What an exciting way to end the day! This 8 yr old boy scored big on his last cast of the day on Lake Austin. His dad and I were going nuts when he got the fish on-board. The kid was repeatedly yelling, "I AM THE CHAMPION!" It was absolutely priceless.
We were all a bit bummed after losing one that was bigger than this one just a few minutes earlier, but getting this one in the boat was redemption.
The dad called me about 45 minutes after we left the lake and said, "My boy is still so excited, and on Cloud 9. It's like he ate a 5LB bag of sugar." We released the fish, and the dad wants to buy a replica of his son's catch.
As a guide, the gratification from making this kid so happy (and his father so proud) is immeasurable.