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What Got You Hooked?

by: Ryan Wood 10/21/2012

I have loved fishing as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are my mom taking me to lakes around town or fishing with my dad in the mountains. Now, fishing is my single greatest passion and I am planning on having a career involving fishing.

The biggest key for me in developing my passion has been my parents’ support. From as early as I can remember, my mom would take me to Webster Lake in Northglenn to go fishing just about whenever I asked. Even though the fishing wasn’t very good, I would keep myself entertained trying to find new ways to catch them, or even chasing frogs if it got too slow. But just being out there by the water became second nature. I think our family tradition of going to Lake Powell every summer has helped foster my passion as well. While the rest of my family wanted to swim or ski or hike, all I ever cared about was fishing. Being with my family and having their support was really the key to getting me hooked on fishing.

So, what got you hooked? Is it something you always remember doing? Was there one special event that was your inspiration to begin fishing? Did you take it up early or later in life? Was there a person or a place that made it special for you? Is it the relaxation of sitting by the shore or the thrill of competing in a tournament that keeps you going?

Please leave your comments and explain what got you hooked?


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Member comments
Curtis, CO   10/21/2012 3:35:15 PM
I remember fishing when I was a kid, and while I liked it, it wasn't until I was older that I really realized how much I enjoyed it. Now I wish I had been able to do it more when I was young like you. For me it is being outside and relaxing with my family that holds the appeal.
Rom12-2, CO   10/21/2012 3:44:43 PM
I've fished all my life. As a kid, I would out fish my dad and grandpa and brother - which I liked. As an adult, I like it mostly because it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my family, but I also like the anticipation of a bite.
Bottom Bouncer, CO   10/21/2012 8:45:33 PM
Started fishing at an early age with family. Born in Albuquerque. Fished Red River, Rio Grande & Elephant Butte. Never really have and tents. We would lay out a trap sleep ont op off it. Great times.
brookieflyfisher, CO   10/21/2012 10:14:40 PM
Grandpa taught me how to fish about 18 years ago. Been fishing non-stop with him and my dad ever since.
Flyrodn, CO   10/22/2012 11:17:57 AM
I can't recall a time when I didn't fish. Given the old pictures with my father, I know he started me fishing very early. I wish I could explain why I fish, all I know for sure is that I'm as excited today about hitting the water as I was decades ago. While the pull on my line is always pleasant, I suspect it's the process of getting that bite is what excites me, and keeps me fishing. I know that when the fishing gets "too good", as in fish nearly every cast, I pack it in and seek out more challenging waters.
tracks, CO   10/22/2012 12:16:04 PM
We went fishing when we went camping, that was what it was about.. I kept it up, being outside and enjoying nature is where it's at! I've had a lot of line in the water over the years, the moment that 7 pound Bass or 6 ounce Brookie hits the line it's still as exciting as the very first time.
Catman1979, CO   10/22/2012 12:48:01 PM
It was just something that we did, and my dad started me very early. We didn't have a lot of money, but the contractor my dad worked for would get us very cheap one and two day passes on a party boat that we ended up fishing on for a decade in the Pacific. The other guys would be asleep below, and I would stay on the deck and play with live squad and watch the flying fish skip on the water. It was a pretty rare and magical upbringing. As far as freshwater, I remember a day when I was three or four, and landing bluegills all day on a bamboo pole. That day I always remember for some reason, it was great.
JKaboom, CO   10/23/2012 1:49:34 PM
I was hooked at about the age of 6. We would go to a little pond in Michigan called swimminghole lake (by our family, I have no idea what the real name is). We would go swimming and fish for sunfish and throw them back. It was the first 'hit' of the most powerful drug ever 'THE TUG' :) Great blog idea Ryan!!!
OldMikkDale, CO   10/23/2012 8:32:07 PM
Every year my parents and brother would go to Minn. for two weeks fishing. Would stay at one lake for a week and a different lake the 2nd. week and never went to the same lake twice. One year
OldMikkDale, CO   10/23/2012 9:11:38 PM
Ops, hit the wrong key. So one year we went to Canada and my dad hired a guide to take us musky fishing so my parents and the guide traveled in a boat about and hour, my brother was more interested in meeting local girls. We were trolling and the guide had us fishing on the bottom and after a couple of hours of not getting a bite. against the advice of the others, I decided to fish with what we called a plug on the surface. Within one hour I caught 2 muskies, 1 just under the legal limit of 30 in,and the other over. This was in 1948 and I was 15 years old. This really hooked me on fishing. however I never again fished for muskies. After getting out of the service in the early 50's I ended up in Colo. and again took up fishing. In the forties, we used nylon line which we had to dry after fishing and a steel rod with a bait casting reel. The sad part about this adventure is the guide. after I caught the muskies on the surface, did not have my parents also fish on the surface. I still have the so called "plug" with the teeth marks in it.
Catchallthebeer, CO   10/25/2012 7:54:30 PM
What got me hooked was getting away from people and the everyday grind i loved it right away. What continued to posses me about fishing was showing others how great it is. Nothing better than watching someone pull in their first trout when they are expecting to fail. Best feeling ever if you ever want to fish in the durango area send me a message
northernpike, CO   10/25/2012 8:46:07 PM
Parents put me in Boy Scouts. First canoe trip ever. Seminoe Rez in Wyoming. Caught a bunch of Walleye on spinners. Had a blast!! Loved it!
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