Manitoba’s Red River has always been known for its big fish, but nothing could have prepared long-time Webber’s Lodges guide Quent for the monster his 12-year-old daughter Mikayla pulled through the ice a few weeks ago.
“I wasn’t near the hole when she caught it,” said Quent, “But when I heard all the whooping and hollering I knew they had something big. You always hear about people pulling big catfish and pickerel out of the Red River, but nothing like this. “
The “this” was a rare 19-pound northern pike and apparently it put up quite the fight.
“It didn’t want to turn,” said Quent. “So it took a little bit to get it out of the hole. But it was worth it. Mikayla was pretty excited about it.”
A Grade 7 student who also enjoys playing piano and guitar, Mikayla and her Dad have been going ice fishing on and off for 5-6 years. If she wasn’t already hooked on fishing, she likely will be now.
Quent has been working at Webber’s Lodges for over 30 years. He started out as a fishing guide at North Knife Lake Lodge for a few weeks at a time and progressed to guiding goose and caribou hunts at the various lodges owned by the Webber family. He now spends more time helping out at Seal River Heritage Lodge on the polar bear tours and photography trips. He’s also taken both his daughters to Seal River to see the polar bears.
Quent spent a lot of time canoeing and fishing with his father as youngster. He’s now transferring his love of the outdoors to his daughters.
Big northern pike and polar bears have them off to a fine start!