“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” —John Buchan
My dad fished professionally for many years, and earned sponsors and endorsements from boat and bait/tackle companies. He was featured in magazine articles, and won many notable tournaments throughout his career. As a matter of fact, when I tell people around here who my dad is, most (if into fishing) “ooh” and “ah” over my dad’s knowledge of the lakes and his seemingly instinctual ability to catch fish.
Before the adoption of our son, we took him to the lake often to visit his “Papa” and play around on the water. Once our adoption was finalized, and my son had the ability to hold a fishing pole, my dad headed out on the water with him and started teaching him all that he knew. He is now 6-years-old, and has been fishing pretty regularly since the age of 2 years. He can name virtually every type of freshwater fish. He can top-water fish, use a variety of baits and tackle, and even use a bait-caster. I think he would fish just about every day if we let him.
During visits with my son’s biological mother while we were fostering him, she often asked me if someone would take him fishing. She wanted her son to have the opportunity to learn how to fish. I’m not sure if this is something she enjoyed as a child, but it seemed pretty important to her for him to be a boy who fished.
She was quite excited to hear that my dad past-time is fishing, and that her son would learn to fish from one of the best around this area. When I get images like the one above from my dad while on the lake with my son, I can’t help but think of his birth mother, and how often she talked about taking him fishing.
My dad may have won tournaments, earned money, and made a name for himself through fishing, but the joy on my son’s face and the time spent with his favorite fishing buddy is by far the greatest award he has ever received.