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Todd’s anniversary is coming up.  April 19th will be two years since we lost such a great angler and friend.  For those new to the club Todd was 5 time angler of the year.  Four of them was in a roll.  He’s taken numerous first place finish including the Open, TOC, and Invitational.  There’s never a day I don’t think about my good friend.  So in memory of him , if anybody would like to share some of your memories please do.

 

For me I remember a Sonoma tournament and there was 5 minutes left to weigh in.  There must have been 18 of us at the Yorty ramp getting out or going to get out.  He fish till the very end next to the ramp flipping a bush on the left side of the ramp.  I told him if he yank a fish out of there I’m going to buy him lunch.  Sure enough he pulled one out even with all the commotion that was going on around the ramp.    It goes to show never give up.


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I was out fishing the Delta last Saturday and we drove past the bridge. His pic is still there! I said hello to him. I was with Chris and Marcus.
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I have a few pics of me and todd on my refridgerator  holding a 27lb limit we both shared one january morning. I GIVE TODD A SALUTE ON A DAILY BASIS !!! A  great friend , an awesome competitor ,a terrific husband and dad,!! an overall great individual !!! he is and always will be missed !! 
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I'll never forget Jimmy Reese coming up to the classic to tickle Todd's brain
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I remember nerdy, kinda awkward Todd from waaaaaaaay back in the day, going all the way back 8th grade. This was before fishing, before all the honors he earned in fishing. He was a friend back then, always nice, always willing to help out anyone. Then he became a fishing machine. That caring and willing to help anyone carried on to his fishing as well. He was really a one of kind guy!

Like you Bihn, there isnt a day that goes by that I dont think about the friends we have lost in this club. Chris Youlden and Todd! As long as we always think about them and the great memories...Thats the best way to honor them!

Gone but never forgotten

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I will never forget the day I met Todd at spring lake. IF it was not for him I would have never joined the club and made so many great friends. He was always giving me advice and positive words. He set the example for us to follow as fisherman, friends and humans. Todd will always be with us.....he clearly left a legacy.
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RIP my friend.
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I've had the opportunity to take Todd's son Kai out fishing a few times. His stoke and never quit attitude reminds me a lot of his father. Like a true fisherman, his last cast is more like a dozen, or until he catches one last fish. Spending time on the water reminds him a lot of his Dad. One of my earliest memories watching Todd fish was during the B&T Clear Lake open. He was tying up a reaction bait, but at the same time had another rod on his lap, dragging a texas rigged or carolina rigged plastic. All of a sudden the rod is nearly ripped off his lap and into the water, he takes a solid sweeping hookset and after a short bit of chaos, he has a 6lber in his hands, all while making sure the rod with the bait he's tying on doesn't fall in the sink. It makes me laugh now when Kai asks to keep his power bait in the water for trout while we cast the shoreline for bass.
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I've had the opportunity to take Todd's son Kai out fishing a few times. His stoke and never quit attitude reminds me a lot of his father. Like a true fisherman, his last cast is more like a dozen, or until he catches one last fish. Spending time on the water reminds him a lot of his Dad. One of my earliest memories watching Todd fish was during the B&T Clear Lake open. He was tying up a reaction bait, but at the same time had another rod on his lap, dragging a texas rigged or carolina rigged plastic. All of a sudden the rod is nearly ripped off his lap and into the water, he takes a solid sweeping hookset and after a short bit of chaos, he has a 6lber in his hands, all while making sure the rod with the bait he's tying on doesn't fall in the sink. It makes me laugh now when Kai asks to keep his power bait in the water for trout while we cast the shoreline for bass.


Your a good man Mr. Pham. Hope all is doing well and say hi to Terry for me.

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I guess it will be coming up on 3 years pretty soon but I was thinking about Todd tonight and found this thread on Google.

I don't need to tell anyone here what a great guy Todd was. He had that kind of deep-down moral backbone and integrity that few people have. I certainly don't.

I became fast friends with Todd in high school due to our mutual love of fishing and Track & Field. A few memories ...

* Age 15: Riding our bicycles all the way from Petaluma to Tomales Bay, multiple times and in the dead of winter, trying to catch steelhead in Walker Creek below the highway 1 bridge. Never caught a single one.
* Age 16: Our first no-parents overnight fishing trip. We drove his dad's minivan up to the Gualala River at night. Promptly stuck it in the mud and spent all night and most of the next morning getting it unstuck. As usual, no steelhead caught. [smile]
* Age 17: 2nd overnight fishing trip: Klamath River. Great fun catching 1/2 pounders. Crashed my parent's Jeep on the way home, though...oops!

...and so many great non-fishing memories too!

I really miss him and regret to this day that we didn't keep in touch after high school.



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