Grandfather says nearly as far back as he can remember, he has loved to fish.
He was on a footbridge over a creek at a family picnic when he was, oh, maybe 4 years old. When he saw minnows in the water, he bent a reed into an “L” and dangled one end in the creek and cried when he couldn’t catch a fish.
When he was 6 or so, he did better — tied one end of a string to a broomstick and the other to a bent pin forming a fishhook and caught bullheads out of a ditch alongside railroad tracks.
Age 12 or so, he rode his bicycle 14 miles to a millpond where he caught bluegills and in years following, he fished for bass on one of Michigan’s inland lakes where his uncle had a cottage. (See photo on right.)
Plus, whatever showed up in the surf on the Hatteras Seashore.
These days, he sometimes flips a popper bug with a fly rod at bluegills in his son’s farm pond.
He and Grandmother-to-be camped out and fished for bass and pike on their honeymoon:
Then, he graduated to trout and salmon:
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian from West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
Photos: Courtesy of the Blakeslee Family