Andrew Loved Fishing!
Andrew's 1st fish - a crappie at Merritt. 1 of 68Andrew and one of his best fishing buddies, Joe Dodd. 2 of 68Andrew waiting in the boat for more fishing! or maybe he's asleep.. 3 of 68Andrew and Uncle Jimmy enjoying their fishing time together. 4 of 68Andrew and Joe Dodd. Probably Andrew's 1st northern pike. 5 of 68Andrew and Aunt Jacque fishing together. 6 of 68His smile says it all. 7 of 68Andrew (4 years old) and Dan Ferguson at Lake Mac. 8 of 68Andrew and Steve Lytle @ Red Willow Reservoir. 9 of 68Andrew and Steve Lytle. 10 of 68Andrew and Steve Lytle. 11 of 68I guess 5 year olds don't know not to kiss the fish. 12 of 68Andrew and Joe Dodd. 13 of 68I think he's proud of this fish! 14 of 68Andrew and another great fishing buddy, John Nadolski. 15 of 68Andrew and his Grandpa Jim. Best fishing buddies. 16 of 68Andrew and his catch of the day. 17 of 68When he couldn't fish in Nebraska, he fished out of a lake near our house. 18 of 68Mom, Andrew and Grandpa. 19 of 68Uncle Jimmy, Andrew, Grandpa and Mom 20 of 68Casting spinner baits off the dam. 21 of 68Bass from the "secret pond" near Grandma and Grandpa's house. 22 of 68Looks like it took some effort to lift this one. 23 of 68Andrew proud of his Uncle Jimmy and his walleye. 24 of 68Big catfish caught with Little John. 25 of 68Big bluegill caught near Grandma and Grandpa's house. 26 of 68Smallmouth bass caught while fishing off the docks at Merritt. 27 of 68He used to beg us to troll and cast for largemouth bass. 28 of 68Fishing at Lake Mac with special friend, Steve Olofson. 29 of 68Another catch at Lake Mac with Steve. 30 of 68Andrew and Steve. Steve started Andrew fishing adult/youth fishing tournaments at Lake Mac. 31 of 68Nice walleye at Lake Mac, again with Steve. 32 of 68Smallmouth off the rocks at Lake Mac with Steve. 33 of 68First fishing tournament. Adult/youth tournament at Lake Mac with Steve Olofson. They took 1st place and Andrew's smile (and stance) shows how very proud he was! 34 of 68Andrew's 1st boat - a 12 foot inflatable raft. Early morning fishing at Lake Sylvan with his brother, Brian. 35 of 68Another "large" largemouth bass caught in the "secret pond" near Grandma and Grandpa's house. 36 of 68Wiper or whitebass caught at Lake Mac with fishing buddies Steve and Grandpa. 37 of 68Fishing at Roy Lake in South Dakota with Bob Propst. Andrew caught 7 or 8 Master Angler smallmouth bass on this week long trip. It was amazing! 38 of 68Fishing with Steve Lytle near McCook, NE. 39 of 68Andrew and his good friend, McKeil, who he met at Merritt. Showing off their catch from a day of fishing off the docks. 40 of 68Northern pike fishing in Canada, summer of 2007 with Mom and Grandpa. He loved casting for northern pike all day long! 41 of 68Canada summer of 2007. Some of these pike were 48 - 50" long. We had a blast! 42 of 68Adult/youth fishing tournament at Lake Mac. Summer of 2008 before Andrew was diagnosed with cancer. 43 of 68Wipers or whitebass caught in fishing tournament June 2008 at Lake Mac with fishing partner Steve Olofson. 44 of 68Andrew and Steve fishing tournament 2008. 45 of 68Andrew and Steve - 3rd place in Lake Mac adult/youth fishing tournament 2008. 46 of 68June 2008 walleye fishing at Merritt. 47 of 68We were supposed to be walleye fishing but Andrew talked Grandpa and I into letting him troll the shoreline and cast for bass. Sure enough, he caught one! 48 of 68John Bauer and Andrew after a morning of casting spinner baits for walleye. I was along also. Andrew had 5 months of chemo and 4 weeks of radiation in the months prior to this trip - June 2009. 49 of 68June 2009 at Merritt. Enjoying some time at Merritt after 5 grueling months of chemo and radiation. 50 of 68June 2009. Andrew at Merritt. 