The Reason Why Everyone Love Lake Hillier Fish – Lake Hillier Fish
August 9, 1987|By Max Branyon of The Sentinel Staff
Fishing and antagonism baptize skiing usually don’t mix. But Roland Hillier, a above apple best skier and ardent fisherman, has consistently managed to abduction the best of both worlds.
Hillier and his son, R.J., were up Wednesday morning afore aurora and out on a clandestine Orange County basin with fishing rods in duke to watch the sun rise.
They accustomed area the antagonism ski baiter was abandoned in a blubbery bed of maidencane, climbed aboard and R.J., 13, had a bass on the band afore his dad could boost off from shore. By 9 a.m., they had bent 10 bass, all of which they appear except for two they kept for dinner.
After putting the angle on ice, they donned baptize skis and spent a brace of hours active the slalom advance for fun and exercise. After skiing they best up their fishing rods afresh and spent addition brace of hours bass fishing.
They were a strange-looking brace of anglers fishing from a antagonism ski baiter that is usually acclimated to tow slalom. But for the Hilliers, it’s a acceptable way to accept fun and to exhausted the heat. Angle a while. Ski a while.
”You would absolutely be afraid at the cardinal of ancestry bass that you see while baptize skiing,” Hillier said. ”This is a acceptable bass lake. We consistently bolt at atomic a brace of bass on anniversary airing here.”
They angle with a Mann’s amethyst bastard with a long, agee appendage and a weedless hook.
Hillier, of Maitland, began fishing and skiing at an aboriginal age. By age 10, he was into both sports actual heavily. But one action was for competition, the added for relaxation.
For years he accomplished and eventually succeeded in acceptable a apple best baptize skier. Even back he was complex in active training for competition, Hillier took time to go fishing.
”A day of fishing on the Butler Chain and Boggy Creek or a night or two of fishing and camping on the St. Johns River was consistently a abundant way to relax and to unwind,” Hillier said.
”The better angle I anytime bent was a 6-foot alligator gar on the St. Johns River. I was application a ample shiner for bait. But I get a bigger bang out of bass fishing. There’s annihilation like communicable an 8-pound bass.”
Another bass angling enthusiast remembers how committed Hillier was to the action of baptize skiing. Tom Bolen, Boone High School’s abettor arch who was Hillier’s concrete apprenticeship abecedary in the aboriginal ’60s, said that Hillier generally would absorb his cafeteria hour and concrete apprenticeship aeon training for a tournament. He would ski on Basin Lancaster, which is about abutting aperture to the school.
His training paid off. Hillier won the civic slalom antagonism in the mid-’60s and went on to abduction the apple titles in both slalom and all-embracing skiing.
Later, Hillier skied at Cypress Gardens and at Sea Apple area Jordan’s King Hussein saw him ski. He was so afflicted he assassin him to go to Jordan and alternation the Jordanian Apple Baptize Ski Team.
Today, however, the antagonism is abaft Hillier. Now, he aloof relaxes.
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