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Thank-you Mark Twain

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This may go long but as any fisherman or storyteller knows a tale that's worth telling needs to be told.
When I was in my early teens my fathers depthfinder went on the fritz and he had to rewire the power connections. It was late in March before he got around to it and there was no open water to test it in so (much to my teenage dismay ) he clamped the transducer into the Toilet Tank. Sure enough he got a reading between 1 and 1.5 feet so he was happy to wait till ice out to further calibrate the depthfinder.
Recently I bought a used eagle graph depth finder but was unable to confirm it worked. Today I unplugged my battery from the charger and brought it into the house to test the depth finder. I hooked it up and got a mop bucket of water and sure enought it read between 1 and 1.5 feet. As I was dumping the bucket I thought of Dad and how much less work it would have been to follow his example. He has been gone now for almost 9 years. I can't admit to him that he isn't as nuts as I tought. So I thought I should share it with you folks.
This leads to the title of the topic, as we know Twain said "When I was a boy of fourteen I could not believe how ignorant my father was, But by the time I turned Twenty-one I was amazed to see how much he learned in seven years.

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Sure is strange how the old folks get smarter in just a few years.
I wish I had the interest when I was fifteen to listen to what my Grandpa had to say. Fortunately, I still have my dad to talk to. On the downside, it's easier to fish with my five year old daughter than it is with him. I think he has regressed just so he can get me back for all the tackle of his lost when I was a kid. I wouldn't change a thing.

Erik Torgerson

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Lately I have seen it from the other side as my kids reach their teen years. I only hope that I have the patience in dealing with them that my folks had with me. Now I'm trying to teach them another Mark twain quote...

"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati (When all else fails, play dead)

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Reminds me of my grandpa all the times we spent fishing, trapping and hunting. See in the summer while not in school he was my babysitter. He lived on a small lake (80)acres the only way to this lake was through his drive way and it was imposible to get a boat trailer there. He did lend his boat to people though, but needless to say with little fishing pressure it was some real goood fishing. When he told me that he was going to teach me to fish I was so excited, I didn't realize that meant rowing his boat around the lake while he fished. We'd get up at 4:00am grandma made eggs & bacon "can't fish on an empty stomach". Two months of rowing while he fished then one day he told me to throw my bait over there in that little pocket. 1st time he let me wet a line. Well I pulled a nice 4 1/2lb bass outta that pocket and I was hooked for life. Looking back I now know he got more enjoyment outta watching me catch that fish than if he'd caught it himself. Those 2mo. of rowing I never realized that I was learning so much. Not just how to fish but patience, persistance, conservation and many other morals and values that are so important in life. He always said to put the small ones back, but trying to raise dozen kids and having no money, he did use a gill net from time to time. I never seen him use it, can't blame him though I don't believe in their usage todays. I still have that net hanging in my garage although tattered and rotton it still serves as a memory of him. (I've never used it) I guess I could go on for quit awhile about the memories but will cut this short and say thanks to the guy who started this thread. It got me to thinkinng about these memories. Mostly I'd like to thank you grandpa. All the hard times I've went through and am going through, someone is looking after me and I know it must be YOU! THANX


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4 years: "My Daddy can do anything"
7 years: "My Dad knows alot, a whole lot"
10 years: "My Father doesn't know quite everything"
12 years: "Oh, well, naturally Father doesn't know that either."
14 years: "Father? Hopelessly old-fashioned."
21 years: "Oh, that man is out of date. What did you expect?"
25 years: "He knows a little bit about it, but not much."
30 years: "Maybe we ought to find out what Dad thinks."
35 years: "Let's ask Dad what he would do before we make a decision."
40 years: "I wonder what Dad would have thought about that. He was pretty smart."
50 years: "My dad knew absolutely everything!"
60 years: "I'd give anything if Dad were here so I could talk this over with him. I really miss that man."

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