Yes, just as I was ready to pull out of the driveway, Bitty (with Troy's help but she reeled it in) caught the biggest fish of the night. The thing was huge - Mary guessed it was 8 pounds or so. Totally worth it for Bitty and us too - the smile on her face illuminated the car the whole way home, she was so thrilled. We are looking forward to grilling it for dinner tomorrow night. She asked if we could make it "extra fancy."
So bedtime was pretty much shot after all. Not all homework got done, the kitchen is a mess but you know what? I couldn't be happier. Partly because we now do not have to go back tomorrow night to help Bitty catch a fish. Another time soon, I hope, but for this trip, all dreams and wishes were fulfilled.
Side Note: should I be disturbed at how completely enthused Stomper was to plunge his pocketknife into the brain of the fish? It was his favorite part! Was that too graphic? Sorry....