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June 14, 2013

BASSMASTER - A Real Card - Love of a father

[caption id="attachment_815" align="alignnone" width="650"]Photo: B.A.S.S. Seigo Saito Photo: B.A.S.S. Seigo Saito[/caption]

Life is all about making memories.  Some of the best memories I have are fishing with my dad.  He took me fishing all the time when I was little.  Some of my earliest memories are catching bluegill with my dad and older brother on the banks of Norris Lake.  Dad says I caught my first fish before age 2, and that watching me reel in that first fish was one of the greatest experiences of his life.  I do not have kids, but I can imagine the joy of sharing the love of a pastime like fishing with them.  I am very lucky to have a great father who loved to spend time with me and take me fishing when I was young.  I am blessed that I can still go fishing with him and we are still making memories together on the water.

keith_harmon_0A couple weeks ago, I took a young man fishing, and I want to share his inspiring story about his father.  Jake Harmon (age 21), from Tazewell, TN, is holding on to the great memories that he has fishing with his father.  His time with his father was cut short on April 20, 2013.  Tragically, his father, Keith, suffered a heart attack while fishing a BFL on South Holston Lake, and passed away.

Keith Harmon was an avid tournament bass fisherman.  He won the 2001 BASS Nation Tennessee Championship, and competed in BFL’s and club tournaments for many years.  He took his boys, Jake and Brandon, every chance he could.  They fished all over Tennessee, and took trips to the Red River and Lake Toho.  He instilled the love of tournament-fishing in them.  Jake and Brandon used to travel with Keith to tournaments before they were old enough to compete, and as they got older teamed up with him.

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