• Anthony Watson

Fish Together, Stay Together



A family that fishes together, stays together!

My family and I don’t fish together as much as I want, but more than most. My wife and youngest son will go out with me and my oldest son maybe once a month (except in the heat of tournament season).

Recently we headed out about 11 a.m. and decided to go explore some new areas to check the patterns of the reds and let my youngest get in the skinnies with his kayak. We went to a pond that is all mud and a slough off to the right at the mouth. My youngest explored the slough, while my oldest, my wife and I fished the mouth of the pond so we could keep an eye on our youngest.



My wife was throwing a Purple Haze Matrix on a 1/8-ounce jig head, my oldest was throwing a Matrix Shrimp Creole on a 1/8-ounce jig head, and I was throwing a Blazing Hornet Matrix on a 1/4-ounce jig head. As we were slowly working the mouth of the pond, we could see mullet rolling and small baits in a foot or less of water. As I was looking for pushes and V’s, I heard my wife say that she had something and heard drag screaming; the first fish and it was a red.

My oldest threw over in that area and he hooked up, another nice red. I threw in that area, hooked up, and got a trout. My youngest kayaked back to the boat and said he didn’t see much back there, got in the boat, cast and caught a trout as well.

As we continued to slowly work this pond, we caught reds, trout and flounder. Every couple of casts someone was hooked up, and drag was screaming. We probably caught 25–30 fish in the couple hours we were out. And I am not sure how, as we sounded like a marching band or a circus in the boat with the excitement, the bouncing around, the laughter, the yelling, all creating memories.



The days out on the water with the family, no “real” world distractions, enjoying nature, being together, doing something we all love, are always amazing but especially this time of year. If you get the chance to fish with the fam, whether from a boat, land, bridge, pier or whatever it may be, take advantage of it.

It’s not about the size, weight or number of fish being caught, it is about that time together with the ones you love and cherish, creating those bonds and memories. Most kids don’t care if you know or don’t know how to fish, they care that you are the ones out there with them, doing things with them.




A family that fishes together, stays together. Be safe, enjoy this time with family, and from our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

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