The Detroit River at the foot of third would become my most cherished sanctuary. My oldest brother Stan, would always talk about going fishing. I had never been before. I knew only what I saw on TV. One day my mother took us to a park named Bell isle. This park was located quite a distance from where we lived. We would go there that day for our first time ever-family picnic. Stan was excited because he was going fishing. He would occasionally reach into his pocket to show off his bait. It was an earthworm that he had caught the night before. Several times he’d reach into his upper left shirt pocket, remove and dangle this dried up but still very much lively night crawler. Later after finally arriving at the park and locating a grill, he was permitted to go fishing on one of the islands shallow inland lakes, my mother was much to nervous to let all three of us go to the other side of the Island and fish the infamous Detroit River. So off he went, Stan fished and fished all day long. From afternoon till evening, reeling in and casting out, all day and we caught nothing. Absolutely nothing. As I recall. But boy was the whole thing fun.
Later as we got older, my mother would trust Stan to take us both Calvin and myself down to the Detroit River. The three of us would walk for what seemed like hours and no sooner had we arrived with fishing gear still in hand, when a car honked its horn had come to pick us up. We had just walked this long distance for nothing. But our momma was worried to death “I was worried to death” as she would put it of the idea that one of her three boys would fall into that big dangero...
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...on. He knew then that I would not follow anything to exact instructions as given. Be he did thrown me a lifeline. So I throw to you also, remember the dayStar. It became true that over time I could secretly of course out fish Charlie China fisherman, but hid my catch under water in a basket until such time I could retrieve it unnoticed.
My wife would be coerced to go fishing with me on a few occasions. On her first time out, I took her to one of my old fishing holes. I of course setup her tackle, spreader, sinker, leader, spinner, baited the hook, and cast her rod into the river. Sure enough she had the greatest streak of beginners luck anyone there had seen, even those who were fishing right next to her and others who had been there fishing all day. Little did anyone know the secrets of the river were at work. The boy fisherman had covertly returned he he!
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