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FISHING WITH DAD When I Was a Kid, and Later With My Own Kids When I learned that National Fishing Day is on June 28, I was reminded of the good times when I could head out to the nearest river or lake to cast out my line. I took my first fishing trip with my dad when I was probably five or six years old. I remember feeling excited and impatient about getting our lines out on the water. When we arrived, I was always anxious to cast out our lines, but once they were in, everything was fine.
fish all day and come back sunburnt, bringing home our best catch. When Dad and I went fishing, we normally did catch and release, unless it was a record size fish. Once, when I was eight years old and fishing out on Lake Ontario, I caught the biggest fish I had ever reeled in at the time; it felt like I was pulling in a whale. When we finally got it in the boat, it must’ve been a 15–20 pound trout, which was pretty big for the area. I kept fishing throughout middle and high school and even into my undergraduate and graduate careers, both of which were pretty close to the Finger Lakes. When I had a break from school, you would find me on the lake trying my luck. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to do much fishing lately. I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to take Conor and Liam once they’re a bit older. A lot of my memories with my dad are from when we were out fishing and spending time together, and that’s something I’d love to share with my own kids. My dad fished all his life, and he’s the one who taught me when I was old enough to learn. I look forward to the day when I can take my kids out to Burke Lake Park to teach them how to fish for the first time and to spend some time sharpening those skills afterward. The best part about fishing is that whether I was with my dad or alone, on a lake or a river, every time I went out, it was always relaxing. I grew up in a different era; I didn’t have a cell phone in my pocket going off every few minutes. It was just me, the lake, the fish, and the pole. Out of everything I want to teach and experience with Conor and Liam, the joy and relaxation that comes with fishing is something I’m looking forward to sharing. “A lot of my memories with my dad are from when we were out fishing and spending time together, and that’s something I’d love to share with my own kids.”
-Dr. Todd P. Sullivan
Growing up, my family lived in upstate New York near Lake Ontario, where my grandfather had a house, and we had a few rivers nearby. My dad and I would head to the lake or local river early some mornings to
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