It’s not always about the fish! As a die-hard (read: truly addicted) tournament fisherman, I sometimes forget that fishing is supposed to be about more than catching the most and biggest bass I can find in the shortest time possible. But two recent trips reminded me what fishing is really all about.
The first of these trips happened when my daughter was home from Ole Miss for a few days during Spring Break. She’s never been into fishing like I am but few people are, so I’ve always understood it just wasn’t her thing. She’s always been welcome in the boat but I’ve never tried to force it on her, so I was a little surprised when she told me she wanted to go out while she was home.
For me, that evening was one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had on the water for a while. Seeing her catch a few bass and really enjoy the experience, brought back all sorts of memories of the time I’d spent with her and with my son while they were young. All the days that we’d spent on the water or in the woods were always great and it never mattered if we caught any fish or killed any deer. The time together was the important part. They grow up so fast and spending time with Mom and Dad is pretty low on the priority list at this point in their lives but the memories of those times will stay with me forever.
The second of these trips was with my Dad. We have always fished together and even spent a number of years fishing team tournaments but I realized not so long ago, that we hadn’t been anywhere in close to a year. I’d been wanting to try out Neshoba County Lake for a while, so I called him up and off we went. As usual, my timing was not great. A huge storm had passed through the area and dropped about 6 inches of rain on the lake, so the fishing was horrible; but you know, I really didn’t care.
For the second time in a month; it wasn’t about catching fish; trying out a new bait or figuring out a new technique, it was about doing something I have a passion for and spending time with people I enjoy being with. And after all, isn’t that what fishing is really all about.
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