Fishing…..through the eyes of a child.
This article was written by my daughter, Madelin Freeman. She wrote it to show how she sees fishing and what it means to her. This has been slightly edited by myself as she is 12 years old but I have added nothing to what she has written. Very short and to the point and if you think that you kids wouldn’t enjoy spending the day on the water with you, even during a tournament…..think again. We as anglers tend to make excuses saying “she’s a girl” or “They won’t like it because they may not catch anything.” Stop making excuses and pass the sport on to our future. Our kids need us and want us to be involved in their life.
My name is Madi Freeman and I am 12 years old and I love to fish. I first started going with my dad when I was 4 and go almost every time he goes now. I really enjoy spending time with my dad and learning all about fishing. He teaches me what baits to use and when to use them in certain conditions. I learn a lot from him and he is very patient with me even when we aren’t catching anything.
As I have gotten older I have learned to run the trolling motor and can take over the boat and fish spots that I want to fish and let my dad take a break or relax for a few minutes if he wants to. I now have my own rods and reels and can’t wait for the next time to be on the water with him. We now fish tournaments together and I am really enjoying that part of fishing to. I’ve learned from dad that when you break off a fish or it comes off that you forget about it and make the next cast.
Fishing with my dad is my absolute favorite thing to do and I turn down everything else, except for church, to go with him and I have skipped once to go fish with him. LOL. I think my favorite part about fishing with him is that we get to talk about a lot of different things and catch up from my week at school. He supports me in everything I do especially fishing and I am so glad to spend time with him doing things that we both love to do. I know that as I will get older I will remember all the fun times and laughs that we had. The best part of all this is even on days when we don’t catch anything, he always makes it fun and we have a great time.
I am very grateful to have a dad that wants to take the time and effort to show me a sport that he has loved his whole life and now it’s a sport that I will love all of my life too.