What's Better Than Catching Your Personal Best?
Posted April 01 2012 - 09:09 PM
My son turned 4 two weeks ago so I gave him a life jacket as one of his B-day gifts. This evening, the wife and I took him out for his first boat ride (and the wife's second, she hates fishing and is affraid to get on the boat with me ).
My son had a blast helping me drive the boat. He had an even bigger blast when he hooked into his first bass (actually he caught one from shore about a year ago but doesn't remember).
I casted out a LC pointer minnow and handed him the rod. I showed him how to position his hand around the rod and how to turn the handle. There he was, jerking the rod every which way and cranking the handle. I'll be a sob if the rod didn't start bending and drag start singing. He brought the fish in all on his own. I unhooked it and had him pose for the pic's.
Driving the boat
Reeling the fish in
Almost holding the fish
Holding the fish and freaking out because the bass gave him his first "Bass Thumb," LMAO.
He cried and had tears coming down his cheeks for about 10 minutes. He ran to mama saying the bass ate his finger, lol.
I caught a few more and eventually had him touching the tails and side of the fish, but he wouldn't go near the mouth.
Posted April 02 2012 - 03:41 AM
Will remember the bass thumb when I take my grandson fishing in the future.
Thanks for sharing.
Posted April 02 2012 - 08:43 AM
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Posted April 02 2012 - 09:52 AM
Posted April 02 2012 - 02:15 PM
Darren- No catfish for me, I caught enough of them as a youngster. Besides, I doubt I'll ever get him past the whiskers, lol.
Big-O- I came home one nite after a tournament and told him I won 1st place. Now everytime I go fishing, even non-tournament days, he always asks "did you get 1st place?" Kids, especially at his age, are a pistol. I'm never going to be able to leave to go fishing without him holding onto my shirt tail wanting to go. But you know what? I'm ready for him- just wish he could drive.
Posted April 02 2012 - 03:19 PM
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Posted April 02 2012 - 05:17 PM
Great outing. Careful they grow up quick. Teach him how to run the trolling motor & sit back & relax.
Haha, don't kid yourself. He discovered the trolling motor yesterday, too. You ever see that commercial with KVD where he and the NASCAR driver keep going in circles? Well, that was us.
Posted April 02 2012 - 08:30 PM
Posted April 02 2012 - 11:53 PM
Posted April 03 2012 - 08:58 AM
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Posted April 03 2012 - 09:49 AM
Today all I have are the memories of fishing with Pa. Cherish them memories. Good job Dad!!!!
Where have you been?
Are you and Grouchy coming to Guntersville?