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Tom Redington gets paid to fish, but you can’t put a price on quality father-son time. That’s why Tom takes his Tiger Cub, Nathan, out to the lake whenever possible. But he won’t push Nathan toward fishing if it turns out the 7-year-old is into something else. “Hopefully, you find common ground,” Tom says.

I started guiding so I could fish every day, and I took a year off—just experi- mented in fishing every single day.

SCOUTING: Was there a moment when you realized fishing was your calling?

T.R.: In high school we had to write a thesis in English class. I wrote about seasonal habitats of largemouth bass, or something like that. I got an A on the paper, but my teacher wrote in the comments, “I thought you could have picked a weightier topic.” I still have that paper. At that point I knew that fishing’s all I wanted to do all the time. I wanted to prove her wrong.

SCOUTING: You were never a Scout. Why not?

T.R.: Right. As a kid, I desperately wanted to join the Scouts. We were [busy] farm kids, taking cows and corn to the fair. All my buddies in school were doing the pinewood derby and all that stuff. Actually at age 7 and 8, just seeing the Cub Scout uniform—I thought it was the coolest thing. I really had envy.

SCOUTING: And with this BSA partner- ship, you get a chance to join after all. What do you hope to accomplish?

T.R.: I think pushing the STEM

[science, technology, engineering, and math] focus is critical. I come from a strong math and science background. Fishing has been perceived in the past as a kind of brainless activity. I try to bring a scientific approach to it. The part I really like is sharing that—not just helping guys catch fish. Hopefully after they fish with me, they under- stand my passion and the next time they go fishing they can catch more fish and share that with other people.

SCOUTING: And of course, that includes teaching your 7-year-old Tiger Cub son, Nathan. How does he like Scouting so far?

Gear overboard? Pairing novice anglers with pricey gear is a risk you shouldn’t take. So Tom suggests sav- ing money on rods, line, and lures while splurging on the component with moving parts: reels. Translation: Save the expensive stuff for the pros.


T.R.: He’s having a blast. It’s great in two respects. As a parent, you’re so busy. You always have activities you want to do with them. The little trips to museums, you know you should do them, you want to do them, but you’re so busy. And if you don’t get it on the calendar, you just don’t do them. What Scouting has done is just put a lot of activities on that calendar.

SCOUTING: Now what if it turns out that Nathan’s not into fishing as much as his dad is?

T.R.: Hopefully, you find common ground. My dad, he has no interest in

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