MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Tears of joy flowed down 9-year-old Ali Brewster’s face when she snagged the big one with her pops over spring break.
Millions worldwide are now wiping similar tears from their cheeks because of a fishing adventure that will last a lifetime.
Matt Brewster has been traveling to Florida from his home in Maryville, Tennessee, to bass fish for a few years. Every time he packs up his tackle box, Ali patiently waits by his side, begging for the opportunity to tag along.
“I told her, you know, there’s a little more to it than just going out fishing,” he said. “I said, ‘As soon as you learn how to use a baitcaster, I’ll take you.'”
For months, Ali would spend her free time on a pile of rocks in the backyard, slinging her rod and reel.
Her dad said she learned quickly how to handle herself on the water. Eventually, she washed away all his excuses for not taking her on his fishing trip.