We are now in the middle of National Fishing Week, a coast-to-coast awareness program to get folks outdoors and getting their line wet.
Next week, it gets better. From Tuesday to Thursday, any resident of Ontario can fish for free — with no licence required.
Take advantage of this. Who knows? You might get hooked.
I got hooked on fishing through my dad, a guy who plied the shore and bays of the St. Lawrence River, and thought the red and white Dardevle was the only lure you needed if fishing for pike and muskie. And he is right.
As of my birthday a week ago, I have now outlived my father, who obviously died too young. But what keeps my memory of him from fading even more than it has — he has been gone now for 32 years — it’s the vivid memories of the two of us sharing a rented fishing boat.
We shared a lot of stories in those 14-foot tinnies with the 9.9 Mercs. I learned all about my father, his days as a farm boy in Saskatchewan, his survival in the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Bomber Command during the Second World War, how he met my mother … tons of stuff, all while sitting in a little fishing boat.
We may have been fishing for pike, but we caught a lot of memories — a lifetime’s worth.