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Forgive me for being a little mushy. My grandson will be 2 next week. He has been infatuated with fish for awhile now. I think since the first time he noticed my trophy wall. He has since seen fish at the Brookfield Zoo and Shed Aquarium. The weather finally cooperated and he got to spend the day on the water. We left the ramp at noon and he was sitting in mama's lap. Was a bit apprehensive at first. I took him to a spot I was bass fishing Saturday morning that was loaded with gills. Unfortunately it was now mid afternoon Sunday with the sun directly overhead. He did catch his first bluegill...with a little help from grandpa, but that was it. Mama had to use the little girls room so we took a cruise to a bar/restaurant to use the facilities and grab lunch. We left there and headed to a sand bar to do a little swimming. His nap time is 2:00 and you'd better believe it, he fell asleep in mama's arms on the way to the sand bar. We arrived, put him on the floor of the boat and we chilled for about an hour. I headed to another panfish spot I know of. Casted the Shakespere Spiderman rod rigged with a #2 eagle claw gold aberdeen hook, split shot, rocket bobber, and piece of night crawler to a dock. Found some fish. Mama woke him up saying "Fish! Fish!" He woke up quickly, completely disoriented and excited at the same time. You had to be there, it was hilarious. I showed him the bluegill and he pointed to its eyes and said "eyes". Handed hi the gill and he threw it back in the lake. He grabbed a used up senko out of one of the cup holders and hands it to me to put on the hook. Said we have to use real worms so he grabbed the worm box out of the cooler and hands it to me. I cast out the line and he wants to hold the rod. He has his arm stretched out straight and all I could think was he's going to drop it in the drink. We get another bite and get another bluegill. I hand it to him and he throws it back. Cast out again and this is a bigger fish. We reel in a 8" bass. I hand him the bass. It gives a good wiggle and he loses grip and starts flopping around on the deck. I don't think I have ever seen him laugh so hard in the 2 years he's been alive. I give him the bass and he throws it back in. Next cast is a perch. Mama tells him to kiss the perch so, he gives the perch a kiss. I hand it to him and he throws it back. The bite shut down and it was 5:00 so we decided to get off the water. On the way back to the ramp I wish I could have taken a picture of the great big smile on his face. We get to a no wake zone near the ramp and unprovoked, he says "Again". I think he's hooked for life. He probably won't remember any of this but it will be embedded in my brain until the day I die.

First boat ride

First fish

First bluegill

First bass

First perch

First time kissing a perch

First time sleeping in the boat

First time driving the boat

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What an awesome day - I’m sure great memories. Thanks for sharing!

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Great day with some sweet memories. 

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That's great!

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Awesome ! 

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Nice!

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My daughter just texted me, asking if we can go out again this weekend. Apparently he keeps saying "boat" and "beesh(fish)" I've ruined him for life. Poor kid....

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That’s great !

I took my grandson when he was 3 and 5 minutes after we got set up to fish a pond, he had to pee. I kept trying to get a fish for him and a little while later I look over and there was a dark circle below the belt.So off to the bathroom we went. I was just hoping he’d forget to tell his mom and granma and it would dry before we got home. He did , It did and we even caught some fish . Mission accomplished!

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On ‎7‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 6:52 PM, slonezp said:

Forgive me for being a little mushy. My grandson will be 2 next week. He has been infatuated with fish for awhile now. I think since the first time he noticed my trophy wall. He has since seen fish at the Brookfield Zoo and Shed Aquarium. The weather finally cooperated and he got to spend the day on the water. We left the ramp at noon and he was sitting in mama's lap. Was a bit apprehensive at first. I took him to a spot I was bass fishing Saturday morning that was loaded with gills. Unfortunately it was now mid afternoon Sunday with the sun directly overhead. He did catch his first bluegill...with a little help from grandpa, but that was it. Mama had to use the little girls room so we took a cruise to a bar/restaurant to use the facilities and grab lunch. We left there and headed to a sand bar to do a little swimming. His nap time is 2:00 and you'd better believe it, he fell asleep in mama's arms on the way to the sand bar. We arrived, put him on the floor of the boat and we chilled for about an hour. I headed to another panfish spot I know of. Casted the Shakespere Spiderman rod rigged with a #2 eagle claw gold aberdeen hook, split shot, rocket bobber, and piece of night crawler to a dock. Found some fish. Mama woke him up saying "Fish! Fish!" He woke up quickly, completely disoriented and excited at the same time. You had to be there, it was hilarious. I showed him the bluegill and he pointed to its eyes and said "eyes". Handed hi the gill and he threw it back in the lake. He grabbed a used up senko out of one of the cup holders and hands it to me to put on the hook. Said we have to use real worms so he grabbed the worm box out of the cooler and hands it to me. I cast out the line and he wants to hold the rod. He has his arm stretched out straight and all I could think was he's going to drop it in the drink. We get another bite and get another bluegill. I hand it to him and he throws it back. Cast out again and this is a bigger fish. We reel in a 8" bass. I hand him the bass. It gives a good wiggle and he loses grip and starts flopping around on the deck. I don't think I have ever seen him laugh so hard in the 2 years he's been alive. I give him the bass and he throws it back in. Next cast is a perch. Mama tells him to kiss the perch so, he gives the perch a kiss. I hand it to him and he throws it back. The bite shut down and it was 5:00 so we decided to get off the water. On the way back to the ramp I wish I could have taken a picture of the great big smile on his face. We get to a no wake zone near the ramp and unprovoked, he says "Again". I think he's hooked for life. He probably won't remember any of this but it will be embedded in my brain until the day I die.

