I recently found myself pondering the same question I have always struggled with around this time of year: what should I get my dad for Father's Day?
Every year, it's an endless struggle for everyone. When we were younger, the gifts were always fairly simple: a new tea pitcher and some chocolate covered raisins or peanuts with a card.
But as I got older, I began to wonder what he actually would want.
To do that, I had to think about what the guy would want, what he never gets himself.
And I realized that what my father rarely ever does is take a day off and relax. Since I was little, I remember my dad coming home from work, and then continuing work from home. On weekends, he was doing chores around the house.
But on some occasions, even he needed a break from reality.
That's when we would do something fun. A lot of the time, it was just as simple as loading up the truck and going fishing.
When I think back to those fishing trips, I remember some great times. I remember catching my first catfish. It wasn't huge, but it was more than enough to fry up for dinner that night.
I can also recall learning to clean fish for the first time, and cutting my hand with the knife on accident.
I realized that a lot of what I had learned about life came from fishing trips with either my dad or grandpa.
My grandfather was an excellent angler. He loved to run trot lines and limb lines, and then cruise along fishing for perch or bluegill.
He loved to go fishing, and would oftentimes take one of his grandchildren along with him. Besides, he could use the help when it came to pulling in those large catfish, including one that weighed over 60 pounds.
The best part, however, was the fish fries he held every summer.
And thinking of all my memories of fishing with my family, I knew what to give my dad for Father's Day.
A day off, and a fishing trip.
So, on that note, I've picked a few ideas to give your fishermen fathers.
A fishing rod tip repair kit: If you're anything like me, you have closed a door on your father's favorite fishing rod. Luckily, there are kits to repair it, and fairly cheap.
A box full of plastics: You never know when a good crappie jig can come in handy.
A Leatherman multi-tool: They are always useful, whether it be bending bent hooks, cutting line. I'm never caught without one while fishing.
But, my number one suggestion? Take him out on the water.
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