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#976314 - 10/18/08 02:04 PM Kudos to Kirk & Nimrod777
10 Point

Registered: 09/08/02
Posts: 2738
Loc: Chattanooga, TN

Great fun this morning! This is complicated... stick with me. I donated a trip to the Ronald McDonald House Auction a while back... TNDeer's Kirk bought the trip, making a hefty donation to the Ronald McDonald House. Then Kirk turned around and re-donated the trip he bought to Nimrod777, a youth minister, who recruited Kendrick.

Kendrick hasn't had the opportunity to do much fishing... exactly the person that Kirk hoped might enjoy a trip. He did!

We started out on the early-bite bass (in Chickamauga Tailwaters) with some crank baits. The bass were pretty cooperative. It took Kendrick a little while to get the hang of casting... but in short order he was boating fish like a pro. And Kendrick smiles as good as he catches fish.

After the early bass bite died down we switched to catfish. First cast Kendrick added a personal best cat to his personal best bass... more smiles!

It was just an absolute great morning on the water with a young man who truly enjoyed his time on the water. Hopefully he is hooked.

"Hats Off" to Kirk and Keith for making it happen.

A really great reason why life is good and gettin' better every day!

Read my book, "An Outdoor State of Mind"
"The outdoors is not just a place, it's a state of mind."

#976417 - 10/18/08 04:50 PM Re: Kudos to Kirk & Nimrod777 [Re: ]
Cerebral Assassin
16 Point

Registered: 08/07/01
Posts: 10428
Loc: Cleveland, TN USA

I donated this trip in honor of my Uncle Bill Young that passed away this summer. He loved to fish with Richard Simms and I knew he would enjoy passing it on to others.

I make good money, I help the Family, but one thing must be understood, I would never go against the Godfather. Ruger is a man I respect. Luca Brasi

#976449 - 10/18/08 05:41 PM Re: Kudos to Kirk & Nimrod777 [Re: Kirk]
12 Point

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 6349
Loc: Nashville, TN

Great story, great pics., and very inspirational. Hats off to the givers of the world.
It is not the killing ...; it is the contest of skill and cunning. The true hunter counts his achievement in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport.

Dr. Saxton Pope

#976641 - 10/18/08 08:30 PM Re: Kudos to Kirk & Nimrod777 [Re: ]
8 Point

Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 1469
Loc: baxter TN

Patience is the art of hoping. TnLynn

#976906 - 10/19/08 03:13 AM Re: Kudos to Kirk & Nimrod777 [Re: TNLynn]
16 Point

Registered: 09/06/06
Posts: 12256
Loc: east tn

outstanding,Kirk im sorry for your loss,great memories last a lifetime or more,thanks for passing it on,mike243
prayers sent for our friends in need every day

#976936 - 10/19/08 06:08 AM Re: Kudos to Kirk & Nimrod777 [Re: mike243]
10 Point

Registered: 11/10/06
Posts: 2543
Loc: Bellevue Tn


Looks like he had loads of fun. That's great.
Bill would be proud.
Manipulation is the KEY!
Use it willfully & be aware of it from others!

#976937 - 10/19/08 06:16 AM Re: Kudos to Kirk & Nimrod777 [Re: skynimrod]

Registered: 09/28/03
Posts: 26196
Loc: Spring Hill, TN

I feel we done your uncle proud, Kirk. All day long I heard phrases from Kendrick like "They won't believe I caught this" and "my dad will be so excited when I bring this home". I told him the fish in the pix would look bigger if he wouldn't smile quite so wide, but he just wouldn't cooperate. You should have seen him on that last ten pound blue on the ultralight!

You're a good egg, Kirk! Wish you could have joined us.
Some hunt for racks, some hunt for roasts. I hunt for sheer joy; the aforementioned items are merely fringe benefits.

#976995 - 10/19/08 08:23 AM Re: Kudos to Kirk & Nimrod777 [Re: Nimrod777]
10 Point

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 3543
Loc: Knoxville

Hats off to you as well Rsimms for donating to the Ronald McDonald House. My company donated the phone system to their house in downtown Knoxville, and I have the pleasure of maintaining and working on it when they need me. It is a good service that they offer, surrounded by good people that make it happen.
So many smallmouth, so little time.

#977012 - 10/19/08 08:39 AM Re: Kudos to Kirk & Nimrod777 [Re: Nimrod777]
Cerebral Assassin
16 Point

Registered: 08/07/01
Posts: 10428
Loc: Cleveland, TN USA

This is a four man deal here. Richard donated the trip to the Ronald McDonald auction, I bought it and gave it to Kieth to use for a kid that needed a new direction, Kieth gave of himself and found the right young man, and Kendrick gave of himself and made it all worthwhile.

Richard, you are the best fishing guide I have ever had the pleasure of sharing a boat with. To be the best you have to possess a lot more skill than just fishing knowledge. You are the total package as person and as a guide.

Keith, you were the first person I thought of when I wanted to
re-donate this trip. I knew in my heart that you were the man that would make this happen. You too are the total package as a person and youth minister.

Kendrick, when I first saw your pictures and the big smile I felt
a glow of pride come over me. Your hooked on fishing now aren't you. You shared a boat with two fine examples of how a man should live his life.
I make good money, I help the Family, but one thing must be understood, I would never go against the Godfather. Ruger is a man I respect. Luca Brasi

#979984 - 10/20/08 07:52 PM Re: Kudos to Kirk & Nimrod777 [Re: Kimberman]
LA man
18 Point

Registered: 05/31/03
Posts: 20845
Loc: spencer, tn/houma, la.

yall did a great think kudoo's to yall

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