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FISHING WITH THE "TEXAS ANGLER"
by KEITH R. WARREN

Some of my best childhood memories were spent fishing. I'm really not sure when I started but, according to my mother, it was when I was four years old. My father was active in the outdoors from his childhood, and my grandfather too, so it was no surprise that I would be exposed to fishing an early age.

Like most kids, I had little patience. When fishing, I spent most of my time throwing rocks, playing with the bait, walking around the lake and so on. But I would always expect a fish would bite. My father allowed me to goof off when fishing. In other words, I could spend as much or as little time actually fishing as I wanted. Fishing was not forced on me. Soon, I began to spend more time actually fishing than goofing of on our trips. This resulted in success. I began to learn what it takes to catch fish. As I grew into my teems, I continued to fish as often as I could. My parents never had to ask where I was, because they knew I was fishing. On vacations, school days, weekends, it didn't matter. I never grew tired of fishing, but as I grew older I began to spend less time fishing. Eventually by 20 years old, I just didn't take the time, I was to busy to go fishing. Like many young men, I wanted to spend my time doing other things. Well, I did. Somehow some five years passed by and I didn't go fishing at all. Eventually, I stopped wanting to go or even thinking about it.

Every so often I would look through photo albums and remember those fishing trips I so enthusiastically experienced. Finally, I decided it was time to start fishing again. But would I enjoy it now as much as I did when I was a kid?

I found a friend who had a new bass boat. He invited me for a full day outing going after black bass. I figured, this would be a good way to see if I still enjoyed fishing. Heretofore, my fishing had been primarily for fish children catch. Catching catfish, perch, crappie, and carp just didn't seem exciting anymore now that I was an adult. It needed to be black bass, and big ones? Well, needless to say, we didn't catch any big ones that day, but we caught enough for me to realize what I had been missing over the past five years.

The next ten years of my life were filled with thousands of fishing memories. From the biggest offshore saltwater fish to the kinds of fish I caught as a child. I go for them all! Each time, with as much enthusiasm and excitement as I did when I was just four years old.

I cannot think of a better way for a person to feel young again than to go fishing. The excitement I felt over thirty years ago has never left. With every fish I catch, I feel like that little boy all over again.

If there's one thing I want to give to people, it is an opportunity for them to grow and love the sport of fishing. In 1999 take a kid fishing.

Keith Warren is the host of Hunting and Outdoor Adventures and The Texas Angler television shows, both of which broadcast statewide. Catch The Texas Angler from January through June and Hunting & Outdoor Adventures from July through December on Fox Sports Southwest Cable Network on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. CST. You can write to Keith Warren at P.O. Box 310379, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-0379 or visit online at www.huntingandoutdoor.com.

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