GASSAWAY, W.Va. — Like most students in West Virginia schools, when the Covid 19 pandemic shutdown class in the spring, Aidan and Isiah Crockett of Gassaway found themselves with a lot of time on their hands. Working through the on-line lessons and home instruction, the boys were able to carve out a lot more spare time. So was there dad Johnny Crockett who is a supervisor of the Asplundh tree trimming company. They found ways to spend their extra time wisely.
“We fished probably five days a week. We’re out there a lot of evenings,” said Johnny of his two boys.
Aidan is 12 and a rising 8th Grader at Braxton County Middle School. Isaiah is age 8 and just wrapped up his 3rd grade year at Davis Elementary School in Gassaway. Each has been fishing since they were old enough to hold a rod in their hands.
“They’ve both been fishing since they were about five and they’ve been eaten up with it. They took a passion to it since they were six or seven years old. Aidan took to it pretty hard and Isaiah followed in his footsteps,” Crockett said.
During the spring months, the two youngsters lit up social media day after day with five fish limits which would make the most seasoned bass tournament angler green with envy.
“My favorite place to go is Sutton Lake,” Aidan said in a recent radio interview on West Virginia Outdoors. The youngster called the lake his home water since it’s only minutes away from the family home in Gassaway. “We’ve fished there about 45 days this year.”
Isiah showed off his best bass earlier this year.
“It was four pounds,” he said during the radio interview.
For Aidan, he’s had a little more opportunity.
“I caught one in Florida that was seven and a half pounds. My biggest in West Virginia is a 5 lb-11 ounce smallmouth. I was dragging a jig and he started pulling. At first my dad thought I had a carp until he jumped,” said Aidan.
The big smallmouth also came out of Sutton Lake. However, the water doesn’t seem to matter to this fishing duo. They’ve posted big catches at Burnsville, Stonewall Jackson, and plenty of other well known West Virginia waters. They’ve also been doing it at times under the pressure of tournament competition.
Now that both boys are competent in their skills and confident in their abilities, they are st starting to flex their competitive muscles.
“I’ll take one with me and my buddy Jim Posey will take one with him. Isaiah still needs a little help from time to time, but Aidan’s got it. We compete on the adult trails and they’re competing against other adult teams,” said Johnny.
They’re holding their own and getting better all the time.
“Now that they’re older we can start taking them to bigger water,” said Johnny as the group was ready to travel to Lake Erie toward the end of spring.”I don’t have to worry as much about one of them falling in or something.”
Johnny admitted he’s put a lot of effort into teaching his boys to fish. The patience is now paying off with a couple of fishing buddies who’ll be in the boat for life.
“It’s a dream come true that’s for sure,” he said.