The young angler is seen in the nearly two and a half-minute clip reeling in a fish as his dad walks him through the process. As he attempts to bring the fish in, he giggles and at one point exclaims the creature is “fighting” him.
“It’s the first day of my whole life!” he says with delight, while struggling against the fish’s pull.
At one point, his dad tells him to keep the line tight, which causes the little boy to shoot him a pouting look, but he recovers his excitement once he sees the fish start to pull his rod down.
Eventually the little boy is able to pull the fish up out of the water where his dad catches it with a net.
Once he sees his large catch, he is suddenly overcome with emotion.
“That was my first fish,” he says. “That makes me cry.”
Soon, however, he returns to his happy-go-lucky self when he dad hands him the fish to pose with. The little boy giggles while holding the slippery fish and then throws it back into the water.
Those on YouTube, where the video was posted by Storyful earlier this week, were delighted by the father-son bonding moment.
“Congrats kiddo you did a great job and you’re a wonderful father,” one person wrote.
“How cute. He’s gonna remember that,” another wrote.
“Thanks for being a great father and letting him do it all by himself!” another praised.
“Good for you little man! Nice Catch!” one applauded.
Fishing has been lauded as one of the best social distancing activities for summer by the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission.