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Jul 8, 2024 14:04:23   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the grand boys recently with too much fishing while they spent some vacation time in the Northwest quadrant of Michigan's lower peninsula. After all, there were numerous other "kid friendly" activities to partake in such as craft time, cherry picking, lavender farms, beach swims, picnics, festival rides, carnival parades and of course, the observation of some sky high fireworks!

I kept a watchful eye on signals from my wife when it was time to wrap up fishing adventures and have the kiddos pursue other interests. Wherever we went during their 10 day getaway, fishing gear was always handy just in case the opportunity to wet a line presented itself!

The catching part was not "red hot", but they did have plenty of fun and hopefully learned a few new skills in the process. We focused on two main teaching concepts...one being "patience", and the other being how to hold a fishing rod so that it does not get yanked from your grip by a big fish! The rest seemed to come natural....

During a few of our fish related pursuits, we managed to visit a small lake to catch bluegill and pumpkinseed panfish, as well as a pair of nice sized lake trout while out deep water trolling. The weather and wind was a challenge most of the time. The only fishing adventure we could not make happen was for each boy to join me in the kayak to troll for smallmouth bass. I have a riding lawnmower seat that works perfectly on the floor, right in front of me.

The sands of time slipped thru the hourglass rather quickly, and when it was all over, and the long drive back to their home was at hand, I could see the tears welling up in their eyes because they knew that the magical time they had spent with us would soon turn into a precious memory for later reflection. We found out that they both sobbed for the next 2 hours on and off during the five hour drive home. They love coming to visit....and wish they could stay forever.

The morning they left was a calm one, so I ended up going out to the spot where I had planned to take them in the kayak. Sure enough, the fish were reasonably hungry and I managed to scrounge up 4 smallies that really should have been caught by the kids...and not me. Oh well...there will be another time in the future for the grandsons to feel the mighty pull of a smallmouth bass!

Here's looking forward to next time they visit!

First fish of the week, caught completely without any aid...other than baiting the hook with a worm and setting up the rig. That part comes in lesson number two!
First fish of the week, caught completely without ...

"Man, this lake trout is really pulling hard!"
"Man, this lake trout is really pulling hard!"...

"I'll hold the lures. We need to use all of these...!"
"I'll hold the lures. We need to use all of these....

Each of the boys caught a plump lake trout. Thankfully each fish came within 5 minutes of setting lines at 90' of depth in 110 feet of water. The "dodger/spin-n-glow" combo worked like a charm, as usual.
Each of the boys caught a plump lake trout. Thankf...

Driving the boat was a highlight of the outing. I think we could have run with the boys behind the wheel until the fuel tank went dry!
Driving the boat was a highlight of the outing. I ...

I stood in as a "surrogate" fisherman for the boys while out in the kayak after they left. Caught 4 smallmouth bass while trolling a small selection of vintage lures. Also missed 4 "strikes", which does not happen very often while trolling!
I stood in as a "surrogate" fisherman for the boys...

NJ219...this one is for you! I recently put my original Garcia Mitchell reel from childhood back into service. This set up caught 2 of the bass. A Lazy Ike patterned in the yellow perch scale.
NJ219...this one is for you! I recently put my ori...

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Jul 8, 2024 15:56:41   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
fishyaker wrote:
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the grand boys recently with too much fishing while they spent some vacation time in the Northwest quadrant of Michigan's lower peninsula. After all, there were numerous other "kid friendly" activities to partake in such as craft time, cherry picking, lavender farms, beach swims, picnics, festival rides, carnival parades and of course, the observation of some sky high fireworks!

I kept a watchful eye on signals from my wife when it was time to wrap up fishing adventures and have the kiddos pursue other interests. Wherever we went during their 10 day getaway, fishing gear was always handy just in case the opportunity to wet a line presented itself!

The catching part was not "red hot", but they did have plenty of fun and hopefully learned a few new skills in the process. We focused on two main teaching concepts...one being "patience", and the other being how to hold a fishing rod so that it does not get yanked from your grip by a big fish! The rest seemed to come natural....

During a few of our fish related pursuits, we managed to visit a small lake to catch bluegill and pumpkinseed panfish, as well as a pair of nice sized lake trout while out deep water trolling. The weather and wind was a challenge most of the time. The only fishing adventure we could not make happen was for each boy to join me in the kayak to troll for smallmouth bass. I have a riding lawnmower seat that works perfectly on the floor, right in front of me.

