“I got one!” Sam said, as he started reeling in his fish. His fishing pole danced with every tug of the fish, and I got there quickly to net it.
“That’s a nice one, Sam!” I said, as Sam picked the fish up by the lip and held it for a picture.
The day was flying by, and it was nearly time for us to get going.
“We better make our way back.” I suggested, and Sam agreed. Together we walked back upstream, and Sam pointed to a deep section in the river.
“Do you think there could be a fish over there?” He asked.
“What do you think?” I replied.
“I think it looks good.” He said, keeping his eye on the spot.
“Try it out.” I encouraged, and he did. After a few cast, and no fish, Sam was ready to move on.
“Hold on.” I said, stopping Sam from walking away.
“Cast back over there, only let your jig sink a little deeper.” I said.
“Ok.” Sam replied, and made a cast. Sam went to reel in his line, but I stopped him.
“Let it sink a little more.” I suggested. It only took a few seconds longer for his jig to get deeper.
“Okay, start reeling in.” I said, and Sam started to reel. SLAM! His jig got hit, and Sam was all smiles.
“It’s a nice one.” Sam said, bringing in his fish. Sam brought the fish in fast, and I scooped it up with my net.
“Nice job, Sam!” I said, as he held it up for a picture.
Sam let the fish go, and we watched it as it swam back into the deep.
“Look at my thumb.” Sam said, pointing out the small dimples imprinted and some scratches on his thumb.
“The fish left teeth marks on it.” He said, smiling.
“That’s bass-thumb.” I said, with a smile. “That means you caught a lot of bass today.”
Sam smiled at that comment, and together we walked back to the car.
“How are you feeling? Are you tired?” I asked. After all, we had been on the water for seven hours in the heat.
“I’m good!” Sam said, adding, “I just wish we could stay a little longer.”
“Sam, you don’t know how happy that makes me... to hear you say that.” I said.
“And I am interested in fly fishing too. I just need to get better at casting.” Sam added.
“SAM!!! Your dad told me that taking you out today was going to make me rethink having a kid, and he was right!” I said, happily. Sam smiled, saying, “We will have to go again soon.”
“Yes we will, Sam... Yes we will."