There is an entire industry built around professional competitive fishing, and there is even an official ranking of the best anglers in the world.
However, to the layman, it might be hard fathom how one can reach consistent success in such a fickle activity. There is certainly strategy and technique behind it, but sometimes the sport just comes down to dumb luck. Even the most inexperienced fisherman, with the most crude and primitive of tools can get lucky and catch a big one.
The latest example of this comes to us from Colorado, where this underdog scenario was pushed to the limit. The fisherman was four-year-old Tristan Evans (seen above in a pic from @KDVR), who used a toy Spider-Man fishing pole to land a massive walleye.
Tristan had a little help from his father, Colin, but the boy reeled in a story of a lifetime practically by himself.
“He kept bugging me to tie on this swimbait so he could fish with it,” said Colin. “I think he really wanted to use this bait because it resembled a real fish. Finally, I gave in and tied the bait on with a giant hook and let him at it.”
Colin gave his son some simple casting instructions, primarily to ensure that he didn’t hook himself or anyone else in the boat. Once he got his son set up, Colin focused on getting his own line in the water until Tristan shouted, “Dad, I think I’ve got one!”
Colin quickly realized his son was not just caught on the rocks, but that he had actually hooked a fish. Standing behind him, he coached his son through the process and when it got close enough, stepped in with a fishing net. Luckily, the whole scene was captured on video.
The two quickly measured the fish, snapped some pictures, and then released it back into the water.
Young Tristan will even receive a Master Angler Award from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife department. Not bad for the little guy and his Spider-Man pole.