandpa was yelling at him that he had a fish on. Tommy quickly directed all is attention to the fish and started reeling it in, he was not going to let this fish get away.
After a few splashes the fish was finally in sight. It was a huge pickerel that was nearly the size of Tommy! Eventually Tommy was able to get it close enough to the boat that Grandpa was able to reach into the water with the net and bring it. After a few seconds of amazement Tommy was able to snap out of his daze and was able to hold it for a few seconds before letting it back into the water. That was the greatest experience Tommy ever had and he would never forget it.
Even with all the excitement of catching a fish, Tommy couldn’t get the person out of his mind. Before Tommy could ask his grandpa to go over and investigate, there was a roar of a boat engine coming across the lake. Then Tommy spotted a boat. As it got closer Tommy thought he recognized the face that was driving it. It was his Dad! They pulled up to each other and shut off their engines. “ Surprise!” shouted Dad. “I was trying to wave to you yesterday, but I guess you didn’t see me.” “Well, we still have some time now, why don’t you hop in with us and we can fish for another couple hours,” said Grandpa. So, they started up their boats and made their way back to the dock that Dad had his boat tied up on, then hopped in the boat. Everyone was happy, Tommy caught a fish and got surprised by his dad, and the smores the night before were delicious. It was an all-around great trip.