51 of 68Feb. 2010 - Andrew and I in North Dakota ice fishing. We found out on Dec. 7, 2009 that his cancer was terminal and he didn't want to wait until spring to fish. 52 of 68Feb. 2010 - ice fishing in North Dakota. 53 of 68Feb. 2010 - ice fishing in North Dakota. 54 of 68We bought Andrew his dream boat - Feb. 27, 2010. 55 of 68Andrew showing off his boat's name after the decals were put on. He came up with this name and drawing with the help of Uncle Randy and Uncle Ryan - April 2010 56 of 68Andrew, his boat, and friends, John and Linda. Merritt April 2010. 57 of 68Andrew, Grandpa and big, ugly catfish - Merritt May 2010 58 of 68Andrew spent every day possible fishing out of his boat at Merritt in May 2010. 59 of 68Andrew at Table Rock lake in Missouri. March 2010. 60 of 68Andrew fishing out of his boat for the first time. Falcon Lake, south Texas, in March 2010. Mike (Andrew's Dad) hauled his boat 21 hours to this lake for Andrew to fish from his boat. The doctors had told us he had weeks left. 61 of 68Uncle Randy and Andrew with their catch from a morning of fishing at Merritt. May 2010 62 of 68Brother, Brian, and Andrew with bass caught out of Andrew's boat - Falcon Lake - March 2010. 63 of 68Andrew bonding with his catch. Falcon Lake, Texas - March 2010 64 of 68Float trip Roaring Fork river near Edwards, Colorado. March 2010 65 of 68Andrew's last day on a fishing boat - June 25, 2010 - with Mom, Grandpa and Little John. 66 of 68Andrew and family dog, Jade, enjoying the water at Merritt. June 2010 67 of 68Andrew catching his last fish from the shores of Merritt Reservoir - June 28, 2010 68 of 68
Mike's Dad, Allan Claymon, helping with the tournament. 1 of 42A picture and story board about Andrew. 2 of 42Tournament trophies displayed at the rules meeting/dinner the night before the tournament. 3 of 42Andrew's Uncle Randy signing one of the tournament flyers. 4 of 42Check in at the rules meeting/dinner the night before the tournament. 5 of 42Some of the kids listening attentively to the rules for the tournament. 6 of 42Andrew's boat, "Walleye Whacker", being launched the morning of the tournament. Andrew's brother, Brian, and Uncle Ryan teamed up to fish the tournament. 7 of 42Our great friend and tournament volunteer, Steve Isom, releasing the boats at 7:00 a.m. Two guys in the background are Jeff and Noel, Husker Bass Angler team members and representatives at our tournament. 8 of 42A youth participant enthusiastically weighing in his fish. 9 of 42Steve Isom, representing the Nebraska Walleye Association (NWA), and presenting the 1st place winners in the 10 and under age group with a $100.00 check from NWA and a free entry to their Oct. 2011 tournament at Merritt. 10 of 42First place winners in the 10 and under age group - Darren Vacek and Kayla Bales. They also won biggest northern pike and biggest overall fish! 11 of 42First place winners in the 11 - 17 year old age group - Rusty Hagedorn and McKeil Michalek. 12 of 422nd place winners in the 10 and under age group - Dylan and Adam Naslund. 13 of 422nd place winners in the 11 to 17 age group - David and John Bauer. They also won the biggest largemouth bass award. 14 of 423rd place winners in the 10 and under age group - Jonathon Booker and Mark Kaiser. They also won the biggest walleye award. 15 of 42John Nadolski lifts his granddaughter, Brianna on his shoulder after they were announced the 3rd place winners in the 11 - 17 age group. 16 of 423rd place winners in the 11 - 17 year old age group - Brianna Henkenius and John Nadolski. 17 of 42Shane and Mikey McCoy. 4th place winners in the 10 and under age group. 18 of 42Garrett and Don Cox - 4th place winners in the 11 to 17 age group. 19 of 42Rylan and Jason Erickson - 5th place winners in the 10 and under age group. 20 of 42John and Holden Hupfer - 5th place winners in the 11 to 17 age group. 