I feel somewhat more qualified to discuss this topic now than I was last year. Sure, I’ve always celebrated the day with my own father, but this year things are different. I became a father for the first time just a couple of months ago. Oh man, have things changed. Fishing time is a bit harder to come by than it used to be. And honestly, the motivation to go off fishing isn’t there quite as much when there is a little buddy to hang out with at home.
But certainly the best times are when our little family has been able to get all of our ducks in a row, and the weather cooperates, and we’ve been able to get our little one out on the water with us for short outings. Our little guy seems to find great calm out of doors, which is a great relief to me. He is a pro at being held - napping - with whoever is on shore watching the fishing action. He also loves being on the boat, rocking gently in the waves, hiding from the sun under the makeshift tarp I rigged up for him (it’s nothing like Paul’s boat setup, but then again that might be a good thing). He seems to bring great fishing luck to his mother, who didn’t need more of that in the first place.
Fishing with a very little one is definitely different than going solo. More focus is placed on comfort and safety, and less on hiking miles to find a big one. As a result, getting out there alone or with one of my gung-ho fishing partners has now taken on a new joy as well. That time is more special than it used to be. Everything seems a little more special than it used to be. One last cast turns into a dozen pretty much every time now. But it helps return the balance, and I always come home rejuvenated a ready to be a better dad.
My own dad (along with my mom) was the first one to take me fishing, and I’m excited to pass that tradition on to my little guy if he decides that he loves it like I do. I’m looking forward to a time very soon when I’m able to get out on the water with my old man and my little buddy together. It’s sure to be an emotional experience, whether we catch any fish or not.
Happy Father’s Day.
Take Care and Fish On!