Matt Lauer: Gone Fishin’

By Alissa Krinsky 

In its new “TODAY’s Anchor Chat” weekly feature, the official TODAY blog, allDAY, features an interview with Matt Lauer about his new family boat, a 19-foot Boston Whaler. Lauer says that “outside of my family and my work, I have two passions, both instilled in me by my father: golf and fishing.”

Lauer recently took his son Jack for their first father-son fishing trip: “Within about 10 minutes, we got a massive hit. I got the fish hooked and handed him the rod, and it was great to see this 6-year-old, 40-something-pound kid struggle with a 7-foot fishing rod and a fish on the other end..

“ was great to be able to pass on this passion from one generation to the next. Unfortunately, my father is no longer with us, and I wish he could have been there on that boat. But I can only hope that my son will be on a boat with his child someday, passing the passion along again. And I pray I’ll be with them on that boat too.”