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OUTDOORS: Fishing trips with kids about more than just fishing

Years ago when my sons were young, they followed me for a lot of miles.

Both of them took up hunting, fishing and trapping like a religion. One of them is an outboard repair man, and the other is a certified plumber. My youngest, Fred, fishes tournaments ... or should I say he wins fishing tournaments. He is in the water with his brother constantly and knows many lakes and rivers all over the state of Illinois.

I fondly remember the evening I asked them to catch some bait and put it in the water next to the boat for the morning fishing trip. On the way to seine bait, the outboard pull-starter rope broke, and they had to paddle back to the dock. I handed them a new rope and advised them to see if they could repair it.

Changing the pull cord on an outboard can be a vexing job. It usually involves winding a spring-loaded plate counter-clockwise while holding another plate in place, then winding the cord counter-clockwise between the two. The first time I tried, it took me over an hour.

These two guys were hunched over the outboard until sunset. Eventually I heard the outboard come to life as they chugged away from the dock.

Problem-solving isn’t such a significant part of fishing for most adults, but trickle-down common sense is awfully important for youngsters who live in a world with run-flat tires, turn-by-turn navigation, robotic vacuum cleaners and schools that no longer offer shop classes or small-engine repair. To say I was proud of those boys would have been an understatement.

We still fish together when their work schedules permit. I am flexible, as I have been retired for over 20 years. That way, Dad usually has to adjust his schedule.

Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Legislative alert

Anti-gun legislators are continuing their assault on our Second Amendment with House Amendment 1 to House Bill 96. Your Representative needs to hear from you. These bills would increase the cost of a FOID card 1,000% by: mandating fingerprints to apply and renew, and reducing renewals from 10 years to five; would require applicants to appear in person at ISPs 22 district offices, forcing some to travel great distances; criminalize private firearm transfers even between close family members and friends, like passing on cherished hunting guns or loaning for hunting and recreational shooting; mandate local law-enforcement to seize firearms if a FOID card is revoked and new paperwork is not filed in 48 hours.

Please contact Rep. Lance Yednock to stand with law-abiding citizens in opposing Ha1 to Hb96. 815/342-5055.

I know this is not full hunting seasons, so many anti-gunners try to push this type of legislation through thinking many will not see it or pay attention.

Fishing report

Cooling-lake action continues to be great. Good catches of hybrid stripers, bluegill and catfish are still great at La Salle. Bluegills are very good at Braidwood and Heidecke. The bluegill at La Salle are larger this year. The blue catfish are all very good size as well. The fish from this lake are very good eating.

Don’t forget the Sandy Ford Sportsman’s Club annual Spring Fish dinner. This will be held on May 18. Serving is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the clubhouse on Leonore Road near Streator. If anyone needs a ticket, I have extras.

Hope all of you mothers had a fine day last Sunday.

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