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Dad...My favorite fishing partner!

Post By: chodeman      Posted: 1/8/2021 10:17:15 PM     Points: 957    
From my first time as a little kid to some of my most recent trips to Canada, the greatest influence in my fishing life is my Dad.

I remember when I was about 8 years old we spent a night camping on the Mississippi in Minnesota and dad would stand on this large rock on the shore and kept missing bites. After about an hour he went to change baits so I casted my nightcrawler from his rock and caught a 5 lb Smallmouth seconds after he had moved. He was more proud of his son than he was catching any fish!

When I was 10 we went on a charter boat on Lake Michigan where I was the only child. Six adults and me. We caught over a dozen Lakers 8-14lbs as a group, but Dad's little guy caught a 24lbs Monster while Dad held me in by my belt so I wouldn't fall in. He bragged for years to his buddies how his son kicked their butts fishing...Proud Dad!

Fishing opener in Minnesota when I was 11, fishing was tough that day on Coon Lake when I hooked into a 8lb Northern that actually had a small Northern still hanging out it's mouth. All Dad could say was "my boy catches fish that don't even need to eat!" Proud Dad

LOTW 2011, Dad had a huge pike break off a 5 of diamond spoon and 30 seconds later I hooked into a giant 15 pounder and when we netted it his 5 of diamonds was hanging off it mouth. Dad claimed "that only his son could catch the uncatchable"....Proud Dad!

Almost every phone conversation over the the past 20 years from over 1000 miles away Dad always asks about my latest fishing adventures and always was so excited to hear how I did, even it it was a slow fishing day, he just loved hearing about it...Loving and proud Dad!

Last Saturday, we lost my father after a month long battle with Covid-19 and I realized that I will never get the chance to spend a day with the person that first showed me what has become my life long passion, my fishing buddy...Dad! I know he will be watching every cast I ever make and is probably bragging in heaven about how great a fisherman his son is, but I wouldn't trade a second of a lifetime of fishing memories I have had with the best fishing buddy ever, my Dad....Proud Son!!!!

Fishing is Family, Take your Dad fishing as soon as you can!

Tight Lines
 Reply by: Santiago84      Posted: Jan. 8, 10:30:45 PM     Points: 4808    
Sorry for your loss man. You dad sounds like he was a great guy and loving father.
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Jan. 8, 10:34:39 PM     Points: 957    
That he was. Thanks 84.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Jan. 9, 4:38:05 AM     Points: 1324    
Sorry about your loss glad you were able to make memories.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jan. 9, 5:09:33 AM     Points: 8498    
My dad was too busy keeping a dry roof over our heads to take me fishing,treasure the great times the two of you had.Sorry for your loss.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jan. 9, 5:56:20 AM     Points: 61706    
Very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with your FxR family!
 Reply by: PerchJerker      Posted: Jan. 9, 6:36:49 AM     Points: 1319    
I know your pain. My father passed away 26 years ago and I still wish we could go fishing again. Condolences to you and your family.
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: Jan. 9, 6:36:52 AM     Points: 25129    
Sorry about your loss. Reading it reminded me about Jerry McGinnis’s Show “The Fishing Hole “. Always .“ Dedicated to Dad. He always had time to take me fishing . “ Most valuable gift a parent can give a child ? Fond memories . They last a lifetime.

Once again sorry about your loss.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Jan. 9, 7:26:35 AM     Points: 14    
Finally it's Saturday and I have no obligations to anyone. Selfish me wants to disappear into the wilderness, and find some ice where I don't hear a human voice all day, especially far from screaming kids. You've inspired me to go pick up my grandkids and see if I can put them on some fish, or cheeseburgers if that's what they want.. Lost my Dad about 15 years ago. Some of the memories like the ones you mention ---- they have a way of sticking with you forever. I have faith there's something out there when we leave this place, and they're waiting for us there --- hopefully with a fishing pole. Sincere condolences, but we really appreciate you putting this out there. I'll go try again to be a better Pawpaw.
 Reply by: phidoux      Posted: Jan. 9, 8:30:55 AM     Points: 6312    
Sorry for your loss. I lost my dad 12 years ago but he still goes with me when I go fishing and some of the things we "talk" about are past memories of us fishing together.
I wish I knew then what I know now about catching cats and could've passed it on to him.
I remember him being all excited all excited about a 5# channel saying they don't get much bigger that this son. I wish i could've got him on some like I catch now.
 Reply by: Kenny Rukspin      Posted: Jan. 9, 9:08:21 AM     Points: 6420    
Thank you for sharing those fond memories of you and your dad. They will bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face. Be grateful for both.
 Reply by: VolcanoSteve      Posted: Jan. 9, 9:45:46 AM     Points: 59    
Lost my Dad to ALS, and he was my fishing partner. As a kid, all I wanted to do was fish with Dad. Once I went on my own, i fished with him every chance I had, and it was never enough. Now that he's gone, I think about him every single time I fish, or think about fishing, It keeps him alive for me.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jan. 9, 10:16:38 AM     Points: 5433    
I lost my dad 30 years ago and I feel your pain and even shed a few tears for you. I still have so many fond memories of our trips together that it could fill a book. We would always stop on the way and have breakfast, his was always ham and eggs over easy. I am lucky now that I have a son and grandson to pass my knowledge down to just like Dad did.
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Jan. 9, 12:54:01 PM     Points: 957    
Thanks All!

I teared up while writing it and smiled when I finished it!

Fishing is Awesome!
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Jan. 9, 6:33:24 PM     Points: 15470    
Man sorry for your loss.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Jan. 10, 7:20:21 PM     Points: 1324    
Chodeman, I know how you feel and I’m glad you find fishing to be a past time that brings you good feelings
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: Jan. 11, 7:05:13 AM     Points: 596    
Condolences, Dad is the best fishing buddy.
 Reply by: Wreckstar      Posted: Jan. 11, 8:18:10 AM     Points: 1458    
Sorry for your loss Chodeman, and thanks for the great stories.

My Grandpa passed away about a week ago. My dad and I were in the process of planning an ice fishing trip, and things happened fast. Fishing trip on hold and we all had to say goodbye too soon.

The one thing that kinda made everything ok, was sitting around with my dad and uncles talking about all those fishing stories. It was cathartic in many ways. Felt good to laugh about a happy memory, but sad that's all we have left.

I better make sure that fishing trip with Dad doesn't get skipped.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: Jan. 11, 8:44:19 AM     Points: 1816    
My condolences, may God rest his soul. Stay strong.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jan. 11, 2:08:24 PM     Points: 31059    
So sorry for your loss! the memories live on forever!
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: Jan. 13, 7:19:30 AM     Points: 109    
Thank you so much for sharing this story. My dad is 80 and I grew up fishing and hunting with him. He is still able to get out some and I need to appreciate every second we have in the field or on the way lake together.

So sorry for your loss.
 Reply by: Trotline      Posted: Jan. 13, 10:34:26 AM     Points: 393    
My story goes way back to the 40's. I am 81 year old and my dad started me fishing when i was four or five. He was a Kansas fisherman. He fished Colorado lakes with bait and rivers with bait on the bottom hook and a wet fly on the top hook. I pestered him to let me fly fish and around age eight he gave me a fly rod with a cheap reel and two wet flies on my leader. I still remember the flies a royal Coachman and a Rio Grand King. I have three children and six grandchildren who all fish My first river to fly fish was on the Big Thompson and I lost both flies that day but did catch one fish.

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