You couldn’t blame Ronin Mausten for donning a wide smile Saturday.
Anyone with the kind of luck the 2-year-old from Tacoma had at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show would be beaming too.
Ronin, as father Gabe Mausten recalled, had 10 minutes to catch a pair of trout at the event’s trout pond for kids. He snagged the first early in his turn, but time was running out as Ronin waited patiently for his second.
Then, as if the fishing gods gave Ronin a nudge themselves, the miraculous occurred.
“The trout jumped right out toward him!” Garbriel Mausten said, seemingly still in disbelief a few minutes later. “Right at his feet.”
Ronin wasn’t the only one feeling lucky Saturday at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup. Whether they were experienced anglers or beginning buck hunters, the annual show provided an Avalon for outdoorsmen and women.
Officials expect that by the end of Sunday — the event’s last day — approximately 45,000 will have walked through the gates.