Who Needs Work? Go Fishin!
by Chace Johanson
(Castle Rock, WA, United States)
Lucky Day of Fishing With 2 Tagged Fish
Me, my brother, and my grandpa were fishing one day in the Columbia River, just like always, for pikeminnow (also known as squawfish) in hopes of making a little money. The bite was pretty good and the weather was perfect. We were having a great time.
My bro hooked a fish and as a joke I said, "it's tagged," as I do quite often. He got it up and I had a heart attack... it was actually tagged! We were hooting and hollering in celebration.
For those unfamiliar to the pikeminnow program, a tagged squawfish is worth 500 dollars!
We kept on fishing, and a few fish later I reel one up to see that big yellow wire tag sticking out of my fish' back. I didn't say anything... I was kinda shocked. I lifted it into the boat and just held it up for my crew to see. They went nuts!
In about 30 minutes and from 2 fish we made a thousand dollars! On our way in I thought to myself,... "who needs work when they could just go fishing?"