CPR: Catch Photo Release

by Rebecca on December 8, 2011

in Fly Fishing

Bonefish Release

Catch - Photo - Release | Andros Island 2011

When I was a wee fishergirl and I’d catch a small fish, I can remember having this conversation with my Dad, often.

He’d praise my catch and then say, “Becca, let’s let that one go so he can grow up a bit more and then someday you can catch him again.”

When we would return to the same body of water and I’d catch a decent sized fish I would ask him, ” Dad, do you think this is the one I caught last time and he’s all grown up?”

My Dad would look hard at my catch, smile, and say, “I think it is and if you let him go again, just think how big he’ll be the next time you catch him!”

It was like magic…

“This is my photo submission for the GreenFish and Outdoor Blogger Network Photo Contest

Photo Credit and Thank You Goes to:
Tom Larimer (blog) a.k.a. Larimer Outfitters (guide service)


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

jamesNo Gravatar December 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Must be a “daddy” thing,said the exact same things to my daughter while she was growing up!


RebeccaNo Gravatar December 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Very cool and we don’t forget those moments with Dad =)


Nick@BrookfieldAngler.comNo Gravatar December 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Awesome post! So simple and innocent, yet incredibly wise.


RebeccaNo Gravatar December 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Thanks Nick. Now I always send off my fish back into the water and tell them, “Go get bigger and I’ll see you next time”


cofisherNo Gravatar December 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Go get em Rebecca. Very cool story. Short, sweet an a wonderful life lesson for a child.


Kirk WernerNo Gravatar December 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Let ‘em Go, Let ‘em Grow! Amen, Outdooress. Now we just need a photo of wee Becca with her pappy from 20 years ago, when she was 7.


MichaelNo Gravatar December 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Awesome story.. short but great.


Mike CNo Gravatar February 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I have great memories of fly fishing with my Dad and now I am sharing them with my son.

Thanks ,



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