Growing up, my dad was not really into fishing. He’d tell us kids stories of how his mother fished often, using a cane pole and live bait in the rivers and streams where she grew up in Idaho. He admitted while she tried to teach him, he felt his time was much better spent tinkering on cars.
While he didn’t introduce me to fishing, all-in-all I consider him to be a pretty swell dad. We laughed a lot in my house (mostly at him) and watching him now, in his older years, taking care of my mother who needs him more than she ever did, he’s exactly what I know a dad should be.
I looked to our Pro-Staff to share some of their fondest memories either fishing with their fathers, or sharing their love of fishing with their own children, and they responded with some really great stories. I’m sure most all of you have similar experiences.
Below is our first Father/Son/Fishing installment – we’ll be posting them all weekend for you to enjoy.
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Thanks to all you dads out there for being the best dads ever!
Inside Line – Editor
Celebrating Dad – The Pro-Staff Recall Fishing Memories with Fathers
By GYCB Pro-Staff
We’ll be publishing articles from our Pro-Staff all weekend celebrating our dads. First covers the Lucarelli Father/Son fishing team. We hope you enjoy all the submissions!
If you mention “father and son bass fishingâ€ in New England, one name comes to mind â€“ Joe and Steve Lucarelli.
Steve has been a fixture on the tournament circuit for years and started fishing with his son, Joe, when he was quite young. They have won many team tournaments together, including the ABA Nationals.
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Take the Fight (and Jerkbait) to Them – Deep Diving Jerkbaits
By Bob Lechel
The jerkbait, rip bait, twitch bait (pick your nomenclature based on your region) got its humble beginnings back in 1936 when Laurie Rapala designed the first hard minnow type lure that mimicked a wounded baitfish. Enter the jerkbait. This design concept, shape, and action are the basis for all modern jerkbaits produced today.
More recently the addition of mass produced jerkbaits that suspend are common. No longer did anglers have to add weight to the belly, bill, or hooks to get their floating jerkbaits to suspend when paused during a retrieve. Of course, the suspending model opened up a whole new way to catch fish on a jerkbait. Turns out prespawn fish can’t stand it when wounded looking bait (caused by the twitching/jerking) suddenly stop and suspend above them.
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By Tim Huffman
My grandma and mom would take me with them to the old St. Francis River where I sometimes fished but was usually more interested in skipping rocks. However, I remember watching them as they used a cane pole, braided nylon line, cork and sinker. At the end of the line was a hook and minnow. Grandma and mom would dip around old laydowns and other likely spots they could reach from the bank. I wonder how many more fish would they have caught if they had good, clear 10-pound test mono?
Today we have excellent fishing lines that range from high-visibility to basically invisible. We can have stretch or no-stretch, limp or stiff, and a variety of materials with fancy words describing them. So how do we choose a good line to catch crappie? The following are a few tips to help you decide.
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