Eugene Cho

the fish that did not get away

Well, we’re back from our vacation. Our family had a great time. Nothing fancy. We just stayed in our camping grounds in Nebraska and did the following:

  • hung out with our parents.
  • fished.
  • ate.
  • fished.
  • played with the kids
  • fished.
  • swam.
  • fished.
  • and swam some more.

Despite not hitting my goal of catching 153 fish (I ended up with 92), I managed to catch the biggest bass fish I have ever caught. Here it is:

bass vs man. it was an epic battle. score one for man.

Some day, I’d like to work part-time as a fishing guide and possibly become a professional fisherman in my dreams. I would have my own TV show and it would look like this:

And here’s a few more pics from our trip:

the sky of wyoming

an ominous cloud enveloped our camp one day

my oldest daughter doing her best MJ impersonation

do you see the rainbow? it was incredible...

fished with my father in the morning and my kids during dusk

minhee threw in a line and caught (at that point), the biggest fish

the girls were catching lots of fish but jedi finally caught one!

my pose when i win the 2012 US Bass Championships

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8 Responses

  1. Ben from TIC says:

    Congrats on the fish. Sounds like a great Sabbath–refreshing and rejuvenating.

  2. SoGer says:

    Pastor Cho,

    I appreciate how your blog is multifaceted. It is a blog about life (which entails everything from the really serious, e.g., race issues, to the light and fun e.g., fishing) and I really enjoy that. Thanks for sharing about life, all its complexities and all its joys.

    Also, your fishing pictures make me think of my younger days as a fisherboy (not man at that time!). I think I might have to get into that again.

  3. Congrats, really nice pics..

  4. Yaakova says:

    I love the sky here in Wyoming.

  5. georgesong says:

    nice, fish-whisperer! 😉

  6. Oliver Jen says:

    Wow, it’s gorgeous in Wyoming! Those are some really great pictures!

  7. Oliver Jen says:

    Hit ‘Submit’ too fast…

    Assuming you used a lure. What did you use? any snags?

  8. […] had the most surreal phone call while I was fishing in Nebraska during my vacation. A guy named Nicholas Kristof called. For those that don’t know, Kristof […]

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In our culture, we can be so obsessed with the "spectacular" or "glamorous." The Church often engagws in thia language and paradigm...but what if God has called many of us to small, ordinary things?

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I recently came across this picture taken by @mattylew, one of our church staff...and I started tearing up: This is my mother; in her 70s; with realities of some disabilities that make it difficult for her to stand up and sit down...but here she is on her knees and prostate in prayer. She doesn't have any social media accounts, barely knows how to use her smartphone, doesn't have a platform, hasn't written a book, doesn't have any titles in our church, isn't listed as a leader or an expert or a consultant or a guru. But she simply seeks to do her best - by God's grace - to be faithful to God. She prays for hours every day inteceding for our family, our church, and the larger world.

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The death toll rises to over 400 and over 7,000 injured in multiple cities and hundreds of villages along the Western border with Iraq.

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