Favorite Things: Mychal Shaw and his Sylvan fishing boat

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Mychal Shaw likes to get his hands dirty. He has a lot of old school hobbies that see him spending time with his dogs roughing it outdoors. But above all else, his favorite past time is fishing, which is why his favorite thing is his 1994 Sylvan Pro Select fishing boat. 

I got the boat in the spring of 2018; it’s got a motor with 150 horsepower and two livewells. The reason I like it so much is I love to go, and it’s given me a great way to spend time with my dad. We didn’t really have a whole lot that we did together before I got the boat. It has helped me bond with him. We’ll take the boat down to Detroit and float the Detroit River fishing for walleye. I also like to take it out to Thorn Apple Lake in Nashville and down the Grand River here in Lansing. 

I had to get used to the boat. I feel like the motor is actually kind of oversized, it gets kind of scary if you throttle it too hard. It was a bit of a learning curve for me. Now that I am more comfortable, it feels great. It’s freeing, that would be the best way to say it. I always wanted a fishing boat, and a good friend at work was selling it for a fair price. I had been looking for one for basically my whole adult life. 

I’ve been fishing since I was only 10 years old, so I’ve been doing this for 20 years. When I was a kid, my dad would take me to an annual fishing contest down at the VFW Hall in Eaton Rapids. There were a couple of years where that was the only fishing we did, and then we slowly started fishing for carp and catfish more often. 

When I was a teenager, I would just go to downtown Eaton Rapids and fish in the river whenever I had spare time. When I started fishing with my dad again, we hit our limit fishing for walleye within just a couple of hours. We caught a ton of them. For him, it was unheard of, and I had never been walleye fishing before. That whole spring was a great experience, and it was really memorable for me. 

Interview edited and condensed by Skyler Ashley. If you have a suggestion for favorite things, please email Skyler at skyler@lansingcitypulse.com

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