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I asked a new neighbor about his bumper sticker about saving Lake Travis. He asked why I was interested.

I said I sometimes fished there. He immediately took interest and wanted to know more about that, asking, “Bass fishing?” -- like that was the only fishing available. He didn’t seem to know people fished for anything else That was sad. But understandable.

With all the bass fishing TV shows and ads touting bass fishing, bass boats, bass tackle and bass tournaments, that was his only reference. It’s far from reality. And maybe a little “bassackwards”.

Perch (properly called “sunfish”) are probably the first fish most people ever catch and great sport for kids. Guess I’m one who never completely grew up.

A friend asked me recently to join him for some “perch fishing. I replied, “Sure!” Perch fishing is easy and fun. And a throwback to earlier times in life.

I have fond recollections of trudging the Guadalupe River bank like Huck Finn -- a bamboo fishing pole over my shoulder strung with braided cotton line, a bottle-cork cut half way through on the long side to allow line to be forced into it, a small lead sinker and a narrow Mustad hook. Worms make excellent bait, but a can of worms cost a dime back then and since tenyear-olds seldom had a nickle, swatting grasshoppers with my baseball cap provided most of my bait. Simpler times; wonderful memories.



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