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  • Writer's pictureCheryl Blanton


Updated: Jan 18, 2019

Definition from Google: Spinnerbait

The spinnerbait has a smooth, flowing action that mimics a swimming baitfish. The blades vibrate and flash, attracting the attention of bass. You can use spinnerbaits in most bass-fishing situations, but they are especially suited to fishing shallow cover.

Definition from the Blantons:

Most of us who are parents have a “thing” that we do when our children are very young that we carry with us as a precious memory, we store it in a special place in our minds so that when certain growth milestones happen we can reach in there, pull it out and think, “I remember when you all were just babies, I used to… “   It’s different for most of us, that “thing”, and there are usually many things for there is that one thing.

For my husband, it was night night time. He used to gather the children in the bed and create a fort out of the sheets and go on a tiny little camping trip with the kids, each child remembers the safety of the covers, and the hogs, that daddy would say were on the floor if they didn’t stay in bed and safe under the “cubbers”. They would make believe cooking dinner there and making milk shakes and sandwiches and the kitchen was down at his feet, They would pop up to the pillows with whatever they imagined up from the “kitchen”. That is what my husband’s “thing” was.

Mine however was how we got around safely as three toddlers and me. My son, Jack, was very much into fishing and used to tell me the difference between a spinnerbait and a crank bait when he was 3 years old. So, where I’m going with this is my hand became my “spinnerbait”.   I would first catch me a Jack, and say, “ok Jack, grab my spinner bait” and then we would catch a Kiki and then eventually catch a Sam.   I soon had a little talker who would say “come on Kiki, grab the spinnerbait” and they would all latch on, then I had two talkers who would say in unison, “come on Sam, grab the spinnerbait.”  They each either grabbed my thumb, pinkie, or pointer.  Our spinnerbait…

This was my thing.

Well, I had to let a fish go this weekend. He was my first catch on my spinnerbait.   He’s grown into a great young man, and I am very happy for him but to describe myself as happy would be lying. On the inside I am in agonizing pain, I am suffering beyond belief, thankful, grateful, prayerful, excited for him, but suffering. My co-dependence on my children may not be a healthy one but I would not change one single moment up to this point. I cannot wait to see what his future has in store for all of us as he leaves our imaginary fishing lure.  It’s a big world and I just pray he will always find a way back to our part of the lake.

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20 янв. 2019 г.

Great read!


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