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Dora the Explorer

July 1, 2009 - Bill Speer
My passion and love for the outdoors started early in life thanks to the influence of my father and grandfather, but mostly grandpa. Many a summer day would be spent on the boat fishing.

Those days are some of the more precious ones of my youth, and those days instilled in me a passion for fishing that pulls hard on me every chance I can get this time of year.

I have to admit, however, I have been questioning my own ability and talent this year. With a few exceptions here and there, this has been a summer of little success for me.

My "honey hole" even has been dry this year which was especially frustrating as it is a place I always take youth to so they, like me years ago, can get a great introduction to the sport. When I took my great-neice there earlier this summer, however, it was zip, zero, nothing. What a bummer for her!

A few weeks ago good friend Nate Blury shared with me this photo of his granddaughter and son-in-law and the bass Amelia pulled out of the Thunder Bay River. It seems Mia and her dad headed outside and hooked up a worm to her new Dora the Explorer fishing pole and after a few casts, landed the beauty shown here.

Mia's success didn't end there, however. Several days later she was at it again and just like before, she was rewarded for her effort.

I was thinking about Mia and Dora the Explorer recently while I, too, stood on the bank of the Thunder Bay River after about the hundredth fruitless cast.

"Maybe I should get rid of all this gear I've accumulated over the years and just run over to the store and purchase a Dora the Explorer pole" I thought.

After several more fruitless casts finally my persistence paid off with a nice sized smallmouth to show for the day's efforts.

Looks like I won't have to resort to Dora the Explorer after all.

Now where did I put that Spiderman pole of mine?


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