Last week I made a giant mistake, I tried to lift a huge pike into the canoe. It had put up a nice fight and I was a little over anxious to get it into the boat. We didn’t have a net so I thought I could just lift it over the side. After all, we were pretty close to the water. As I began to lift, the pike took a sharp shake and snapped off the end of the lure, dropping himself safely back into the water with a sore lip and some extra jewelry to display for his friends.
I was so aggravated with myself. I ran that scenario over and over in my mind. Why didn’t I let him run more so he would tire out? Why didn’t I just hit him in the head first? Perhaps I could have rowed to shore or used the fish bucket to scoop him out. Or maybe I should have taken a little longer at the beginning of the trip to find a net. But it didn’t matter now. The damage was done and I had to live with my poor choices, hopefully learning from them and moving on.