Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The joy of fishing

By CAROL CHROUST

The love of fishing is usually a tradition passed down from one generation to another. One reason it continues is the warm, wonderful memories of time spent with friends or family members. The older generation wants the children to have precious memories, too. Fishing also creates a hobby to be enjoyed for a lifetime.

“I went fishing with my dad,” remembered George Mollette of Franklin as he very patiently supervised his five-year-old grandson, Adrian, on a fishing outing at Cowan Lake. “I take his six-year-old brother fishing, too, but not both of them at the same time. The two of them together are a handful. I go fishing with one of my sons, but two other sons don’t even like to fish. I have a 17-year-old grandson that I taught to fish, too. He lives a distance away. I pick him up a couple of times a year to go fishing. He’s more into video games now. I just retired and I want to do more fishing with the grandchildren.”

Adrian is well-trained for one so young. He could bait his own hook with a minnow or wax worm. His grandfather kept reminding him to lift the bail on the reel so the line would cast. Adrian focused and made some good casts. Adrian is on his way.

“Adrian caught several fish the other day,” added his grandfather proudly.

Ray and Doris King of Golf Manor in Cincinnati are part of a four-generation family fishing tradition.
“I learned fishing from my uncles and father,” said 71-year-old Ray on a cool, misty morning as he cast his fishing line into Cowan Lake. “They threw me in the water and said I couldn’t fish until I learned how to swim. I learned how to swim.”

“Ray taught me how to fish,” added his wife, Doris. “Then we taught our sons how to fish and they taught their children. And they will probably teach their grandchildren and great-grandchildren to fish, too.”

The love of fishing often connects children and families to other outdoor activities. Time spent outdoors in nature picnicking, camping, walking and spending time at parks, lakes, rivers, ponds or even the backyard are part of those cherished memories.

“That’s what brings us together as a family,” said Karla Velazquez of Wilmington, who has three girls. “My husband and I take the girls fishing all the time. We bring out a couple of poles and just having that engagement together makes it totally special. The girls bait their own hooks and take the fish off the hooks. That’s how I grew up, camping and fishing. It was my mom’s getaway and I’m trying to pass that on to my girls.”

Karla, along with her husband, Adam, is a volunteer coach for the Wilmington Parks and Recreation Department.

“We’ve volunteered at the ‘Rec’ for two years and I just love it,” said Karla. “It brings our whole family together. The girls play soccer, kickball and softball. The fishing, sports and outdoor activities get our family away from television, the Internet and phone. It gets them away from that exposure. We also use the parks and facilities as much as possible. The girls might complain at the beginning, but once they get into fishing or the sports, they stop complaining. My youngest is 10 and we’re trying to get all this in before they grow up.”

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