First boat ride

First fish

First bluegill

First bass

First perch

First time kissing a perch

First time sleeping in the boat

First time driving the boat

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He may not remember the details, but he'll cherish the pictures. Good job, Grandpa!

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Best part of fishing right there!  😉

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On 7/8/2019 at 7:52 PM, slonezp said:

Forgive me for being a little mushy. My grandson will be 2 next week. He has been infatuated with fish for awhile now. I think since the first time he noticed my trophy wall. He has since seen fish at the Brookfield Zoo and Shed Aquarium. The weather finally cooperated and he got to spend the day on the water. We left the ramp at noon and he was sitting in mama's lap. Was a bit apprehensive at first. I took him to a spot I was bass fishing Saturday morning that was loaded with gills. Unfortunately it was now mid afternoon Sunday with the sun directly overhead. He did catch his first bluegill...with a little help from grandpa, but that was it. Mama had to use the little girls room so we took a cruise to a bar/restaurant to use the facilities and grab lunch. We left there and headed to a sand bar to do a little swimming. His nap time is 2:00 and you'd better believe it, he fell asleep in mama's arms on the way to the sand bar. We arrived, put him on the floor of the boat and we chilled for about an hour. I headed to another panfish spot I know of. Casted the Shakespere Spiderman rod rigged with a #2 eagle claw gold aberdeen hook, split shot, rocket bobber, and piece of night crawler to a dock. Found some fish. Mama woke him up saying "Fish! Fish!" He woke up quickly, completely disoriented and excited at the same time. You had to be there, it was hilarious. I showed him the bluegill and he pointed to its eyes and said "eyes". Handed hi the gill and he threw it back in the lake. He grabbed a used up senko out of one of the cup holders and hands it to me to put on the hook. Said we have to use real worms so he grabbed the worm box out of the cooler and hands it to me. I cast out the line and he wants to hold the rod. He has his arm stretched out straight and all I could think was he's going to drop it in the drink. We get another bite and get another bluegill. I hand it to him and he throws it back. Cast out again and this is a bigger fish. We reel in a 8" bass. I hand him the bass. It gives a good wiggle and he loses grip and starts flopping around on the deck. I don't think I have ever seen him laugh so hard in the 2 years he's been alive. I give him the bass and he throws it back in. Next cast is a perch. Mama tells him to kiss the perch so, he gives the perch a kiss. I hand it to him and he throws it back. The bite shut down and it was 5:00 so we decided to get off the water. On the way back to the ramp I wish I could have taken a picture of the great big smile on his face. We get to a no wake zone near the ramp and unprovoked, he says "Again". I think he's hooked for life. He probably won't remember any of this but it will be embedded in my brain until the day I die.

First boat ride

First fish

First bluegill

First bass

First perch

First time kissing a perch

First time sleeping in the boat

First time driving the boat

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Your an awesome grandfather! What a day the little man had.

 

i got started fishing this way from my uncle, I don’t know why, but oceans and lakes, really anything to do with marine biology always has fascinated me. Maybe it was from a fishing trip I don’t remember? 

 

Either way, awesome day for you both! We need to keep fishing alive. I’m 29 and have only a few fishing buddies my age! 

 

Hell i like fishing so much even getting skunked doesnt kill the day, what beats being on a boat and seeing beautiful scenery? Haha only time being skunked is a problem is when it’s repetitive, but if you know where and when to fish you shouldn’t have that problem. 

 

I should mention those little kid rods will catch fish on kayaks, under low branches and what not 😂 I dare you to ask me how I know😂

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