And like many dads, Joe enjoys sharing his passion with his family. So, in August 2017 he whisked his wife, Annette, and their six-year-old daughter, Alivia, off on a fishing vacation to the Thousand Islands. This stunning archipelago connects Canada and America by straddling the Saint Lawrence River.
To the southwest of the archipelago lies one of Joe’s favorite fishing spots – Lake Ontario. And Thousand Islands itself also offers plenty of opportunities to cast out. As a result, it was the ideal holiday spot for the Schmelzingers.
So, one day during their break, Joe, Annette and Alivia were out on the lake. They were cruising along, probably trying to find a place to fish, when they noticed a strange shape in the water. They decided to investigate, unaware that what they were about to see would stay with them forever.