My wet, ungloved hand would have stuck to the aluminum gunnel if I’d left it there. Quickly, I let go of the boat and reached into the net. Straining to hoist the huge walleye from the netting, I passed it to Kevin Lavers, owner of Merland Park in Picton, Ontario. As I snapped photo after photo of Kevin’s catch, he reassured me that this was only the beginning. Considering the walleye was over 12 pounds, I could hardly wait until the engine slipped back into gear.