The sands of time slipped thru the hourglass rather quickly, and when it was all over, and the long drive back to their home was at hand, I could see the tears welling up in their eyes because they knew that the magical time they had spent with us would soon turn into a precious memory for later reflection. We found out that they both sobbed for the next 2 hours on and off during the five hour drive home. They love coming to visit....and wish they could stay forever.

The morning they left was a calm one, so I ended up going out to the spot where I had planned to take them in the kayak. Sure enough, the fish were reasonably hungry and I managed to scrounge up 4 smallies that really should have been caught by the kids...and not me. Oh well...there will be another time in the future for the grandsons to feel the mighty pull of a smallmouth bass!

Here's looking forward to next time they visit!
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the ... (show quote)


Great story and pictures Yaker! It's too bad the boys didn't get to experience a typical Smallmouth battle. Thanks for sharing their adventures with Grandpa. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Jul 8, 2024 16:00:40   #
bknecht Loc: Northeast pa
 
Thatโ€™s awesome FY, youโ€™ve left an indelible impression on your grandchildren. My fondest memories of childhood were fishing with my Pappy
and Grammy. Gregg and his new wife Lindsay are planning on some offspring as soon as possible and werโ€™e more than excited to be grandparents. Just beautiful is all Iโ€™ve got to say.

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Jul 8, 2024 16:47:15   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
fishyaker wrote:
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the grand boys recently with too much fishing while they spent some vacation time in the Northwest quadrant of Michigan's lower peninsula. After all, there were numerous other "kid friendly" activities to partake in such as craft time, cherry picking, lavender farms, beach swims, picnics, festival rides, carnival parades and of course, the observation of some sky high fireworks!

I kept a watchful eye on signals from my wife when it was time to wrap up fishing adventures and have the kiddos pursue other interests. Wherever we went during their 10 day getaway, fishing gear was always handy just in case the opportunity to wet a line presented itself!

The catching part was not "red hot", but they did have plenty of fun and hopefully learned a few new skills in the process. We focused on two main teaching concepts...one being "patience", and the other being how to hold a fishing rod so that it does not get yanked from your grip by a big fish! The rest seemed to come natural....

During a few of our fish related pursuits, we managed to visit a small lake to catch bluegill and pumpkinseed panfish, as well as a pair of nice sized lake trout while out deep water trolling. The weather and wind was a challenge most of the time. The only fishing adventure we could not make happen was for each boy to join me in the kayak to troll for smallmouth bass. I have a riding lawnmower seat that works perfectly on the floor, right in front of me.

The sands of time slipped thru the hourglass rather quickly, and when it was all over, and the long drive back to their home was at hand, I could see the tears welling up in their eyes because they knew that the magical time they had spent with us would soon turn into a precious memory for later reflection. We found out that they both sobbed for the next 2 hours on and off during the five hour drive home. They love coming to visit....and wish they could stay forever.

The morning they left was a calm one, so I ended up going out to the spot where I had planned to take them in the kayak. Sure enough, the fish were reasonably hungry and I managed to scrounge up 4 smallies that really should have been caught by the kids...and not me. Oh well...there will be another time in the future for the grandsons to feel the mighty pull of a smallmouth bass!

Here's looking forward to next time they visit!
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the ... (show quote)


It's always nice to see family fishing ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Yak I like your choice of lures๐Ÿ‘
I have the same lure.
I tend not to use my old lures.

The 300 is much better than the 300A.
I have one but not fond of it ๐Ÿ‘

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Jul 8, 2024 17:47:03   #
DVTracker Loc: Harrisburg, PA.
 
fishyaker wrote:
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the grand boys recently with too much fishing while they spent some vacation time in the Northwest quadrant of Michigan's lower peninsula. After all, there were numerous other "kid friendly" activities to partake in such as craft time, cherry picking, lavender farms, beach swims, picnics, festival rides, carnival parades and of course, the observation of some sky high fireworks!

I kept a watchful eye on signals from my wife when it was time to wrap up fishing adventures and have the kiddos pursue other interests. Wherever we went during their 10 day getaway, fishing gear was always handy just in case the opportunity to wet a line presented itself!

The catching part was not "red hot", but they did have plenty of fun and hopefully learned a few new skills in the process. We focused on two main teaching concepts...one being "patience", and the other being how to hold a fishing rod so that it does not get yanked from your grip by a big fish! The rest seemed to come natural....

During a few of our fish related pursuits, we managed to visit a small lake to catch bluegill and pumpkinseed panfish, as well as a pair of nice sized lake trout while out deep water trolling. The weather and wind was a challenge most of the time. The only fishing adventure we could not make happen was for each boy to join me in the kayak to troll for smallmouth bass. I have a riding lawnmower seat that works perfectly on the floor, right in front of me.

