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Chris Lane on Fishing with His Kids

Chris Lane on Fishing with His Kids

As I mentioned in my earlier earlier blog the “Super Bowl” of fishing is taking place this week. I’m here in attendance and I see families everywhere! Some experienced anglers, some brand new to fishing. But everyone here is getting a chance to see a different side of fishing and meet some expert anglers.

While dining on BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, and potato salad, Chris Lane, 2014 Bassmaster Classic Competitor, and Winner of the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, answered a few questions at Thursday’s Media Event.

Do you have kids?

“Yes. 2, 4, 10, and 12.” (Two boys, two girls)

Are you raising anglers?

“It’s in their blood,” he said, grinning from ear to ear.

How did you start them fishing?

“Bobber, spincast reel. For bluegill.  But the neat part about living on Lake Guntersville is that as the water warms, they’ll progress from bluegill to bass.”

How did you learn to fish and who taught you?

“My Dad and Grandfather. Cane pole. Or even just a line tied to a stick.” And then he added, “Fishing kept me out of trouble.”

Are your kids going to be tournament anglers?

“If they want. They are aware of it, and what I do. In fact my 12 year old son beats me fishing all the time.”

What?! How can he do that?

“I think it is partially that he wants to beat me, so he fishes harder. A big key is“believing” in your lure. He’ll throw a Spook (topwater lure) all day because he knows it is going to work. It has been great to watch him expand on the fishing fundamentals that I’ve taught him.”

Do you fish recreationally?

“You bet. Looking forward to heading down to the Everglades to fish for sea trout, shark, snook.  I like to eat fish too.”

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”…  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie.”  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.

Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well…

And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.   

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