Dick Pinney's Guidelines: A lesson, then a devotion to striper fishing
We lived in a home attached to the store. I can remember time after time that my dad would wake me up in the early morning to tell me that Chan or one of the Garlands had some fish to show me. I can remember Chan's Model A Ford pickup truck's bed about half full of huge stripers - fish in the 40- and 50-pound range! And Steve Vickery delighted in seeing me in awe, showing me his catch of the day. The Garland brothers were almost just as frequent with their delight in my attention to their big fish or load of Canada geese.
Bush supplied me with handmade wooden fishing rods, that I'm ashamed to admit that from lack of care, they got ruined. Old lures and even a small baseball bat to kill a fish with were also given to me by Bush and the other old timers.
My first time out alone, when I got to where the boat launch that was in Newington, there were three boats out front that were into a bunch of big stripers that were breaking water and a couple of the people were fighting big fish. Quickly launching the boat and getting the borrowed motor roaring, we piled right into the action and soon the fish went down and it went quiet. Amid some stern stares from a couple of people that I knew, Ralph Garland motored over to me and told me to go back to the dock, tie up my boat and come with him.
Dick Pinney's column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Email him at DoDuckInn@aol.com.
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