The sands of time slipped thru the hourglass rather quickly, and when it was all over, and the long drive back to their home was at hand, I could see the tears welling up in their eyes because they knew that the magical time they had spent with us would soon turn into a precious memory for later reflection. We found out that they both sobbed for the next 2 hours on and off during the five hour drive home. They love coming to visit....and wish they could stay forever.

The morning they left was a calm one, so I ended up going out to the spot where I had planned to take them in the kayak. Sure enough, the fish were reasonably hungry and I managed to scrounge up 4 smallies that really should have been caught by the kids...and not me. Oh well...there will be another time in the future for the grandsons to feel the mighty pull of a smallmouth bass!

Here's looking forward to next time they visit!
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the ... (show quote)


Nice Yaker! Sounds like you have a lot of kid-friendly activities going on in your area, but it also sounds like your grandboys enjoyed fishing very much. Theyโ€™ll be looking forward to their next visit with their grandparents. Thanks for sharing.

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Jul 8, 2024 19:32:37   #
plumbob Loc: New Windsor Maryland
 
fishyaker wrote:
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the grand boys recently with too much fishing while they spent some vacation time in the Northwest quadrant of Michigan's lower peninsula. After all, there were numerous other "kid friendly" activities to partake in such as craft time, cherry picking, lavender farms, beach swims, picnics, festival rides, carnival parades and of course, the observation of some sky high fireworks!

I kept a watchful eye on signals from my wife when it was time to wrap up fishing adventures and have the kiddos pursue other interests. Wherever we went during their 10 day getaway, fishing gear was always handy just in case the opportunity to wet a line presented itself!

The catching part was not "red hot", but they did have plenty of fun and hopefully learned a few new skills in the process. We focused on two main teaching concepts...one being "patience", and the other being how to hold a fishing rod so that it does not get yanked from your grip by a big fish! The rest seemed to come natural....

During a few of our fish related pursuits, we managed to visit a small lake to catch bluegill and pumpkinseed panfish, as well as a pair of nice sized lake trout while out deep water trolling. The weather and wind was a challenge most of the time. The only fishing adventure we could not make happen was for each boy to join me in the kayak to troll for smallmouth bass. I have a riding lawnmower seat that works perfectly on the floor, right in front of me.

The sands of time slipped thru the hourglass rather quickly, and when it was all over, and the long drive back to their home was at hand, I could see the tears welling up in their eyes because they knew that the magical time they had spent with us would soon turn into a precious memory for later reflection. We found out that they both sobbed for the next 2 hours on and off during the five hour drive home. They love coming to visit....and wish they could stay forever.

The morning they left was a calm one, so I ended up going out to the spot where I had planned to take them in the kayak. Sure enough, the fish were reasonably hungry and I managed to scrounge up 4 smallies that really should have been caught by the kids...and not me. Oh well...there will be another time in the future for the grandsons to feel the mighty pull of a smallmouth bass!

Here's looking forward to next time they visit!
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the ... (show quote)


Hey yaker if you ever get the urge to adopt a grand son, I am available

My you sure made those boys summer. Driving the boat was the icing on the cake. You are one Good Grandpapa.

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Jul 8, 2024 21:30:25   #
Gordon Loc: Charleston South Carolina
 
fishyaker wrote:
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the grand boys recently with too much fishing while they spent some vacation time in the Northwest quadrant of Michigan's lower peninsula. After all, there were numerous other "kid friendly" activities to partake in such as craft time, cherry picking, lavender farms, beach swims, picnics, festival rides, carnival parades and of course, the observation of some sky high fireworks!

I kept a watchful eye on signals from my wife when it was time to wrap up fishing adventures and have the kiddos pursue other interests. Wherever we went during their 10 day getaway, fishing gear was always handy just in case the opportunity to wet a line presented itself!

The catching part was not "red hot", but they did have plenty of fun and hopefully learned a few new skills in the process. We focused on two main teaching concepts...one being "patience", and the other being how to hold a fishing rod so that it does not get yanked from your grip by a big fish! The rest seemed to come natural....

During a few of our fish related pursuits, we managed to visit a small lake to catch bluegill and pumpkinseed panfish, as well as a pair of nice sized lake trout while out deep water trolling. The weather and wind was a challenge most of the time. The only fishing adventure we could not make happen was for each boy to join me in the kayak to troll for smallmouth bass. I have a riding lawnmower seat that works perfectly on the floor, right in front of me.

