One fisherman on the Forrest L. Wood tournament circuit, Alton Jones, says that his family’s support has not only been important to him on the circuit, but that his success as a fisherman has followedÂ their decision to follow him.
- FLWOutdoors.com, Operation Big Bass, Benton, Kentucky, Â 28 December 2005, The life of a fishing wife
Though Alton Jones credits his success to his familyâ€™s presence on the road, it is no easy undertaking. The decision to follow Alton along the tournament trails — he is a two-tour fisherman — involved sacrifices at many levels, not the least of which was Jimmye Sueâ€™s agreement to begin homeschooling their three children.
The family has developed an individualized schedule that allows for their educational pursuits, household activities, and fishing emergencies.
- Though a homeschooling environment is not usually as structured as a traditional school day, Jimmye Sue said the typical scenario is four to five solid hours of teaching and learning per day. Scheduled around that is playtime with the kids of other pros, meals and, of course, errands.
â€œWhenever something needs to be done, you drop what youâ€™re doing and you go and get whatever baits are needed,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™ve driven an hour and a half to go get a trolling motor. You have to be very flexible.â€
For a fishing family, this sounds like a great life.