Take Me Fishing
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"Fishing is in my blood and in my heart, thanks to a mother who loved to fish so much that she would load three small children into a station wagon packed with snacks and drinks and bait and tackle just so she could fish for a few hours on occasion. It was one of the few times that I remember her being happy. Fishing makes me happy. Although bass fishing is my favorite, I love to fish for all species. The Anglers’ Legacy program gives me the chance to share my passion of fishing and promote the sport for future generations. Kids need to get outdoors and it is our job to provide them every opportunity to do so."
"To show how important fishing is to me, I honestly can’t remember fishing not ever being part of my life. Longtime outdoor writer Homer Circle certainly was a huge influence on my fishing interests early on and he is the one I learned the most from while growing up. I am all for passing along what I know and whole-heartedly support the Anglers' Legacy cause to give back the gift of fishing. As individuals, we can’t make much noise. But as a fishing community, our voice becomes loud and clear. Take the Pledge today."
Brent "Brody" Broderick
Gary and Tyler Brown
I remember when my dad took me fishing for the first time and I only caught a 6" yellow perch. It wasn't a monster, but it was enough to hook me for life. Now I am fishing with my son and I couldn't ask for any better memories. We love introducing new people to the sport of fishing and the outdoors, especially the children. There is something to be said in seeing the smile on a child's face when they catch their first fish. You know deep down that long after they have grown this will be a memory that will be with them for a lifetime. It is up to all of us to introduce the next generation to the sport, so Take the Pledge and introduce someone new to fishing.
National Bass Guide Service
“When I was a kid, I was given the opportunity to go to a World Series game or fishing. Even though I loved baseball, I chose to fish with my dad and grandfather. Glad I did! Since then I have been building memories with family, friends and acquaintances on the water. With the questionable morality of today's ball sports, fishing continues to offer quality time spent in a quality environment. It's never too late to share the pastime for a lifetime.”
"My dad and granddad introduced me to fishing and I can’t think of anything more special they could’ve given me than the precious gift of fishing. Fishing is one of those things that needs to be experienced firsthand to really get what it’s all about. I’m proud to be part of the Anglers’ Legacy community that understands that. Join me in making sure we leave America’s favorite pastime in the capable of hands of those who follow behind us – take the Anglers’ Legacy Pledge today."
Diane De La Garza
I was introduced to fishing when 3 years old while on a family vacation in Red River, New Mexico. I remember how excited I was when I caught two fish out of a stock tank. That experience was just the beginning of my obsession with the sport of bass fishing!
Hector De La Garza
I could never repay my parents for introducing me to the love of the outdoors. My dad took me fishing just about every week either at the farm pond or at nearby lakes. He told me I started crying when I caught my first fish at age 2 on Lake Bardwell near Ennis, Texas.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures
"Some of my best memories are from my childhood. My best friend and I would race home from school just to grab our rods and head to a small pond. Even though we didn't catch much, we were fishing and that's all that counted. I can honestly say that I was hooked from an early age. Taking someone new fishing is awesome because when they catch their first fish, you are filled with more joy than you could ever feel. The look in their eyes is truly priceless."
"At an early age, my Grandfather and uncles introduced me to fishing in our family pond. I remember walking down to the pond with my rod in one hand and a coffee can full of night crawlers. I remember the smell of the air around the pond and all the sounds of the creatures in and around the pond. It was so peaceful and educational for me at the same time. I believe there is nothing better or more rewarding than fishing with others. Anglers' Legacy gives me the opportunity to share my love and enthusiasm for fishing with others who have never experienced the wonderful world of fishing."
Jarrett Edwards Outdoors
"At age six, a first-grade friend and I had a pond fishing trip with his dad that I’ll never forget. That experience ignited a passion that I carried through my childhood years and still burns today. The Anglers’ Legacy campaign fits perfectly with one of our primary goals at FLW Outdoors Magazine – help people become better anglers. There is no substitute for learning from those who are passionate about fishing. By belonging to the Anglers’ Legacy community, we can make a difference in the future of fishing."
"It was my mother who instilled in me the passion for fishing. I can remember many fishing trips we took together when I was a little girl. But it was my sister, Linda, who got me hooked on fishing for bass. She sent me a membership to a national bass circuit as a gift one year and I’ve been fishing competitively ever since. Fishing is a great gift and is something to be shared and passed on to the next generations. It was my mother’s legacy that I learn to fish and I’m proud to be a part of Anglers’ Legacy to continue the passion and to pledge my support. Take the Anglers’ Legacy Pledge and give the gift of fishing."
I credit my Mom & Dad both for establishing and fostering a sincere love and respect for the sport of fishing and the great outdoors. They both provided constant opportunities to keep me on the water and mentored me to respect and cherish the environment. I do the utmost to uplift their legacy in the way I manage my life and my family.
Team Gregory Promotions
"Growing up in central Florida, we literally got to fish for just about everything. In fact, Dad used to alternate our family summer vacations between fresh and saltwater trips. I look back at those times, and the time when I introduced my kids to fishing, as some of my fondest memories. Fishing is one of the best gifts you can give someone and I encourage you to return the favor. Take the Anglers' Legacy Pledge, encourage your buddies to do the same, and take someone you know fishing."
