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I never really fished much when I was young, but I always wanted
to. One of my grandfathers was an avid fisherman, and I did go out
with him a few times, but I donít really remember ever catching a fish
with him. Grumps was serious about his fishing, but not quite as
serious at teaching his grandchildren to fish. There is an old saying,
ďyou can go fishing or you can take a boy fishing, but you canít do both.Ē
I suppose Grumps chose to do the former rather than the latter.
Growing up, we didnít really live next to water. Oh, there
were a few catfish ponds on some of the West Texas ranches, and I do recall
my Dad taking me out a couple of times, but I donít remember catching any
For many years, fishing was something Iíd attempt to do on vacations,
but was never any good at it until I finally broke down and asked a friend
for help. Almost fifteen years ago, we moved to Central California
near several lakes and many of the men in the church were accomplished
fishermen. I bought all the equipment and fished faithfully, but
was never successful at it until I finally broke down and asked one of
the men for some pointers. He spent several hours with me teaching
me the basics then turned me loose fishing.
No, I didnít become a fisherman overnight, but with time, I learned
to view a body of water and know where the fish are and how to present
the bait to them. With enough practice, I learned how to land a fish
by the way it feels on the line. Now, I fish with confidence whether
Iím on the ocean or a in a mountain stream. And most of the time
I do more than just fish, I catch.
There is no substitute for experience, but the turning point for
me was mustering up the courage to ask a friend for help.
"A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding
shall attain unto wise counsels:" (Proverbs 1:5 KJV)
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