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My Favorite Fish Story of All Time

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Fishing has never been a favorite pastime of mine, but my family LOVED fishing. Growing up, my parents would drag me and my siblings to a remote creek bank to spend the day in pursuit of supper. Both mom and dad enjoyed the sport. We grew up in a rural area with plenty of places to fish. I never knew if we were on a river, lake or creek, but you can bet my parents knew the best fishing hole.

Once as a teenager, I tried to fake being sick to avoid going fishing. I really didn't want to go. But as parents sometimes do, they made me go anyway. My acting skills apparently weren't very good.

I vividly recall on that trip, sitting on the creek bank and gazing into the water at the stringer of fish, a predator fish swam up and started biting the fish on the line. There was a flurry of activity, splashing water, fish swishing fervently to avoid the bites of this long scary fish. I shouted for the adults to come see, and told them a fish must be loose on the string. By the time they got there the fish had taken off. I thought it ironic that they were the ones fishing, yet I was the one at the shoreline seeing fish!

That's a great childhood memory, but it isn't my favorite.

My favorite fish story of all time is the one shown below. Mom and Dad took my young son and his cousin fishing when they were 2 and 4 years old. I am so happy they took a photo to capture the event. 

Boys fishing with grandpaw

My dads' pipe is clenched between his teeth, as it usually was, and he is proudly showing the string of fish he caught with his two grandsons. My son is the younger one on the left.

Details of this trip are fuzzy, as is the photo, because it was taken 40 years ago. My guess is Mom took the picture and went along for adult supervision. I don't know if they were in a boat or the bank that day, but I know they had a great time.

This photo will forever be my favorite fish story of all time.


If you are curious what this has to do with real estate, the answer is nothing. This post is "Just for Fun" and was written for an AR Challenge.


Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and thanks for sharing your fish story with us here in the Rain.  I think we all have fish stories, good and bad.


Aug 29, 2022 07:59 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for sharing your fish story with us.  It brought back wonderful memories of my grandfather.  He never took me fishing, but he smoked a pipe.  I loved the scent of his raw tobacco when he opened it.  We did have endless fun at his house.  He had a pool with a slide and a diving board.  😃

Most of my fishing experiences have been with my dad and I am hoping to have more soon.

Thanks again!

Aug 29, 2022 08:07 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Ray Henson I'm glad this reminded you of your grandfather. I had almost forgotten the scent of that pipe. 

Aug 29, 2022 08:20 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a great picture that you shared with us!  The one in orange looks like he was really pleased with the fishing trip, the other one not so much, haha.

Aug 29, 2022 08:09 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

The other one was probably missing his nap or his mommy, not necessarily in that order.

Aug 29, 2022 09:31 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Sounds like a great memory with your Dad. Those times are indeed to be cherished! Jeff

Aug 29, 2022 08:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Pat - never underestimate the power of "nothingness".  It can enhance everyday life.  

Aug 29, 2022 09:33 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

What a special memory! There is nothing like a photo to capture the moment. Thanks for sharing the story.

Aug 29, 2022 10:06 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Thanks, Pat Champion. I love your tag line; haven't seen you in a while.

Aug 29, 2022 11:29 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat that is a great memory, and I look forward to your presentation at our ActiveRain Weekly ZOOM Meeting tomorrow!!!

Aug 29, 2022 01:39 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Pat I can see you just sitting on the bank and watching the fish go by!  LOL.  And love the photo of you Dad and the boys....and of course the fish!  I bet they had a fun day together!

Aug 29, 2022 01:55 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net


Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Thanks Bill

Aug 29, 2022 02:12 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's a priceless picture of your dad and the boys, Pat.  I suspect they enjoyed fishing a little more than you!  Interestingly, I liked fishing as long as I didn't need to put live bait on a hook, or clean the fish.  In fact, I've never cleaned a fish in my entire life.  I've caught a number of them, but others were kind enough to take over the nasty parts.  I can sure cook 'em up though!

Aug 29, 2022 07:36 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Oh, I've had to bait a few hooks in my lifetime, but that was many years ago. Most of the time I'd ask my significant other to bait the hook. Myrl Jeffcoat 

Aug 30, 2022 09:28 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Pat, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Aug 29, 2022 07:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Pat- what wonderful memories your parents created for all of you. It reminds me of going crabbing with my grandparents. I loved every minute of it. 

Aug 29, 2022 08:10 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Pat,

I was never into fishing, but my husband took the boys camping and brought the poles. It was so much fun watching them run around the boat docks in the marina every time they saw a fish.  These are stories we will never forget.

Aug 31, 2022 08:49 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - I had to laugh when you mentioned you apparently weren't a good actor when you wanted to fake something. Perhaps your mom was more like you than you knew and that's why you had to go along with them on those fishing on the boat. Fuzzy photos or not, I kind of believe those those are the most favorite memories of our life. I enjoyed reading your story very much. 

Sep 03, 2022 05:00 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Pat - you have an enjoyable fish story to tell us with great memories.  No one sea sick.🙂

Sep 03, 2022 07:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing some of your family memories with your fish story. My fishing memories are totally different from your. Most my fishing took place in salt water.

Sep 08, 2022 09:31 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pat, great story, and sorry you did not enjoy fishing.   That stringer of fish is quite a catch!

Sep 19, 2022 11:00 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Happy Birthday. Make it a great day!

Dec 31, 2022 05:33 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pat sorry I missed this great post and as I was going through the comments it saddened me to see that Grant is not with us anymore, Endre

Mar 12, 2023 10:14 PM