I would wake my father up before the sun even thought about coming up. I was ready to go. No cartoon was going to occupy my time when I knew we were going fishing.
My father bought a small, aluminum fishing boat when I was probably in the 4th or 5th grade. From the spring until the fall, we used it almost every weekend. I was always looking to hook the biggest bass the lake had to offer, but my fondest memories are about bream fishing.
This type of fishing is the reason I love fly fishing so much. On those trips with my father, we used an old two piece fly rod geared up with a South Bend spring-loaded reel. Each rod was equipped with a small top shaped bobber about the size of a thimble, one small lead split shot, and a hook. We only fished with live crickets, and when the fishing was hot, we both had a small round cage that held the crickets and wouldn't let them escape. The bobbers were rather unique. They were hand carved out of briar root. A small piece of toothpick was placed inside the top of the bobber to keep it from sliding up and down on the line.
Bream spawn several times a year and usually when the water temps are up around 65-70 degrees, and the moon is full. I know this will sound weird, but when the bream are on the bed, you can smell them. The beds look like dark dinner plates laying on the bottom. We didn't want to spook the fish so we would drop an anchor about 10-15 yards from the beds. Once we had our hooks baited up, we would pull line from the reel then roll cast the school bus yellow bobber towards the beds. It didn't take long. Once the bobber went down you would hit the trigger on the reel releasing the spool of line and quickly setting the hook to retrieve the fish. One after another we would pull in the large, black and brown bluegill. Then, we gently squeezed their abdomen when removing the hook which made them shoot out a thin stream of clear liquid. Only a select few will understand that part. It's just something you/they do but also part of the experience. To this day, I love to find a hot bream bed and catch a whopper.