MEDINA, OH – The unseasonably mild winter had me start the year with several trips to various local lakes for open water fishing with my son. Two trips yielded plenty of willing Largemouth Bass who were quite spirited in fight considering the time of year. While nothing overly noteworthy stands out, I just enjoy spending time with family and the simple joy of catching fish.
The above fish was pretty representative of the catches. No giants, just good numbers providing plenty of fun. I even brought the 4 wt. fly rod and nabbed a few on a minnow pattern.
It may not look like I am having fun, but this is usually what I look like hoping the camera works right, everyone is actually looking at it, no one at risk of getting a hook in them, and the concern of getting the fish back in the water quickly.
I always try my best to demonstrate good ethical fishing and that most often includes catch & release. Along with enjoying our resources, I nearly always have conversations regarding responsibility. I loved this shot of my son with his cousin watching a bass swim away.
While the first fishing of 2019 may not be that exciting to most… as a dad especially, I just love these simple fishing trips.