Bigger fish to fry

Today we went fishing in shifts: the early shift, the mid-shift, and the late shift. Early shift: Dad, Beth and I went out at around 7:30 a.m. in Dad's boat. We weren't planning to be out long, so we went out to the "tin cans" area again. We caught 7 nice perch, including a 12.5" one that I managed to keep in the boat this time (no measuring until I was back on shore!). I now hold the record for our family, breaking Jared's long-standing record of a 12" perch.

Mid-shift: Beth needed to come home to help Elise with her "kids' club" so we were back in by about 9:30. I then headed out with the next shift (Tom, Seth and Maddie) to Pike Bay. We managed to catch 18 more: 7 rock bass, 4 bluegill, 3 crappie, 2 perch and 1 walleye. Tom was complaining about how everyone in the boat was catching fish and he hadn't gotten a keeper all morning. On our last run through, he reeled in an 18" walleye, which pretty much made HIS day!

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Late shift: As we were getting ready to head in, Dad, Mom and Beth came out and joined us. It was nice to see Mom out fishing again. They caught a couple of nice perch and Mom even hooked a 21" Northern Pike (which they threw back due to a sore on its side). Unfortunately, the heat of the day got the best of her and when they came in she was a bit dehydrated. She felt really sick after her shower, so "nurse Linda" and "nurse Beth" tended to her until she felt better.

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Paul and Melissa had offered the use of Paul's new fish fryer, so we decided this was the night to try it out. Paul and I worked together to filter out the oil they had used before, and we noticed a little water had gotten in the oil from all the rain we had. We thought the water might just boil/steam away from the oil, but we discovered that oil and water over a hot flame really DON'T mix. The big bubbles caused the oil to splatter and hit the flame underneath, causing some mini-explosions. Luckily, we didn't burn down the cabin and no one was hurt, before we turned everything off and started over. Our second attempt went much better, and the batter-coated, deep-fried fish was a huge hit! We added homemade onion rings, a salad, and some pinot gris to round out the meal. There's nothing like fresh fried fish!

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(Fish count notes: We ate most of the fish we caught that morning, except for a few really nice fillets we froze for later...Tom's walleye, 2 crappie, and my large perch. Dad also took 6 perch for freezing.)

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