Took the kid out the other night for a quickie 1-hour (that’s about all a 4-year-old can handle) fishing mission on the river to dunk some sardines. It was a beautifully cool August evening, just dad and the monkey. On the first cast, his little rod doubles over and the fight is on! I have to hold the back of his lifejacket as the scrappy striper is determined to yank the kid over the side. It all looks like a scene from one of those long range tuna boats…rod pinned to the rail and the angler grunting as he struggles to lift the fish from the depths.
A moment or two later, I heaved the 15 incher, Coop’s first-ever striper, aboard. Judging by that grin, it might as well been 50 pounds! You should have seen my smile…
nice fish budddy mine was a six inch rainbow @ yosemite I’LL NEVER FORGET IT !!
Nice work Coop! Good job dad!
JD, nothing like a story about a ‘man and his monkey’. I had three. Last one just went off to college at william jessup university……..dad still getting over his last monkey leaving the pack. :( All my monkeys were introduced to the outdoors…..many memories. Enjoy every moment my friend. Good luck.
awesome Jd. coop’s a stud ! i’m sure there will be many father/son trips down the road for you and him.
That’s awesome! I just started taking my 6-year old out fishing with me this past month…though he has yet to catch his first fish. Congratulations to the both of you!
Hey Dad, Can i borrow the boat keys, Iam going rafting with my buddy’s
ron wagle says
Right ON JD, really a cute boy. good thing he looks like MOM!!!!!
Congrat’s on his first striper,all smiles.
Next he will want to take the boat out.
Steve Adams says
Very Cool! Love those days,..
Chris Lauesen says
Doesn’t get any better than that!
Mac Daddy says
That is awesome! I have taken more kids than adults fishing in my boat for just that reason – the grin on their faces when they fight and land a striper is absolutely priceless (and they are so excited they don’t even notice the grin on my face). Who knows – maybe next month he’ll land his first salmon!?
Jeff Darlington says
Nice! Connell and Paul caught their first smallmouth at Lake Camanche last weekend, so firsts all around!