Friendly Fishing Competition

A father and son compete in a friendly local fishing competition.

| May/June 2012

In the summer months, “I’m going fishing” is frequently said in my household. My family does a great deal of fishing on the river close to our home in Reading, Kansas, as well as at our farm ponds and other ponds nearby.

For my husband, J.T., and me, finding the time is fairly easy in the summer because we are both schoolteachers, which means we enjoy a nice long summer vacation.

For me, fishing as a child meant a cane pole and my dad patiently showing my sister and me how to use it. Luckily we fished ponds that were stocked with plenty of bullheads, so almost every cast brought in a fish. Looking back, I understand why Dad always chose the same pond.

J.T.’s childhood fishing trips included summer nights and early mornings setting and checking lines on the Kansas River with his dad. He also spent many days waist-deep in creeks netting crawdads and other small fish to use as bait, hoping to catch “the big one.”

A little friendly fishing competition

J.T. still loves to fish, and now he is carrying on the father-son fishing tradition with our son, Reid. The boys enjoy setting lines on the river throughout the summer months, and I, along with our daughters, Claire and Greta, help out by catching baitfish in our ponds.

I have never known Reid to get up at the crack of dawn for anything other than fishing! He has become quite knowledgeable about the “ways of the river,” and over the past few years, “The Catfish Mafia,” as they call themselves, has been successful in bringing in some trophy winners.

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