Life Beyond The Pier
Fishing with family is more than bringing home a bounty for dinner. Fishing with family is an activity used to grow closer to one another. On June 16, 2018 I went fishing with my father and fiancee to Gibson, Louisiana. Below is my rendition of our trip and some lessons I've learned being raised enjoying life, off the pier.
We arrived at the marina around 5:30A.M. with the sun just rising over the horizon, it was a gorgeous morning. This was our first time traveling to Gibson to fish and we did not know what to expect. With our ice chests filled and tackle in the boat, we waited our turn to launch into the water. Once on the water we navigated the winding canals to a spot given to me by a good friend of mine. Using our newly installed Hummingbird radar/sonar/navigation system we successfully arrived at our destination. After rigging our rods with the appropriate setup it was time to get our lines wet.
Our target was for large mouth bass. A fish we enjoy to pan sauté. We targeted them for several hours and caught a few in the early morning. While this was our target, anyone who has been fishing before knows that you always try to catch multiple types of species. This led my father to attempt to catch some brim and sac-a-lait. Now, my father has always been fishing since he was a young boy. So, over the years he has learned several tips and tricks along the way (some of which I hope to learn over the years to come), this means he can just about catch a fish in any given location. He caught a small brim and was just as excited as you would expect a child receiving a present on Christmas morning. Not only that, but he jumped to the bottom of the boat when the fish plopped out of his hand causing the misfortune of the day. His rod falling into the water. After making numerous attempts to grab the rod with our lines and even getting halfway into the water, we were unsuccessful.
We resumed fishing, and catching more bass brought up his spirits. It was then that we all remembered what fishing was truly about. It was about being together and growing closer as a family. It didn't matter that my dad had just lost his rod, because he knew he could replace that the next day at our local outdoor supply store. What did matter though, was being able to spend time together. Something my dad has always taught me while I was growing up. He taught us that spending time together would not only make us grow closer, but it would allow us to enjoy life even more. He did this by taking us hunting and fishing at every opportunity he could. We would go anywhere from our neighbor's pond, all the way to the coast in Grand Isle, LA. It was this type of lifestyle that led me to start this brand and now begin sharing stories from our lives, off the pier.
Family is the most important thing we can have in life and making memories with our family is something that will remain with us until we die. Be sure to cherish the time spent with your family. If it was up to me, I'd spend as much of that time enjoying life, off the pier.