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Celebrating Dad - Four Generations

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By Mike Whitten

June 17, 2012

Father’s Day is this weekend, and I’ll spend Saturday fishing a tournament on Pickwick. Some of what I throw will have GYCB written all over it—I’ll keep exactly what quiet for now, but maybe that’s food for a later article.

Father’s Day is special to me and always has been.  My grandfather took me to a bunch of farm ponds across the north, and watching him catch a 6 ½ pound bass on a minnow and a slip bobber (shades of Al Lindner) always stands out in my mind.  We caught over 100 bass that day and I was never the same.  I fished my first tournaments with my dad in the “Ole Cypress Bass” club.  We won a few, too!  Got to net my dad’s biggest bass ever, almost 8 pounds, during a club tournament on Sardis Lake.  I fished for the first time at night with him, and we caught the fire out of them.  We started at dusk and fished till dawn—I don’t think he loved fishing as much as he loved his son.  He gave me his bass boat, a 1650 Venture Magnum with a 115 Merc, so I could use it as a trade in on my first BassCat—a 1990 Pantera II.  I didn’t understand then how much love it took to let me use his boat anytime I wanted, or what it took to give away that boat.  He taught me a lot more than just how to fish—he taught me how to be a dad.  Alzheimer’s took him from me—but the lessons are still here.

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Celebrating Dad - Good Guidance and Sound Advice

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By Dave Lefebre

June 17, 2012

My Dad was the one who got me interested in fishing at a young age. He was a die-hard angler and fished most days after work and many days early in the morning before work. I have so many great memories of fishing with my Dad, but one in particular stands out in my mind; an ice-fishing trip to Presque Isle Bay that we had planned with my Uncle Denny.

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Celebrating Dad - Feels Like Yesterday

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By Gary Dobyns


June 16, 2012

Father’s Day brings back tons of memories for me and fishing was always a huge part of our life. I was a very lucky kid growing up. My father and grandfather (Pa) kept me fishing all the time. I always looked forward to school getting out because I spent most of the summers at Pa’s house, fishing every single day.

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Celebrating Dad - Fishing in the Promised Land

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By Chief George Braswell


June 16, 2012

This time of year, especially, I really miss talking directly with my dad.  It's hard to believe that it was over 60 years ago that he first took me fishing, and I have been hooked ever since.  Since dad died a couple of Thanksgivings ago I have thoughts of him often...the memories that remain after we are gone are what keep us going.

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Celebrating Dad - First Time's a Charm

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By Kyle Schauf


June 15, 2012

Though the tournament wins do not come as often as I would like these days I can still vividly remember my first trip to the winner's circle.  I remember the day, I remember the spot, I remember the white "safety pin" spinnerbait that caught me the winning fish. 

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