21 of 42CJ and Marty Hughes - 6th place winners in the 10 and under age group. These two fished out of kayaks and did an incredible job of it! 22 of 42Bryant and Corby Leeper - 7th place winners in the 10 and under age group. 23 of 42Eric and Paul Windfield - 7th place winners in the 11 to 17 age group. 24 of 42Scott Javins and his 4 year old son, Rylan, who finished 8th in the 10 and under age group. 25 of 42Brian Claymon and Ryan Porter who finished 8th in the 11 to 17 age group. 26 of 42Colton Micheel and Chuck Anders were the 9th place finishers in the 11 to 17 age group. 27 of 42Jonathon Booker and Mark Kaiser - biggest walleye award. 28 of 42Darren Vacek and Kayla Bales - biggest northern pike award. 29 of 42David and John Bauer - biggest largemouth bass award. 30 of 42Kayla Bales and Darren Vacek - OVERALL biggest fish award. 31 of 42Mike, Brian and Joni Claymon presenting the University of Nebraska Husker Bass Angler team with a donation in memory of Andrew. It was Andrew's wish to attend UNL and be a member of this team. Representing Husker Bass Anglers team members are Noel Scott and Jeff Brokaw. 32 of 42The WINNER of the drawing from all youth participants in the tournament to fish the next day with Husker Bass Angler team members, Jeff Brokaw and Noel Scott, was Dylan Naslund (shown here with his dad, Adam). 33 of 42Dylan Naslund with Noel Scott (Husker Bass Angler team member) 34 of 42Dylan Naslund and Jeff Brokaw (Husker Bass Angler team member) 35 of 42A group photo of most of the 2011 tournament participants. 36 of 42A group photo of most of the 2011 tournament teams. 37 of 422 of the teams that finished #1 and #3 in the 11 - 17 year age group. 38 of 42Top 3 finishers in 10 and under age group proudly displaying their trophies. 39 of 42Andrew's grandfather, Allan and Janet. They were a great help at the tournament. 40 of 42Andrew's brother, Brian, and Andrew's god-daughter, Lexie, enjoying the tournament. 41 of 42"When can I fish?" Andrew's cousin, Charlie Andrew Porter, who was born 5 months after Andrew died. He is named after Andrew. We know he will be fishing this tournament by the time he is 3 years old! 42 of 42
Group fisherman shot at the end of the awards ceremony. 1 of 25A young fisherman excited to weigh in his bag of fish. 2 of 25The Claymon family making their annual donation to the Husker Bass Angler fishing team in memory of Andrew. 3 of 251st place team in the 11-17 year old age group - Dave Henke and Beau Edwards. 4 of 25Team No. 9 - Andrew's Uncle Ryan Porter and 5 year old cousin, Mac Drey. 5 of 25Table displaying the trophies and some of the prizes at the rules meeting/dinner the night before the tournament. 6 of 25Andrew's 1 year old cousin, Charlie Andrew Porter, and Andrew's brother, Brian, decked out in their tournament hats and t-shirts. 7 of 25Team No. 8 - Andrew's 6 year old cousin, Mason Drey and Uncle Jimmy Davenport. 8 of 25Enjoying the rules meeting/dinner on Friday night. 9 of 25Andrew's Dad, Mike Claymon, and the "weigh-in" board getting ready for the first team to weigh in their catch. 10 of 25Andrew's boat, the Walleye Whacker, and Uncle Ryan and cousin Mac, launching for a day of fishing. 11 of 25Morgan and Dave Ishii ready to fish. They placed 3rd in the 10 and under age group. 12 of 25Jason and Rylan Erickson excited to fish. They placed 1st in the 10 and under age group. 13 of 25Dave Henke and Beau Edwards ready to fish. They placed 1st in the 11-17 year old age group. 14 of 25A young participant waiting to fish. 15 of 25Darren and Kayla ready to roll. They won 1st place in the 11-17 year old group in 2011. 16 of 25Some of the boats waiting their turn to be released to fish. 17 of 25Joe Dodd and his grandson, Derrick, anxiously waiting their turn to go after the fish. 18 of 25Sometimes it takes the young fisherman and a "helper" to get the fish to the weigh-in station. 