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#12815341 - 07/03/18 04:57 PM Atlee Van Dam
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 1385
Loc: On Lake Fork/Emory,Tx
Got to spend some time with 14 yr old Atlee and his Dad Friday Night, just kidding on the Van Dam part. However if you witnessed what I observed you would think the samething. Both his Dad (tff:4967) and I let him have the front deck all night, while I ran the boat sitting with pops in the rear. We fished about 10% of the time.

Atlee wound up with 12 bass with zero help except for the netman, he backlashed 1 time at the end of the trip (5 am) I attribute that to stamina. We would move into spots and I would tell him the high percentage spots and he would hit those spots either right on them or 1 to 2 ft away. Early that night I spent 5 minutes on the Jig and how I used it and he absorbed that info and I never had to remind him of anything we discussed. Atlee has pure focus he has that silent but deadly demeanor, personally I enjoyed every single minute of the Atlee show. It has now been a few days later, and I still remember everything about this trip and can not wait until I get to have him on my front deck again.

Guys remember that name Atlee, because if he sticks to a Angling career he will go places. Not just saying this because of his dad here. Saying this because I personally witnessed what this young angler is capable of. Never seen anything like it and I get to fish with many. Definitely have not felt this way before, if I was his Dad I would be the proudest dad there was..it was not just his fishing abilities either.

Great job young man , and you are welcome on my boat anytime.. Paul

Atlee with his 6 lb 2 oz Bass (his PB is 7 lb 8 oz)
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#12815375 - 07/03/18 05:26 PM Re: Atlee Van Dam [Re: Paul Hyland - Lake Fork Guide]
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Great job Atlee and Paul for putting him on fish. thumb
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#12815380 - 07/03/18 05:28 PM Re: Atlee Van Dam [Re: Paul Hyland - Lake Fork Guide]
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Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 304
Loc: Lake Tawakoni
Thanks Paul! We had fun, and his smile says it all!! I am very proud of that young man, and I think he'll be ready for another night or two in August. See ya soon...
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#12815601 - 07/03/18 08:52 PM Re: Atlee Van Dam [Re: Paul Hyland - Lake Fork Guide]
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Excellent write-up Paul. Thanks for sharing.
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#12815658 - 07/03/18 09:39 PM Re: Atlee Van Dam [Re: Paul Hyland - Lake Fork Guide]
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Registered: 06/02/15
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Loc: Lake Conroe/Willis
That's awesome, keep at it Atlee

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#12815664 - 07/03/18 09:42 PM Re: Atlee Van Dam [Re: Paul Hyland - Lake Fork Guide]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
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Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Great fish. Congrats to the young man!

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#12816105 - 07/04/18 11:38 AM Re: Atlee Van Dam [Re: Paul Hyland - Lake Fork Guide]
rscustomrods Offline
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Registered: 06/30/07
Posts: 148
good stuff Paul. love to see people share their gifts with the future of the sport

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#12816116 - 07/04/18 11:44 AM Re: Atlee Van Dam [Re: Paul Hyland - Lake Fork Guide]
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Registered: 04/10/17
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Loc: Sanger TX
Great story. Hope he sticks with it.

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