Fishing has created a bond between Rick Tilley Jr. and his father, Rick Tilley Sr., that has led them to being amongst the top finishers in a number of the fishing tournaments held at Smith Mountain Lake.

Tilley Jr. said his father always taught him the importance of hard work as a kid, and that they’ve always been good friends.

“We’ve always gotten along, even outside of fishing,” Tilley Jr. said. “My dad’s been a hard worker and we’ve always gotten along really well, but fishing is just one of those things.”

Tilley Sr. moved from Danville to Va. Beach when Tilley Jr. was around eight years old. Tilley Jr. said that his grandfather owned some property on the Dan River where he would do a little fishing.

“I always loved it,” Tilley Jr. said. “I’d get up early in the morning and we’d go down there and do that.”

-For more information, see the April 24 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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