I think it was my son’s Nonno that first took him fishing. His love of fishing started when he was young I remember that. Hours on end of quiet sitting and waiting to finally catch the fish and then release it.
I remember the first time I took him to the Bass Pro Shops in Auburn New York (85,000 sq ft –not even close to the biggest Bass Pro) and he looks at me and tells me he is having difficulty breathing and his heart is pounding really fast. Turns out that was his physical reaction to the overwhelming joy of being surrounded by that much “fishing stuff”.
My life has been filled with so many hours of talking about fishing and lures. So many hours spent looking at lures and what I refer to as “fishing stuff”. So many hours waiting for him to finish looking at “fishing stuff”. Prior to my son’s obsession with fishing I had never fished in my life, yet somehow I was forced to play a key role in the choice and purchasing of his bait-casting reel (Mom speak translation – expensive sideways reely thing) which he has named Molly.
I have been tortured and forced to watch countless hours of mind numbing fishing shows. There is no way in any sane world I should know who Bob Izumi is! Bob Izumi – Real Fishing Show. I have stopped at every (and I mean every) bait shop we pass no matter how big or small. I have spent so many hours sitting in my van while he fishes it must add up to several years of my life.
After a dozen years there is a silver lining … we live a 10 minute walk from the Ottawa River and he now goes on his own after school or in the evening to fish. These days I am only required to look at the pictures on his phone of the fish he catches before they are released.
I am writing this post as I sit in the van waiting for him to come out of Canadian Tire. He said he would only be a few minutes and just needed to buy a lure. That was 15 minutes ago and they have a big fishing section. I think he may have told me a fish tale in regards to how long he would be.
But truthfully fishing is a great way to spend a day with the family, and if you have not done so yet I highly recommend you take your little ones out and give it a try. Be sure to look up what family and kid fishing events are taking place near you this summer.