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  • Who Planted the Fishing Seed in Your Life?

    My Grandfather and Grandmother ..... (affectionately known to me as "Pa" & "Nannie")

    Here's my "Pa" with a haul of Crappie, from one of his early years trips. Not sure what lake they came from, but it could be Cherokee Lake Tn, since I remember him mentioning fishing there.

    Here's where I remember starting my fishing - Red Gate Dock, Herrington Lake (Ky). This would have been in the late '50s, for me. Picture is probably from the early '50s. You can see the "lockers" along the sides of the marina, where people stored their fishing gear. Dock floated on 55gal metal drums, where one can be seen under the far right end of the dock. The "rental" boats are tied in front ... flatbottom wooden rowboats. We had a 10HP Johnson Seahorse outboard, that we put on these boats. We had no trolling motor ... that was me and a skuttle paddle !!

    And here's my Grandfather and his fishing buddy, Lawrence (& wife, Beulah) ... showing off a Catfish, while standing on Red Gate Dock.

    And here's my Grandfather - all ready to head out Crappie fishing:

    The Red Gate Dock collapsed, and has been removed from the lake (replaced by a newer marina) ... my Grandfather/Grandmother and Lawrence/Beulah have long passed ... but, my memories are not. Thanks to these people, this marina, and this lake ... fishing has kept me from going down the wrong path in life, and led me here.

    (edited from a post from 2006)

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Who Planted the Fishing Seed in Your Life? started by BubbaThump View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. scrat's Avatar
      scrat -
      Wow! Great article. Old fishermen never die they live forever in our memories and in our hearts. Thanks for sharing your memories and pictures.
    1. hdhntr's Avatar
      hdhntr -
      Great memories, good that your dad took you fishing and spent time with you
    1. callmecamo's Avatar
      callmecamo -
      Love those old time pictures. Reminds me that I need to focus on making some more "good ol' days".
    1. Billbob's Avatar
      Billbob -
      good times
    1. darcie1's Avatar
      darcie1 -
      My grandpa and uncle would bring crappie home in a tub. Many great pic's, thank you.
    1. skeetbum's Avatar
      skeetbum -
      And they would be absolutely beaming with pride at who you've become. Thanks for sharing the family with us CP.
    1. Eagle 1's Avatar
      Eagle 1 -
      My dad, catfish river rat .
    1. RetiredRR's Avatar
      RetiredRR -
      We've come a long ways, but the crappies have too. Great article of shared memories.
    1. Speckanator's Avatar
      Speckanator -
      Nice story
    1. kycreek's Avatar
      kycreek -
      Great thread
    1. GoTennTitans's Avatar
      GoTennTitans -
      Great story and pictures from the past. I, too, had grandparents who fished and enjoyed the outdoors. It's a heritage for some people and I'm glad to be one of them and I'm sure that you are too. Thank you. GTT
    1. SlabSlider's Avatar
      SlabSlider -
      Awesome share! Thanks for the read. Very interesting and nice older photos.
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