Last May, my sister and I had the privilege of joining Scott Gardner of Outdoor Canada and Robert Dankowsky of Big City Fishing, on their weekend fishing trip at Bon Echo Provincial Park. Despite the cold rainy weather, the scenery was beautiful and made for wonderful landscape photography opportunities. Also, the weather was no obstacle for avid anglers like Scott and Rob. The first day they went out on the lake, they caught pike, which we had for supper that evening.
While the boys were out fishing, my sister and I explored around town and hiked some trails. By the afternoon, it got really chilly with flurries, so it was nice to return to a cozy cabin on the campgrounds. The cabin we got to stay at was cute and simple, with a nice covered porch to relax on and plenty of room to host four people comfortably. It also had a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave. There was even a propane barbecue and a picnic table right outside our cabin. The washrooms, just a short walk from our site, included nice warm showers and a dishwashing station. Did I mention the cabin was heated? Given the weather conditions that weekend, we were all glad to camp in comfort!
The following day, my sister and I got to kayak around the lake for a bit and were given a basic fishing lesson. Scott demonstrated how to cast – and on his first attempt, a fish took the bait just as the hook entered the water. If that were any indication of how the fish would be biting during our fishing expedition, I was bound for success! Sadly, I had no such luck. The wind picked up and it got really gusty. My kayak kept bobbing and making a lot of noise, which I’m sure spooked every fish away. It also didn’t help that I kept tangling my fishing line. I gave it a good try for a while, but quickly came to the realization that my chances of catching anything that day, were pretty slim – even with the help of an expert. So I put away the fishing rod and pulled out my camera.
Just when I finished adjusting my camera settings, Scott’s kayak drifted into the middle of the cove, where the lighting and the framing was just right. I may not have caught any fish, but I did catch a great candid moment of an angler enjoying serenity while fishing. This shot ended up as the featured photo on Scott’s article, published in Outdoor Canada last September. I took a screen shot of it and posted it below with an embedded link to the article. Please check it out:
Thanks to Scott and Rob, for a great camping and fishing experience!