Monday, October 4, 2010

Teach A Kid To Fish And He/She Will Have A Passion For A Lifetime

After torrential downpours fell upon Maryland skies late last week, the glorious sun on Saturday was a gem of a day!  It was a great day too for a youth fishing derby. The Bill Burton Youth Fishing Derby (sponsored by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association, & the Coastal Conservation Association).  My kids, their dad, & their grandpa grabbed their fishing rods and headed down to Cambridge, Maryland with some buddies (a couple of which share the family lineage of the derby's namesake).  A super day of Chesapeake Bay fishing was had by all! 

Candus Thomson of the Baltimore Sun, did a far better write-up than I ever could...check it out:  You can see her photos of the day at the Baltimore Sun's photo gallery at,0,7713852.photogallery.

For more GREAT pictures of the day & another excellent write up, go to

And as the grand finale, here's a must-see youtube video.   To learn a little bit about the legend and namesake behind the Bill Burton Choptank Fishing Pier State Park, click on the video below, or go to  Every time I watch this, I appreciate the wisdom not only of Bill Burton, but of our elders who have experienced the Great Depression and WWII.   I appreciate how important it is to embrace life and to go where your heart is.  I believe Bill Burton sure did.  And I have a sneaking suspicion that anglers galore will continue to do that on the Bill Burton Choptank Fishing Pier State Park!

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