10, 9 and 7 years ago. Swaddled and warm in their loving mother’s arms, just hours after their respective births. Brand new in this great big world. Awash in soft, far-away dreams as their dad cradled and paced and crooned stories of the great adventures they’d have someday. There’s no way they could’ve known what life had in store.

But now. Now they know.
Poor kids never stood a chance.


Filed under Fatherhood and venison jerkey, On the water


  1. Eric Reed

    Epic. Thats how they will remember their childhood. Nice work Dads…..

    • fishingpoet

      Thanks, Eric. I’m counting on them recounting “remember when” stories when I’m a grand-dad. I’m not rushing to get there, mind you…

  2. luved those rods bucking, kids leaning into it for all they’re worth. That was a good day. mike

  3. Derrol Hammer

    “Remember when Dad made us go fishing on Easter!” will be repeated many times. Excellent adventure guys.

  4. Katelin Ryan

    I love this so much! Awesome vid, Matt!

    • fishingpoet

      The kids and I thank you, KR.
      They asked when their allowance is going up.
      I told them they’re allowed outside as much as they want.

  5. That is by far the best and most compelling video I have ever seen in a long time. Almost makes me want to have kids. Seriously Matt, sick video and someday those kids are going to thank you…or curse you for passing on your addiction.


    • fishingpoet

      Inspiring someone to have kids…that would be a first for me. Seriously though, the more time we spend together, the more fun we have–and the better the stories get. This is why fishingpoet exists, my friend. Thanks for the kind words, Ben.

  6. Awesome, Matt! I’ve never found fish that size. You and your kids are truly blessed. Excellent video and congrats on opening day success-especially with kids in tow-they must have had a blast.

  7. Great song. Great video.

    Take a nice sized fish and put it in the hands of a kid. It makes the fish look 20 times bigger in the photo/on video. But it can’t compare to the size of the smile on the kids face.

    I’m not the fatherly type. But you gotta pass the outdoors love onto friends, family and the next generation. Glad to see it happening.

    • fishingpoet

      Yea, it takes me back to those moments when I’d catch a nice bass as a kid. Praying the whole fight that it wouldn’t come off. Lifting it from the water and being in complete, smiling awe.
      Thanks for stopping by, Pete. Good to hear from you.

  8. JR Kraus

    Love it. The music, the rain, the kids going after it. Looks like it was a blast!

  9. Such an awesome video…having fun is what it’s all about. Thanks for the reminder. well done sir!

  10. brett wood

    awsome vid- liked the beats and the fish!

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