19 of 25The kids closely watching the weigh in's. The kids - what the tournament is all about. 20 of 25Mike, Andrew's Dad, weighing a team's bucket of fish. 21 of 25John Nadolski and Brianna Henkenius - 3rd place 11-17 year old age group and largest walleye, 5.11 lbs. 22 of 25Morgan Ishii proudly displaying his 3rd place trophy in the 10 and under age group. 23 of 25Andrew's Mom, Joni, congratulating a young fisherman and sending him off to the "prize table" to pick a prize. 24 of 25Brianna Henkenius and Morgan Ishii displaying their trophies in front of the tournament banner. 25 of 25
Many of the tournament participants. 1 of 51Top 3 winners in 10 and under age group. Left to right: Ariel & Ross Bryant, 2nd place; Rylan & Jason Erickson, 1st place; and Jacob & Dave Ishii, 3rd place. 2 of 51Top 3 winners in 11 to 17 age group. Left to right: John & Holden Hupfer, 3rd place; Dave Henke & Beau Edwards, 1st place; Grant & Ben Pavelka, 2nd place. 3 of 51Top 3 finishers in each age group. Left to right: Holder & John Hupfer, 3rd place 11-17, Ariel & Ross Bryant, 2nd place 10 and under, Rylan & Jason Erickson, 1st place 10 and under, Jacob & Dave Ishii, 3rd place 10 and under, Grant & Ben Pavelka, 2nd place 11-17. Very back row - Beau Edwards & Dave Henke, 1st place 11-17. 4 of 51Winners of heaviest fish categories. Left to right - Dustin & Alex Bellinger, tie for smallmouth bass with Beau Edwards & Dave Henke. Beau and Dave also won heaviest northern pike and overal heaviest fish, Nicci Drey - heaviest walleye and Grant Pavelka, heaviest largemouth bass. 5 of 51Lead boat - Andrew's boat, the Walleye Whacker. Uncle Ryan and cousin Mac fished out of Andrew's boat. 6 of 51Justin Miller and his largemouth bass. 7 of 51One of the story boards about Andrew posted at the rules meeting/tournament dinner on Friday night. 8 of 51Special guest, Harold Fankhauser, representing Nebraska Game & Parks Youth Fishing program. 9 of 51One of the young tournament participants looking at pictures and newspaper articles about Andrew. 10 of 51Tournament dinner/rules meeting the night before the tournament. 11 of 51Prize table displayed at the dinner the night before the tournament for the participants to view. EVERY youth participant gets at least 1 prize. 12 of 51Harold and Andrew's cousin, Mason Drey, teamed up together to fish the tournament. 13 of 51Andrew's youngest cousin, Charlie Andrew Porter, who was born 5 months after Andrew died. 14 of 51Jacob and Morgan Ishii patiently awaiting the day of the tournament. 15 of 51Our good friend, Steve Isom, who has been instrumental each year in helping us organize and host Andrew's tournament. 16 of 51Cousins Rylan and Colten Javins who have enjoyed the tournament the last 2 years with their Dads. 17 of 51Trophies on display at the tournament dinner/rules meeting on Friday night. 18 of 51Andrew's brother, Brian and cousin Lexie Drey. 19 of 51Blaise Weaver and Wil McCabe representing University of Nebraska's Husker Bass Anglers team. Pictured with Andrew's cousin, Nicci Drey. 20 of 51Weigh-in on Saturday 21 of 51Andrew's Dad, Mike, weighing a participant's fish. 22 of 51Weigh board manned this year by our good friend, Linda Henkenius. 23 of 51Weign in line. 24 of 51Eric and Scott Javins and their boys. 25 of 51Prize table at the awards ceremony. 26 of 51Andrew's parents, Joni and Mike, tallying the Top 3 finishers and heaviest fish categories. 27 of 51Andrew's Uncle Jimmy and cousin, Austin. Austin was our youngest participant so far at the age of 3 1/2. 28 of 511st place winners 11-17 age group: Beau Edwards and Dave Henke. 29 of 511st place winners 10 and under age group: Jason and Rylan Erickson. 30 of 512nd place winners 10 and under age group: Ross and Ariel Bryant. 31 of 512nd place winners 11-17 age group: Grant and Ben Pavelka. 