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Nathan's first fish

A few weeks ago, I took Nathan on his first, of what I hope to be many, fishing expedition.  The day before he and I went to the Bass Pro Shop, which was an expedition in and of itself.  My son loves ATVs, the live well fishing tank, stuffed bears and the hunting video games.  Next time he's bored, I'm taking him to Bass Pro.  Its fun for father & son!

Nathan Reeling in the big one. from Matthew Watson on Vimeo.

So, while we were there, we picked up a couple of fishing poles, a Batman Zebco for Nate-Dog and a super duper, ruby red something or 'nuther for Big Daddy.  Next morning, bright and early we headed out to a Catfish stock tank in Shelby Farms.  Nathan was doing an excellent job of casting and reeling.  I was really proud of him.  He really was doing a good job.  After about 10 minutes (and i'm surprised he lasted that long) he says to me, "Daddy, we're not catching anything".  Patience young grasshopper.  

Nathan's Big Catch from Matthew Watson on Vimeo.

It was probably 25 to 30 years ago that I sat on the bank of some catfish stock tank in Texas with my father. Casting and reeling a Zebco.  Mine was a Snoopy.  We went often.  Then my dad graduated me to bass fishing, and open face rod & reels, but honestly, my fondest memories are the ones that have a Snoopy rod in my hand and a string of catfish on our line.  Thanks for those memories dad.  Hopefully I'll be able to pass them on to Nathan as you've passed them on to me.  


It was just a few minutes later that Nathan, on his Batman rod, lands a 4 1/2 pound catfish.  It was the only catfish we caught the whole day...but what a day!

Fish gives Nathan a scare from Matthew Watson on Vimeo.

Reader Comments (6)

Classic! Hearing Nathan's giggle in the background is absolutely hilarious! I can't believe how big he's getting. Pretty soon I'll be "Brother That Guy"...instead of "Uncle That Guy".....

November 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbriandavis

it was great watching him reel it in. just today he was practicing his casting and reeling in the living room (elias watch out...nathan don't cast at your brother).

when are you coming?!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwatson

bro! we need to hammer out a date! memphis or bust!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbriandavis

Wow! That's quite a fish! I've never caught one that big!

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBarry

Oh my gosh! I am SO jealous! I don't think I've ever caught a fish that big! I bet that was so much fun!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Nathan you are a fine fisherman. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Love you very much.

GG and GP Cathey

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGG & Gp Cahey

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