Young Parker Callais turned his first fishing experience into a story that he and his family will never forget.
All he needed was a cane pole, a little corn and a whole heck of a lot of determination in his small, 4-year-old body.
Parker was fishing at his Uncle Michael and Aunt Sandy’s ranch in Atlanta, Texas when he got a bite a little stronger than family expected.
Parker’s first fish wasn’t a small perch or a brim, but instead a massive, 5-pound bass.
The boy shared his story with The Gazette and now many weeks later, the excitement is still
“I was at my Uncle Michael,” Parker said, retelling the tale. “And I caught a big fish. Now, I’m going to hang it up in my room for everyone to see.”
Parker is the son of Brent and Sarah Callais. He is the twin brother to Madison.
The Callais family was visiting their Uncle Michael and Aunt Sandy’s ranch — a lovely, spacious property in the rural, quaint town of Atlanta — just outside of both the Louisiana and Arkansas borders in northeast Texas.
During the quiet, relaxing afternoon, the twins went outside with family and tested their luck in Uncle Michael’s pond.
Madison caught a brim, and Parker was having bites, but nothing was yet on shore.
“The bass kept stealing my corn,” Parker said.
Uncle Michael urged Parker to “catch a big one,” and his advice to do so was to toss his cork as far into the water as he could.
Uncle Michael was lending encouragement to the young boy, but not he nor anyone could have predicted what would happen next.
On the boys’ third or fourth cast, a fish hit the corn and was hooked.
This was not just a small, 6-ounce brim, but was a massive, 5-pound largemouth bass.
“We were freaking out,” father Brent said. “No one thought he’d catch a fish that big.”
The family was unprepared for a fish that size and didn’t have a net handy to scoop the fish out of the water. With no ability to reel in the fish with his pole, the family helped Parker guide the fish to the bank, and dad hopped into the water to prop it ashore.
When the family saw the size of the fish, they immediately made arrangements to get the fish preserved so it can forever be a family heirloom.
Parker said he can’t wait to continue fishing in the future, describing his experience with the bass as “fun.”
“We went to our camp in Grand Isle recently and Parker said, ‘Dad, let’s go catch another big one,’” Brent said with a laugh. “We had to explain to him that that doesn’t happen all of the time. He’s really proud of his fish.”