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    Welcome to Mike's Fishing Blog, the culmination of a ten year vision for this web site. I fish for anything that swims - put a pole in my hand and I'm there!
    Many of you may be aware that my boys are into sports other than fishing. They will go fishing, but it's not their passion. This weekend my son James, wife JoAnn, and myself joined my son's U-15 Select team for an eight team tournement at Spooner Creek, near Blaine, Washington.

    This has been a tough year for our U-15 team as they have to this point only won a couple games. The team has been slowly coming together and playing more compeditively, but this weekend they finally broke it out to a new level. Our first day we played two great games, losing the first 1-0 on a solo homerun, and tying the second 4-4 in extra innings. So we went into Day Two today actually having a shot at placing. Our first game we jumped all over the Timberwolves and blew them out 13-5. This put us at 1-1-1 and amzingly we got to play for third place. 

    We faced the Team Fitness, a team we had met about a week ago and lost to 9-1. We played terrible that game, but not this time. We started out scoring three runs the first inning, and they came back and scored 5 with a grand slam - ouch! But our boys found something this weekend, and rather than fold they battled back to take a 8-7 victory. My son James's usual position is 2nd base, but because tournements tend to go through pitchers he was called on to pitch the last three innings of the game. James isn't a power pitcher, rather, he relies on a wicked curve ball and great ball placement. He pitched about as good as I've ever seen him pitch, giving up one walk, one hit, and one run. He struck out the final batter of the day with a runner at second and sealed our 3rd place showing. The whole team did an amazing job of staying focused and never giving up.

    I enjoy fishing, but I must say there is nothing I'd rather do than watch my boys play their passions - sports. Fishing is on a backburner for me at this point in my life. I know it will be there waiting for me when my sons are grown and off to college (Matt leaves this fall, and James in two years). So if you don't see a lot of fishing reports from me or new videos - now you know why! I know this stage in my life will be over oh too soon and I will miss it dearly when it is gone.

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    Posted by: Mike Carey
    Posted: June 07, 2009 10:46 PM
    Categories: General
    Comments:
    topdawg47 says:
    June 08, 2009 09:51 PM
    Yea, time flys! And, I'm saying that at a young age, lol
    Fishing is a hobbie/sport that you can never be to old too enjoy! Enjoy your boys sports & make sure you tell you young men to really enjoy sports while they last, but it all ends at some point for even the greatest of athletes. So in a nutshell, play sports, take care of business in class room, and fish! Ha-ha, lol
    June 08, 2009 03:02 PM
    Thanks guys, I know I'm on the right track. AJ,, thanks for sharing your story and I'm sorry to hear of your loss. BTW, that's a warm-up toss, he would kill me if I took shot's during the game! He actually doesn't like to pitch that much but we were out of arms. Funny thing is he's pitched two times now and given up 2 runs in 6 innings (only one earned) so he probably has one of the best ERAs on the team. :-) He pitched all the time in Little League and did great but as kids outgrew him and their velocity got so much better the last two years coaches have used him less. Guess none of them ever heard of Jamie Moyer. One other thing - all the slow curve ball pitches seem to do better than the heat throwers. Kids love fastballs!
    AJ's Dad says:
    June 08, 2009 12:38 PM
    Mike,
    I too have spent many years fishing less than I would have liked to. My son AJ played the game of baseball at it's highest level for his age from the time he was 10 years old, right up to recieving 5 scholarship offers to play college ball. He had selected a college to go to just before he passed away in August of 2008. Baseball was his sport but fishing was a passion he had from the first time I took him when he was not quite three years old. Last year we got the opportunity to go to an out of town tournament in Ephrata, and we fished at the pothoiles while we were there. He outfished most adults from the time he was about 8. Now, I am taking the advice he gave me last summer and I am fishing every opportunity I get. We traveled not only around the state,but to Canada, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, and he played several times at Spooner Creek as well. I will never forget the great times we had chasing him and his baseball career, or all the fishing trips we went on together. I will never regret going to his games instead of fishing, no matter how much we both love catching the big one. If that is your son in the photo, he can add a few miles per hour to his fastball by striding out another 12 inches or so.(LOL) Enjoy your kids while you can, they are truely a blessing.
    racfish says:
    June 08, 2009 06:37 AM
    Our live change so rapidly.as you get older you find yourself not fishing as much while taking care of the home front but the passion of the fight is never gone.Sometimes we just dont get out like we used too.Everytime I pass a river or anybody of water I wonder how the fishing is.Good luck with your children and enjoy them to the fullest.The fish will always be around so enjoy your family.
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