Grace Caldwell – Family Fishing

The four generations of my competitive fishing family in the photo are (front row, left to right) Chick Caldwell, father; Vernie Arnold, grandfather; Levi Sirbaugh, second cousin; me; (back row) Noah Caldwell, brother; Craig Sirbaugh, cousin; and Wyatt Sirbaugh, second cousin.
The four generations of my competitive fishing family in the photo are (front row, left to right) Chick Caldwell, father; Vernie Arnold, grandfather; Levi Sirbaugh, second cousin; me; (back row) Noah Caldwell, brother; Craig Sirbaugh, cousin; and Wyatt Sirbaugh, second cousin.

Family Fishing

By Grace Caldwell

Typically someone will start fishing because someone in their family fishes. However that is changing with the way high school fishing is becoming such a strong sport.

In my case my family fishes, all the time. My grandfather, my dad, my brother, my cousins, my second cousins, my uncles and occasionally my mom and grandmother. We have taken charter fishing boats with our family, dividing up into the guys in the morning and girls in the afternoon. This makes out for a lot of family fun. I have captains that are brothers and team members who their captains are their fathers. So, what I am trying to get at is fishing allows families to spend time together and encourages other families to spend time together.

Some of my favorite memories evolve around fishing. We spend time together getting our tackle ready for tournaments, talking about tournaments, eating meals together after tournaments and of course the “ALMOST” big fish stories. If someone was to ask me how they can spend more time with their teenager, I would tell them to take them fishing. It doesn’t matter where, just go and have fun.

There are several parents who their child joined the fishing team, now have boats and fish with their child. This is a great thing for them to experience together– no television, no phones (well except when you have to take a picture of your fish or occasional selfie), no outside disruptions; just parents and kids on the water with quiet, peaceful surroundings. The parent or child cannot just walk in to another room, or close the door or turn the TV up. Together on a boat with limited space, no one can just walk away. And even if you don’t want to talk sooner or later someone will talk, and what they say will be amazing.

Typically for me, when we fish together as a family it is fun. My dad and brother are a little more serious than my mom or me. We girls will usually turn on some music because that’s a “no-no” on a fishing boat, in which no kind of music will ever suit those two. Then of course we have to take selfies with every fish we catch, because my dad doesn’t think that’s funny that we always complain that there is never any fish in the holes everyone else picks. I guess what I am trying to tell you is we have fun, fun picking on each other, fun laughing at each other. We are never serious when we are all out fishing as a family it’s just fun. I am fortunate to have a fun family, one that laughs all the time at each other for the silliest things. Try and make your family fishing outings fun, not serious. Everything else we have to deal with is serious, but family fishing should just be fun and memorable So grab a family member and go fishing and have fun. Start the family tradition now, everyone else will follow when they see the fun.