By Mike Giles / Outdoors Writer
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Eight-year-old Dalton Bishop joined his dad, Greg Bishop, and Tony Cook on a trip to prepare a dove field last Saturday. The trip would be a very memorable day for the trio and one that will likely be a lifetime memory for Dalton.
“We were going to fix up a dove field and the owner told me to bring our rods and we might fish some while we were up there if we wanted,” said Greg Bishop. He didn’t have to tell Dalton twice as the young angler is pretty well hooked on fishing.
“We got to the lake early in the morning and I tied on a lizard for Dalton and he and Tony went on down to the water and started fishing while I was rigging up my own rod. While I was tying mine on I heard Tony call out: “Hey, I believe ole Dalton’s got something on here.” Well I just kept rigging up my rod and then I heard Tony again.
Big for Certain
Hey, I’m telling you the boy’s got something going on here! “Well he got my attention that time and I headed down to where they were and Dalton was really fighting something big,” said Bishop. “He was using one of those small bale type spinning reels and he’d bring in some line and then the bass would strip some back off. ZZZZZZ, ZZZZZZZZZZ, the line sang as the lunker stripped line from the reel. Dalton would crank him in a little and then the bass would rip line right back off. This went on for a little while and then that bass exploded through the surface and started tail walking on top!”
“He came up and tried to tail walk- whup, whup, whup, from side to side and he was a monster,” Bishop continued. “We could hardly believe it he was so big.”
The monster bass had fallen victim to an excited young angler with some enticement from his pumpkinseed lizard on the first cast of the day no less! Needless to say both father and son were beside themselves with joy over the triumphant feat.
“We took the bass up to Joey Murphey’s Taxidermy and weighed it on Joey’s digital scales,” said Bishop. “It weighed 12 pounds,” said the ecstatic father. Up until this momentous catch young Dalton’s largest bass to date weighed four pounds.
“Dalton’s been going crappie fishing with me and Tony for quite a while now and he’s pretty good at that too,” Bishop said. “He really catches them and enjoys it too.” And the young angler also loves to dove hunt and deer hunt.
“He’s been going dove hunting since he could barely walk and we stepped him up to a 20 gauge last year and he killed a few doves too,” said Bishop. “This year we’re already shooting skeet and looking to get him his first deer also!”
But for now the West Lauderdale Elementary student is hooked on bass fishing! And by the looks of it he’s pretty good at what he does. Hooked on fishing is a pretty good place to start your life. And doing it with a proud dad is just icing on the cake! Feed a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime! Dalton Bishop has already learned how to catch fish and big ones at that. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
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