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bluewaterpirate posted 11-13-2005 08:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
Ed & son John (8 yrs) with his 1st king mac. Picture taken at 26.1 Rock about 20 NM SE of Cape Lookout NC. Hard to believe it is mid November. Proud Dad and happy son! Fishing from my 210 Ventura "Two of a Kind"

tombro posted 11-14-2005 08:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Nice catch. We got our first king on my Ventura back in early September here in New Jersey. Never caught one before, and initially thought it was a Spanish, which I _have_ caught in the past. Good eating, we smoked it.
jimh posted 11-14-2005 11:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Nice picture; nice fish. And nice boat. The 210 Ventura looks positively stud-ly in that view.
bluewaterpirate posted 11-15-2005 07:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Thanks Jim. I think it is one of the best models in Whaler's line. It's just a great crossover boat. It can be a fishing boat or a family boat. Does both nicely. One more picture. It was really fun to watch an 8 year old fish!

jimh posted 11-16-2005 02:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I just had a moment of enlightenment. I understand where the desire to fish is created. If you catch a fish like that when you are eight years old, you probably become a fisherman. When I was eight, we caught little Bluegills. I think I see why I did not become a fisherman. Darn!
kingfish posted 11-16-2005 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

For what it's worth, my fishing experience when I was young was similar to yours; blue gills, rock bass, etc.

However, as I got older, fishing endured (of course, I was exposed to an area for a week or two every summer where the fishing in general was considerably better than anywhere around home), and I caught bigger fish and looked for places farther afield to find them.

Lately, and coincidentally with the ownership of a Montauk and now an Outrage 22, I trail at least once a year a minimum of 1000 miles and so far as much as 1800 miles, to try my luck for the really big ones in the Atlantic and the Gulf. These trips are not solely given over to fishing, to be sure, particularly the parts in which my wife is out with me, but the fishing opportunity is probably the biggest part of the decision as to where we go these days.

I guess I'm saying that at least in my case, if catching big fish when you're young is what keeps one coming back for more, I've been fortunate to retain enough of my youth to still be excited about the prospects of the big one, 58 years down the road.

Clark Roberts posted 11-19-2005 06:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Some of you older guys (I'm 67) may remember making close pin lures...I made a solid red one that was a killer for large mouth bass! We used bamboo (cane) poles and black braided line and the only reels were level wind (the drag was your thumb) and no fiberglas rods, rods were steel. We fished fresh water creeks and ponds and sometimes would go to the Gulf and bays and catch mangrove snapper and croakers. I still fondly remember those days of fishing from the bank and wishing for a boat. Now I have boats and don't fish except for assisting my two grandsons and I think I enjoy it more than they! Fishing and boating brings folks of all ages together as exemplified by this forum. Thanks Jimh! Happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
HuronBob posted 11-19-2005 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob    
Bluewater... nice photo, as they say...worth 1,000 words!

Kids and fishing are a natural... Like Jim I grew up fishing for bluegills and anything else that would bite on a worm... including crayfish when things were really slow, heck, we used to catch frogs on flys when the fish weren't around! And, Tom, I still have that level wind reel and the steel rod I used as a kid.

My favorite "fishing photo" is located at:

Taken somewhere in Michigan, probably around the turn of the century (that would be 1900, not 2000)...the guy in the front is my grandfather.

I still believe that kids that go fishing are probably about 99% less likely to end up using drugs, getting in trouble, etc. Probably a factor of good parenting, but the fishing sure doesn't hurt!


bluewaterpirate posted 11-19-2005 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Great picture & memory Bob. Fishing bridges the gap between gender & age. Isn't it wonderful?

Happy Thanksgiving to all .....


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