Chris Lane on Fishing with His Kids

As I mentioned in my earlier earlier blog the “Super Bowl” of fishing is taking place this week. I’m here in attendance and I see families everywhere! Some experienced anglers, some brand new to fishing. But everyone here is getting a chance to see a different side of fishing and meet some expert anglers.

While dining on BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, and potato salad, Chris Lane, 2014 Bassmaster Classic Competitor, and Winner of the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, answered a few questions at Thursday’s Media Event.

Do you have kids?

“Yes. 2, 4, 10, and 12.” (Two boys, two girls)

Are you raising anglers?

“It’s in their blood,” he said, grinning from ear to ear.

How did you start them fishing?

“Bobber, spincast reel. For bluegill.  But the neat part about living on Lake Guntersville is that as the water warms, they’ll progress from bluegill to bass.”

How did you learn to fish and who taught you?

“My Dad and Grandfather. Cane pole. Or even just a line tied to a stick.” And then he added, “Fishing kept me out of trouble.”

Are your kids going to be tournament anglers?

“If they want. They are aware of it, and what I do. In fact my 12 year old son beats me fishing all the time.”

What?! How can he do that?

“I think it is partially that he wants to beat me, so he fishes harder. A big key is“believing” in your lure. He’ll throw a Spook (topwater lure) all day because he knows it is going to work. It has been great to watch him expand on the fishing fundamentals that I’ve taught him.”

Do you fish recreationally?

“You bet. Looking forward to heading down to the Everglades to fish for sea trout, shark, snook.  I like to eat fish too.”

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.