…I’m telling you, it was the biggest Bass I’ve ever seen Charlie and it was within 6 feet of the boat when my line snapped.
Fishing has been a very important part of my life growing up in the Midwest and with great family memories from those years. Granny and Dad were huge influences and we had such wonderful times and yet I hardly fish at all these days. From time to time when I go back home to visit in the spring, summer of fall, generally spend a day or two fishing with my brother and brother-in-law.
Fishing has been a family tradition for many people having fun on and around the water, learning about nature, how to build and keep fires for food, coffee and warmth. Adding campers to the back of your pick-up was great! Off the ground, keep the insects to a minimum, keep the snakes out of your tent (your body heat attracts them), keep the raccoons and bears out of your tent – where some idiot left a candy bag open and other fun and entertaining adventures. One family member got himself a 54 foot RV – next best thing to Holiday Inn says my wife, her idea of camping out.
Every year Granny took two weeks off to go fishing and one of us kids got to go along. We took trips to the Great Smokey Mountains, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tenseness, and of course all over Missouri.
The last few years my Dad was with us, we have Family Fishing week the first full week of June at Truman Lake in Missouri – the northern end of the Lake of the Ozarks. Dad and Mom would drive down Monday morning to set up camp and the rest of us would join then as jobs allowed. Saturday was the big day for the family beginning with a huge breakfast consisting of hamburger and sausage gravy on biscuits, lots of fruit, eggs, toast, bacon, ham and other good things. After the dishes were done, we all went out on the lake on several boats, including one large pontoon boat for fishing, sightseeing, skiing, and inter-tubing. By mid-afternoon, some of the folks began getting ready for the highlight of the trip – the Fish Fry! Two fryers for the fish and one for potatoes were manned but two or three guys with their favorite drink for a couple hours until all the fish and potatoes where cooked, We would sit around catching up and telling stories, playing cards and generally having a great time.
We would like to hear how your family celebrates Fishing Week?