"I love guiding because I get the privilege of providing the first fishing experience to dozens of people every year. And I don’t know whether it’s them or me that gets the bigger satisfaction from a 'first catch.' I do know it makes me remember my trips with Dad and the family, and makes every outing with my daughter and wife even more special. What a special gift fishing is. Count me in for Anglers’ Legacy."
Time on the Water
Cecilia "Pudge" Kleinkauf
"I’ll always remember my first fishing trip, a saltwater excursion, with my dad. But it was Carl Svebek who hooked me on bass. The Castrol pro gave me a taste of smallmouth fishing at its best on Lake Champlain. To this day, he and I recall that outing often. Our FLW Outdoors TV show and Anglers’ Legacy are a lot alike – we both put people who want to experience fishing right there in the boats, whether on the screen or in real life, alongside those who are willing to share what they know. I am proud to pledge my support to Anglers’ Legacy."
"Fishing is something to be shared. Anglers' Legacy is right on target in getting the country's 7.5 million avid anglers to help grow fishing."
"Growing up in the Florida Keys, I literally got to fish nearly every day! Looking back, my favorite childhood memories are the times I spent with my dad and brother, Paul, fishing the flats and shallows of our island home. In turn, watching my daughter, Jessica, pull in a eight-pound bass on an ultra light or son, Garner, landing a Guitarfish in Africa are the memories I cherish the most. Join me in helping Anglers' Legacy pass on this greatest of all pastimes to the next generation. Take the Pledge and then 'take a kid fishing when you get a chance!'"
Little Elm, TX
I owe my best friend/father all the credit to introducing me to the outdoors at such a young age. The earliest trip I remember was when I was about 3 or 4 years old and we took a trip to South Padre Island. I don't remember much of the trip but what I do remember is catching a fish every couple of cast off the lighted pier. It seemed like I caught fish all night and all my father was doing was taking fish off for me. I want to thank him for all the lessons and now its time for me to pass on the heritage. It wasn't until 2005 that I fished my first bass tournament and wow was I hooked!
Janet Parker Fishing
Little Elm, TX
Fishing is, and has been, my one constant passion. It offers whatever the participant wants -- from relaxing on a shady shore with a bucket of minnows, making friends and fellowship in a local fishing club, or the adrenalin rush from intense competition, you can find it as an angler. It is yours for the taking!
"I was lucky to have a dad and grandfather who took me fishing. I’ll always remember those times, and I like to think it made me a better person. I want others to enjoy fishing as I have, and nobody respects and protects our fish stocks and the marine environment better than we anglers do. That’s why it is important that we unite, as a fishing community, with a common voice in support of our sport. Please stand beside me as an Anglers’ Legacy Ambassador."
"Although I worked almost daily with my dad on our family farm, the times I remember most vividly are the days he and I spent fishing together. He would sit in the bow of a rented johnboat and fly-fish while I sculled the boat from the stern. I was his 'trolling motor'. I am so grateful that he took me fishing with him, and I have been careful to take my own three children fishing with me whenever I can. The gift of fishing is special. That's why I support the Anglers' Legacy initiative to encourage all anglers to teach others the joys of fishing."
As a child, I was blessed to have a pond walking distance from my house - it was there that I learned the basics of fishing, frog catching, and all that goes with that childhood "lifestyle". I did not, though, have any real mentor in the world of fishing as a child (parents and grandparents didn't fish) - so I was unfortunately on my own. It wasn't until after high school that my girlfriend's brother (now my brother in law) reintroduced me back into fishing as a young adult - and I was able to experience the magic that comes with this sport all over again. I now know that having mentors in fishing is very important for a child, and as adults we all need to make an effort to introduce our youth to this sport - either out on the water, on the comedy stage, or in the classroom!
"Fishing has always been fun for me. Dad used to take us to some small rivers and streams to bass fish. We’d float on big inner tubes and wade the shallows. Those were great times and I’ll never forget them. I can’t imagine my life without fishing and I want others to discover what I have experienced. That’s why I’m supporting Angler’s Legacy. Join me in the Anglers' Legacy community and take someone you know out on the water."
National Bass Circuit
"I’m fortunate to make my living as a professional angler, but if it were not for my Dad introducing me to fishing who knows where I would be today. I will never forget my first smallmouth trip at seven-years-old and how hard those fish pulled. I was hooked for life. I feel strongly about being part of a special community that shares its passion for fishing with others, and that’s why I’m 100 percent behind the Anglers' Legacy program."
Fishing the Flats TV
North Port, FL
"People always ask me, who taught you so much and who was your inspiration in becoming the angler you are today. For me, without question, it was my dad. He had a passion for fishing, from making his own lures, to catching fish with knowledge of any lake he fished. He unknowingly taught me so much about our resources and made me a better person because of those experiences. Thanks dad! And I say hats off to Angler's Legacy. Yes indeed, take someone fishing, a neighbor, a friend, a child, you could have the biggest impact on that person for the rest of their lives."
Team Red Drum
"It was Mom who got me interested in fishing. My dad was more of a baseball fan, but my mother loved to fish. The three of us would rent a boat on Lake Jordan in Alabama. She was on the front sculling, me in the middle, and my dad in the back. I realized years later why she wanted the front (I got that competitiveness from her, too). Our B.A.S.S. athletes are an important part of the fishing community and I encourage all of them to support Anglers' Legacy. We all need to share our passion for fishing."
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