On September 20, 2008 Mai, Dave and Gene Wilson went fishing with Tony McMorris at the Olney Lake. We left our home in Oblong Illinois and met Tony at his house at one o’clock for the trip to the lake in his boat. We were all excited for the chance to fish and to become better acquainted with Tony.

Mai was excited as she had never been fishing before. She likes to eat fish and was hoping for some new taste delights if we caught some nice fish. We caught fish! Mai caught the largest one of the outing, a six pound catfish! Dave and I both caught smaller fish.

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Tony’s boat s prepared and eady for our outing.

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Dave looks serious as we travel to the Olney Lake, Mai looks, actually I don’t know how to describe the way she looks.

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In the first picture Dave and Mai Wilson wait patiently at the boat dock as Tony prepares to launch the boat. In the second picture the sign with the rules of the lake as well as size and catch limits informs all fishermen the rules for this lake. In the third picture Dave Wilson looks playfully on with interest.

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Tony backs the boat down the ramp to launch the boat and then lets Dave drive. Dave enjoyed this a lot. Tony is a good teacher and is good with Dave.

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Dave is still driving and Mai is enjoying the experience.

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Dave Catches his first fish!

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Mai catches her first fish and with Tony’s help gets the fish in the boat. She was very happy!

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Mai catches fish and catches fish! It seemed to me that she had fish waiting for her hook before she even threw her line in the water.

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Dave was catching fish pretty well and I thought for a while I would just enjoy what a wonderful fishing trip Mai and Dave were having but would not catch fish myself.

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Mai catches a six pound catfish! She caught this on six pound test line! I find that amazing. It would have been nice to catch such a fish anytime but especially rtemarkable to catch the catfish on her first fishing trip and on such light tackle.

When Mai hooked the fish, Tony was there telling her how to play the fish, Tony is a natural at working with people and helping hem to be better fishermen. I salute him.

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Gene catches the largest bass of the day. Of course it was the only bass of the day but at least I caught a fish.

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Here we are back at Tony’s house in Newton Illinois looking at our catch of the day. Mai caught the big fish and probably half of the others. Her catfish makes the others look small.

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As we prepared to leave Tony’s house for our fishing trip he gave Dave Wilson some lessons on casting. Dave enjoyed this and as the pictures show was giggling and laughing.

Thank you Tony for a wonderful experience fishing and for the conversation about so many things. We loved fishing with Tony!

Gene, Mai and Dave Wilson

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