Friday, July 13, 2007
This was Daniel's pond on the family ranch. Dan would daily fish the pond and some days would catch 5-7 bass. The pond was over 70 years old and had many size bass. One afternoon Dan was fishing and snagged a " Big " one, he fought and fought to bring it into his dock, but his pole was bending almost in two. He yelled for his dad's help. His dad was on the tractor and couldn't hear him calling. Finally, the fish broke loose and Dan's heart sank. He ran up to his Dad and excitedly told him about the fish! Dad got down from the tractor and sure enough the line was broken. Daniel called the fish "Killer " and everyday he would go to his pond and take his fishing pole and fish for "Killer." The fish in the above picture is NOT "killer" that was a common size bass he usually caught. We'd like to say that they were Killer's babies!
After awhile, Dan started a catch and release fishing style and later in life Dan said he was very glad that he hadn't caught Killer because if he lived that long and was the King of the pond he deserved to live and not be caught.
Later in Daniel's life he became very fond and protective of wild life and wanted to protect all wildlife. He believed that just hunting for the sport of it just didn't make sense. If you or your family needed food, then that was acceptable. Daniel loved his pond and the farm as did the family and we all wished that we would have stayed on the farm and lived the good, hard, way of life that a farm requires. Dan liked San Francisco, but the farm was his love.