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Gone Fishing With Uncle Bob

Updated on February 19, 2018

A Tribute To Uncle Bob

Many years ago, I would pick up Uncle Bob up and take him fishing to the river or lake. I can still see the broad smile on his face as he carried his poles and tackle box to the car. We had gone fishing together many times. The last time we went, old Bob was a little more mellow.

He was usually in a comical mood and would tell me tales about how he use to catch Carp in his younger days and give them to the colored ladies in north Richmond. He told me they would say, "Lordy mercy Bob, dem some fine lookin' fishes." They would always give him a share of the cooked fish. He said,"Them women can cook that carp so delicious, it will make your tongue slap your brains out."

Bob would always toss his hat to the spot he wanted. He told me on the last day we went to the lake together, "I don't want to go to heaven, I want to go fishin'." It wasn't long after that when Bob got sick. A few months after he died. I wrote a song for him.

Brookville Lake, where we often went fishing.

Gone Fishin'

I use to follow his path many times down to the river

He would take off his old red hat, drop it by a spot and sit there

Laying back watching two poles every time saying

Them pearly gates will have to wait you know when I get to heaven


Cause while everybody is wondering around

Talkin' bout what is missin'

Me and Saint Pete will be headed back down

Lookin' for a place to go fishin"

Uncle Bob, somehow he knew that his time was near

One day he said he was due to be leavin' here

I had a thought when he passed away, I knew he was fine

Looking up...imagining the gates, I pictured a sign, "Gone Fishin'"

Repeat Chs.

I'll never forget him.

Bob is one of the wonderful characters I've been lucky enough to cross in the paths of life. He was my ex-wife's uncle. He adored my stepdaughter, Nikki, and my step son, David. They both loved him dearly and would always give him hugs.

Every time I stopped by his house to take him fishing, his grin was a wide as Brookville Lake.

I don't think old Bob ever stepped through those pearly gates, unless there was a good fishin' hole on the other side.

Brookville Lake, a wonderful place to go fishing. We often fished in coves of the lake.

© 2010 Tom Cornett


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    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      I had to be quiet too. Fishing with people we love....such a treasure of memories. Thanks for dropping by, Pamela. :o)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I use to go fishing with my grandparents and it was a wonderful. Of course, they told me not to talk as I would scare the fish away. I love this story and the song is beautiful. Awesome hub.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Looking forward to it Alun...thanks so much. :o)

    • Greensleeves Hubs profile image

      Greensleeves Hubs 

      7 years ago from Essex, UK

      Cheers Tom. I hope to do justice to your song writing and singing in my review. I'll probably get it published this Tuesday or Wednesday, and if I can get just one person to listen to your music and enjoy it for the first time, then writing the review will have been worthwhile. Alun.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Alun....thanks so much for the kind and thoughtful comment. I'm honored to be included in your Hub. I do write and sing most all of my songs. Good luck with the Hub and may many smiles come your way. :o)

    • Greensleeves Hubs profile image

      Greensleeves Hubs 

      7 years ago from Essex, UK


      The story you tell here is a poignant reminiscence which I enjoyed very much. It is a story which has led to the creation of a very attractive song 'Gone Fishin' ', and through that song I have discovered some of your other music. Do you both compose and sing your own songs? - It seems clear you have true talent which deserves a wide hearing.

      I am writing a review of folk music hub pages which will be published in the next week or so. I very much want to include this hub of yours, and have written to you at your e-mail address to ask permission to use the photo from this page, and to ask one or two other questions.

      Hope to hear from you, and hope to bring one or two other viewers - and listeners - your way. Voted up. Alun.

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      7 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      My husband is a keen fisherman- he has slowed down a lot as he has aged and now keeps himself to maybe 30 outings a year!

      He would be just like Uncle Bob and would probably have a hoard of angels baiting their hooks for celestial fish.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Alexander Mark....thank you...I sure do.

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      Alexander Silvius 

      9 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      He sounds like a man with a big heart and a defined sense of self. I bet you miss him a lot.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Charlie. It's great that your son didn't sell the lure....sometimes money just doesn't matter. I've seen them go for lots of money at auctions. I miss old Bob. I always think about him when I go fishing.

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      9 years ago

      I just picked up two more poles, old. I don't go out much anymore and I parcel out some of my old pieces to my eldest son at Christmas. Last year he told me that a friend of his offered him 500bucks for an old lure I had given him three years ago. He of course said no as he is now into collecting too. It is good you had Bob to know and love.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Ladybird....thank you. :)

    • Ladybird33 profile image


      9 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Wonderful way to remember him, very creative hub, thank you for sharing.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      ladyjane...thanks you. :)

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      9 years ago from Texas

      What a nice tribute and I liked the song very much.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Tom....I was fishing for old memories. :)

      singlemom.....thanks....some of the most peaceful times I remember were of fishing. :) too...I had a rod and used a cane pole...I still can't figure out how he always caught more fish? :)

    • breakfastpop profile image


      9 years ago

      I used to fish with my Dad. Those were some very special times in my life.

    • singlmomat52 profile image


      9 years ago

      I agree fishing is good for the soul!

      Turn your back to the world and clear your mind.

      Great Hub! brings back good memories.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 

      9 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I love that song. It brings back old memories.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio is good for the soul. Thanks! :)

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      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I would like to go fishing soon. Maybe this summer I will get out and do some fishing around here.

      Good read, I had an uncle Jack, that we fished with a lot.

      Keep on hubbing!


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