What do you remember about going fishing with your Dad?
The reason I fish is because of my Dad! Since I was knee high to a grasshopper, I remember fishing with my Dad. Whether it was a kids fishing derby, just hanging out at his friends cottage on Rice Lake, or our trips up to Lake Nipissing, I have very fond memories of fishing with my Dad. It’s one of the main reasons that I take MY kids fishing! Spending time, and making memories!
Do you have any great fishing stories from your childhood?
I have two that stick out in my mind. The first was when I was about 8 or 9 at my Dad’s friend’s cottage on Rice Lake. The adults were up in the cottage having some beverages, and all I wanted to do was fish. So I headed down to the dock to wet my line. Only using a hook, worm and bobber, I threw out my line. I could hear my dad’s friend (we called him Skipper!) yelling down to me, “ITS TOO EARLY!!” I proved him wrong! Not long after those words left his mouth, I had a 4 pound largemouth on my line! My dad came down to the dock and helped net him. We actually had that bass mounted, and it’s still on my wall 30 years later. While it wasn’t the largest bass (still a good size!), it’s the memories that accompany the fish that are really huge!
The other story was when I was a teenager. My Dad, Uncle and I were on a fishing trip on Lake Nipissing. We decided to head to the middle of the lake in the rental boat we had for the weekend. After fishing there for an hour or so, we decided it may be a good time to head in as the winds had really picked up, and the lake was getting a lot choppier. By the time we got our lines in and packed up, we started heading back to shore (quite a way away!). Our little rental boat didn’t have much gas, we were not really that experienced in boating this type of weather, and we were heading into the waves so it made for quite a scary ride back. Thankfully we made it to the nearest shore, where the home owner let us tie up the boat, and drove us back to where we were staying. While that story had more to do with survival than fishing, it was one we talk about quite often even after all these years.