With full work and activity schedules, the Wiczek family seldom finds time to play together as a whole group of six.
“Our schedules are pretty hectic,” Steve Wiczek said.
But they were recently able to squeeze in some time to do something even the youngest ones could enjoy. The family went down to the public dock on Lake Minocqua on a recent Saturday for some fishing.
“I don’t dare venture with the troops into the fishing boat – all six of us at once,” Wiczek said.
So, they got some bait and kept it simple.
“We went down there with three, four poles and loaded the kids up and they had a blast,” Wiczek said.
The fish were quite cooperative.
“It was just bass, bass, bass, bass, bass,” Wiczek said. “The kids were all jacked up.”
And they topped the day with a special meal.
“We took a bucket down there and kept some, filleted’em up with the water still being cold and threw them on the grill,” Wiczek said.
The young Wiczeks, Abby, three, Sophie, six, Brayden, eight, and Rowan, four, enjoy the outdoors.
“The kids – that’s all they do is live outside. And they get a kick out of it, especially the real young ones, so it’s nice seeing them get all jacked up about it. I mean, that’s why we live here,” Wiczek said.
The kids’ bass ranged in size from about 12 to 17 inches and were taken by simple means.
“They were in the shallows. Just a bobber and a leech and have at her,” Wiczek said.
“It’s fun. It’s cool to see the little ones get excited like that. And rarely do we have the time to have everybody go at once ... It’s tough to get everybody in one spot.”
The dock allows kids to do what kids are wont to do – move.
“The dock is perfect because the kids can run around,” Wiczek said. “They can put the rod down, go get a Gummi Worm, do this, do that, get a snack, get a drink of lemonade. They’re not confined to a boat.”
Wiczek likes pursuing walleyes himself, but bass generally provide more consistent action for kids.
“They don’t have the patience for walleye yet,” he said.
For now, the Wiczeks await the next full-family, fast-action fishing foray.
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