My Down Time

I go to the lake for a week every spring when the Crappie spawn.I go on Wednesday to get a good spot right on the lake so I can beach the boat right at the campsite.By Friday afternoon all the kids and grandkids and some of their freinds get there turning it into a noisy rowdy lnot so small get together.
It has always been that early morning break of dawn fishing is Pappa's time " Alone". I get up a couple of hrs before dawn and put on the coffee.Stoke up the fire and sit and just enjoy the morning till I feel that temperature change just before dawn.Then I get on the boat and slip out to my favorite Crappie Hole.That small window when they go into a feeding frenzy is one of the most exhilerating moments in life and it gets me charged up for the day.
That changed this last year when as I was sitting drinking my coffee my 7 year old Grandson came out of their tent.Now let me say that this kid is not a morning person and his mom has to fight to get him up for school.He had asked the day before if he could go with me in the morning and I had told him"You gotta get up a whole lot earlier than you do if you want to go with me". Of course I'm thinking no way Dustin is getting up before dawn.But, there he was..Sooo what could I say??
I should also add that he has been fishing since he could hold a pole,so he baits his own hooks and takes his own fish off. He didn't say much as we headed out which is why I think I didn't mind too much.We got to my spot and I showed him how to set his lines. 1 deep..1 shallow..and then a jig for the 3rd.
Just before dawn thery hit !!! The excitement in that boy trying to keep up with his lines was terrific.As he pulled 1 in another line would get a hit.I told him to just leave 1 in once they started biting cause you can't keep up.His excitement reminded me of myself and how I must have looked the 1st time.
Well, needless to say I have an early morning crack of dawn fishing buddy now....chuckling..
Peterbilt1955 Peterbilt1955 56-60, M 4 Responses Mar 8, 2012

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There were times when my boys would gripe about another camping trip.

No screens, no friends, no internet, wah, wah, wah. As soon as we got there, it was the real deal. Mother Nature is a wonderful hostess. And children are so much at home there.

My little boys are 23 yrs old now. And they are off backpacking in the mountains this weekend.

Wah, wah, wah.

Funny how a twig or small branch works just as well playing Army in the woods as a 20.00 store bought toy..

I love how camping and fishing continue to be passed down through generations. Especially during a time when kids are so "screen dependent." Good job, Grandpa!

You are sooooo right.With so much technology for entertainment nowdays it's a challenge to get them to use their own imagination.Camping is a great way to cleanse their minds..If only temporarily...

Thanks Lilt..Probably a toss up.

I love your story, Blueize!

I think it would be hard to say who had the most fun, you or Dustin?