Take a kid Fish­ing

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Most guys are quite vo­cal about their love for fish­ing and they share many hours of the joy­ous time they have had on their last trip. What I want to talk about to­day is sim­ply the same joy, shared with my son, who hap­pens to be a crazy fish­er­man just like me. I re­mem­ber when my son was only a lit­tle tot and how I used to tell him that as soon as he can hold a rod, we are go­ing fish­ing. When he fi­nally could, it then be­came as soon as he can stand by him­self on the boat we are go­ing. And when he could stand, the next phase be­came prac­tic­ing how to cast so he can do his own fish­ing on the boat. Well, those days are here and boy, are they the best ever? Now hear me out. Tak­ing my son out alone is very sat­is­fy­ing be­cause not only do we share a won­der­ful time to­gether, but I feel I am in­vest­ing in the fu­ture of our beloved won­der­ful sport. Fur­ther­more, teach the lit­tle guys to fish in­stead of giv­ing him a fish for the day and there­fore feed­ing him for “a day” right?

Any­way, on our re­cent pil­grim­age we took my boy’s lit­tle friend for the week­end with. This is some school mas­cot (a stuffed gi­ant panda bear) called Ping-Ping who ro­tates to var­i­ous homes with var­i­ous five year olds look­ing af­ter him for the week­end. My point, this was my kid’s out­ing as much as it was mine. We were not fish­ing for win­ning any­thing ex­cept mem­o­ries to­gether and for him to catch some fish.

We made our way to Inanda Dam and of course I had to an­swer many times on the short 40km drive, when we were go­ing to get to the dam. The lit­tle guy’s ex­cite­ment was pal­pa­ble and he couldn’t wait to get there. Af­ter all, which self-re­spect­ing gen­uine fish­er­man does not get su­per ex­cited the day be­fore a fish­ing trip? I still can­not re­ally have a good night sleep the night be­fore any tour­na­ment or fish­ing trip.

Fi­nally, the boat was in the wa­ter and we were off. He just tucks his head on my lap be­hind the con­sole and we can thun­der through to our favourite spots. This was in the mid­dle of the hec­tic cold front that hit be­gin­ning of June and so I knew fish­ing was go­ing to be slow. We got to our first spot and fished a bank, cov­er­ing about 200m of shore­line with­out even a touch. Now re­mem­ber, this guy is five years old and this should have got­ten to him af­ter an hour of fish­ing. Nope, not my son. Here is why I en­joy

Noth­ing com­pares to the time I spend on the wa­ter with my five year old (and Ping-Ping)

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