32 of 513rd place winners 10 and under age group: Jacob and Dave Ishii. 33 of 51Heaviest walleye winners - Nicci Drey and Steve Isom. 34 of 513rd place winners 11-17 age group: John and Holden Hupfer. 35 of 51Eric and Colten Javins. Every participant that doesn't win top 3 in their age group, received a fishing medal. 36 of 51Sage Konicek and his fishing medal. 37 of 51Andrew's cousin, Mason Drey, proudly displaying his fishing medal. 38 of 51Mason picked out of minnow bucket as his prize from the prize table and was so excited about it! 39 of 51Andrew's Uncle Ryan and cousin Mac Drey. 40 of 51Trevor Ross and his fishing medal. Trevor and his fishing partner also won the drawing provided by Andrew's grandparents, Jim & Sherry Davenport, for 1 day of guided fishing at Merritt and a free cabin at Merritt for a night. 41 of 51Andrew's Uncle Jimmy Davenport and cousin, Austin Davenport. They had a great time fishing together and Austin loved his fishing medal and prize. 42 of 51Aidan McAdam and his fishing medal. 43 of 51Kenneth Boyer and his fishing medal. 44 of 51Dustin and Alex Bellinger. 45 of 51Andrew's Mom, Joni, and Grandpa Jim Davenport. Drawing for a team to win the donated prize of 1 day free guided fishing with John Nadolski and 1 night free cabin at Merritt donated by Andrew's grandparents, Jim and Sherry Davenport. 46 of 51Trevor and Stan - excited after winning the prize donated by Jim & Sherry Davenport. 47 of 51Winners of the drawing to fish with 2 members of the UNL Husker Bass Anglers fishing team - Blaise and Wil with drawing winners, Eric and Colten. 48 of 51Andrew's cousin, Mac Drey, and Uncle Ryan teamed up together and caught a few fish and had a great time. 49 of 51The Claymon family presenting a personal donation to the Husker Bass Anglers team in memory of Andrew. Andrew dreamed of attending UNL and being a member of Husker Bass Anglers. 50 of 51Andrew's cousin, Chelsea and her daughter Kinley, joining in the fun for the weekend. 51 of 51
Group photo of many of the 89 adult and children who participated in the tournament. 1 of 30Joni, Andrew's Mom, at the team check-in Friday night for the rules meeting and tournament dinner. 2 of 30Kids admiring the trophies at the rules meeting/tournament dinner the night before the tournament. 3 of 30 4 of 30Andrew's family gathering for the tournament prayer at the rules meeting/tournament dinner. Andrew's good friend, Joanna, wrote the prayer for us this year. 5 of 30A young participant enjoying the tournament dinner. 6 of 30Mike, Andrew's Dad, at the rules meeting. 7 of 30 8 of 30Kids enjoying themselves at the awards ceremony. 9 of 30Andrew's cousin Chelsea, her daughter Kinley and Bret. Kinley loves the Claymon family dog, Jade. 10 of 30 11 of 30Awards ceremony - Andrew's grandparents, Jim and Sherry Davenport, front center. 12 of 30 13 of 30Jacob Ishii, 1st place in the 2 children/1 adult division, with his brother, Morgan and Dad, Dave. After receiving his medal, Jacob ran to the prize table to choose his 4 prizes that he won. 14 of 30 15 of 30Every youth participant was recognized at the awards ceremony and received a fishing medal. 16 of 30 17 of 30Holden Hupfer, who teamed with his Dad, John, to win 1st place in the 11-17 age division, heaviest northern pike and overall heaviest fish. 18 of 30 19 of 30 20 of 30 21 of 30 22 of 30Mike and Joni Claymon presenting their annual donation to the University of Nebraska Husker Bass Anglers team in memory of Andrew. 23 of 30 24 of 30Top 3 finishers in all 3 divisions. 25 of 30Top 3 finishers in 1 adult/1 child division, age 10 and under. 26 of 30Top 3 finishers in 1 adult/1 child division, 11 - 17 years old. 27 of 30Top 3 finishers in the 2 children/1 adult division. 28 of 30Winners of heaviest fish categories: largemouth bass, walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. 29 of 30 30 of 30