The sands of time slipped thru the hourglass rather quickly, and when it was all over, and the long drive back to their home was at hand, I could see the tears welling up in their eyes because they knew that the magical time they had spent with us would soon turn into a precious memory for later reflection. We found out that they both sobbed for the next 2 hours on and off during the five hour drive home. They love coming to visit....and wish they could stay forever.

The morning they left was a calm one, so I ended up going out to the spot where I had planned to take them in the kayak. Sure enough, the fish were reasonably hungry and I managed to scrounge up 4 smallies that really should have been caught by the kids...and not me. Oh well...there will be another time in the future for the grandsons to feel the mighty pull of a smallmouth bass!

Here's looking forward to next time they visit!
"Papa" tried very hard not to spoil the ... (show quote)


One of the best post that I have seen on this site. Great job Yaker. ๐Ÿ‘. Those boys will remember that day forever.

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Jul 8, 2024 22:19:20   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
Fredfish wrote:
Great story and pictures Yaker! It's too bad the boys didn't get to experience a typical Smallmouth battle. Thanks for sharing their adventures with Grandpa. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป


Thank you Fredfish! Yeah...it was a shame they did not get a chance to fight with a smallie...they would have had a superb time of it! I could envision the outing in my mind...if only the weather had cooperated. We did take all the gear to the water on one particular day, but I made a decision to cancel the trip.

A strong North wind had prevailed for the past several days of their vacation, with large waves running parallel to the shoreline we would have trolled. It would have been a very wet ride!

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Jul 8, 2024 22:21:17   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
bknecht wrote:
Thatโ€™s awesome FY, youโ€™ve left an indelible impression on your grandchildren. My fondest memories of childhood were fishing with my Pappy
and Grammy. Gregg and his new wife Lindsay are planning on some offspring as soon as possible and werโ€™e more than excited to be grandparents. Just beautiful is all Iโ€™ve got to say.


Thank you BK! I have similar childhood memories of fishing with elders...so in the back of my mind that has become a top priority when the opportunity arises!

You will definitely enjoy grand parenting. Sometimes it can be exhausting...but the rewards last a lifetime...especially for the children!

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Jul 8, 2024 22:22:55   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
Grizzly 17 wrote:
It's always nice to see family fishing ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Yak I like your choice of lures๐Ÿ‘
I have the same lure.
I tend not to use my old lures.

The 300 is much better than the 300A.
I have one but not fond of it ๐Ÿ‘


Thank you Grizzly 17! Those old lures keep on producing, and they always bring back memories of my own childhood and early years of fishing when I use them.

I agree about the 300 vs. 300A reel models. The 300's seem to wear very well...even with a ton of usage!

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Jul 8, 2024 22:30:43   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
DVTracker wrote:
Nice Yaker! Sounds like you have a lot of kid-friendly activities going on in your area, but it also sounds like your grandboys enjoyed fishing very much. Theyโ€™ll be looking forward to their next visit with their grandparents. Thanks for sharing.


Thank you DVTracker! There is definitely a lot to do around here for children. Some activities were linked to our annual Cherry Festival and the July 4th remembrance, but others are from our own intentions and ideas that we hope the kids enjoy.

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Jul 8, 2024 22:34:34   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
plumbob wrote:
Hey yaker if you ever get the urge to adopt a grand son, I am available

My you sure made those boys summer. Driving the boat was the icing on the cake. You are one Good Grandpapa.
Hey yaker if you ever get the urge to adopt a gran... (show quote)


Thank you Plumb! Hey...you would come already "trained" to fish...as well as having kayak skills....so it would be an easy adoption! All kidding aside, I appreciate that you enjoyed the post.

The next generation of children is coming up faster than we can imagine, and hopefully they will be wonderful citizens that possess a ton of common sense along with solid, well grounded analytical thinking skills!

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Jul 8, 2024 22:36:04   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
Gordon wrote:
One of the best post that I have seen on this site. Great job Yaker. ๐Ÿ‘. Those boys will remember that day forever.


Thank you Gordon! It was a fun way for me to wrap up some "fish" related thoughts of my own about their vacation. It was as much fun for me as it was for them!

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Jul 8, 2024 22:46:13   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
fishyaker wrote:
Thank you Grizzly 17! Those old lures keep on producing, and they always bring back memories of my own childhood and early years of fishing when I use them.

I agree about the 300 vs. 300A reel models. The 300's seem to wear very well...even with a ton of usage!


The 300A is just awkward ๐Ÿ‘

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Jul 8, 2024 23:25:04   #
NJ219bands Loc: New Jersey
 
Nice ๐Ÿ‘

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