My turn

Wolf Lake gives son first fishing experience

2014-06-11T00:00:00Z Wolf Lake gives son first fishing experienceJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
June 11, 2014 12:00 am  • 

We took advantage of Illinois’ free fishing days this past weekend by visiting Hegewisch’s Wolf Lake where our 2-year-old son reeled in the first fish of what's sure to be an illustrious fishing career.

It was "big" in terms of life moments even if the fish was small in terms of actual size.

If you ask him though, that bluegill was as big as his arms are long. That’s the sign of a true fisherman.

This first fishing moment was only a matter of time. This kid is descended from a long line of anglers both in my family and my husband’s.

Many of my memories of my Grandma and Grandpa Pallay revolve around Wisconsin, fishing poles and boats. Of course, my dad was there too, trying the newest lures and jigs he could find or had seen on TV.

My dad loved fishing so much that he would watch it every weekend on TV. As a kid, it was just about the most boring thing imaginable although now I appreciate how much he enjoyed his passion.

I cried a few tears at Wolf Lake on fishing day because my dad, grandma and grandpa are no longer with us and couldn’t share in this fishing expedition. I know they would have loved to see my son sharing their love of fishing.

I’m happy though that his other grandparents also love fishing and were able to be there. My father-in-law was his assistant as he reeled in that first fish and my mother-in-law lovingly helped him reel in his empty line at least 100 other times.

I was impressed by his patience for the sport, especially for a 2-year-old. He never ran off, fell in the water or got a hook in his finger. He just loved to watch the line go out and reel it in. In fact, he was the only one of us who wanted to fish longer.

It seems like a little fisherman was born.

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