Hunt Smart  - Fish Hard: It's 6 a.m. - Time to Go Fishing

Annie Conrad (left) and Harrison Conrad, both from Richmond. They love to pure fish for Spots and Croakers.

I work with Tom Conrad at the bus shop. We are always swapping stories back and forth, and this time Tom got my attention. Tom does a lot of bear and deer hunting, and we can’t leave out fishing — deep sea fishing that is. Tom went on talking about his grandkids and how they much they love fishing at the piers. But that is not the only place they like to fish.

Tom told me that he fishes with his son Matt and his wife Alicia’s children Harrison, who’s age is 8, Annie, age 6, and Cathrine, age 2 (just waiting to go), and they all live in Richmond. Tom went on to tell me that Harrison and Annie learned how to fish from Matt and Pop Pop (Tom) when they would take them to the James River fishing in Richmond and other water sources close by. When Harrison and Annie would fish there they would catch smallmouth bass and bream.

Tom rented a place in Cape Charles and took Matt and the kids. This past time, Tom rented a place in the Chesapeake Bay area. They had four mornings of fishing. Every morning Harrison and Annie would come down the stairs at 6 a.m. and say “time to go fishing Pop Pop.”

Tom would get breakfast going with cereal and eggs. Harrison and Annie would say after breakfast it was time to go to the pier. They would fish from 7 a.m. to 9:30-10 a.m.

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