Spring Break 2011 road trip with dad.
It was dads turn to take the week off for spring break and spend time with his daughter Lil Howe. We had all week to ourselfs to go anyplace we wanted to. Come and go as we pleased and just go have fun! This was great for me as a dad, I got a chance to really spend some quality time with my kid and teach her more about traveling,boating, and fishing!
We first focused on packing up the right gear for travel including extra clothes,sun block,food,water,life jackets, flashlights,sunglasses,hats,jackets and of course her favorite stuffed animals and fishing tackle. Dad still made her bring some books to read,since I knew there had to be some quiet time for me too!
Clear Lake ca
We first traveld to Clear lake to Mikes Marine service. My boat had a collision with a chuck of drift wood snapping the crank shaft on my boat. My insurance company coverd the damage and Mike Rowe had my boat fixed in less than 2 weeks! Excited to get the boat back and take a test drive on Clear lake we headed to lake port and launched the boat. With snow coverd mountain in the background in late April the scenery was awsome! Fishing was good as I hooked fish up to 6lbs and lil Howe insisted in reeling them all in! I was happy to play pass the rod all day! The boat ran great and the weather was pleasant and mild. Lil Howe loved being on the boat and eating like a lil horse all day! I work on teaching her to drink plenty of fluids when on the boat and to re apply sunblock even when cloudy.We then headed home for a night of rest and re packed the boat for our next destination.
Folsom Lake ca
Staying much closer to home we went to Folsom lake only 45 min to the ramp fromElk Grove. This lake is just up the hill from Saramento Ca. We slept in left the house at 10am and we were on the water by 11am. This is a great lake offering three kinds of bass to catch,Spotted Bass,Smallmouth Bass, and largemouth bass. This being our second day on the boat my kid really started to relax and fishing at lake folsom would be much easier than Clear Lake due to not as much weeded areas. On her second cast my kid catches a 2.75 lb Spotted bass all on her own! This is the first fish lil Howe has caught all on her own! Cast, set hook, and reeled it in! My kid was crazy about this exciting feeling and i was a proud dad, except she caught the first fish of the day and let me know about it all day! We caught over 25 fish in a half day up to 3.25lbs! A mixed bag of smallmouth,spotted bass,and Largemouth bass. We headed home to pack up for the last leg of the tour!
Bullards bar reservoir
I had three lakes to choose from and let lil Howe make her choice of where to go. Lil Howe chose Bullards Bar! I was unsure since I hadnt spent much time on this lake and wanted lil Howe to catch more fish! This was to be a truck camping trip. We would sleep in the truck and you would think she was having a birthday party she was so excited to camp in the truck! We spent 2 days on this gem of a lake,with waterfalls a flowin and some great scenery! The fishing was good and we caught some big spotted bass on this trip. Bullards bar offers house boat trips and after a few days here i never wanted to leave!
My little Monster!
Next spring break make plans to take your kids fishing, get to know them, teach them lessons of travel and life on the road. This was the most fun Ive ever had with my kid! The funniest part is now my kid wants 3-4 poles so we dont have to re-tie lures on all day! She wants a Abu Veritas Rod! Told me they are so light that she doesnt want to use her poles anymore! I guess I learned something too! All these pictures were taken by lil Howe my new photographer according to her~! Our next camping trip destination is memorial day at Lake Pardee!